I'm looking for the author or title of a book I read about 40 years ago. The captain of space faring trade ship travels with a sentient feline being who can speak. I believe there was another alien on board also.
They would fight, scheme and get into situations in their travels. Thanks, maravill

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    Can you remember other details? – Adamant Jul 6 '16 at 5:29
  • Does honor Harrington ring a bell? I think in one of the later books in the series she was on a trade ship, and she's always got her empathic treecat. – Gus Jul 6 '16 at 12:40
  • @Gus - The Harrington novels were only started in 1992, so reading them 40 years ago would be a bit tricky... – Jules Aug 20 '16 at 21:46

Not much to go on but this sounds like one of Poul Anderson's David Falkayn stories. Perhaps Trader to the Stars or Satan's World.

David Falkayn has two companions. Chee Lan is a catlike alien and Adzel is described as dragonlike.

See Baen Books which has The Trouble Twisters (part of Trader to the Stars)

Besides Falkayn, there's Chee Lan, a tempestuous felinesque being, considerably smaller than a human but with enough attitude for a whole battalion of monkey-boys (or girls), covered with silky-white fur, and a crack shot with a blaster. Better not beat her at poker—or do anything else to get her mad. But she keeps a cool head in a crisis: "glacially self-possessed," as Poul Anderson puts it. Then there's Adzel, as imperturbable as Chee Lan is high-strung, and I suspect that his imperturbability has less to do with his being a Buddhist than with his reptilian species' having evolved on a planet where they're the biggest life form—not quite elephant sized. They are dragonlike, but also centaurlike, with four legs and an additional two arms. He abhors violence, but has no problem with self-defense—or defense of his comrades.

  • Thank you so much for your help Fruitbat. I don't know why I just got notice of your answer but you are correct. Yaaaay! – Maravill Aug 22 '16 at 1:03

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