Novelette, 11000 words
Something had gone wrong.
White based 'The Conspirators' upon A. Bertram Chandler's 'Giant
Killer' (Astounding, October 1945), about mutated rats attempting
to take over a generation starship. He was no mere copycat,
however, despite the presence of Felix (the ship's feline Mascot).
For some unexplained/inexplicable reason, all Shipboard animals
have not only become super-intelligent but conveniently telepathic.
Felix "felt awed as he thought of Whitey in Bio-lab Three . .
. surrounded by Big Ones, and the Small Ones who weren't on relay
duties, and all of them working on Escape." (Whitey is a
laboratory mouse endowed with leadership skills.) It reads
a bit like Animal (Hydroponics) Farm, but the conclusion is light-years
removed from both Orwellian cynicism and Campbell's increasingly
Synopsis by graham Andrews
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