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In the story, interstellar travel is threatened by creatures that lived "underneath space itself". They are able to move millions of miles in a millisecond and are intelligent. For ships that encounter these monsters, the crews face either death or permanent insanity. Fortunately, these creatures were destroyed by light. The best way to combat these weapons was a system using human telepaths (manning sensors) that were partnered with cats:
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