From here — above and dry — the ocean presents an almost impenetrable trembling film between us land-dwellers and our flippered counterparts.

This barrier creates indelible mystery by means of the division it necessitates. It’s little wonder that, with little direct experience of the immeasurable life swarming below that partition, the things we do find there are stranger than even our dreams.

The visitors from space in our most foreign science fiction are often entirely more relatable.

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