Yay Bubbles by Dean Croshere

Permafrost Thaw

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A mercurial, opalescent hand surges from thawing permafrost, dives into waves, twisting as it searches for victims.

It pools around the goggles of deep sea explorers and plunges into the gaping mouths of fish.


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Copyright © 2018 D. A. Xiaolin Spires. Reprinted with permission of the author. Originally published in Story Seed Vault
Image credit: Yay Bubbles by Dean Croshere. Creative Commons BY 2.0

D. A. Xiaolin SpiresD. A. Xiaolin Spires counts stars and sand, residing currently in Hawaiʻi. You can find her embarking on olfactorial odysseys as she inhales plumeria blossoms, lychee, and poi. Her work appears or is forthcoming in various publications such as Clarkesworld, AnalogGrievous AngelTerraform, NatureGalaxy’s Edge, Fireside, Reckoning, Factor Four, Issues in Earth Science, StarShipSofaMithila Review, LONTARStar*Line, ETTT, Liminality, Pantheon, Gathering Storm Magazine, and Story Seed Vault; as well as anthologies of the strange and delightful, such as Sharp & Sugar ToothBroad Knowledge, Deep Signal, Future Visions, Battling in All Her Finery, and Ride the Star Wind.