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Alien Isle

2204: Delta Pavonis.  Between the temperate northern and southern continents of Aphrodite lies a vast globe-encircling sea.  Green masses, some kilometers across, dot the storm-churned waters of the world-ocean like scattered icebergs, but these islands are not of ice or rock, but of aquatic life, symbiotic colonies endlessly adrift on the sea.

Despite the misgivings of his science team, Captain Vasilev flew the Magellan’s pod to a small isolated greenberg, setting down a surface he described as “frozen jello”.  But the greenberg, like most life, was mostly water, letting the waves pass through it like a ghostly mist.  And like an iceberg, most of this organic amalgamation was underwater, tendrils reaching down into the depths.


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