No Earthly Shore

No colony can stay on a planet that has intelligent native life. That’s what the rules say, and now the people of Yemitzov Five, also known as Calvados, are scared they’ll have to leave their beautiful world because the sea-quilts, a simple form of marine life, aren’t as dumb as the original survey team thought.

Dr Zuzana Aaron-Jones, a marine biologist, is recruited by Earth’s government to investigate the claims that squilts are sentient. She feels out of place in the mainly military group and is befriended by another outsider, the enigmatic Mooney. They arrive and interview Boadicea Nantucket, the teenage girl who says she was saved from drowning by squilts. Boodie believes them to be intelligent and also telepathic, but nobody believes her – she’s just a kid.

And the squilts – mats of greyish tissue that undulate through the shallow coastal waters, some as large as two metres square, sans eyes, ears, legs and teeth, in fact sans most of the things considered as basic essentials to life – have their own agenda. What are their plans for Zuzana and Mooney? Just how dangerous can giant sea-slugs be?

SF first contact novella, available on Amazon Kindle in the UK and the US


  1. October 4, 2013 at 9:28 am

    I loved this and made myself late for work finishing it off this morning. More squilts please! Dragon, Fly etc was my introduction to your work and I loved that too. Keep up the excellent work …

  2. tabbycat said,

    October 4, 2013 at 10:24 am

    Sorry for making you late! Glad you liked the squilts – I’m fond of them myself. There may be another story about Zuzi and Mooney exploring the other continent, but it’s only a handful of vague ideas at the moment.

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