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Felicia Davin I think the answer is somewhere between “a childhood trip to the beach when it was shut down by a brilliant pink-and-blue mass of Portuguese…moreI think the answer is somewhere between “a childhood trip to the beach when it was shut down by a brilliant pink-and-blue mass of Portuguese man-of-wars,” a strange jellyfish-like sea creature that is actually a colony of polyps rather than an individual organism—one which can sting you even after it’s dead—and “reading an article in 2011 about how global warming is causing blooms of jellyfish, which contained the phrase ‘total jelly domination’ and a nightmare-inducing description of a Nomura’s jellyfish, which can weigh 450 pounds.” (The phrase ‘total jelly domination’ is easy to Google and thus I can provide you with that very same article https://e360.yale.edu/features/massiv... and the MetaFilter post that led me to it https://www.metafilter.com/99469/Tota....)

The giant medusas of The Gardener’s Hand are neither Portuguese man-of-wars or Nomura’s jellyfish, but I had both in mind while I was writing. Toss in the whole concept of deep sea gigantism (also called “abyssal gigantism,” just in case it sounded too cuddly the first way), several nature documentaries about what lurks in the watery hell, and a knowledge of French (where “méduse” is the word for jellyfish), and voilà !(less)
Felicia Davin I'm so glad to hear that! Thornfruit is available in print right now from several places (If you're in the US, I'm partial to indie bookstore The…moreI'm so glad to hear that! Thornfruit is available in print right now from several places (If you're in the US, I'm partial to indie bookstore The Ripped Bodice: https://www.therippedbodicela.com/boo...).

My other books do exist in print, but the titles are currently being transferred from one distributor to another. While the transfer is in process, the paperbacks aren't available online. The transfer should be complete by next month. I apologize for the inconvenience!(less)
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