I’m excited about readers taking the plunge even though there’s no way we can prepare them for how deep this story goes. We can only hint at the buoyant delights and chemical emotions swirling on the other side. After readers reemerge, I hope they feel a gentle tentacle tug still connecting them to that place. And maybe reconsider what exactly is separating us from the world we live in and the ones we can imagine. – Rae Mariz

Asked to say a few words about this book, I find my mind swirling in a kind of gyre and maybe that’s the best way to express the experience of being this book’s editor. I pulled this book out of slush and got sucked into a world that has changed me in different ways every time I engaged with it. Did I emerge from the other side of this story a different person? I do feel transformed—not just by what’s on the page but by the conversation between me and Rae and these characters and this world. I hope that readers will love stubborn little Ceph and Iliokai’s deep love and longing and everything that Rae has given us in these pages enough to be changed too. – Selena Middleton, Stelliform Press