We, the Ocean

We, the Ocean

We, the Ocean

Short Story by Alexandra Brandt

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...the story makes an interesting twist that highlights the dangers of limited understanding and self-referentiality. The language of the story is fitting for the setting and the author shows surprising subtlety, especially in the final third of the story.

Tangent Online


When Thalassa’s Children—the mer-like, genderless protectors of the ocean—experience the trapped and suffocating death of one of their own, a single member chooses to take action. Against the wishes of the collective mind.

But can a lone mer ever hope to convince the humans of what they have done to the ocean, in a language they will understand?

And will it be worth losing everything?

“[One of] the kind of stories anyone who reads them will remember forever…inventive, heartbreaking, and wholly original.” — Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Hugo award-winning author and editor

“Alexandra’s story is one of hard choices at every turn, and also dealing with the results of those choices…and I certainly hope is the first of many stories we’ll see by her in the future.” — John Helfers, editor, No Humans Allowed


Alexandra Brandt spent most of her childhood dressing up in fairy wings and parading in front of the mirror telling stories to herself. Not much has changed—she still loves a good costume, and tells herself stories every day. Three of her short stories have been sold to Fiction River anthologies, with the first published in April 2017.

When not spinning tales, reading, or debating worldbuilding details with her writer husband, she writes web copy and functions as a content marketer and graphic designer, including freelance book cover design. She also dabbles in art, watches too many Sci-Fi TV shows, and welcomes any excuse to sit down and play tabletop games—from D&D to board games to cards.