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The Boneless One

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The Boneless One, a 2011 short story by Alec Nevala-Lee, is about a group of scientists at sea that come across an unusual cluster of octopuses.

OCTOPUSES?

Yes, I did my research, the correct plural use of “octopus” is “octopuses”.  I was wondering.. “octopai”?  I remember an old James Bond movie called “Octopussy”..

And did you know that a Hawaiian myth relates that the octopus is a lone survivor of a previous alien universe?  Spooky.

My brother Rusty, the creator of this fabulous sight, has some weird attachment to octopuses.. everytime I see an octuopus trinket I feel the need to buy it for him.  I think he is afraid of them… he has said that they are stranger than any alien he could imagine!  And this story concurs.

NON SPOILER SUMMARY

Financed by an egotistic billionaire, a group of scientists is searching the ocean and analyzing the millions of bacteria and viruses.  When they happen across a glowing cluster in the water, they decide to explore further, and discover that it is a group of octopuses.  But why do they glow?  Why are they so near the surface?  Why are these normally solitary creatures gathered together in such a large group?  After bringing a few specimens aboard, some bizarre things begin to happen…

MY THOUGHTS

This story reminded me of Michael Cricthon’s “Sphere”.  A scientific expedition at sea, strange and scary things start happening..  and I have to say, The Boneless One, although much shorter, was just as suspenseful and satisfying.  I found myself devouring the pages to find out what would happen next.  And since this was a longer story, I was able to be drawn in to the plot without a disappointing quick ending.

INTERESTING TIDBITS

  • Page Count: 24
  • Published: 2011
  • About the Author: Alec Nevala-Lee wrote his first novel at the age of 13.  Read more about this talented author on the “about me” section of his blog.
  • For Fun: Read up on some interesting facts about octopuses at Wikipedia.

WHERE TO FIND THIS STORY

I read The Boneless One for free at Alec’s Blog.