By Piers Anthony
On the earth with the desire of saving the planet from a meteor strike, an alien from another truth recruits 5 people to assist him on his challenge, utilizing his complex know-how to permit them to breathe whereas below water. Reprint. PW. okay.
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We think that's because our employer selected for singleness. Maybe they don't want people wondering where we are. In case— you know. " He had even asked her a direct personal question! "Almost," she said. "My father died ten years ago. He married late. My mother was thirty five when I was born. I haven't seen her for a couple of years. So it's the same, I guess. I'm uncommitted. " "You keep saying that," Don protested. "But you're such a lovely young woman—" She looked at him. "I guess I'd better take the plunge and show you.
One man-sized fish balked, however, hanging motionless in the passage. "Jewfish," Caspar remarked—and with the sound of his voice the fish was gone. Sediment formed a cloud as the creature shot past, and Don felt the powerful breeze of its thrust. He appreciated another danger: just as a stiff wind could blow a man down on land, a stiff current could do the same here in the ocean. If his position happened to be precarious, he would have to watch out for big fish. Their bones could tug him if their breeze-current didn't.
And coast down around here into the Gulf of Mexico. —and the drop-off doesn't get any—" "About one and three quarter miles deep," Caspar said. "Don't interrupt," Pacifa told him. Don exchanged a glance with Melanie. " "No, it doesn't," Gaspar said. "But don't go thinking of the continental slope as a sheer cliff. It may have cliffs and canyons in it, and overall it represents a more formidable climb than any mountain we know on the surface, but it is a slope. " "You're the geologist," she said dubiously.
Mercycle by Piers Anthony