Saltflower Author:Sydney Van Scyoc The three ships materialized over Puget Sound one evening at year's end. They apppeared in the skies of Tacoma with a roar that shattered windows and stopped hearts. — They were like nothing seen or dreamed, improbable monsters of dull, scarred metal, incredibly filling the sky. Tacoma had a brief, shocked glimpse of their solid reality. Then,... more » ghostly silent after the intial roar, they shuddered away.
The ships moved in awesome silence across the western portion of the continent, darkening the skies of a dozen cities and a hundred towns, briefly blotting out the starlight of late December. They zigged and zagged, seeming to grope, to search.