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Aug 6, 2021

This is what we wanted. This is what we feared.

Encountering new life. Endangering our lives.

These were some of the last words I heard from my mother on the last transmission from Marv.

It was difficult to watch from afar. Not even to watch. To wait. To wonder. It helped me to write the reports. To smooth out all the roughness, pare down all the inessential, and restrain all the rawness from the contents of the data packets that the crew sent before that last transmission. When I saw my mother as a member of a crew on a daring first mission, performing her duties, exhibiting solidarity with her crewmates, I am able to let go of that lurching dread that wakes me almost every morning.


Humanity at last discovers an inhabited exoplanet and learns its first lesson about first contact.

Genre: Science Fiction

Tags: explorer, Ghost Shark, MARV, URSULA-9


Story: “Marv and the Ghost Shark” Copyright © 2017 by Nila L. Patel
Episode Art: “Plokamisaur Encounter” Copyright © 2017 by Sanjay Patel
Narration and Editing:  Nila L. Patel


Trip-Hop Lounge Abstract Background” by Digital Emotions (Intro/Outro)

Music by Andrea Baroni (Cyberleaf)*
“NightTime (No Percussion)”
“Fugue for One Synthetic Heart (No Percussion)”
“Ground Control”
“The Longest Year”


Music by Jonathan Shaw (*
“A Dream of First Flight”
“A Tale of Water”
“A Tale of Peace”

*These tracks were part of a music and sound effects bundles I purchased from Humble Bundle and sourced from GameDev Market.

Music by Andrea Baroni, and Jonathan Shaw is licensed from GameDev Market
Sound effects from AudioJungle and GameDevMarket


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