We peered in tardigrade’s mouth. A wormhole. Pitched into outer space, water bear’s gob survived earth’s blight. Sturdy, it’d last forever.

After discovering tardigrades can survive  in space, theoretical physicists at Oxford University decided to test three of the most devastating cosmic events at Earth: killer asteroids, supernovae and gamma-ray bursts. They survived. Inspired, D. A. Xiaolin weaves this discovery with the unique classification of the Tardigrade, and their relatives, the worms, twisting reality inside out, and casting us into the gaping maw of science fictions greatest mystery – wormholes. // Alex Massey

//D. A. Xiaolin Spires cartwheels across space-time. Work in Clarkesworld, Retro Future and Analog. @spireswriter daxiaolinspires.wordpress.com//

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