ROUNDTABLE: The Fantastical Allure of the Spacewhale

Are the cosmic swimmers a fantastical tribute to the possibilities deep in our own ocean? Or are they a radical act of human arrogance—yet another superimposition of our own fears and hopes upon another species, as we extrapolate an animal from its environment to suit our own fancy?

We’re delighted to have Rebecca Onion, editor of Slate’s excellent history blog The Vault, bestow upon us the story of the spacewhale (and its relatives the space dolphin, the space porpoise, and the space squid).

ROUNDTABLE: The Fantastical Allure of the Spacewhale

Are the cosmic swimmers a fantastical tribute to the possibilities deep in our own ocean? Or are they a radical act of human arrogance—yet another superimposition of our own fears and hopes upon another species, as we extrapolate an animal from its environment to suit our own fancy?

We’re delighted to have Rebecca Onion, editor of Slate’s excellent history blog The Vault, bestow upon us the story of the spacewhale (and its relatives the space dolphin, the space porpoise, and the space squid).