Writers of the Future XXIII
One-of-Promise wakes in the world of India memories of a different world traveling either in dreams or in the mind. His dreams assure him that he is an alien--an underwater world of kelp forests filled with sea life. One-of-Promise begins to doubt his dreams until he hears of another who told similar stories. However, when he gets there, the other storyteller’s mind is gone (the most powerful moment of the story). The narrator experiences a religious journey pondering life, identity, purpose, doubt, and sanity.
Gaskell has written a wild novella called Strata with novelist Bradley Beaulieu.