There’s nothing like picking up an escape to another world – and there are few things more mysterious than the depths of the waters. In some ways, we know more about the parts of space we’ve explored than we do about the waters on our own planet – and what better fodder for the imaginative exploration of speculative fiction?
Stories about the water have captured imaginations for hundreds of years, with mythic creatures such as kraken and mermaids remaining well-known even today. Here are a few of our favorite nautical escapes into science fiction, fantasy, and horror. (Although we admit we prefer to admire sea monster horror from afar.) What are some of your favorite aquatic speculative fiction titles?