One night I was watching a documentary about giant octopuses alone in my dorm room. It made me squirm in my seat. Octopuses really are creatures of nightmares.
Our ancestors believed this too. They feared octopuses, just as they feared the sea. But now, people don’t have to travel by sea. Sea travel is associated with pleasure cruises gaiety- it is no longer the great danger to us that it used to be.
What people are afraid of though, is travel by air. Many people are terrified of flying in airplanes.
So I thought, what would happen if I took this great monster out of the sea, and put it in the sky among the clouds?
That is a terror I would not like to meet.