In the near future, Aqua Marsden, a med school dropout with a fascination for marine biology, is learning how to exist in a city devastated by the effects of bleed—a deadly blue organic substance that suffocates and kills everyone in its reach. When a bad outbreak of the bleed causes Aqua to lose contact with everyone, she must hunt for safety with her new friend, Mark. Out of options, they must discover how to breathe toxic air and find Aquaria, a large marine research facility hidden under the city that could hold the key to humanity’s survival. Aqua may have given up saving humanity through medicine, but perhaps she can discover the cure for bleed and save Aquaria.
Melanie Dawn Dixon is the author of The Aquaria Chronicles and Aqua Marine. She is known for her professionally published online content writing, but she enjoys writing speculative fiction and young adult fiction too. She has short stories published in the Confederacy of Steam Versus Zombies anthology, as well as in Zombified: Hazardous Material, Devolution Z: October Issue, Antipodean Steam Guild Journal: Issue One, and many more. She has over 1000 articles scattered over the web on any good day. She was a writer panelist at VCON 2014 and Creative Ink Festival May 2016. Her next project will likely be a creative nonfiction novel about her city.