The Anglers of Arz
"We never saw the city from the scouter because we didn't go high enough," Gibson said. "I realized that finally, remembering how they used high-altitude blimps during the First Wars to spot submarines, and when I took the scouter up far enough there it was, at the ocean bottom--a city to compare with anything men ever built."
Stryker stared. "A marine city? What use would sea-creatures have for buildings?"
"None," Gibson said. "I think the city must have been built ages ago--by men or by a manlike race, judging from the architecture--and was submerged later by a sinking of land masses that killed off the original builders and left Arz nothing but an oversized archipelago. The squids took over then, and from all appearances they've developed a culture of their own."
"I don't see it," Stryker complained, shaking his head. "The pink fishers--"
"Are cattle, or less," Gibson finished. "The octopods are the domin