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Novae Caelum

Novae Caelum writes about things strange, beautiful, and queer. New works posted bi-weekly.

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Novae Caelum is an author, illustrator, and designer with a love of spaceships and a tendency to quote Monty Python. Stars short fiction has appeared in Intergalactic Medicine Show, Escape Pod, Clockwork Phoenix 5, and Lambda Award winning Transcendent 2: The Year’s Best Transgender Speculative Fiction. As an illustrator and designer, Novae has worked in publishing, album art, and film, and stars clients include The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Factor Four Magazine, SciFutures, Evolved Publishing, Phoenix Pick/Arc Manor, and New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors. Novae lives in Arizona with stars Boston/Beagle mix, Sammy (who is the cutest ever), and stars pet cactus, Larry (who doesn't bite). Most days you can find star with digital pen in hand, crafting imaginary worlds. Or writing alien poetry. Or typing furiously away at stars serial genderfluid romance novels, with which star hopes to take over the world. At least, that’s the plan. You can find star online at novaecaelum.com

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Magnificent

Updated Oct 6, 2019 · 19,304 words (71 minutes) · 2 likes · 141 views

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This story started from wondering what if an everyman family-values hero had a kid, and that kid was non-binary? So, Magnificent was born. This is my love letter to the superheroes who helped shape my life, and a fulfilling of my desperate need for a non-binary superhero to look up to. And every hero needs an origin story. | This is a serialized novella, updated bi-weekly.

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The Artist Fades Away

Published Sep 20, 2019 · 1,707 words (7 minutes) · 63 views

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Michael set out with his wife to emigrate to the new world of Hale, but something went wrong in travel, and now she's fading from existence and even from his memories. All that's left now are her paintings, the art she taught him to create, and his desperation to keep her alive, if only in art and memories. | This story is set in the same universe as Good King Lyr, about 19,000 years before the events of that book, but it can fully stand alone.

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Fiction Series: Ongoing 7 Chapters

The Space Roads

Updated Jul 30, 2019 · 10,169 words (37 minutes) · 1 like · 1363 views

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Ever want to explore interstellar space? In these loosely interconnected stories, you're the main character. Explore the vast unknown!

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Two Galaxies Colliding

Published Jul 26, 2019 · 927 words (4 minutes) · 1 like · 123 views

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"We met like two galaxies, drifting together on the dance floor of Prince Je-Haran Em-Groth’s tri-union afterparty, caught in each other’s gravities." | Two women from different worlds and a law that punishes interspecies relationships by death. Laws can change, but with two very different species in the first steps of diplomatic relations, what might be the cost?

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The Tiger's Silent Roar

Published Jun 20, 2019 · 4,273 words (16 minutes) · 238 views

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Evin's botanical sculptures take on new life when he accidentally receives a noble's outsourced soul. But a soul hunter from the inner worlds has taken note, and if she finds out what happened, Evin might not have long to work, or to live.

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Fiction Series: Complete 11 Chapters

Good King Lyr

Updated Jun 14, 2019 · 82,447 words (300 minutes) · 2 likes · 1899 views

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A con man. An immortal demigod. A chance at love that could save the universe. Good King Lyr is a slow-burn, genderfluid, ownvoices romance novel, serialized each week.

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Possibilities of a Quantum Soul

Published Jun 6, 2019 · 1,008 words (4 minutes) · 7 likes · 469 views

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A human being with a quantum soul contains many possible lives and identities. If you unmake one of those lives, is it theft, murder, or none of the above? Dari struggles to find the woman responsible and reclaim their own identity.

Holly Heisey is an award-winning author, illustrator, and designer whose work has appeared in Escape Pod, Transcendent 2, F&SF, SciFutures, and more. They generously make many of their #ownvoices stories available under a Creative Commons license, and share a roundup of all their LGBTQIA work on Curious Fictions here.

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The Orbits of Gods

Published May 6, 2019 · 890 words (4 minutes) · 242 views

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"We orbit him because he is our god. His scent is authority, his mind sharp as rock-honed teeth." | This story is 100% experimental, with space wolves in love, the philosophy of civilizations, and the confessions of a god all packed into one. It first landed in Humanagerie, a literary anthology about the intersection of human and animal behavior. Which is also 100% perfect.

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Evaluation Notes for Candidates in the Shape-shifter Intelligence Program

Published Apr 4, 2019 · 1,109 words (5 minutes) · 3 likes · 275 views

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When a government agency develops a shape-shifter program and requires participants to play roles across genders and sexes, the participants discover both enlightening and deeply unsettling things about themselves and the program's agenda. (This story is ownvoices. And raw. There is a content warning for dysphoria and transphobia. There are also moments of self-discovery. It has my full heart.)

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Power Outage

Published Mar 21, 2019 · 6,107 words (23 minutes) · 259 views

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When the Destroyer comes, worlds fall. Trauma gave Lieve the ability to fly and manipulate energy fields and she joined the Wardens in protecting her world. Now the Destroyer of Worlds has come down from the sky, and to save her world she must confront her past and the nature of her powers themselves.

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