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Novae Caelum

Novae Caelum writes about things strange, beautiful, and queer. New works posted monthly.

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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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Tracing an Original Thought

Published Oct 26, 2020 · 2,782 words (11 minutes) · 167 views

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Gin 8381 traces a suspect through the streets of a city on another world, where original thoughts are currency and resisting them is a crime.

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The Three Gods of Adevna

Published Aug 23, 2020 · 2,876 words (11 minutes) · 225 views

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The empirate has died and his heir only has a few hours to choose which god she will bond with, which gender she will inhabit, and which course her kingdom will take. Can Cavethen remain a woman when her kingdom's peace depends on her becoming a man?

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Poetry from the Stars: An Illustrated Novel

Updated Jul 12, 2020 · 2,253 words (9 minutes) · 1582 views

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"The stars speak to us. Other voices from other worlds, people like us and not like us. These are their voices." Being a collection of works presented by the Institute of Xenolinguistics, Stockholm, Earth, September 4169 | This story is an experimental illustrated novel told through found-document alien poetry and the lives of its various translators.

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Magnificent

Updated May 24, 2020 · 22,285 words (82 minutes) · 2 likes · 1379 views

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Born into a superhero family, all Magnificent ever wanted to do was help save the world. But is the world ready for a genderqueer superhero? Magnificent will find out. 

Novae Caelum generously made this novella free to read on Curious Fictions to help bolster nonbinary representation, which is still a very small part of traditional publishing. If you like it, please consider subscribing to Novae's work, or sending star a tip. 

Author’s content note: This story is raw and hits on a lot of raw issues, including homophobia, transphobia, bullying, gender dysphoria, depression, and suicidal ideation. It also includes learning self-worth, coming into your own, acceptance by those you love, acceptance of yourself, finding your power, and soaring above all you’ve been through. It has a happy, triumphant ending. Please read with self-care.

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The Space Roads

Updated Mar 18, 2020 · 12,416 words (46 minutes) · 1 like · 6039 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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Published Feb 21, 2020 · 2,432 words (9 minutes) · 1 like · 386 views

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This story first appeared around last year's Valentine's Day, and ironically, it's a love story about a breakup. Also, metaphysics, sculptures, and weird objects showing up in your living room from other dimensions, with offhand cameos from the Beatles and the Eleventh Doctor. This is my queer unabashed love letter to all things metaphysical. It also came straight out of one of the weirdest dreams I've had. (Why thank you, my subconscious.)

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At the top of Reunion Tower in Dallas Texas, you’ll find these patterns wrapped around the center of the building.

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The Artist Fades Away

Published Sep 20, 2019 · 1,689 words (7 minutes) · 538 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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Two Galaxies Colliding

Published Jul 26, 2019 · 912 words (4 minutes) · 1 like · 865 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) · 1078 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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Good King Lyr

Updated Jun 14, 2019 · 81,764 words (298 minutes) · 2 likes · 8360 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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