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Holly Caelum Heisey

Holly Caelum Heisey writes about things strange, beautiful, and queer. New works posted weekly.

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Holly Caelum Heisey is an author, illustrator, and designer with a love of spaceships and a tendency to quote Monty Python. Their 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, Holly has worked in publishing, album art, and film, and their 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. Holly lives in Arizona with their Boston/Beagle mix, Sammy (who is the cutest ever), and their pet cactus, Larry (who doesn't bite). Most days you can find them with digital pen in hand, crafting imaginary worlds. Or writing alien poetry. Or typing furiously away at their serial genderfluid romance novels, with which they hope to take over the world. At least, that’s the plan. You can find them online at: https://hollyheisey.com

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Magnificent

Updated Jul 16, 2019 · 8,446 words (31 minutes) · 1 like · 29 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 novelette, updated weekly.

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The Tiger's Silent Roar

Published Jun 20, 2019 · 4,273 words (16 minutes) · 83 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 · 82,447 words (300 minutes) · 2 likes · 754 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 · 299 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) · 112 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 · 141 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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The Space Roads

Updated Apr 2, 2019 · 9,150 words (34 minutes) · 1 like · 747 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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Power Outage

Published Mar 21, 2019 · 6,107 words (23 minutes) · 139 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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An Understanding

Published Feb 28, 2019 · 3,534 words (13 minutes) · 1 like · 155 views

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After the universe was shattered into trillions of shards of unmatched time, a thirteen-thousand-year-old person helps rescue an infant who was stolen across one of those time walls, revisiting a place from his past.

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I was visiting my family in Kuala Lumpur and decided to go on a photo walk for the first time. This was taken from KL Tower, the tallest man made structure in Malaysia. The view at night is breathtaking and reminds me of how much more there is to see in the places we’ve been living in, but never really observing from a distance.

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What We Found at the Edge of a Black Hole

Published Feb 19, 2019 · 977 words (4 minutes) · 1 like · 157 views

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Things get a little glitchy around black holes.

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