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Holly Heisey

Holly Heisey writes about things strange, beautiful, and queer.

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Holly 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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Good King Lyr: Part 2

Apr 19, 2019 · 9,276 words (34 minutes) · 8 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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Good King Lyr: Part 1

Apr 12, 2019 · 9,825 words (36 minutes) · 22 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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Evaluation Notes for Candidates in the Shape-shifter Intelligence Program

Apr 4, 2019 · 1,094 words (4 minutes) · 3 likes · 43 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: Deposed

Apr 2, 2019 · 2,433 words (9 minutes) · 41 views

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You've just lost your empire. Does it make you the worst ruler in the history of rulers to be glad you lost the war?

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The Space Roads: Space Watch on the Colossus

Mar 26, 2019 · 1,345 words (5 minutes) · 33 views

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Space travel is so not all it's cracked up to be, especially when you'll have to miss your favorite show.

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Power Outage

Mar 21, 2019 · 6,107 words (23 minutes) · 43 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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The Space Roads: Civilization in Miniature

Mar 18, 2019 · 1,627 words (6 minutes) · 1 like · 42 views

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You're in the passenger side of the mobile hab, gripping the sidebar because the terrain on New Sydney is making a roller coaster on Mars seem like a smooth ride. 

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The Space Roads: Baptism of Fire

Mar 11, 2019 · 1,690 words (7 minutes) · 48 views

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As your fleets converge, you face your brother across lines of politics and duty. One of you will survive. Or maybe both. But history will be changed.

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The Space Roads: Sound

Mar 5, 2019 · 1,391 words (6 minutes) · 1 like · 74 views

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There's not supposed to be sound in space. So why, as you and your salvage partner walk through the derelict cruiser, do you hear ticking?

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An Understanding

Feb 28, 2019 · 3,515 words (13 minutes) · 1 like · 54 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.