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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) · 265 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) · 328 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) · 2035 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 · 2217 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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Two Galaxies Colliding

Published Jul 26, 2019 · 942 words (4 minutes) · 1 like · 1027 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) · 1212 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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Featured June 13, 2019

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Possibilities of a Quantum Soul

Published Jun 6, 2019 · 1,025 words (4 minutes) · 7 likes · 1715 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) · 926 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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Power Outage

Published Mar 21, 2019 · 6,107 words (23 minutes) · 940 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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Contents of Care Package to Etsath-tachri, Formerly Ryan Andrew Curran (Human English Translated to Sedrayin)

Published Mar 12, 2018 · 959 words (4 minutes) · 1 like · 1499 views

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"We are sorry for the lack of symmetry, the cloth mammal was obviously damaged and repaired at some point. We were told not to modify it."

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