QSFer Holly Heisey has a new lesbian sci fi short story out:
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.
Holly is offering two ebook copies of their short story Sky and Dew: In the Hallows, words are magic, and words can kill. Sky took a vow of silence and left the world above to keep her city’s magic alive. Now, she wanders the Hallows as an acolyte of the Lost Emperor – an unseen legend from another world whose words fuel the magic above. But when her lover breaks their vow of silence and falls deathly ill, Sky must descend to the deepest depths of the Hallows to beg the Lost Emperor’s help. What she finds, though, is a tragedy that spans centuries, and Sky will stop at nothing to make it right. Part otherworldly epic and part nonbinary love story, Sky and Dew is a standalone short story.
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A spark streaked down from the afternoon sky, flaring orange before it disappeared behind the high-rises. At the crowded hoverbus stop, Lieve shifted her hold on her grocery bags and squinted at the blue after-image.
Her heart started to pound. It had been forty years since humans first manifested powers—new classes of powers still showed up every now and then, and there were always variations within the classes. The person who was that spark could be manifesting something new. They didn’t have to be the Destroyer of Worlds.
The hoverbus sighed to a halt and began disgorging passengers. Lieve clutched her grocery bags, heavy with onions and celery and the jaco fruit that only came into season for two weeks out of the year. She had promised her wife she’d cook tonight. She’d promised she’d actually keep her promise this time.
Lieve dropped the bags and pressed her earpiece.
The answering bot chimed, “Central.”
“Tell Natan I’m going to investigate the incursion, it’s about five kilometers southwest of my current position.”
The comm channel clicked and Natan boomed, “Lieve, I’ve sent people to scout the area, I don’t want you anywhere near—”
Lieve tapped off her comm. Natan’s version of scouting usually involved shooting. She had to be sure this was what she feared. She couldn’t let an innocent go down.
Holly Heisey is a non-binary author, illustrator, and designer with a love of spaceships and a tendency to quote Monty Python. They’ve had stories in Intergalactic Medicine Show, The Doomsday Chronicles, Clockwork Phoenix 5, and Transcendent: The Year’s Best Transgender Speculative Fiction. Holly is currently writing a space opera epic, and you can find them online at hollyheisey.com.