My Sister Wives And Brother Husbands

Katie Boyer, co-founder of Screen Door Pictures, contributor and writer with Trekspertise, has another story published out in the world. This time in James Gunn's Ad Astra, which publishes poetry, fiction, and scholarly articles and is associated with the Center for the Study of Science Fiction at the University of Kansas. Katie's story, “Rosalee” is part of a short fiction series in which each piece retells an oft-anthologized story with a Southern, speculative twist. She sometimes calls her preferred genre “chicken fried sci-fi.” This story continues Alice Walker’s “Roselily,” with a pinch of Robert Heinlein’s The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, and large doses of her own speculation about our ecological future. Check out the story here: Katie's short fiction has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Birmingham Arts Journal, and Wingspan, and she is, as mentioned above, a contributing writer and editor for the Trekspertise YouTube channel. You can see a sample of “Rosalee” below.

Sample from "Rosalee", by Katie Boyer:

"My sister wives and brother husbands

She flexes her toes in new high-heeled shoes, feels the press of Earth gravity on her body for one last day, discomfort in the balls of her feet. Her parents’ simple church is festooned with ivy and daffodils, the air fresh with morning rain and glittering with sunlight. Leandro’s voice rings caramel rich and still unfamiliar as he speaks the words, holding her hands. Today he serves as groom and officiant both, though he sways subtly, like a tall pine on a lazy day, his wheelchair close by to receive him. Faces of various shades and ages, people she has never met, watch and smile from the monitor screens set up hurriedly around the altar. The faces belong to his husbands and wives. To her husbands and wives."

Read the rest of the story here:

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