by S.B. Edwards
Editors’ note: Author S.B. Edwards discusses her story and queer speculative art in Episode 5 of our limited-edition Decoded Pride Podcast.
If you’re hearing this, it’s because I’ve crashed the SS New Horizons into Mars’ Moon Phobos, killing everyone aboard I’m sure. And yeah, this isn’t a distress signal—I did it on purpose. Does that make me sound like a monster? Probably. So why am I bothering to make this final transmission to Earth? I suppose it won’t matter, since I’m definitely not going to survive this, but I guess part of me wants to be remembered for more than just being a murderer. The media—what’s left of it—will probably try to spin this into evidence that trans women are dangerous or why kids shouldn’t be raised by queer parents. I suppose in my case it’s true. But if you listen to this, maybe you’ll understand why.