Back To The Queer Future #8: One Giant Leap For Queerkind

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A light breeze tickles your face as you awaken outside beneath a clear azure sky. Although you can see nature in the distance, your immediate surroundings are overwhelmingly beige - you’re in some kind of industrial complex, on a large expanse of faded concrete punctuated with giant boxy buildings. You hear a bit of a hubbub nearby and turn a corner to see a space shuttle attached to a massive rocket! There are a bunch of people in light blue jumpsuits heading towards the shuttle, waving at folks in the distance. One of the be-jumpsuited people is a woman: it’s Sally Ride! She must be about to make history as the first (queer) American woman to go into space!

Suddenly, there’s a loud pop followed by a fizzing noise coming from the direction of the launchpad. Engineers swarm the area, trying to work out where it’s come from and whether the launch will be able to go ahead. You see a wisp of smoke coming from a panel on the ...

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Sally does something with computers for a living. Beyond this, she enjoys making gifs, dreaming up stories, and overthinking. She lives over a river in the South of England, but her heart belongs forever to the North.

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