Brandann is a writer of speculative fiction. Her short stories have appeared in publications including Anathema: Spec from the Margins and Page and Spine Literary Magazine. Her novel, The Hole in the World, debuted in October of 2019. She also writes an ongoing original space opera serial, Novi: Event Horizon, at her personal website (brhillmann.com), and has written a one-act (No Takebacks) and a two-act play (Beyond Possible Harm). She is currently working on her second novel, a sequel to The Hole in the World.
The Hole in the World
Magic is, and always has been, all around us. At least, Innes has always believed so. Kahrin? She’s more skeptical. After all, she’s never seen proof. That doesn’t stop her from supporting her best friend in his belief, as in all things in their lives.
One accident and a near-miss later, the pair are forced to grapple with the realities of the world of magic, whether they believe in it or not. Innes is sure that the mysterious Yelena is more than just a beautiful girl with amnesia and a prickly brother. Kahrin is sure she’s going to regret going along with it. Still, she does, because she trusts him, and that has always been the foundation upon which their love and friendship is built.
The Hole in the World is a story of love, friendship, and knowing that sometimes that is all you need to have trust.
Described as “quietly devastating” by Andrew Wilmot, “Soul Sisters” is the story of Tab, a woman caught in a desperate situation and who faces a horrifying bargain for the power to free herself.
You can read it for free online at Anathema: Spec From the Margins.
Novi: Event Horizon
The Natives of Xandarian Moon No. VI have been occupied and their home used as a military outpost by the Central Imperium Fleet for so long they cannot remember much before it. Even the eldest of their people struggles to remember life in the before. A catastrophic event brings a key to that history back in the most violent way imaginable.
You can read it online for free at brhillmann.com.
Small town Jewish teenagers and best friends Danika Fang and Gavriel Harel grapple with feelings about the future after an impulsive decision stands poised to change their lives irrevocably. This one-act play follows Dany and Gabe as they navigate the precarious cusp of adulthood.
Beyond Possible Harm
In this two-act sci-fi play, Gloriana-Sofia has built her short but high-trajectory military career by always doing what was right according to the rules and laws. The delivery of new android assistant–a seemingly common SILAS S-B5, like so many others in the galaxy–which does not behave as expected challenges this. SILAS SB-5’s precociousness means it should be deactivated and destroyed. The android muddies what always seemed so clear to her.