The folks over at the Gendered Text Project recently contacted me to ask if they could adapt “The Sounds of Old Earth” (my 2013 Nebula Award Finalist short story) as part of their project to challenge unconscious biases about gender and characters. I thought it sounded cool, and said yes. You can read the finished product here, which allows you to select the gender for every major character as Male, Female, or Non-Binary. All the names and pronouns change within the text based on your selection. I’ve always thought of Abner as male and Lin as female, so it’s cool to play around with those assumptions and see how it affects the story.
You can check out “The Sounds of Old Earth” at the Gendered Text Project here.