FYI, I participated in this incredible roundtable discussion for Strange Horizons. We talk about Indigenous science, comic conventions, certain indefensible failures of mainstream SFF, hopeful futures, and more! Check it out:
Decolonizing Science Fiction And Imagining Futures: An Indigenous Futurisms Roundtable In Strange Horizons (Issue 30, January 2017) with Rebecca Roanhorse, Elizabeth LaPensee, and Johnnie Jae
Behind column #1
Pros: this column is wide and sturdy.
Cons: the metal pipes make sounds and heat. Just the pipes.
Take a selfie in the dark. Now both my arms are clear. Can you see them in the bright pictures? It’s like a game of hide and seek.
Under a blanket.
Pros: easy to hide & wash.
Cons: look like a ghost.
Another pro: look like a ghost.
So cozy for a hiding spot.
I have a new horror story in Mythic Delirium 3.3, “The Famine King.” You can read it online heeeere: Mythic Delirium 3.3, February Featured Story. It’s about wendigo movies, psychosis, hunger, and the cannibal world we live in. Although the story is among my most personal and complex, this blog post will not comment on its meaning(s) or try to direct reader interpretation. However, I’d like to discuss (briefly) the main character, Irene. During the story, she has a psychotic episode, and guess what! She’s not the bad guy! That’s no spoiler, by the way: it’s something that should go without saying. Unfortunately, the horror genre is not known for realistic or sympathetic portrayals of mental illness. Cough. It’s time for a change!
Final fun fact: alternate universe versions of Irene and Az (protagonists in “The Famine King”) appeared in the first story I sold, “To Sleep.” It’s a creepy flash about troubled dreams and small-town hatred. It’s inspired by the worst place I ever lived, a little town called Castleton, Vermont. Ask me about Castleton sometime. I dare you. The story is still in the Fiction 365 archives, but you can also read a copy on my blog: To Sleep
The Famine King: art by Lee Wagner. For more of Lee’s work, visit Twitter (@archwags) or Instagram (archwags)
In the moment Lives Between Time
met a human named Hermelinda,
an anthill, shorn by lawnmower blades,
bore its labyrinthine belly
to the hot Dallas summer. Continue reading
Pros: very quiet.
Cons: required contortion.
Somehow, while writing my dissertation about phytoplankton genes, I had time to publish a few stories! BEHOLD! My precious fiction!
- “Black, Their Regalia” – Apache and Navajo musicians save the world (or die trying). Published in Lightspeed Magazine’s POC Destroy Fantasy! Contains hope during the apocalypse and righteous friendship. 4100 words. Available free online here.
- “Né łe!” – an Apache veterinarian makes difficult decisions – and falls in love – during a puppy-tastic disaster en route to Mars. Also known as “that story with 40 Chihuahuas in space.” Published in Love Beyond Body, Space, and Time, an anthology of indigenous SF/F. 4200 words.
- Goodreads (with plenty of reviews)
- Né łe! was mentioned in reviews of Love Beyond Body, Space, and Time by Dr. Debbie Reese, Polenth Blake, and Bogi Takács.
- Spotlight by LGBTQ Reads
- For award consideration requests, please contact me via email (darcielittlebadger @ gmail . com) – I recommend reading the whole anthology, though, since it’s overflowing with wonderful stories by indigenous writers.
- “Our Laughing Gale” – High fantasy about horrifying secrets. Winner of the Spirit’s Tincture inaugural issue flash fiction contest. Free in Spirit’s Tincture #1 (digital) About 950 words.