Decolonizing Science Fiction And Imagining Futures: An Indigenous Futurisms Roundtable

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

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It’s a Steampunk Universe … Unless You’re an Indigenous American

EDIT 2/29/2016: Publisher Steven Saus has responded to my and other criticisms (particularly regarding use of the term “exceptionalities”) about the Steampunk Universe call to submissions. Happily, changes have been made. The updated call is here: http://steampunkuniverse.alliterationink.com

My faith in the project has been restored, and I encourage diverse writers to submit their stories. If you have further concerns, please don’t be afraid to speak. You and your voice are important; based on my experience today, I feel that the publisher and editor of Steampunk Universe respect that.

Please bear in mind that the views in this post are mine and mine alone. I do not speak for all Lipan Apache people; I certainly don’t speak for all indigenous Americans. Continue reading

Interview: Darcie Little Badger

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Today we’re joined by Darcie Little Badger.  Darcie is a wonderfully talented Apache writer who writes short fiction in the the horror and dark fantasy genres.  Her work has recently appeared in Strange Horizons, Vignettes from the End of the World, and Dark Eclipse.  My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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Please, tell us about your art.

I write speculative fiction, stories from my daydreams and nightmares. Favorite genres include horror, dark fantasy, and fantasy. Though my published work is all short-form (< 10,000 words per story), I’ve been planning a humor/mystery/horror novel for several years; that project will begin in earnest after I complete my scientific dissertation. By day, I study phytoplankton genes.

What inspires you?

Besides those pesky daydreams and nightmares, my greatest inspirations are other authors. I read horror fiction nightly – haunting lullabies! When something really…

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Comic Book Teaser: The Brothers Three

Nick Robles has created more glorious character art for Shining Ascension. Nick, you’re awesome! ❤

Brothers Three

Maedoc the King’s Son (ax), Caratacos the Magician’s Son (spear), and Bricius the Poet’s Son (crouching) meet Bregga during her quest. Are they friends or foes? You’ll have to read the comic to find out! 😀

The half-brothers will appear in the Shining Ascension series, coming to the Internet early 2015.

Sneak Peek: Action on the Stormy Sea!

Fight!Breg defends a ship the only way she knows how: like a boss. This partial battle scene was illustrated by the exceptional Nick Robles. The rest of the action has been cut because it contains spoilers for the upcoming comic book series, Shining Ascension! As the deadline nears, I’ll be posting oodles of art and some teasers for the plot! Stay tuned ❤ Click on the pic for better resolution.