From “Marvel’s Voices Expands with ‘Marvel’s Voices: Indigenous Voices’ #1”: “Geoscientist and Lipan Apache writer Darcie Little Badger joins acclaimed Whitefish Lake First Nation artist Kyle Charles for a Dani Moonstar story where she will face the crucial question of what her Indigenous heritage means in the new era of mutantkind.”Continue reading
It’s VIRTUAL WORLDCON TIME! Here’s where you can find me this year:
Infinite Entangled Futures: Indigenous Voices in Conversation
Programming – Programme Room 4 (Webinar)
Wednesday 15:00 NZST – 15:50 NZST | 50 minutes
(That’s 11:00 PM Tuesday, Eastern Time, USA)
Climate Change: Adaptation vs Resilience
Programming – Programme Room 4 (Webinar)
Thursday 9:00 NZST – 9:50 NZST | 50 minutes
(That’s 5 PM Wednesday, Eastern Time, USA)
Kaffeeklatsch: Darcie Little Badger
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Programming – Kaffeklatch and Literary Beer Room
Friday 12:00 NZST – 12:50 NZST | 50 minutes
(That’s 8 PM Thursday, Eastern Time, USA)
Writing for Young Adults
Programming – Programme Room 3 (Webinar)
Saturday 12:00 NZST – 12:50 NZST | 50 minutes
(That’s 8 PM Friday, Eastern Time, USA)
Reading: Darcie Little Badger
Programming – Reading Room 2
Saturday 13:30 NZST – 13:55 NZST | 25 minutes
(That’s 9:30 PM Friday, Eastern Time, USA)
If you can, please say hello! 😀
It’s one month until Elatsoe’s book birthday (August 25th), and I have exciting news (and more exciting news)!
Booklist gave Elatsoe a starred review! Combined with the stars from Publishers Weekly and Kirkus, my debut can now create a little constellation 😀
“Little Badger’s stunning, haunting debut brings to the fantasy genre a fresh voice and perspective, weaving in folktales, omens, and urban legends of the protagonist’s Lipan Apache culture”. —Booklist
Secondly, Elatsoe was chosen as a New England Book Award finalist in the YA category. Wow!
I’m so grateful for all the support my book has received. ❤ Thank you!
Although Elatsoe won’t hit the shelves until August 2020, early reviews are in. So far, my YA debut has received stars from both Kirkus Reviews and Publishers Weekly. Wowie! I’m so humbled and grateful for the support Elatsoe has already received from readers. Thank you!
Now, gotta get back to writing and nervously checking my email 🙂 I promise to update this blog more often!
A brilliant, engaging debut written by a talented author, it seamlessly blends cyberstalking with Vampire Citizen Centers and Lipan Apache stories. —Kirkus Reviews
Indigenous stories, modern-day technology, and the supernatural successfully blend to build a fast-paced murder mystery in Little Badger’s intriguing solo debut. —Publishers Weekly
Y’all, I’ve been waiting weeks to share this beauty with you. It has not been easy. BEHOLD: THE COVER OF ELATSOE! My tough Apache nerd has a face! ❤
Rovina Cai is incredible. She created this cover art and illustrated *every* chapter in Elatsoe.
Hello, everybody. In two weeks, I’m going to fly across the ocean and attend my first Worldcon in Dublin!!! What an adventure 😀 (I’m so winging this lol). Want to know where to find me? Here’s my panels and appearances. I’ll be the Darcie-shaped person in really big platform shoes.
THURSDAY (15 Aug)!
21:00 Making the asexual textual (CCD: Wicklow Hall-1)
In the past, many asexual and/or aromantic characters in science fiction and fantasy stories have not been overtly identified this way. Should writers be more explicit in stating asexual and aromantic characters’ identity? How do asexuality and aromanticness shape and change the way characters and their relationships with others
are perceived or written?
Darcie Little Badger (M), Wendy Metcalfe, Dr Edmund Schluessel, Jasmine Gower
FRIDAY (16 Aug)!
14:30 What we want to see: representation in comics (Point Square: Odeon 2)
While superhero comics have explored questions of identity from their inception, most main characters have traditionally been white, cishet, men. Although there have been exceptions, marginalised main characters existed, quite literally, in the margins. In recent years mainstream comics have become more inclusive, but still not everyone feels represented. Let’s talk about what’s there and what’s still needed.
Christopher Hwang (M), Darcie Little Badger, Maquel A. Jacob, Marieke Nijkamp
SATURDAY (17 Aug)!
15:00 Autographs (CCD: Level 4 Foyer)
Darcie Little Badger, Corinne Duyvis, Stark Holborn, Neil Clarke, Michael Swanwick
19:00 Science and politics of water (CCD: Wicklow Hall-1)
Water is life. Twisting a line from Frank Herbert: ‘He who controls the water controls the universe.’ Our planet is covered by 70% water, our bodies comprise 70% water, and most plants contain 90% water. What other roles does water play in our technologically savvy world? How has water shaped our political landscape, in a time of rising tides and warming oceans? What can we do to protect our most precious resource?
Sam Fleming (M), Darcie Little Badger, Dr Tad Daley, Paolo Bacigalupi
SUNDAY (18 Aug)!
11:00 Kaffeeklatsch: Darcie Little Badger (CCD: Level 3 Foyer)
(TALK TO MEEEEE)
13:30 Diverse voices, better science (Point Square: Odeon 1)
Many people regard science as an accurate and neutral view of the world – yet philosophers and historians of science argue that science is not objective. Biases occur in science such as choosing what to research, which data to collect, and how to share that knowledge. Panelists consider how diverse voices can improve science, for example by questioning existing approaches or proposing new ones.
Corry L. Lee Ph.D. (M), Prof Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Darcie Little Badger, Dr Stewart Hotston
Readercon is THIS WEEK, and I hope you’re excited, ’cause I sure am! I’ll be moderating two panels this year, including “The Works of Stephen Graham Jones,” who is one of the guests of honor and a fantastic writer. I know Readercon isn’t big on costumes, but I’ll be cosplaying as a character from Stephen’s fiction this Saturday. It’s my sworn duty as a moderator. Five points* to anyone who guesses my identity.
Anyway, here’s my schedule! Can’t wait to see you there!
*Sorry, you can’t exchange points for cash.
Being Vague to Make Space for Horror
Stephen Graham Jones, Darcie Little Badger (mod), Sonya Taaffe, teri.zin, Paul Tremblay
Thu 8:00 PM, Salon B
In a 2016 blog post, Peter MacDonald argued that many creepypasta stories—unsettling urban legends that have been copied and pasted around the Internet—undermine their effectiveness as works of horror by providing overly concrete answers in the final stretch. Panelists will discuss whether this can be generalized to other horror stories—ones that less obviously blur the line between fiction and reality—and consider the importance to horror of ambiguity around the fantastic and supernatural.
Recent Nonfiction Essay Club: “Decolonizing the Imagination” by Zetta Elliott
John Chu, Darcie Little Badger, Kate Nepveu (mod), Vandana Singh, Cadwell Turnbull
Fri 12:00 PM, Salon A
In her essay “Decolonizing the Imagination,” published in Horn Book Magazine and on their website, Zetta Elliott wrote of the challenge in crafting portal fantasies and time travel stories that partook as much of her heritage as of the colonial literature she grew up reading as a mixed-race girl in Canada. This discussion will consider the questions raised by her essay, including, “Can time and space be shaped by an author to satisfy needs left unfulfilled by an unjust reality?”
Writing While Chronically Ill or Disabled
Lisa Bradley (mod), Jack Haringa, Vylar Kaftan, Darcie Little Badger, Sheila Williams
Sat 1:00 PM, Salon 3
There are myriad ways in which disabilities and chronic illnesses can make a writer’s life harder: chronic pain makes it hard to focus on writing, inaccessible venues diminish opportunities for networking, and speech difficulties can interfere with readings, to name just a few. What adaptation strategies can help a disabled or ill writer function? How can a writer who becomes disabled mid-career learn to adjust to the new status quo?
The Works of Stephen Graham Jones
Jack Haringa, John Langan, Darcie Little Badger (mod), teri.zin, Paul Tremblay
Sat 3:00 PM, Salon 3
Stephen Graham Jones is a Piikáni (Blackfeet) author of cutting-edge fiction, ranging from the crime, horror, and science fiction genres to the purely experimental. His work has been multiply nominated for the Shirley Jackson, Stoker, and World Fantasy Awards, with Mapping the Interior (2017) winning the Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Long Fiction. He has also won the Texas Institute of Letters Award and been the recipient of a National Endowment of the Arts fellowship in fiction. Playful, inventive, sincere, imaginative, touching, and horrifying, Jones’s work spans genres and defies the cynicism and alienation of postmodern literature. Please join us in welcoming him to Readercon and exploring his fiction.
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Hi everyone! You may have noticed that my updates have slowed on this wordpress blog, and old posts are VANISHING (oh no). That’s because I’m working on a BRAND NEW SITE! WOO! It’ll contain all the fiction, comics, and miscellaneous activities in my life, as well as a secret page for creepypasta.
Hope to see you there soon! Once the link is active, I’ll post it on this blog. As always, thank you for visiting, friends 🙂
P.S. I’ll continue updating the bibliography and “about” page on this wordpress blog BUT do wanna phase away from using it for blogging/writing stuff. Once T and I start posting webcomic updates, I’ll put them here.
I’ve done a couple podcasts recently. Check these out!
- Dr. T Hueston and I were interviewed about Mars colonization (and other fun subjects) as part of a multi-episode series by the astrophysicist Erika Nesvold (PhD). The series is called Making New Worlds: Exploring the Ethics of Human Settlement in Space, and I appear in both the first and last episode, like the bread on a sandwich. Delicious! Fun fact: T and I did this interview in a hotel room in Vegas and then went to the strip to fight zombies! Listen here (or read the transcript): https://makingnewworlds.com/2017/11/15/episode-1-why-are-we-going/ and https://makingnewworlds.com/2018/02/28/ep-13-should-we-settle-space/
- I discussed creepy childhood drawings, Indigenous futurisms, Native superheroes, my Victorian ghost story, problematic Native rep and the LIPAN APACHE MATRIARCHY (and other fun stuff) with Brianna daSilva for the podcast Females in Fantasy: https://soundcloud.com/femalesinfantasy/decolonizing-speculative-fiction-with-dr-darcie-little-badger
Wow, time sure flies! It seems like just 360 days ago since my last Readercon post. Guess what – TIME FOR ANOTHER ONE YEEEEAAAA! I’ll be on several panels at Readercon 29 this year. So excited! Be sure to ask for a business card (they have badgers on ’em, designed by yours truly).
Here’s a rundown:
10:00 AM • Defying Colonial Notions of Authenticity • Phenderson
Djèlí Clark, Pablo Defendini, José Pablo Iriarte, Darcie Little Badger,
In an interview for the blog Dive into Worldbuilding, GOH Ken Liu
discussed specifically wanting to go outside Western expectations
in writing a fantasy novel that uses Chinese foundational narratives
without writing a “magical China” novel, which he says often leads to
problematic and Orientalist misunderstandings. On Tor.com, Tochi
Onyebuchi says GOH Nisi Shawl’s novel Everfair is an Afrofuturistic
masterpiece even though it is historical fiction. How do these and
other narratives point the way toward decolonizing the future by challenging
and complicating conceptions of the past?
10:00 AM • Writing About Research and Discovery • Judith
Berman, Jeff Hecht, Kathy Kitts, Darcie Little Badger, Eric Schaller
Science fiction frequently features scientists and academics who are
doing and publishing original research—and sometimes gets it hilariously
wrong. Panelists who have done original academic and scientific
research will explain how to accurately represent researchers and their
processes and challenges.
12:00 PM • Solarpunk for Everyone • Michael J. DeLuca, Tom
Greene, Marissa Lingen, Darcie Little Badger, T.X. Watson
Solarpunk has become established as a progressive, proactive, optimistic,
climate-aware, politically aware field of speculative fiction. As
solarpunk authors imagine the future, how can they make sure that
future includes everyone? How can solarpunk develop and showcase
remedies not only the climatological errors of the present and past but
the social flaws of oppression, bias, and exclusion?
2:00 PM • Researching the Other • Rose Fox, Darcie Little Badger,
Mimi Mondal, Nisi Shawl, Kestrell Verlager
With Writing the Other, GOH Nisi Shawl and Cynthia Ward established
that writers have permission to write what they don’t know, as long as they do it with forethought and care. But when is it enough to check out
a library book, and when is it time to hire a sensitivity reader? This panel
will go beyond 101 to discuss the different types of research required by
different aspects of writing outside of one’s experiences.
As you can see, this year will be packed full of SCIENCE, so be sure to bring your lab coat!