Darcie Little Badger is coming to Austin as the Writer Guest of ArmadilloCon!
Dr. Darcie Little Badger is the Nebula and Locus award-winning writer of Elatsoe and A Snake Falls to Earth. She is a Lipan Apache writer with a PhD in oceanography, having studied gene expression in toxin-producing phytoplankton at Texas A&M University. She has served the Lipan Apache Tribe as its expert geologist and as a delegate to the National Congress of American Indians.
Her critically acclaimed debut novel, Elatsoe (2020), was featured in Time Magazine as one of the “100 Best Fantasy Books of All Time.” Elatsoe also won the Locus Award for Best First Novel and was a finalist for the Nebula, Ignyte, Lodestar and Dragon awards. It was listed on many, many best of the year lists, including NPR, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, TOR.com, the Boston Globe, Booklist (Top 10 SF/Fantasy & Horror for Youth: 2020, Top 10 First Novels for Youth: 2020, Carte Blanche: Personal Best, 2020), and the American Library Association (Rainbow List, Best Fiction for Young Adults and Notable Children’s Books). Elatsoe was published by Levine Querido and includes beautiful illustrations by Rovina Cai.
Her second fantasy novel, A Snake Falls to Earth (2021), received the Newbery Honor and is on the National Book Awards longlist. It has gotten a stack of great reviews, including one from Texas Monthly.
Dr. Little Badger writes excellent short fiction. As a start, if you have not read it, try “Nkásht íí,” which appeared in Strange Horizons, December 2014. “Black, Their Regalia” was featured in People of Color Destroy Fantasy in 2016, which was edited by Daniel José Older. “Kelsey and the Burdened Breath,” appeared in the 2020 Locus, World Fantasy, Ignyte and Starburst award-winning anthology New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color, edited by Nisi Shawl. She has stories in two new anthologies — Lost Worlds & Mythological Kingdoms (March 2022) and Death in the Mouth: Original Horror By People of Color (July 2022). This fall, look for At Midnight: 15 Beloved Fairy Tales Reimagined (November 2022), which will include “Coyote in High-top Sneakers,” her retelling of “Puss in Boots.” In 2023, watch for Never Whistle at Night, an anthology of indigenous dark fiction. To find more of her stories, see her website.
Dr. Little Badger writes for comics as well! Her newest is Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Shapeshifters #2, which was just released. Also look for Marvel’s Voices: Indigenous Voices (2020), The United States of Captain America (2021), and the Strangelands series from Humanoid. Shining Ascension, a webcomic, is viewable on Tumblr, with a new issue that features art by Nick Robles!
In addition to her scientific works, her nonfiction SF-related publications are also notable! Decolonizing Science Fiction and Imagining Futures: An Indigenous Futurisms Roundtable (Strange Horizons, 30 January 2017) is a discussion between Dr. Little Badger, Rebecca Roanhorse, Elizabeth LaPensée, and Johnnie Jae. “Hopefulbright to the Rescue!” (People of Color Take Over Fantastic Stories of the Imagination) is more fun to read than your average book review (“This comic series should come with a laugh track. Feel free to provide your own.”) and will send you off to read and enjoy Arigon Starr’s Super Indian series. “The H Word: When Danger Is Announced” (Nightmare Magazine, Aug 2019) is a creepy five minute read you don’t want to miss.
Darcie is married to a veterinarian named Taran.