If the future is hard to imagine, and much of culture seems to resort to apocalyptic fantasies, it may be time to turn to other sources to consider how we may prosper in the future. The original Futurism could be one such source. Here’s more from a Strange horizons Roundtable on the future of Indigenous people with science fiction authors Rebecca Roanhorse, Elizabeth Labence, Johnny Jay and Darcy Little Badger:
Darcy Little Badger: In order to explain what Aboriginal Future means to me as a writer, I need to discuss my past as a young reader. Between Kindergarten and 12th grade, I devoured every YA-shopped science fiction and fantasy book in every bookstore in every city I lived in (my family moved a lot). Something started to bother me. My favorite books were missing a crucial ingredient: people like me. The Native American characters I encountered were often stereotyped, like reflections in a fun house mirror. I got frustrated. invisible. In the end, I stopped reading science fiction. It’s hard to have a future where you no longer exist.
A book that changed my life. Love beyond the body, space and time is a 2016 LGBT anthology and science fiction/fantasy bi-spirit from Indigenous authors. It includes my story “Né łe” (a story about forty chihuahuas in space), so I received a review copy before the summer release date. I read the entire book in one sitting. The experience renewed a passion for speculative fiction that I thought I had lost. It only takes one powerful artwork to withstand a lifetime of disappointment and erasure. I was not alone. Publicly and privately, Indigenous readers have reached out to me to share their joy Love beyond the body, space and time Bring them. Aboriginal receptors speak to our experiences and souls. It is a celebration of who we were, are, and will be. I certainly hope my art contributes to such an important and powerful piece of work.
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