Latest Solarpunk Scifi: ‘optimistic and green’

Solarpunk was largely conceived as as science fiction genre.

For several years now, Arizona State University’s Center for Science and the Imagination has been exploring the intersection between science and science fiction, using stories as a way to imagine what a plausible future might look like. It releases a regular series of short stories through “Future Tense”, its partnership with Slate, and over the years has released a handful of short themed anthologies covering everything from space flight to solar power.

The center released a new anthology this week, Cities of Light: A Collection of Solar Futures, which includes short stories from Paolo Bacigalupi, S.B. Divya, Deji Bryce Olukotun, Andrew Dana Hudson, along with supporting, nonfiction essays.

The anthology is free online: you can get it in a variety of formats (there’s also a print on demand option), or simply read it online. It’s an accompaniment of sorts to an earlier anthology that the center released back in 2019: Weight of Light, A Collection of Solar Futures (which featured stories by Brenda Cooper, Andrew Dana Hudson, Cat Rambo, and Corey S. Pressman).

Arizona State University’s Free Solarpunk Anthology is All About Optimistic Futures |

Meanwhile, here’s something just out:

Tea And ‘A Psalm for the Wild-Built’ On The Moon – Book and Film Globe

Book Review: “A Psalm for the Wild Built” by Becky Chambers

With an overview of ‘classics’:

An Introduction to The Solarpunk Genre | Book Riot

It’s not just the English-speaking world which is into Solarpunk sci-fi:

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