SOLARPUNK : A REFERENCE GUIDE
Last update: 14.mar.17
Solarpunk is a movement in speculative fiction, art, fashion and activism that seeks to answer and embody the question “what does a sustainable civilization look like, and how can we get there?” The aesthetics of solarpunk merge the practical with the beautiful, the well-designed with the green and wild, the bright and colorful with the earthy and solid. Solarpunk can be utopian, just optimistic, or concerned with the struggles en route to a better world — but never dystopian. As our world roils with calamity, we need solutions, not warnings. Solutions to live comfortably without fossil fuels, to equitably manage scarcity and share abundance, to be kinder to each other and to the planet we share. At once a vision of the future, a thoughtful provocation, and an achievable lifestyle.
We have received DMs from quite a few people who wanted to get into solarpunk but didn’t find it very accessible after looking at the results of the google search.
The links below are an attempt to open up the optics of the solarpunk community for newcomers and others looking for references . A lot of the early discussions happened on tumblr from 2014 onward after Miss Olivia Louise’s character concept post took off — with a core community of stewards who know who they are.
What follows is not meant to be an exhaustive list but hopefully will increasingly become one. We’re also aware that we are missing almost all of the art references from this list. :(
We also didn’t include any posts from us here at solarpunks.tumblr.com
Please get in touch with art references as a lot of content has lost their attribution — Jay
Figuring out “Solarpunk”?
So I've had an idea (not an original one of course, but one that hasn't had a lot of use) that I think has lots of…absolutewrite.com
So I’ve had an idea (not an original one of course, but one that hasn’t had a lot of use) that I think has lots of mileage; solarpunk.
Imagine um mundo sustentável, movido por energias limpas e renováveis, menos agressivas ao meio ambiente. Agora imagine…editoradraco.com
“a Brazilian anthology of solarpunk literature whose opening lines were roughly translated in an Australian article in 2014. “Now imagine large space sailboats driven by solar radiation, production of biofuels via nanotechnology, the advent of photosynthetic humans, and, as there is no perfect society, even terrorism against corrupt businesses and governments. Welcome to the bright green world of solarpunk.” — The New Utopians
When steam power was replaced by solar power, the world of solarpunk was born. Thus, solarpunk is a world after…www.flickr.com
“Welcome to a world run by solar energy.”
Low-Power/No-Power #LoNo Computing (PDF)
The Analog vs. The Digital
“The term for Reid’s proposal, above, (and the title of the essay it comes from) is “Solarpunk.” I’m not sure it represents any real revolutionary shift, nothing of a movement yet, but it does provide a valuable new perspective, a paradigm and a vocabulary through which to describe one possible future. “
Here’s a thing I’ve had around in my head for a while!
Here’s a thing I’ve had around in my head for a while! Okay, so I’m pretty sure that by now everyone…missolivialouise.tumblr.com
“Aesthetically my vision of solarpunk is very similar to steampunk, but with electronic technology, and an Art Nouveau veneer.”
Solarpunk: Notes toward a manifesto
It's hard out here for futurists under 30. As we percolated through our respective nations' education systems, we were…hieroglyph.asu.edu
“We’re solarpunks because the only other options are denial or despair.”
#solarpunk for socialists
#solarpunk for socialists #fusionpunk for fascists#infrastructure #politics
what the heck is solar punk?
I'm pretty frustrated because I just wrote this post and Chrome crashed before I could post it but whatever So I've…txwatson.tumblr.com
I love the idea of Solarpunk planners and designers and architects keeping in mind as a real priority making their spaces deliberately pleasant, comfortable and helpful for people with disabilities
Solarpunk: a new movement sees the future in a positive light
A new theme is emerging in science fiction literature and art: solarpunk. It imagines the future as bright, green and…www.abc.net.au
“IMAGINE A SUSTAINABLE world, driven by clean and renewable energy. Now imagine large space sailboats driven by solar radiation, production of biofuels via nanotechnology, the advent of photosynthetic humans, and, as there is no perfect society, even terrorism against corrupt businesses and governments. Welcome to the bright green world of solarpunk.”
7 reasons why solarpunk is the most important speculative fiction movement in the last 20 years
It's hopeful. Solarpunk doesn’t require an apocalypse. It's a world in which humans haven't destroyed ourselves…kdhume.tumblr.com
“1 . It’s hopeful. Solarpunk doesn’t require an apocalypse. It’s a world in which humans haven’t destroyed ourselves and our environment, where we’ve pulled back just in time to stop the slow destruction of our planet. We’ve learned to use science wisely, for the betterment of ourselves and our planet. We’re no longer overlords. We’re caretakers. We’re gardeners.”
Interview with Adam Flynn on Solarpunk
Last year the term solarpunk came onto my radar. I read a piece at Arizona State University's Imagination and Climate…eco-fiction.com
I don’t think anyone “owns” solarpunk, but I certainly feel like one of its stewards. As to whether it’s a ‘movement,’ I think it definitely has the potential to be one, but I think we’re another year out from it really being there.
Please note this page's content has been updated as of 11-12-15. For the original content discussing the evolving…www.sherylkaleo.com
TAKE the POLL! What do YOU think should be done with the domains solarpunk.com and solarpunk.org? Magazine? Bulletin board? Sandbox?
DIY Solar Sail Boat. Solar Punk style
“I got this idea for a boat…”
Solarpunk wants to save the world
In the news, the state of our planet is doom and gloom: another species is always disappearing, an exceptionally…www.hopesandfears.com
A sunny disposition: The “solar” in Solarpunk is both a description and metaphor for the movement’s commitment to a utopia that is accessible to every human on earth, as well as to all of our planet’s lifeforms. No single business can capture and privatize sunlight to hoard it for itself or sell it at a cost. It’s one of the only universally accessible goods.
Interview Part 1: Sheryl Kaleo on the New Sub-Genre Solarpunk
There's a new genre in town.www.carbonculturereview.com
“Solarpunk music. The best I can imagine would be something earthy and symphonic with nature sounds incorporated and just a touch of techno.”
Interview Part 2: Alia Gee on the New Sub-Genre Solarpunk
Who came up with the term solarpunk? How did that word get coined and chosen instead of something else? That would be…www.carbonculturereview.com
“THERE ARE OTHER BOOKS THAT ARE LABELED SOLARPUNK??? THIS IS SO COOL!”
The New Utopians
Climate change, so difficult to grapple with because it requires the cooperation of nations across the globe, points to…newrepublic.com
Kim Stanley Robinson and the novelists who want to build a better future through science fiction.
IGNITE Boston, NDoCH 2015: Matt Cloyd
“We can be part of it right now: But we have SO much work to do”
ENL Solarpunk and Eco-Futurism
“In August 2014, Miss Olivia Louise wrote a Tumblr post proposing the creation
of a new subgenre: solarpunk. Solarpunk, sometimes called eco-futurism, would be set in a semi-utopian future visually influenced by Art Nouveau and Hayao Miyazaki, and built according to principles of new urbanism and environmental sustainability — an “earthy” handmade version of futuretech, in opposition to the slick, white, spacebound surfaces of 1980s futurism.“
SOLARPUNK: WE ARE GOLDEN, AND OUR FUTURE IS BRIGHT
by Posted in Guest Oct 22, 2015 Writing and Publishing The following article was written by RoAnna Sylva, author of…www.scifiideas.com
“pretty much embodies the idea that while the future might be an overwhelming prospect, it doesn’t have to be frightening, and it doesn’t have to hurt.”
On the Political Dimensions of Solarpunk
Can the new Tumblr-grown aesthetic break through the smog to change the Twenty-First Century conversation?medium.com
You’ve heard of the hacker slogan “move fast and break things”? Solarpunk should move quietly and plant things.
“Where humans live in balance with their environment “
Solarpunk Resources (PDF)
This sci-fi enthusiast wants to make “solarpunk” happen
In the realm of sci-fi subgenres, there's a little something for everyone. For the nihilists who envision a techno…grist.org
In short, solarpunk is a reaction to climate change, inequality, and our cultural obsession with dystopian futures.
How to make a Solarpunk Story
“Animatic for my storyboarding class I had a lot of fun with it and went a little overboard since I like the subject so much”
Solarpunk Ham Radio Club
Adam Rothstein is an insurgent archivist and artist. He writes about politics, media, art, and technology wherever he…radicalnetworks.org
In 2016 a disaster response network of trained radio users sporting an ideal budget of $0 per person was born.
Here come the solarpunks
Move aside cyber- and steam-, these guys are waging a war on denial and despair How Solarpunk are you? Here's the deal…collectively.org
“There’s no single right way to do solarpunk. Instead, diverse communities from around the world adopt the name, ideas, or both, and build little nests of self-sustaining revolution.”
LE FUTUR C’EST MAINTENANT : Le Solar Punk, qu’est ce que c’est ? (French)
LE FUTUR C'EST MAINTENANT. Avec Thomas Schlesser, Ganael Bascoul, Jean Rouzaud, Lundi-Vendredi 18H30 Le futur, qu'est…podcloud.fr
Wings of Renewal: A Solarpunk Dragon Anthology
The future is vibrant, hopeful, and filled with dragons. In WINGS OF RENEWAL, twenty-two authors explore the exciting new subgenre of solarpunk through the lens of these majestic creatures
Tired of dystopias dominating what our future might look like? Move aside cyberpunk. Here comes Solarpunk! Solarpunk is…enthea.org
The “punk” in solarpunk is about rebellion, counterculture, countereconomics, enthusiasm, and individuality. It’s about going in a different direction than the mainstream, that’s increasingly going in a scary direction. A counterculture and economics that values individual choice, freedom, decentralization, self-direction, love and hope — qualities missing in mainstream culture. It’s about creating a safe space for free expression, creativity, to “punk out” and express your unique and true self.
A web fiction magazine publishing short science fiction in the genre of solarpunk: hopeful and nuanced portrayals of…www.solarpunkpress.com
Solarpunk Press begins posting regular fiction in text and audio formats until Nov 2016: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_jkdsIXa8B6XelRUa7oh0A
Solarpunk — harvinainen teema pelialalla (Finnish)
Karelia University of Applied Sciences. Second year students design a 2D game. We explored what it means for the games Solar Punk theme.
What is Solarpunk?
Please see this thread in SFF World for a roundtable of thoughts about what solarpunk is and how to think about…eco-fiction.com
“it seems that solarpunk is a solution for modern day economic and environmental injustice. While Adam calls this genre tech-based, the Tumblr crowd also includes a lot of concept ideas for fashion, architecture, and engineering, which fuse art and science with the natural world.”
Sieudiver — Solarpunk City
Album: The Great Escape
Solarpunk — a SFFWorld Topic
Solarpunk is the topic in our third SFFWorld Topic debate and we have been so lucky to be joined by no less than eight…www.sffworld.com
“A big welcome to:
Adam Flynn, Andrew Dana Hudson, Claudie Arseneault, Faith Roses Gregory, KD Hume, Mary Woodbury, T.X. Watson”
“I believe solarpunk could be a valid and innovative theme in science fiction”
An Interview with Gerson Lodi-Ribeiromedium.com
“Four years ago, after two anthologies about Vaporpunk (2010) and Dieselpunk (2011), you decided to publish a sunny sci-fi anthology christening it not Greenpunk but Solarpunk. “
My Blanket Critique of Solarpunk Writing.
So I have been reading a lot of solarpunk fiction recently (and listening to it, too!) mostly from the podcast…solarpunk-look-book.tumblr.com
“The answer is for solarpunk writers to be a little less ambitious and tell their stories focusing on a small area of what they want to say, rather than give a rip roaring adventure of wonderment and compassion for the environment and hundreds of other things that are all desperately trying to be conveyed.”
WEEKLY WRITING CHALLENGE
Here are the things that are covered in today's Regularity: WEEKLY MONTAGE: Cut together a 1 minute video showcasing…hitrecord.org
“Write a story, poem, script, or vignette inspired by the theme solarpunk (also known as optimistic sci-fi)”
Solarpunk- Welcome to the club
The -punk family of genres is an extremely fertile one. Though most people have only really heard of cyberpunk or…medium.com
The hard part will not be creating solarpunk artwork, games, novels, comics, even from a cursory examination of the community it’s absolutely raring to go with ideas and projects and support. The trick is in creating a popular and sustainable genre, one as sustainable as the technologies that it speculates over.
What is Solarpunk?
From the perspective of the early 21st century, things look pretty grim. A deadly cocktail of crises engulf the people…solarpunkanarchists.com
“Solarpunk is a Revolt of Hope Against Despair: Solarpunk is a rebellion against the structural pessimism in our late visions of how the future will be. “
Kickstarter :: Sunvault: Stories of Solarpunk & Eco-Speculation
“There are various communities online that are imagining and building solarpunk as an idea and an aesthetic, but as a literary movement, it is as yet largely undefined. That’s where you come in. Sunvault is the SF community’s opportunity to define the solarpunk genre. “
Solarpunk in Trump’s America: T.X. Watson’s vlog-shaped thing, episode 016
All of my (writing | vlogging) about activism comes from a solarpunk perspective, but this is the first time I’ve really talked about it here from that frame of reference.
Star Trek and Solarpunk
Sometimes, Melissa and I are completely lazy. We'll curl up on the bed with wine and pretzels and set out her old brick…rmathieu.wordpress.com
These are people who look to the last solid decade of apocalypse, and tell it to go to Hell. These are people who dream of a brighter future — a future of decentralized solar cells, of mighty windjammers built from the husks of oil tankers, of curling green cities and the gastronomical delight of all the undiscovered sea vegetables which will grace our plates.
Everything Change: An Anthology of Climate Fiction
Everything Change: An Anthology of Climate Fiction Everything Change features twelve stories from our 2016 Climate…climateimagination.asu.edu
Adam Flynn and Andrew Dana Hudson short story “Sunshine State”
Hope in the Dark
hanuhanukParshat Miketz, Genesis 41:1-44:17 The story of Joseph, which continues this week in Parshat Miketz, tells of…blog.hebrewcollege.edu
I recently learned something about hope from Bayla, a student in the Teen Beit Midrash where I teach. She taught this year’s cohort about Solarpunk
can i get a rundown on what solarpunk is?
can i get a rundown on what solarpunk is? - Solarpunk is a pretty new genre of speculative fiction, and a corresponding…thejaymo.tumblr.com
a ton of detailed and nuanced development of the ideas in solarpunk on Tumblr, which some of us have recently noticed are less accessible to newcomers than we might have assumed, which is something we need to work on…
Can the Solarpunk Movement Give Us the Sexual Utopia We’ve Been Waiting For?
An optimistic view of the future from an emerging Sci-Fi genre. Bicycles humming down winding avenues; buildings…futureofsex.net
In its heart, solarpunk is not just in the idea of an eco-friendly heaven-on-earth. It’s the idea of humanity achieving a social evolution that embraces tolerance, compassion, acceptance.
Understanding Solarpunk 101 — When Solar Meets Decentralisation Technologies
Before starting this off, please note that the solarpunk movement is one that borderlines fiction and reality. Just…steemit.com
Upon discovering this genre a year ago through the Ethereum subreddit, it lit up some lightbulbs in my mind. I’ve seen patchworks of Solarpunk reflected in many different projects all around the planet.
OBSOLETE! #10: The SolarPunk Issue is HERE!
The OBSOLETE! zine has reached a new level with 48 pages of fiction, interviews, essays and artwork. SolarPunk, the…obsolete-press.com
The OBSOLETE! zine has reached a new level with 48 pages of fiction, interviews, essays and artwork. SolarPunk, the latest movement in science fiction, brings together the ideas of eco-anarchism and post-dystopianism and recognizes science fiction as not just entertainment but a form of activism. Check it out!!
SOLARPUNK: FIGHTING THE TRAJECTORY OF OUR DYSTOPIAN FUTURE
Solarpunk offers creators a unique opportunity to envision a world with a more diverse and eco-friendly future.geeksout.org
Not a dystopian hellscape nor an escapist fantasy, solarpunk looks to create possible worlds where humankind has achieved harmony with the world we all live in and depend on.
Biketopia: Feminist Bicycle Science Fiction Stories
- In the solarpunk future, will robots have rights, too?
- When your health is closely monitored during a pregnancy, who gets to decide if bicycling is healthy or dangerous for your unborn child?
- How do you survive the day to day in a community where you have zero freedoms, including freedom of movement?
- When your agrarian society relies on bikes and now you’re at war with the city where the factory is, how do you replace your broken spoke?