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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.
In progress…
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
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 mileage; solarpunk.



“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

Lego Solarpunk

“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!

“Aesthetically my vision of solarpunk is very similar to steampunk, but with electronic technology, and an Art Nouveau veneer.”

Solarpunk: Notes toward a manifesto

“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 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

“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

“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

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.


TAKE the POLL! What do YOU think should be done with the domains and Magazine? Bulletin board? Sandbox?

DIY Solar Sail Boat. Solar Punk style

“I got this idea for a boat…”

Solarpunk wants to save the world

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

“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


The New Utopians

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.“


“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

You’ve heard of the hacker slogan “move fast and break things”? Solarpunk should move quietly and plant things.

Solarpunk Speech

“Where humans live in balance with their environment “

Solarpunk Resources (PDF)

This sci-fi enthusiast wants to make “solarpunk” happen

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

In 2016 a disaster response network of trained radio users sporting an ideal budget of $0 per person was born.


Many of us feel it’s unethical to bring children into a world like ours.

Here come the solarpunks

“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)

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


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.

Solarpunk Press begins posting regular fiction in text and audio formats until Nov 2016:

Solarpunk | sufficientvelocity — Thread Began

“They’re ‘solarpunks’ because optimism has been taken away from them and they’re trying to take it back. Remember that the sense of alienation in cyberpunk is not to do with the fictional world, but rather the fictional world is response to the real world. That’s exactly the case here.”


Storytellers are conduits. We map the world in our heads, condense it into parables, and then share it with our audience. We are the ones who told villagers not to fear the lightning gods, that if we were careful and quiet, we would be safe. We are the ones who warned children from the night.


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?

“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

“Artist: Sieudiver
Album: The Great Escape
Released: 2016”

Solarpunk — a SFFWorld Topic

“A big welcome to:

Adam Flynn, Andrew Dana Hudson, Claudie Arseneault, Faith Roses Gregory, KD Hume, Mary Woodbury, T.X. Watson”

The Dialectic of Freedom and Justice in Liberatory Social Movements — A few Thoughts

“There’s always a dialectical relationship between the concepts of freedom and justice.”

“I believe solarpunk could be a valid and innovative theme in science fiction”

“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.

“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.”


“Write a story, poem, script, or vignette inspired by the theme solarpunk (also known as optimistic sci-fi)”

Solarpunk- Welcome to the club

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.

Kommt nach dem Minimalismus jetzt der Solarpunk? (German)

“Post-Peak-Oil / Zero City-Society is mixed with a less, because we have learned that we do not need so much and that we are only struggling, a bit of Internet-of-Things stuff and a neat portion of DIY. A little less. But better. Decelerated. Still cool.”

What is Solarpunk?

“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.”

Antithesis Comic (Spain)

“On Hevel, humans have evolved through natural selection and live according to the laws of the ecosystem, in close contact with nature and totally immersed in it. Qayin on the other hand, humans live in a ‘unique, huge metropolis, surrounded by concrete, metal and rocks.”

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.


“On one side, you have the emphasis of a dystopian setting which consists of underground body modifications, computer hacking, runaway artificial intelligence, robot rebellions, and evil megacorporations. Whereas on the other side, you have a more utopian setting. One which consists of unity, green technogaian landscapes, the proliferation of beneficial technologies, and the end of a pro-capitalist, top-down hierarchy”

Star Trek and Solarpunk

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

Adam Flynn and Andrew Dana Hudson short story “Sunshine State”

Hope in the Dark

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


Prof. Stephanie LeMenager | What is Cli-Fi? || Radcliffe Institute

Solarpunk is another relatively young movement that’s very positive and has a lot of focus on technological solutions at the local level. I associate that with youth maker culture, looking at kind of local solutions, local energy grids, ways of creating autonomous functioning systems of the larger structures of society break down. Climate fiction to me is about loving the world, and not being afraid to continue to love the world, even in a moment of mass extinction.”

can i get a rundown on what solarpunk is?

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?

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

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 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!!


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?

Cafe Mural: Olalekan Jeyifous

“Seeped in the eco-political ideology and activism of “solarpunk,” Jeyifous creates large-scale digital renderings that translate the existing architectural language of neighborhoods into colossal vertical settlements.”

Major Cities of Novorossitov — Max Barry

“The biggest city in Novorossitov at over 11,000,000 people, Nova Moskva has a rich history and culture, a multi-ethnic status, albeit with extreme Russian undertones, a great nightlife, a “solarpunk” feel, the status of a “World Prestige & Power City,” the city has everything. Nova Moskva exerts a significant impact upon commerce, finance, media, art, fashion, research, technology, education, and entertainment upon not only Novorossitov but the entire world!”

Future Trends — Solar Punks and Zero Waste

“Brooklyn is known the world over for things small-batch and local, like designer clogs, craft bourbon and artisanal sauerkraut. Now, it is trying to add electricity to the list.”

Ciencia ficción y postcapitalismo (Spanish)

“So far Solarpunk has been a collection of deserted sets of stories that no one started writing”

Wilders (Project Earth)

“Wilders is a fantastic voyage into a beautifully intricate solarpunk future. Cooper’s work is philosophically and psychologically relevant. Throughout Wilders, she gracefully examines the tensions between emerging technologies, human nature, and our ecosystem.”

EVENT: The Massachusetts Poetry Festival 2017 | Solarpunk Serenades

“Solarpunk, the optimistic, eco-conscious, sci-fi of the near future, is a great fit for the imagination and whimsy of a poet. We’ll look at some examples of poems old and new that reflect the solarpunk ideals, and experiment with writing prompts. Bring your futurist dreams of conversing with whales, living in a treehouse, and using solar sails to reach Mars to this workshop.”


“Fictions called Cli Fi are remarkably diverse, ranging from psychological Realism to science fiction to newer genres attempting to stand apart from Cli Fi, such as Solarpunk.”


reason that “solarpunk” is not notable enough.

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