SOLARPUNK : A REFERENCE GUIDE

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Last update: 26.sep.17

Solarpunk

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 included our first post from 2012 at solarpunks.tumblr.com
Please get in touch with art references as a lot of content has lost their attribution — Jay

2008

From Steampunk to Solarpunk

https://republicofthebees.wordpress.com/2008/05/27/from-steampunk-to-solarpunk/

“A major difference between solarpunk and steampunk is that solarpunk ideas, and solarpunk technologies, need not remain imaginary, and I indulge a hope of someday living in a solarpunk world.”

French solar blimp

https://www.wired.com/2009/07/french-solar-blimp/

*FRENCH KIDS IN engineering school. Man, that gobboon is just the solarpunk awesomest.” — Bruce Sterling

2010

Figuring out “Solarpunk”?

http://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?219971-Figuring-out-quot-Solarpunk-quot

“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.”

Nova Albion Steampunk Exhibition

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL1003/S00187.htm

“no doubt, the embryonic seeds of solarpunk are being planted.”

2012

Solarpunk

http://editoradraco.com/2013/01/11/solarpunk-historias-ecologicas-e-fantasticas-em-um-mundo-sustentavel/

“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

https://www.flickr.com/groups/solarpunk/

“Welcome to a world run by solar energy.”

Todo In Portland: Weird Shit Con 2012

http://technoccult.net/archives/2012/08/01/todo-in-portland-weird-shit-con-2012/

“weirdos / Solarpunk / robots / machine vision / technologies disruptive to society and government”

On the Need for New Futures

http://solarpunks.tumblr.com/post/27525726746/on-the-need-for-new-futures

“We are starved for visions of the future that will sustain us, and give us something to hope for, ideas of life beyond the rusted chrome of yestermorrow or nightmare realms of radiated men eating the flesh of other radiated men.”

Low-Power/No-Power #LoNo Computing (PDF)

https://charlesreid1.com/w/images/f/f1/LonoComputing.pdf

The Analog vs. The Digital

http://worsethandetroit.co.uk/post/27901477141

“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.”

2013

BCN SOLARPUNK || ART SCIENCE & IMAGINATION — Monthly events begin

https://www.meetup.com/es-ES/solarpunk/events/past/?scroll=true#past

“BCN SOLARPUNK || ART SCIENCE & IMAGINATION is an interdisciplinary laboratory for experimentation and discussion about the artistic, political, social, economic, ecological, technological and geopolitical changes.”

2014

Here’s a thing I’ve had around in my head for a while!

http://missolivialouise.tumblr.com/post/94374063675/heres-a-thing-ive-had-around-in-my-head-for-a

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

Solarpunk: Notes toward a manifesto

http://hieroglyph.asu.edu/2014/09/solarpunk-notes-toward-a-manifesto/

“We’re solarpunks because the only other options are denial or despair.”

#solarpunk for socialists

https://twitter.com/thejaymo/status/433710287187767297

#solarpunk for socialists #fusionpunk for fascists#infrastructure #politics

what the heck is solar punk?

http://txwatson.tumblr.com/post/97088763563/solarpunk-thoughts-accessibility

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

A Users Manual For A Post-nihilist Praxis

https://syntheticzero.net/2014/09/18/a-users-manual-for-a-post-nihilist-praxis/

An ecologistics capable of producing an infrastructural politics;the deployment of a less naively optimistic (dark) solarpunk libertarian technics; the speculative prospect of transpessimism; the rediscovery and elevation of an ethic of care that might become a generalised Buen Vivir; the active production of autonomous subjectivations that exist outside the constrictions of psychological orthodoxies; and the transcorporeal sapience of machinic coexistence.

Near-future Scenarios for Humans and Planet Earth

http://dankoboldt.com/near-future-scenarios-humans/

I discovered a young sub-genre that is reaching for a more positive, sustainable, and realistic view of humanity’s near-future.

SOLARPUNK:

http://www.solar.org.au/sp-feature/solarpunk/

In this nascent stage, solarpunk appears as a loose collection of ideologies, manifestos, and desires for a sustainable, achievable future.

Solarpunk: a new movement sees the future in a positive light

http://www.abc.net.au/environment/articles/2014/11/10/4122309.htm

“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.”

[Review] Solarpunk (Portuguese)

http://www.vortexcultural.com.br/literatura/resenha-solarpunk/

“instead of retrofuturism, the theme turns completely to the future. Not an alternative future, but a possible future.”

SOLARPUNK É A ESPERANÇA DO FUTURO EM NOSSO PLANETA (Portuguese)

https://coletivofreakgeeks.wordpress.com/2014/12/01/solarpunk-e-a-esperanca-do-futuro-em-nosso-planeta/

There are several forms of expression of the Solarpunk movement, as in architecture, in which stained glass, solar panels and vegetable coverings take hold, as well as in fashion and literature, with reference in Art Nouveau.

2015

7 reasons why solarpunk is the most important speculative fiction movement in the last 20 years

http://kdhume.tumblr.com/post/108932813682/7-reasons-why-solarpunk-is-the-most-important

“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

http://eco-fiction.com/interview-with-adam-flynn-on-the-solarpunk-movement/

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.

Solarpunk

http://www.sherylkaleo.com/solarpunk/

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

Why Solarpunk?

http://www.sherylkaleo.com/why-solarpunk/

“we need more artists, more writers, more innovators to envision how and where and with what do we transition this world of ours into positive realism, as first coined on the tumbler group.”

DIY Solar Sail Boat. Solar Punk style

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9z4RRn-LXhs

“I got this idea for a boat…”

Solarpunk wants to save the world

http://www.hopesandfears.com/hopes/city/life/215749-solarpunk

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

http://www.carbonculturereview.com/interviews/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

http://www.carbonculturereview.com/interviews/interview-part-2-alia-gee-on-the-new-sub-genre-solarpunk/

“THERE ARE OTHER BOOKS THAT ARE LABELED SOLARPUNK??? THIS IS SO COOL!”

The New Utopians

https://newrepublic.com/article/123217/new-utopians

Kim Stanley Robinson and the novelists who want to build a better future through science fiction.

Acute​/​Obtuse by Solarpunk

https://solarpunk.bandcamp.com/

We’re solarpunks because the only other options are denial or despair. -Adam Flynn

IGNITE Boston, NDoCH 2015: Matt Cloyd

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqhrw0myEH0

“We can be part of it right now: But we have SO much work to do

ENL Solarpunk and Eco-Futurism

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Bk072GJf5M

“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

http://www.scifiideas.com/writing-2/solarpunk-we-are-golden-and-our-future-is-bright/

“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.”

Solarpunk

http://steampunkjournal.org/2015/01/09/solarpunk/

Have you heard of Solarpunk? It’s a futuristic subculture that looks forwards to a bright, shiny world. But where most future time-lines rely on technology and invention to bring…

On the Political Dimensions of Solarpunk

https://medium.com/@andrewdhudson/on-the-political-dimensions-of-solarpunk-c5a7b4bf8df4#.sefgxbmp1

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

Solarpunk Speech

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0A0xz565Vw

“Where humans live in balance with their environment “

Solarpunk Resources (PDF)

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7SVu4E3xZ-2XzdIdGhMYTRYck0/view

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

http://grist.org/business-technology/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.

Solarpunk, the LGBT Community, and the Importance of Imagining Positive Futures

http://readvitality.com/solarpunk-the-lgbt-community-and-the-importance-of-imagining-positive-futures/

“And what’s extra cool? Is that solarpunk is a movement as much as it is a genre: it’s not just about the stories, it’s also about how we can get there. One thing that falls naturally from solarpunk’s premise is diversity. The community frequently talks about how to honor and integrate different cultures without appropriating them, and there’s a growing watchfulness for ways to create accessible environment.”

THE BRIGHTER FUTURES OF SOLARPUNK

http://www.worldweaverpress.com/blog/the-brighter-futures-of-solarpunk

“Last summer at the Clarion Writers’ Workshop, someone asked our classmate from Singapore to describe what it was like where he was from. He raved about the amazing biodomes, and having never heard of such a thing, I did an image search on my phone.”

How to make a Solarpunk Story

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJ1cMML318Q

“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

http://radicalnetworks.org/archives/2015/speakers/adam-rothstein/

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

Solarpunk

https://optimism2020.wordpress.com/2015/11/13/solarpunk/

“read Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars trilogy and watch Miyazaki movies.”

You Care About The Environment, But Are You Ready To Punk It? Solarpunk!

https://bradzooks.com/2015/09/04/you-care-about-the-environment-but-are-you-ready-to-punk-it-solarpunk/

“Solarpunk has the potential to nestle within dystopian settings as well as supplant them. The stories solarpunk tells will still be human stories, perhaps all the more human for the acknowledgement of how connected to the environment we are, how dependent on it for our survival.”

Solarpunk

http://www.notechmagazine.com/2015/11/solar-punk.html

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

The Lion and the Lamb

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VlKszdaPE4U

“A standalone science fiction short story. The shepherd of the future tends, not to sheep, but to small mobile photovoltaic cells. But when poachers threaten his livelihood, will he be able to see them off with nothing but his wits?”

Here come the solarpunks

https://collectively.org/article/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)

https://podcloud.fr/podcast/le-futur-cest-maintenant

Wings of Renewal: A Solarpunk Dragon Anthology

https://www.amazon.com/dp/0692547274/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_x_DPqHyb1PHP4SH

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

Solarpunk!

http://enthea.org/2015/10/solarpunk/

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.

No (bright) future for me: Solarpunk is not the new Cyberpunk

https://www.neondystopia.com/cyberpunk-politics-philosophy/no-bright-future-solarpunk-not-new-cyberpunk/

“I say we, cyberpunk fans, are not tired of pessimism and nihilism, we are just tired of the same old and bad stories. Namely the bullshit.”

http://www.solarpunkpress.com/

http://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 | sufficientvelocity — Thread Began

https://forums.sufficientvelocity.com/threads/solarpunk.24767/

“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.”

CASSANDRA KHAW ON SOLARPUNK AND FINDING LIGHT IN THE SF DARK

https://www.scifinow.co.uk/blog/cassandra-khaw-on-solarpunk-and-finding-light-in-the-sf-dark/

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.

Solarpunks and Farmhacks

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/solarpunks-farmhacks-john-ryan?articleId=8391734426860830891

Looking for a bright future? Try Solarpunk

Solarpunk: The Emerging Aesthetic Of Mid Wales

https://heartofwalesbikes.wordpress.com/2015/12/19/solarpunk-the-emerging-aesthetic-of-mid-wales/

“as the name suggests, a built environment cunningly adapted for solar gain amongst other arrangements and technologies to promote self sufficiency and living within natural limits.”

The Environment, Distopias, and Energy: What is Solarpunk?

http://www.relativelyinteresting.com/environment-distopias-energy-solarpunk/

“Solarpunk could make valuable contributions to the literary, social and political scenes. While the genre is still in its infancy, as it matures, it could point the way towards a more sustainable future.”

“Solarpunk” Wants Science Fiction To Return The Optimism (German)

http://www.weltenbau-wissen.de/2015/12/solarpunk-science-fiction-optimismus/

“Solarpunk wants to counter the scenarios of a dying earth, an insuperable gap between rich and poor, and a society controlled by corporations. Not in hundreds of years, but within reach.”

Dystopias, superheroes and solar punk. (German)

https://www.anja-bagus.de/2015/12/09/dystopien-superhelden-und-solarpunk/

“There is something new: Solarpunk . And I’ve been thinking about it this morning”

2016

Solarpunk — harvinainen teema pelialalla (Finnish)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0HISgExFfY

Karelia University of Applied Sciences. Second year students design a 2D game. We explored what it means for the games Solar Punk theme.

Utopias / 2. Solarpunks (Portuguese)

https://nakedfutureblog.wordpress.com/2016/01/16/utopias-2-solarpunks/

“Solarpunks can be considered the new blood of futurology, even without attending training courses in this academic discipline. His ability to envisage possible or desirable futures is enormous, especially in a more sustainable world without denying advances in science and technology. Still, some of his references are Art Nouveau. So there are those who want to pack them as retrofuturists.”

What is Solarpunk?

http://eco-fiction.com/contest/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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhKEZAlYcME

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

Solarpunk — a SFFWorld Topic

http://www.sffworld.com/forum/threads/solarpunk-a-sffworld-topic.48786/

“A big welcome to:

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

Cyberpunk y otro punks (Spanish)

https://www.slideshare.net/cuervoscuro/cyberpunk-y-otro-punks

“Repaso sobre los origenes del cyberpunk, sus derivaciones steampunk, dieselpunk, atompunk, biopunk o ribofunk y la nueva tendencia: solarpunk.

Charla expuesta el 21 de mayo de 2016 en la Bibliote Benjamin Franklin del Centro de Relaciones Culturales, Monterrey N.L. México”

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

https://medium.com/@eoinoconnor/the-dialectic-of-freedom-and-justice-in-liberatory-social-movements-a-few-thoughts-626a88ad8fd0

“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”

https://medium.com/solarpunk-worldscene/i-believe-solarpunk-could-be-a-valid-and-innovative-theme-in-science-fiction-ea1e7bda1fe8#.r4de9vxrn

“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.

http://solarpunk-look-book.tumblr.com/post/138752543470/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.”

Interview with the Editors of Sunvault: Phoebe Wagner and Bronte Wieland

http://www.nerds-feather.com/2016/04/interview-with-editors-of-sunvault.html

“What is solarpunk? If you — like I had no idea, even just six months ago — have no idea than this interview may be for you”

Destroying Nature Is Destroying Life: An Environmental Advocacy Group’s Campaign Sparks Conversations

https://bamahrab.wordpress.com/2016/05/20/destroying-nature-is-destroying-life-an-environmental-advocacy-groups-campaign-sparks-conversations/

“Humankind’s link comes armed with chainsaws and maniacal grins, while playing host to visions of chowing down on processed snack foods as we gun our V-8 — powered SUVs down carved out logging roads into decimated old-growth forests.”

The Politics of Science Fiction: Kim Stanley Robinson and the Rise of Solarpunk

https://bamahrab.wordpress.com/2016/05/19/the-politics-of-science-fiction-kim-stanley-robinson-and-the-rise-of-solarpunk/

“To understand why solarpunk is gaining traction as a science fiction sub-genre, it is essential to recognize the historical influence politics and science fiction have had on each other”

WEEKLY WRITING CHALLENGE

https://hitrecord.org/records/2914141/comments

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

Solarpunk- Welcome to the club

https://medium.com/fluff-fumble-splat/solarpunk-welcome-to-the-club-e996aebfd610#.d67vgzyln

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.

Futurismo CyberPunk — Bio/Nano/Solar/PostCyberPunk (Portuguese)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdKZcrN-02M

“Um pequeno vídeo sobre os derivados futuristas do CyberPunk.”

Kommt nach dem Minimalismus jetzt der Solarpunk? (German)

http://www.schwingelschwingeldingdong.com/2016/08/kommt-nach-dem-minimalismus-jetzt-der-solarpunk/

“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?

https://solarpunkanarchists.com/2016/05/27/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.”

Who Counts as a Futurist? Whose Future Counts?

https://mathbabe.org/2016/08/09/who-counts-as-a-futurist-whose-future-counts/

“Fast forward to our time again, there are still widely different versions of “futurism” and not all of them are a capitalist protectorate”

Antithesis Comic (Spain)

http://www.antithesis-comic.com/

“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

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1917678918/sunvault-stories-of-solarpunk-and-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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ef6OP_ZDDuI

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.

Daily Post: Solarpunk

https://fractalfortress.wordpress.com/2016/10/19/daily-post-solarpunk/#more-1911

“Solarpunk is an aesthetic inspired by Art Nouveau, a literary genre, and a social movement. At its core it is a vision of a future that embodies the best of what humanity can achieve: a post-scarcity, post-hierarchy world where humanity and nature co-exist, and clean energy replaces fossil fuels.”

CYBERPUNK VS. SOLARPUNK: BOOKSHELF

http://www.seriouswonder.com/cyberpunk-vs-solarpunk-bookshelf/

“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

https://rmathieu.wordpress.com/2016/07/07/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

https://climateimagination.asu.edu/everything-change/

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

The World’s Awful, Let’s Have More Solarpunk Games

http://letsplayvideogames.com/2016/10/the-worlds-awful-lets-have-more-solarpunk-games/

The genre imagines smaller post-scarcity societies. Communities driven by renewable energy sources and the latest advancements in ecological technologies as they exist today.

Hope in the Dark

http://blog.hebrewcollege.edu/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

Solarpunk As F*ck — Zine begins

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/268773930/solarpunk-as-fck-instigate?ref=shop_home

“Solarpunk as F*ck is full of solarpunk thoughts, theories, and possibilities. INSTIGATE focuses on basic solarpunk concepts.”

2017

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9XuxHtfOxQ

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?

https://thejaymo.tumblr.com/post/155082346912/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?

http://futureofsex.net/sex-tech/can-solarpunk-movement-give-us-sexual-utopia-weve-waiting/

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

https://steemit.com/philosophy/@kevinwong/understanding-the-solarpunk-movement

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.

KAYE FREEMAN : PURE SOLAR PUNK

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2B2bkY1n7uY

Kaye Freeman 1963 — b. Hong Kong Lives and works in Los Angeles

OBSOLETE! #10: The SolarPunk Issue is HERE!

http://obsolete-press.com/blog/obsolete-10-solarpunk-issue/

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 — Antecedentes (Spanish)

https://elojodeuk.com/2017/02/10/antecedentes-del-solarpunk/

“Since the spring of last year we have addressed the subject of this subgenre of science fiction and after presenting the Notes Toward a Solarpunk Manifesto, we want to continue with its analysis from the literary point of view beginning by mentioning its roots that go back to the Utopian visions of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.”

SOLARPUNK: FIGHTING THE TRAJECTORY OF OUR DYSTOPIAN FUTURE

https://geeksout.org/blogs/daniel-stalter/solarpunk-fighting-trajectory-our-dystopian-future

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

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ellyblue/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

http://www.bricartsmedia.org/art-exhibitions/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

https://www.nationstates.net/nation=novorossitov/detail=factbook/id=763550

“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

http://nikolasbadminton.com/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)

https://lasindias.blog/ciencia-ficcion-y-postcapitalismo

https://lasindias.blog/ciencia-ficcion-y-postcapitalismo

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

Submissions: Helios Quarterly Magazine June Issue

http://horrortree.com/taking-submissions-helios-quarterly-magazine-june-issue/

“Stories, poems, and nonfiction narratives within the cyberpunk, solarpunk, dieselpunk, [insert]punk realm”

Wilders (Project Earth)

https://www.amazon.com/Wilders-Project-Earth-Brenda-Cooper-ebook/dp/B01LXVRCBF

“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.”

The Eleveth Upgrade Announcement

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_eoxjJYzIs

“The Eleventh Upgrade: A Dystopian Solarpunk Adventure”

Resenha: “Sol no Coração” de Roberta Spindler (portuguese)

http://www.ficcoeshumanas.com/fantasia--ficcao-cientifica/resenha-sol-no-coracao-de-roberta-spindler

In tribute to the purchase of copyrights of the collection Solarpunk for a North American publisher, here is the review of the story that I liked the most. Roberta Spindler presents us with a world where love can stand against the dictates of the world.

EVENT: The Massachusetts Poetry Festival 2017 | Solarpunk Serenades

http://www.masspoetry.org/2017-massachusetts-poetry-festival/

“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.”

EVENT: Sydney Environment Institute | CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE QUEST FOR TRANSFORMATIVE FICTIONS

http://whatson.sydney.edu.au/events/published/climate-change-and-the-quest-for-transformative-fictions

“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.”

WIKIPEDIA DELETES SOLARPUNK AS A TOPIC

Reason: “solarpunk” is not notable enough.

Brins d’Éternité n ° 46 (French)

http://www.yozone.fr/spip.php?article20719

“Solarpunk is a sub-genre unknown to science fiction. Pierre-Alexandre Bonin made the subject of the first appearance of the heading “The Cabinet of Doctor Bonin”

Solarpunk — Interview with Adam Flynn (Spanish)

https://elojodeuk.com/2017/04/21/entrevista-a-adam-flynn/

“I never expected that people I never knew would be debating the ideas I thought would be fun to help popularize, but they are there, in some somewhat surprising accommodation: disabled activists, political theorists and teenage cartoonists.”

Algo-de-sol (Spanish)

https://apocatastasis.wordpress.com/2017/04/16/algo-de-sol/

“Solar Punk is that cry that combines the critique of modern society with an environmentalist tint.”

WORLD WEAVER PRESS ACQUIRES ENGLISH RIGHTS TO BRAZILIAN SOLARPUNK ANTHOLOGY

http://www.worldweaverpress.com/blog/world-weaver-press-acquires-english-rights-to-brazilian-solarpunk-anthology

World Weaver Press has acquired the rights to publish an English translation of the science fiction anthology Solarpunk — Histórias Ecológicas e Fantásticas em um Mundo Sustentável, originally published in 2012 by Editora Draco in São Paulo, Brazil.

Solarpunks interviewed: Gerson Lodi-Ribeiro

https://solarpunkcity.com/2017/05/31/solarpunks-interviewed-gerson-lodi-ribeiro/

It seems a great time to publish it again as the Brazilian anthology “Solarpunk — Histórias Ecológicas e Fantásticas em um Mundo Sustentável“, which played a massive role in getting the Solarpunk movement off the ground in 2012, is about to be translated from Portuguese and published in English by World Weaver Press. I for one can’t wait to get into it!

EVENT: Solarpunk — ECOLOGICAL AND FANTASTIC STORIES IN A SUSTAINABLE WORLD — (Brazil)

https://www.sescsp.org.br/programacao/120255_SOLARPUNK

Imagine a sustainable world, driven by clean and renewable energies, less aggressive to the environment. Now imagine humanity under the impact of these changes. This is the proposal of “Solarpunk — Ecological and fantastic stories in a sustainable world”

Future Alternative Past: hope for the ecospec-future

http://www.seattlereviewofbooks.com/notes/2017/05/11/future-alternative-past-hope-for-the-ecospec-future/

I put in Proulx’s hand something she was in no position to offer me: hope. Specifically, I gave her a postcard for an anthology called Sunvault, a book of “solarpunk” stories postulating a future in which we overcome our species’ doom. Solarpunk, aka “ecospec,” aka “cli-fi,” is a subgenre of SFFH confronting the looming threats of melting ice caps, rapidly rising oceans, monster storms, and the thousand other slings and arrows of climatic

F iction C limática & S olarpunk in Sesc S ant (Portuguese)

http://alternative-highwayman.blogspot.co.uk/2017/05/fc-climatica-solarpunk-no-sesc-santos.html

The reading in the boarding lounge and also during the 52-minute flight was the anthology Future Primitive: The New Ecotopias (Tor Books, 1994), organized by Kim Stanley Robinson.

Outside the Pale Blue Dot (Beyond the Planet Earth) — Curaj.TV

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJk9aU5oiDg

Connections form beyond time and space, between Gagarin’s tree and the sequoia of E.T., Hitchcock, and Chris Marker, in the very moment when the progressive, solarpunk vision of the October Revolution seemed to have been completely eclipsed, shipwrecked far from home.

MINI-SYLLABUS: SOLARPUNK

https://entropymag.org/mini-syllabus-solarpunk/

It is a genre that seeks to respond to the overwhelming surplus of dystopian literature in today’s literary market by presenting readers with an alternative: a future wherein society as we know it has dissolved, yes, but dissolved by dropping its “Man versus Nature” modus operandi and adopted “Man with Nature,” instead.

Genre Focus: SolarPunk

https://zealotscript.co.uk/2017/05/31/genre-focus-solarpunk/

A cohesion between mankind and nature is a paramount and enforced quality of SolarPunk.

Solarpunk is doing great 😎

http://www.nerdcore.de/2016/09/26/solarpunk-is-doing-great-%F0%9F%98%8E/

The price for the solar kilowatt / hour falls below half of the gas power plants . Everything will be fine, Solarpunk will save us all.

Wings of Renewal Book Review pts 1/2/3

http://www.sarenaulibarri.com/blog/wings-of-renewal-book-review-part-1

http://www.sarenaulibarri.com/blog/wings-of-renewal-book-review-part-2

http://www.sarenaulibarri.com/blog/wings-of-renewal-book-review-part-3

The first time I ever heard the term solarpunk was in the call for submissions for the Wings of Renewal “solarpunk dragons” anthology. I’ve already blogged about how solarpunk gave a name to something I was already deeply craving in my science fiction, and the darker the world gets, the brighter I want my fiction to be — both what I write and what I read. I tried my hand at a solarpunk dragon story for this anthology, but the Wings of Renewal editors politely (and rightfully) declined it. I bought the anthology when it was first released, but it’s taken me a while to actually read it,

Solarpunk between fiction and reality

http://slides.com/pawelchojnacki/solarpunk-between-fiction-and-reality#/

Ecological Speculation

Hopeful and Bright

Culturally Diverse

Local Communities

Human-Centered Technology

SEEDY LITTLE JOINTS AT THE EDGE OF THE UNIVERSE

https://studiodreamshare.com/2017/06/24/seedy-little-joints-at-the-edge-of-the-universe/

my latest obsession is solarpunk dreamscapes. I’m currently painting a series of solarpunk cities in acrylic on 4×7 canvasses

Cli-Fi in American Studies: A Research Bibliography

http://www.asjournal.org/62-2017/cli-fi-american-studies-research-bibliography/

Over the last two decades, the global landscape of cultural production has been teeming with a cornucopia of fictional texts, in print, in live performance, and on the screen, engaging with the local and global impact of advanced human-induced climate change.

Frank Lloyd Wright, Urban Visionary

https://savingplaces.org/stories/frank-lloyd-wright-urban-visionary

Studying his proposed city “The Key” on Ellis Island with its huge domes, moving sidewalks, and suspension cables, you realize this was solarpunk before cyberpunk even existed

2017 sfra program June 20 (PDF)

http://www.sfra.org/resources/Pictures/2017%20sfra%20program%20June%203.pdf

Session 24: Energy Futures of the Anthropocene

Rhys Williams Glasgow University , “Solarpunks or Sunken Poles: Visions of Alternative Energy Futures”

Explainer: ‘solarpunk’, or how to be an optimistic radical

https://theconversation.com/explainer-solarpunk-or-how-to-be-an-optimistic-radical-80275

Solarpunk’s optimism towards the future is the first concept that needs complicating here. Along with the original punks, there is a wide body of scholarship that critiques positive thinking. Feminists like Barbara Ehrenreich and Sara Ahmed, for instance, trace links between the capitalist establishment and happiness. They suggest that future-centred optimism serves the very system raged against by most punks of old.

You’ve Got To Throw Your Zombies On The Gears!

http://stormingtheivorytower.blogspot.co.uk/2017/07/youve-got-to-throw-your-zombies-on-gears.html

Solarpunk is broken. It’s going to take some weird lateral moves to fix it, and one strange Steampunk strategy might offer a solution.

Ireland needs Solarpunk

https://naturallyorla.wordpress.com/2017/07/10/ireland-needs-solarpunk/

However I’m not really trying to compare them as they are two very different projects that I think highlight the diversity of opportunities for solarpunk in Ireland.

‘Cli-fi’ has moved from a fringe concept to a marketable genre of modern ficiton

http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/cli-fi-has-moved-from-a-fringe-concept-to-a-marketable-genre-of-modern-ficiton/

Meanwhile, there is only good news for fans of cli-fi and for academics studying the genre. Jennifer Hamilton put in this way: “In a fictional sense, solarpunk sits across the table from “cli-fi”. In recent years, the term cli-fi has moved from a fringe concept to a marketable genre of fiction. Coined in the first instance by a PR guy in Taiwan, it has grown so big that scholarly researchers are now able to produce studies of the genre’s conventions. In addition, new novels and short story collections are now published in this genre category each year.”

¿Solarpunk Mexicano? (Spanish)

https://elojodeuk.com/2017/08/11/solarpunk-mexicano/

Finally, one can be quite sure that the genre of Science Fiction in the category of “Solarpunk” and represented through the ninth art of the comic strip, is an authentic proof of the good health of the current Mexican literature and contributes much more than narrations

Interview with World Weaver Press’s Sarena Ulibarri on their Solarpunk Kickstarter

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTRmdLgygN0

Solarpunk Anthology Translation Kickstarter

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/262808239/solarpunk-anthology-translation

The first English translation of a groundbreaking Brazilian anthology of science fiction stories set in sustainable future worlds.

Dos nuevas antologías de Solarpunk (Spanish)

https://la-biblioteca-de-vorbarr.blogspot.co.uk/2017/08/dos-nuevas-antologias-de-solarpunk.html

El solarpunk es un subgénero de la ciencia ficción que, pese a que sus raíces podemos encontrarlas a finales del s.

Hack Monuments: The Methods of -punk

http://stormingtheivorytower.blogspot.co.uk/2017/08/hack-monuments-methods-of-punk.html

For Steampunk, Solarpunk, and Cyberpunk, aesthetic and meaning go hand in hand. In an age of extinction and resurgent fascism, -punk has a choice: hack that meaning, or become a passive monument for others to fight over.

500 Words

https://atlantisfallen.net/2017/08/19/500-words/

Following the publication of my novel, Daughter of Atlas, I’ve started working on a new project. It is a solarpunk novella for a shared world anthology, with a couple friends. I have been working on it pretty consistently, and I feel pretty good about it.

何为Solarpunk (Chinese)

http://jandan.net/2017/08/29/solarpunk.html

Although it is very optimistic, but the future picture of the sun punk and the current political system or the ecosystem is not suited. [Auto Translate]

Solarpunk

http://www.appropedia.org/Solarpunk

Solarpunk is a relatively new eco-futurist, mixed genre speculative movement and subgenre focused on envisioning a positive future beyond scarcity and hierarchy, in which humanity is reintegrated with nature, and technology is used for human-centric and ecocentric purposes

Remember Cyberpunk? Now “Solarpunk” brings optimism…and viable alternatives

https://www.thealternative.org.uk/dailyalternative/2017/8/19/fromcyberpunk-tosolarpunk

A current movement of SF writers want to put a name to a quite different set of impulses — rooted in how we might respond energetically, optimistically, and inventively to climate change. They’re calling it solarpunk

Q&A with the Editors of Sunvault: Stories of Solarpunk and Eco-Speculation

http://christicraig.com/2017/08/23/qa-with-the-editors-of-sunvault-stories-of-solarpunk-and-eco-speculation/

There’s plenty to love about Sunvault, from the introductory notes on the genre of Solarpunk (for new readers like me) to the stories and poems (of course!).

All Hail Solarpunk

http://inkican.com/2017/09/02/all-hail-solarpunk/

“Solarpunk is a genre that says both here’s what our future needs to look like and here’s how we can get there,” according to author Claudie Arseneault.

A LOOK BACK AT THE FIRST DAY OF #RPTHE

https://re-publica.com/en/eu17/news/look-back-first-day-rpthe

The Israeli-born Zer-Aviv told us about a new movement, #SolarPunk, which began in Brazil. The focus is on the possibilities for a sustainable future society. It is a movement that assesses possibilities and answers through artistic and activist approaches.

Scream like Goku in front of City Hall and Demand Utopia

http://portland.carpediem.cd/events/4515593-scream-like-goku-in-front-of-city-hall-and-demand-utopia-at-portland-city-hall/

“Take a break from the dystopic Sept 10 counter protests to go full Super Saiyan in the name of our glorious solarpunk ecotopia which is totally possible for us to manifest, if only we scream loud enough

This is not a weeaboo friendly event.”

Although it is very optimistic, but the future picture of the sun punk and the current political system or the ecosystem is not suited.

“Solarpunks or Sunken Poles: Visions of Alternative Energy Futures”

Rhys Williams, Lecture At London Science Fiction Research Community Conference 2017(#LSFRC17) — Photo: jay

Rhys Williams, Lecture At London Science Fiction Research Community Conference 2017(#LSFRC17)

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