Solarpunk is a type of optimistic science fiction that imagines a future founded on renewable energies. The seventeen stories in this volume are not dull utopias—they grapple with real issues such as the future and ethics of our food sources, the connection or disconnection between technology and nature, and the interpersonal conflicts that arise no matter how peaceful the world is. In these pages you'll find a guerilla art installation in Milan, a murder mystery set in a weather manipulation facility, and a world where you are judged by the glow of your solar nanite implants. From an opal mine in Australia to the seed vault at Svalbard, from a wheat farm in Kansas to a crocodile ranch in Malaysia, these are stories of adaptation, ingenuity, and optimism for the future of our world and others. For readers who are tired of dystopias and apocalypses, these visions of a brighter future will be a breath of fresh air.
The future, while not always perfect, still has its bright, shining moments, as revealed in this forward-thinking collection. The 17 stories tackle a variety of ethical, moral, philosophical, and technological issues with an eye toward imagining a sustainable world. The emphasis is on thoughtful, even radical solutions, such as in D.K. Mok's delightful "The Spider and the Stars," which traces the life and career of a young woman focused on applying entomology to space research, and Holly Schofield's "The Call of the Wold," about an introvert tasked with solving a community's disagreements. In "The Heavenly Dreams of Mechanical Trees," Wendy Nikel pictures a world in which artificial forests struggle to handle the functions of the real trees they've replaced; Blake Jessop's "New Siberia" sees humans adapting to extraterrestrial conditions while learning from the past. This anthology is a welcome relief from dystopias and postapocalyptic wastelands, and a reassurance that the future need not be relentlessly bleak.