Solarpunk ideas are close to my heart. I would love to read more good fiction about a sustainable future, but it's hard to find it. Sure, there are anthologies I approach with plenty of hope, just to be disappointed shortly after. I feel too many solarpunk writers focus too much on ideas and not on characters. It doesn't work. It's by making a character relatable, or the story fun and entertaining you'll engage the reader and let him think about ideas explored in the plot.
Even though some stories were weak, I think Ecopunk! is the best solarpunk anthology on the market. It explores important issues and contains some excellent stories. My favorite ones are:
The Wandering Library by D.K. Mok - after finishing it I bought two books by DK Mok and I plan to read them shortly.
Milk and Honey by Jason Fischer
The Butterfly Whisperer by Andrew Sullivan
Monkey Business by Janeen Webb - I need more stories about Captain Brunelli.
Island Green by Shauna O'Meara
Ecopunk!: Speculative tales of radical futures Paperback – 6 November 2017
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- Publisher : Ticonderoga Publications (6 November 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 332 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1925212548
- ISBN-13 : 978-1925212549
- Dimensions : 15.24 x 1.88 x 22.86 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 255,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Cat Sparks was fiction editor of Cosmos Magazine from 2010-2016. She managed Agog! Press, an Australian independent press that produced ten anthologies of new speculative fiction from 2002-2008. She's known for her award-winning editing, writing, graphic design and photography. Her short story collection The Bride Price was published by Ticonderoga Publications in May, 2013. The book was nominated for an Aurealis Award and won the Ditmar for Best Collected Work in 2014. Her debut novel, Lotus Blue, was published by Skyhorse Press this year.
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Worth tryingReviewed in the United States on 9 June 2019
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Always look on the bright side of....Reviewed in the United States on 3 October 2019
Life, death, the whole extinction thing, look things could be worse. Despite the detestation of climate disruption that is the baseline for these stories, at least we haven’t been hit by an asteroid. Biology finds a way, and humans tag along. Having some tech doesn’t hurt. A couple of the stories are really great. I especially liked the one by Janet Rawson, and plan to read her novel.
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A Brighter FutureReviewed in the United States on 11 November 2017
What a refreshing change! These tales are filled with hope and possibilities and brighter futures for us all. My favorite story in this anthology is D.K. Mok's “The Wandering Library." She had me at the title, but holy moly, what a read! This author can write and then some. Can't wait to dive into the other stories. Highly recommended.
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Really fun!Reviewed in the United States on 2 June 2018
I love these stories so much - such a great compilation with a lot of variety and stories that really make you think. So clever!
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These stories make you thinkReviewed in the United States on 7 November 2020
Interesting stories that make you ponder about how the future may turn out. I love short stories because of the variety in writing styles you can read.