Sunvault

In 2017, our first collaboration was published by Upper Rubber Boot Books: Sunvault: Stories of Solarpunk & Eco-Speculation. We defined solarpunk fiction as “stories of those inhabiting the leverage points, the crucial moments when great change can be made by the right people with the right tools” with a particular emphasis on effecting change and finding solutions—even when too late. In the stories, poetry, and art submitted to us, solarpunk became a rallying cry not to save the world, but to salvage one community, one home, one person. We anthologized stories of persistence, revolt, love, failure, and rejuvenation, all linked by a common theme of local and extended kinship and community. Contributors eschewed portrayals of singular acts that definitively changed the world in favor of depicting mutual processes, arduous teamwork both small- and large-scale, interconnectedness, and holistic, systemic change. And, critically, solarpunks treat today as the first day of the future, not just acknowledging the climate crisis, but also asking in true punk fashion: what are we going to do about it?

Table of Contents:

Fiction and poetry:

    • Foreword: Andrew Dincher “On the Origins of Solarpunk”
    • Jess Barber, “You and Me and the Deep Dark Sea”
    • Santiago Belluco, “The Death of Pax”
    • Lisa M. Bradley & José M. Jimenez, “Strandbeest Dreams”
    • Chloe N. Clark, “Fairy Tales & Other Species of Life” and “Please”
    • Brandon Crilly, “Pop and the CFT”
    • Yilun Fan, trans. S. Qiouyi Lu, “Speechless Love”
    • Jaymee Goh, “The Reset”
    • Maura Lydon, “The Herbalist”
    • Camille Meyers, “Solar Child”
    • Lev Mirov, “The Desert, Blooming”
    • Kristine Ong Muslim, “Boltzmann Brain”
    • joel nathanael, “light sail star bound”
    • Sara Norja, “Sunharvest Triptych”
    • Brandon O’Brien, “The Sailor-Boys”
    • Daniel José Older, “Dust
    • Jack Pevyhouse, “Solar Powered Giraffes”
    • Bethany Powell, “recursive”
    • C. Samuel Rees, “Teratology”
    • Iona Sharma, “Eight Cities”
    • Nisi Shawl, “The Colors of Money”
    • Karyn L. Stecyk, “The Trees Between”
    • Bogi Takács, “Synthesis: This Shining Confluence”
    • Lavie Tidhar, “The Road to the Sea”
    • Aleksei Valentín, “The Seven Species”
    • T.X. Watson “The Boston Hearth Project
    • A.C. Wise, “A Catalogue of Sunlight at the End of the World”
    • Nick Wood, “Thirstlands”
    • Tyler Young, “Last Chance”

Artwork:

    • Likhain (cover)
    • Christine Moleski, “Solar Flare”
    • Clara Ng, “Hand Over the Future”
    • Sireesha Reddy, “Pan, Legs Resting”
    • Carlin Reynolds, “Radio Silence”
    • Bogi Takács, “Facing the Sun”
    • Leigh Wallace, “Through the Glass”

Readers who’ve had their fill of dystopian fiction will want to explore these more positive futures.
Publishers Weekly

Politically, the stories vary, but they always feature a progressive focus on race, gender, and equality of all kinds: many revolve around themes of difference, recognition, and acceptance. Non-normativity is often raised to the level of heroism by imagining a world that facilitates the accentuation of one’s abilities precisely because of their difference.

—Rhys Williams, “Solarpunk: Against a Shitty Future,” Los Angeles Review of Books, 10 March 2018