I first came across solarpunk on the decentralized social network Scuttlebutt. Like steampunk, and later dieselpunk, solarpunk is a certain narrative and aesthetic about the future. The article “What is Solarpunk?” does a pretty good job at explaining what it is.
On Scuttlebutt I discovered a whole community interested in solarpunk, and someone mentioned that there was a Kickstarter project to translate a Brazilian anthology of solarpunk stories into English. I backed the project, and ended up with two collections of solarpunk short stories in e-book format:
- Solarpunk: Ecological and Fantastical Stories in a Sustainable World
- Glass and Gardens: Solarpunk Summers
I'm actually reading both of them at the same time. I've found “Glass and Gardens” a bit easier to read as it was originally written in English, with “Solarpunk” being quite awkward in places due to the translation from Portuguese. Hey, maybe I'll put a review up here once I finished reading them!