Glass and Gardens: Solarpunk Summers

Glass and Gardens: Solarpunk Summers

Sarena Ulibarri / Sep 17, 2019

Glass and Gardens Solarpunk Summers 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 t

  • Title: Glass and Gardens: Solarpunk Summers
  • Author: Sarena Ulibarri
  • ISBN: Glass and Gardens: Solarpunk Summers
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  • Page: 330
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 between technology and nature, and the interpersonal conflicts that arise no matter how peaceful the world is In the 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 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 Get A Copy Kindle Store UKOnline StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Paperback, 290 pages Published June 5th 2018 by World Weaver Press More Details Original Title Glass and Gardens Solarpunk Summers ISBN 0998702277 ISBN13 9780998702278 Edition Language English Other Editions 2 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about Glass and Gardens, please sign up

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    Lists with This Book Solarpunk 57 books 56 voters Solarpunk Fiction 24 books 12 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Oct 30, 2018 Kalin rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves green, reviewed in english Another anthology I found through the Solarpunk group I ve posted most of my reading notes in the discussion topic there too.If I have one complaint about the majority of the stories here, it s the lack of grown up human beings in them Imagining how humanity and not just its technology will continue to evolve seems a daunting task But perhaps not as daunting as facing a mature humanity and trying to figure out its mentality and reactions wait till you see Loving Loney Lone, Another anthology I found through the Solarpunk group I ve posted most of my reading notes in the discussion topic there too.If I have one complaint about the majority of the stories here, it s the lack of grown up human beings in them Imagining how humanity and not just its technology will continue to evolve seems a daunting task But perhaps not as daunting as facing a mature humanity and trying to figure out its mentality and reactions wait till you see Loving Loney Lone, which I co wrote with Vladimir Poleganov I ve bolded the notable exception below Fyrewall was also inspiring.Another general trend I noticed is that most stories are light on the plot, with a slice of life feeling I enjoyed them to the extent that the life they were sliced from was enjoyable.On to my reading notes On Friday, along with my friends, partners and kindred spirits from the Human Library and the Terra Fantasia Association of Bulgarian SF Writers and Artists, we ll be presenting the awards of our first contest for short stories exploring positive futures and then we hope to engage our audience in a discussion about the kinds of futures we envision The event, in Bulgarian If you re in Sofia and Bulgarian is a surmountable obstacle, be our guest too This snippet from Sarena Ulibarri s introduction to Glass and Gardens therefore comes as a timely reminder Science fiction has a bad habit toward homogeneity, whether it s the depiction of a single ecosystem planet, ubiquitous and monotone cultures, three course meal food pills, or futuristic silver jumpsuits for all It would be an insult to the decentralized, localized nature of solarpunk to pin it down as only one thing Single visions of the future ignore the cultural and ideological variations that make us human They also ignore the interconnectivity of eco systems, and the variations of landscape and climate that make up a world.We ll definitely be talking about futures What kind of fairy tales does a bright future hold in store Here s an answer from D.K Mok s The Spider and the Stars Every night, as the warmth of the day radiated back through the glass water wall of her bedroom, Del curled up with her plush quokka and listened, enthralled, as her mother spun wondrous stories.These were never stories of dragons and fairies, mermaids and centaurs No, these were stories of fierce young women with flocks of tree planting drones, firing seeds into the barren sands and rolling back the desert Or tales of ravenous locusts sweeping across the land in suffocating plagues, and the farmers who responded by cultivating carnivorous wheat And the cheeses I hear the astute among you ask How about the cheeses Rest assured The cheeses haven t been left out either Xiaren followed her gaze Ah, I see you ve noticed my portable domestic biogas system Normally, biogas harvesting systems require thousands of tonnes of cheese to create a commercially viable amount of whey for anaerobic digestion My system utilises less than twenty kilos of cheese, and generates enough gas for heating and cooking in a typical home I call it the Fromagerie 5000 Xiaren swung open a panel in the tank to reveal five shelves of ripening cheeses surrounded by gurgling pipes and humming canisters Del rocked back on her heels, the intense smell of gorgonzola hitting her with almost physical force That s powerful I ve specially cultivated the microorganisms to generate vastly biogas than normal And the cheese tastes amazing Xiaren cut a gooey wedge from a creamy blue and offered it to Del, who, after a moment s hesitation, took a bite Notes of chilli and lychee simmered beneath the pungent flavour, and her eyes watered This would make an insanely good pasta sauce She gave herself a moment for the sparkles to disappear from her vision So, why did you go into cheese Xiaren shrugged My hometown isn t overly fond of dairy, but we needed clean energy And in my mind, gas is gas, whether it s happening inside a cow or a star Or a round of cheese Del looked at the racks of peaceful cheeses, and wondered if they knew they had the heart of stars.Though these are not utopian stories or traditional fairy tales, as already established sooo They re about to announce the winner Shouldn t you be networking in the Investor s Lounge My details are online, he replied And I saw this irresistible presentation about these incredible exploding cheeses Xiaren sighed No one was hurt And I ve figured out the problem Stefani Cox s Fyrewall proposes a way to deal with teenagers And or feelings Go make yourself useful and see if you can find Talia, Daesha said to Carlos What if I don t feel like it Well, then I guess I can put that in my progress report for The Council I m sure they ll be happy to hear an update on how you ve been feeling Also, this is a future where, when all is said and done, it s not a case of much has been said than done People referred to The Council as though it were a small circle of government officials, when in reality it was a chaotic mixture of, well, everyone That was how The Council worked You could elect someone to represent your group based almost any factor geographic area, race, age, gender identity the list went on You could elect multiple representatives, and there was no limit, as long as representatives were active in participating with The Council and in fulfilling their assigned roles and duties.So when Daesha and the teenagers stood before The Council via the holoconference she set up next to the wall tear, there were actually thousands of representatives uplinking to listen in on the conversation And since the meetings were open to the entire city, any resident could theoretically tune in Imagining the size of the audience that might be opening the feed from numerous points throughout the city made Daesha nervous She swallowed to wet her throat in hopes that her voice wouldn t wobble any the way it had when she d informed The Council of the problem The active fire is the biggest concern, said one Councilmember, an older Latina woman with white gray hair framing her face in crisp waves If it travels just a few miles, it could arrive at the wall and rip right through the tear Our buildings would be immediately at risk My community is concerned with the evacuation plan, said a mid thirties man in a wheelchair with caramel toned skin He rolled closer to the device he was using to project into the meeting The maps are outdated, and we haven t been keeping up with accessibility plans the way we should have been That s why I kept bringing it up in The Fyrewall is our only source of power, said a member who represented the nonbinary South Asian community They raised a leather cuffed arm to trigger the holoconference technology to amplify their screen We have backup power stored up to last us for a year or two, but we ll have to figure out how to keep the air purifiers running past that point if we want the city to stay livable Forget the air purifiers What about the other cities who come barging down to our door whenever they sense a weakness asked a precocious youth member Selling them the Fyrewall tech and keeping the barrier flowing has been the only way to keep them away long term, right Daesha crossed her arms over her chest and closed her eyes for a moment She hated Council meetings for this very reason Too many voices, and not enough leadership Sure, it was fair, but it amazed Daesha that anything got done at all within this system She suspected it was due to the multitude of citizens who ran the sub committees for budgeting, resource management, and security They kept the city running, while those who wanted air time made a ruckus in holoconference convenings Holly Schofield s The Call of the Wold sparkles with amusing turns of phrase By the second day at Henkel s, I d been given a potted tomato plant and a woven hemp hat and been asked to settle four disputes This morning s involved two new mothers and the last remaining frozen bagel I could forgive em their anger teething babies without teething rings could set anyone s teeth on edge At least, one of the mothers had brought me a duck egg omelet, full of mushrooms and chives, still steaming from the kitchens The mother, and the omeletdThe cognitive limit that a person could maintain interpersonal relationships, known as Dunbar s number, was about one hundred and fifty, and such small communities had proved both viable and robust to expropriate some of my former corporate vocabulary At that size, you always knew what your neighbor was doing so crime wasn t a problem Basically, with Dunbar s number, the criminal element s number was up Jaymee Goh s A Field of Sapphires and Sunshine comes to show that ugh some things stay the same even in the brightest future When she finally called her family s home, saving the best for last, she frowned at how long it took for her mother to pick up Aina her mother finally replied, sounding breathless Ibu Alina s mind jumped to the worst conclusion Is everything okay Or did the deal with Megajaya not happen What Oh, no, that s not a problem at all We ll be taking that contract, of course But Aina, best news, we may have found you a partner after all A part Business only lah, of course, but who knows Quite good looking Ibu Alina rolled her eyes to the ceiling in exasperation You know I just broke up with my boyfriend Yah, best timing my girl Now you can focus on this one Seriously though, I don t believe in this persistence of tradition We can already see enormous intergenerational rifts between people who grew up with books and people who are growing up with notebooks smartphones So imagine what it will be in fifty years, let alone two hundred Imagining it is, in a sense, futile Just hone your sense of wonder and watch, watch carefully However, I loved the idea of feeding the long dead bodies of the Old Rich i.e today s power players to the crocodile farm Jason had balked He had had no Old Rich connections, but he still thought what Alina s family did was heinous Have you no respect for the dead he had demanded, when Alina finally told him.Alina had thought about this question before, and was ready with an answer No They didn t have respect for us when they were alive, so why should we respect them now that they re dead Here s a story written by people who know about civic activism and haven t lost their sense of humor in the process of gaining that knowledge Meanwhile, on the far side of Parco Sempione, close to Cimitero Monumentale, a flash mob has ensued, much to the bafflement of the law enforcement.Citizens have taken to the streets with streamers of cloth, plastic balls, bowling pins, and hula hoops and are now pretending, awfully for the most part, to compete in an Olympic gymnastics event.A trio of elderly Chinese ladies from nearby Via Paolo Sarpi, allegedly alumnae of the National Gymnastics Academy of Beijing, are sitting on a public bench and act as judges, raising numbered placards and yelling scathing comments about how even in their eighties they would be able to do much better.In Parco Solari, naked cyclists and skaters have taken over the scene, 1920s swing music blaring from their eighties style ghetto blasters Nearby residents are leaning out of windows and balconies, clamouring for the police, the army, the Avengers anyone to make the din stop.In Largo Marinai d Italia, the park built on the grounds of a former Austro Hungarian fortress, a six foot five, copper skinned, very muscular woman dressed in a Victorian gown and armed with a huge parasol is leading a crowd of similarly dressed people against a cluster of scared looking Austro Hungarian soldiers Independence or Death she yells with a strong Brazilian accent.There are pagan rites at Parco Nord mass pillow fights explode in Viale Padova dancers perform around a machine that blows giant soap bubbles in front of the Lambrate station a torchlit, 17th century penitential procession marches down Corso di Porta Ticinese so that the plague of racism and intolerance will stop, and, to top it all, Charles VIII of France has descended through the Alps yet again and a few Milanese knights are engaged in strenuous battle with his bodyguard at Stazione Centrale.The whole city has exploded into insanity all at once It does pay off to have friends in different subcultures, Stabby writes Midsummer Night s Heist by Commando Jugendstil and Tales from the EV Studio, is my first unqualified favorite here Starting with its authorship written by a collective, no two collectives and ending with its glorious transformative, everyone comes together ending, it made my eyes brim with tears.Fam count me in for the next flash mob And may I never, ever again think that Milan is Italy s most boring city Gregory Scheckler s Grow, Give, Repeat features an exceptionally smart child protagonist in an exceptionally diverse near future where all the other people are exceptionally mean egoists The contrast is staggering M Lopes da Silva s Cable Town Delivery is full of subdued exuberance It s a fantastic future, where libraries travel from town to town, sometimes spending than a dozen years before revisiting the same place apparently, the Internet failed somewhere along the way but it s even fantastic that a librarian can be a hero just doing her job Helen Kenwright s Women of White Water is the delightful odd fish in the anthology The future technology in the story acts mostly as a veneer it is the human interactions that make its core And, sadly, humans don t seem to have grown up any Well, here s one of my pet peeves with depictions of hopeful futures Add the lively and inventive writing, and you get an author that I d probably look into later Charlotte M Ray s Under the Northern Lights features a future like this I had switched a few batteries into the charging hub, not because I needed to, as I didn t use much electricity in the summer, but to have something to do And hey, who knew if next week would be unusually cold and cloudy and dry, with no winds to speak of Then the power mosaics on the outside walls wouldn t have anything to generate power from No sun for the solar panels, no wind or water to move the microkinetics Plus, as long as Krista stayed here, there d be two of us who needed warm water I set the house AI to recalculate power usage for two inhabitants until canceled.In which there re people like this The only person who helped me build it is a little girl, Qiuyue I doubt she ll ever forgive me for not taking her with me, but I think her parents would have had a few problems with that Krista gave me a sidelong glance The look challenged me to laugh or ridicule her next words My best friend is a ten year old girl, and I miss her like crazy I nodded It wasn t a laughing matter to me, who didn t have any close friends at all.How is this possible Have those people learnt nothing about what makes them happy or even what makes them tick Other than that, it s a sweet story where nothing much happens, but it s all very emotional A bit like my life right now flag 15 likesLike see review Sep 03, 2018 Fiona rated it it was amazing Recommended to Fiona by Lena Shelves absolute favourites, alternative earth, dystopia, happy place, off world, short n sweet, teotwawki Group read with the excellent Solarpunk group This collection of eco positive dystopianish stories absolutely blew my mind dystopianish because a lot of these futures were extremely appealing While I would usually pick out a couple of favourites to highlight, I find myself completely unable to choose between about eight of them the quality of these stories was SO consistently good.And even besides the quality of the writing, the overall tone of this collection was so uplifting and positive Group read with the excellent Solarpunk group This collection of eco positive dystopianish stories absolutely blew my mind dystopianish because a lot of these futures were extremely appealing While I would usually pick out a couple of favourites to highlight, I find myself completely unable to choose between about eight of them the quality of these stories was SO consistently good.And even besides the quality of the writing, the overall tone of this collection was so uplifting and positive almost as if all the authors got together to show us just what humanity could be capable of at our best, despite world altering cataclysm or climate change This one will sit on my shelves waiting for the blues to creep up on me so it can chase them away I ve found a lot of new favourites from it, and would absolutely recommend this book in a heartbeat flag 13 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Sep 20, 2018 Lukasz rated it it was ok Shelves anthology, solarpunk Actual rating 2.5 5I enjoy dystopias and postapocalyptic wastelands, but they don t present the future I want for myself or future generations I want an optimistic future founded on renewable energies I believe people can coexist peacefully with nature Yes, I m that naive.Solarpunk s ideas are close to my heart In short, the genre can be described as a type of optimistic science fiction that focuses on visions of a brighter future The seventeen stories packed into this anthology approach a Actual rating 2.5 5I enjoy dystopias and postapocalyptic wastelands, but they don t present the future I want for myself or future generations I want an optimistic future founded on renewable energies I believe people can coexist peacefully with nature Yes, I m that naive.Solarpunk s ideas are close to my heart In short, the genre can be described as a type of optimistic science fiction that focuses on visions of a brighter future The seventeen stories packed into this anthology approach a variety of ethical and technological issues while trying to present a sustainable world I loved most ideas and conceptions presented in the stories Some of them are simply mind blowing, some merely exciting.However, clever ideas and thought provoking concepts aren t enough to make an excellent story As a reader, I want strong conflict and distinct characters I didn t get much of it in Glass and Gardens.Let s take a quick look at each story Caught Root Julia K Patt Sweet, hopeful, but the relationship development felt unbelievable Also, the stakes are low here Some scenes retell the daily routine of the narrator and lack of action killed my engagement in the story The Spider and the Stars D.K Mok A touching and hopeful story about a girl fascinated by insects and arachnids and their strange and alluring worlds While the plot is fairly simple it s packed with fascinating concepts of sustainable living convection ventilation systems, climate resilient crops, tree planting drones Excellent Riot of the Wind and Sun by Jennifer Lee Rosman The story happens in the future Australia, where the major cities tend to hoard energy reserves sending the outback villages into a blackout In one of such villages, people start working together to put themselves back on the map Hopeful, easy to read, but unfortunately not really exciting Firewall Stefani Cox Nothing special to be honest Totally unmemorable Watch Out, Red Crasher Shel Graves A great idea here In this world, people s emotions are visible to everyone through colours People hope to achieve their perfect colour If someone can t balance the emotions he has to leave the community The execution, though, lacks strength The Call of the Wold Holly Schofield Slow, introspective, and boring I m brutal here but it s just my opinion I m sure some readers will enjoy Julie s reflections on her life, both past and future I m not one of them though Camping With City Boy Jerri Jerreat The story is simple, but the voice of the narrator never cease to entertain Makemba s excursion into the wilderness with her city boyfriend, Rich, isn t as thrilling as she expected it to be It turns out Rich may not be a minor god people in the city choose to see in him And Makemba expresses her feelings in a witty, funny way A great story A Field of Sapphires and Sunshine Jaymee Goh Great title, disappointing delivery Midsummer Night s Heist Commando Jugendstil Entertaining heist story written by two real life writer s collectives Commando Jugendstil a small collective of Italian solarpunk creators and Tales from the EV Studio a posse of emigrant Italian writers who specialise in historical fantasy A decent story Heavenly Dreams of Mechanical Trees Wendy Nikel Good concept, decent execution, but It didn t have much impact on me New Siberia Blake Jessop Nice, touching story Despite low stakes, it s a worthy, hopeful read And they drink vodka Grover Case C09 920, The Most Dangerous Blend Edward Edmonds We get a full on murder mystery into the solarpunk theme It was ok Amber Waves Sam S Kepfield A married couple struggles to protect their crops from destructive weather and the interference of a large agricultural corporation Cool idea, poor execution Grow, Give, Repeat Gregory Scheckler Imaginative, but meandering and slightly pointless story Cable Town Delivery M Lopes da Silva Short and entertaining It proves that librarians are the true heroes Women of White Water Helen Kenwright A woman with psychic powers becomes involved in a love triangle She tries to follow a set of rules, her ethical code Not always an easy task Under the Northern Lights Charlotte M Ray A love story in an imaginative future Nice, and sweet, but also bland.I don t want to discourage anyone from giving this anthology a try I think that most stories here are based on great ideas Unfortunately, with two or three exceptions they lack a strong narrative voice or a conflict that would engage the reader Having said that, I plan to delve into solarpunk genre I hope I ll find the books that not only display the kind of sustainable future I want but also relatable and three dimensional characters Let me know if you have such a book in mind flag 6 likesLike see review Aug 20, 2018 Lena rated it really liked it Recommended to Lena by Solarpunk Shelves anthology, science fiction, solarpunk These stories of optimism, passion, and science are beautiful.Caught Root by Julia K Patt Two communities are rebuilding civilization separately, high rise vs adobe One botanist must make the first strides towards a working relationship Short, sweet, and romantic.The Spider and the Stars by D.K Mok Dedicated to Artemis, whose children reached the stars I cannot believe you just had me crying fat tears over a spider I haven t done that since Charlotte in Charlotte s Web The These stories of optimism, passion, and science are beautiful.Caught Root by Julia K Patt Two communities are rebuilding civilization separately, high rise vs adobe One botanist must make the first strides towards a working relationship Short, sweet, and romantic.The Spider and the Stars by D.K Mok Dedicated to Artemis, whose children reached the stars I cannot believe you just had me crying fat tears over a spider I haven t done that since Charlotte in Charlotte s Web The daughter of an insect protein farmer studies and dreams of a greater harmony, a greater world, with her charges.Riot of the Wind and Sun by Jennifer Lee Rossman Sweet story about a young woman getting creative to put her little town back on the map.Fyrewall by Stefani Cox A city facing a wild fire has to count on the granddaughter of its solar fire wall to save them.Watch Out, Red Crusher by Shel Graves Injected solar cells let people themselves power a city The side effect is that their night glow gives away their emotions uncertainty, invitation, warning The Call of the Wold by Holly Schofield An old woman, running from her past, finally finds her home in a small collective where she can make a difference.Camping with City Boy by Jerri Jerreat That was a funny story I ve lived You really get to know people when you re camping Smooth city boys and girls can just fall apart after a few days roughing it.A Field of Sapphires and Sunshine by Jaymee Goh Who would mourn the Old Rich What had they done to deserve lament This was funny if slightly bitter When the world ran low on exploitative resources the rich buried themselves in luxury bunkers as society slowly changed for the better Now, in Muslim countries, when their bunkers are found the bodies are sent to a crocodile farm for disposal None of them want to remember when greed trumped morals.Midsummer Night s Heist by Commando Jugendstil and Tales from the EV Studio I m a fan of guerrilla guarding but not of this story There were many characters introduced and none of them were the point of the story The amount of named characters was ridiculous for a short story But here s what made it worse Zie is pretty proud of zir scientific accomplishments I hate this sentence and there were many like it At first I thought they were typos Then google told me they were proposed binary pronouns So I went back and read all the character introductions again none were binary characters All were written as he or she Therefor the use of zie zir just made it impossible to know who was talking or doing something.But as I said character individualism was unnecessary for the story.And the story itself The conclusion was a lovely image of a non violent protest It also reminded me of Pepsi commercial, the kind with Kendall Jenner only less objectionable None of that makes up for the time suck this story did not deserve.The Heavenly Dreams of Mechanical Trees by Wendy Nikel Nice story about sentient solar trees using the last of their strength to bring back real trees.New Siberia by Blake Jessop We learned this much conquering the Earth we must do right or nothing at all The human diaspora from a failed Earth has lead some to a desert planet where the snakelike inhabitants are pleased to let them colonize the polar regions This story was a glimpse into the life of one human woman and the Naga assigned to work with the refugees.Grover Case C09 920, The Most Dangerous Blend by Edward Edmonds This was a murder mystery set on a weather control station A surprising inclusion but it was ok.Amber Waves by Sam S Kepfield Story about small farms fighting big AgroCorp Same as today, sigh.Grow, Give, Repeat by Gregory Scheckler A farm girl fighting for her chickens figures out how to solve world hunger by including people, their differing wants needs, into her equation This story felt the least realistic and the planimals made me uncomfortable I loath the idea even if I can t justify it.Cable Town Delivery by M Lopez da Silva As towns rebuild on the shells of skyscrapers the only thing connecting them is the library I love this idea, it reminded of The Postman Women of White Water by Helen Kenwright A glimpse at a close knit future community where Matriarchal elders are there to help the next generation Under the Northern Lights by Charlotte M Ray Lovely romantic story to end on.Interested in reading Solarpunk flag 5 likesLike see review View 2 comments Sep 10, 2018 Sara J kefuwa rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves science fiction So solarpunk is this awesome sf sub genre that is all kinds of cool Head over to the Solarpunk Group which introduced me to the genre thanks for the invite Lena touted as radical optimism or eco positive fic to counter the dystopias out there Think earth ships, arcologies, sky gardens, renewable energy, sustainable agriculture and the like I still enjoy my dystopias but this was a breathe of fresh air Short story collections really make me want to review the stories one by So solarpunk is this awesome sf sub genre that is all kinds of cool Head over to the Solarpunk Group which introduced me to the genre thanks for the invite Lena touted as radical optimism or eco positive fic to counter the dystopias out there Think earth ships, arcologies, sky gardens, renewable energy, sustainable agriculture and the like I still enjoy my dystopias but this was a breathe of fresh air Short story collections really make me want to review the stories one by one but I personally like to try having very little input going into any one collection Somewhere down the line I will do semi proper writeups for the individual stories for this.First finished Sept 10th 2018Source flag 5 likesLike see review View 2 comments May 16, 2018 Sarah rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves science fiction, short stories Review originally published hereI was very lucky to be offered an ARC of this straight from the editor due to the fact I previously reviewed Sunvault, another solarpunk collection of short stories I leapt at the chance and read it straight away as I adore solarpunk and am always happy to read of it.Again, as this is a short story collection it s hard to review because all the stories were so different It was delightful to see all the different locations and interpretations used in the sto Review originally published hereI was very lucky to be offered an ARC of this straight from the editor due to the fact I previously reviewed Sunvault, another solarpunk collection of short stories I leapt at the chance and read it straight away as I adore solarpunk and am always happy to read of it.Again, as this is a short story collection it s hard to review because all the stories were so different It was delightful to see all the different locations and interpretations used in the story As seen in the blurb, the stories are set all across the globe, and some even venture into space One particular story, The Spider and the Stars focuses on introducing insects to space and I really enjoyed that one despite hating spiders Then again, I could just list the names of all the short stories as I enjoyed them all.I particularly enjoyed the introduction which actually goes and lists other solarpunk books and short story collections for further reading which is so helpful as often when I mention that I enjoy solarpunk, I ll get asked for recommendations There isn t a table of contents at the start which doesn t bother me on my Kindle as I can easily skip through the stories, but in a physical edition that would disappoint me as I definitely see myself wanting to re read certain stories again.Overall though, this was a fantastic collection and it s always brilliant to see solarpunk collections out there If you enjoy solarpunk or are interested in exploring it as a genre then this is an excellent place to start I highly recommend this and hope collections will be published in the future flag 5 likesLike see review Jul 30, 2018 Daniel Page by Page rated it liked it Shelves 2018 to read, arcs, fiction, sci fi Full Review on Page by PageCaught Root 3 5 The Spider and the Stars 4 5 Riot of the Wind and Sun 2 5 Fyrewall 3 5 Watch Out, Red Crusher 2 5 The Call of the Wold 2 5 Camping with City Boy 2 3 A Field of Sapphires and Sunshine 2 5 Midsummer Night s Heist 2 5 The Heavenly Dreams of Mechanical Trees 4 5 New Siberia 3 5 Grover Case C09 920, The Most Dangerous Blend 2 5 Amber Waves 2 5 Grow, Give, Repeat 2 5 Cable Town Delivery 2 5 Women of White Water 2 5 Under t Full Review on Page by PageCaught Root 3 5 The Spider and the Stars 4 5 Riot of the Wind and Sun 2 5 Fyrewall 3 5 Watch Out, Red Crusher 2 5 The Call of the Wold 2 5 Camping with City Boy 2 3 A Field of Sapphires and Sunshine 2 5 Midsummer Night s Heist 2 5 The Heavenly Dreams of Mechanical Trees 4 5 New Siberia 3 5 Grover Case C09 920, The Most Dangerous Blend 2 5 Amber Waves 2 5 Grow, Give, Repeat 2 5 Cable Town Delivery 2 5 Women of White Water 2 5 Under the Northen Lights 2 5 flag 3 likesLike see review Jun 08, 2018 Shel rated it it was amazing Review from the author Shelves stories Note I have a story in this collection and optimistic science fiction is my jam if you can t imagine something, you sure as hell can t make it real Commando Jugendstil and the EV Studio on the World Weaver Press BlogIt s fulfilling to have a story included in Glass and Gardens Solarpunk Summers about optimist futures based on renewable energy and to be joining in Solarpunk Chat June 16 on Twitter optimism is way punk Not that we will emerge from catastrophic dystopia into a diff Note I have a story in this collection and optimistic science fiction is my jam if you can t imagine something, you sure as hell can t make it real Commando Jugendstil and the EV Studio on the World Weaver Press BlogIt s fulfilling to have a story included in Glass and Gardens Solarpunk Summers about optimist futures based on renewable energy and to be joining in Solarpunk Chat June 16 on Twitter optimism is way punk Not that we will emerge from catastrophic dystopia into a difficult, but hard fought utopia, but that we will simply create utopia because the best in us is better, brilliant, and epic than we think it is Paul Czege, SolarPunkChatNow, wonderful, inspiring ideas aren t magically wonderful, inspiring stories.Delightfully, Glass and Gardens, filled with inspiring ideas, has lovely stories, too Overall, I loved the varied settings Farms and farmers are prominent There were many fun descriptions of tasty food and verdant plant life compared with say the dystopia Amatka by Karen Tidbeck a fantastic book but the protagonist eats a lot of fungus and raw rutabaga After reading Glass and Gardens, a sweetness lingers strawberry flavored It carries re energizing feelings of happiness, contentment and hope.Briefly, what I love Caught Root by Julia K Patt The romance, the night blooming lilies The Spider and the Stars by D.K Mok An inspiring female scientist who goes vegetarian lots of yummy Shuttling spiders into space to keep the planet safe Riot of the Wind and Sun by Jennifer Lee Rossman Desert setting with music Burning Man vibe Based on a real town in Australia Fyrewall by Stefani Cox An imagined solution to rampaging wildfires and a realization about relationships, I never needed to fix the wall, just nourish it The Call of the Wold by Holly Schofield The crone protagonist Yay, crones Camping With City Boy by Jerri Jerreat A woman renews her love of wilderness and regains her power Canadian wilderness A Field of Sapphires and Sunshine by Jaymee Goh Solar glass roofs Sunships Solarglass windows depict fairytales Culture positive Overturns tropes Midsummer Night s Heist by Commando Jugendstil and Tales from the EV Studio The characters A non binary character who uses zie zir love that I ve been seeing this in literature keep it coming Anti fascist art punks Heavenly Dreams of Mechanical Trees by Wendy Nikel A sentient robotic tree The last word Evergreen contented sigh New Siberia by Blake Jessop Interspecies relationship story Working with aliens Grover Case C09 920, The Most Dangerous Blend by Edward Edmonds A wonderful genre mash up detective, romance cli fi Amber Waves by Sam S Kepfield The farm setting wheat, soybeans Amber waves Grow, Give, Repeat by Gregory Scheckler Miss Lasagna Planimals Cable Town Delivery by M Lopes da Silva The suspended city setting Books, librarians Women of White Water by Helen Kenwright People are a chaotic mixture of hormones, emotions and information fighting for domination of one small fragile soul , and The Gentleman a cat Under the Northern Lights by Charlotte M Ray A bright, sweet love story Strawberries flag 2 likesLike see review Jun 04, 2018 Chessa rated it really liked it Shelves library thing early reviewers, sf_fantasy, short stories This collection of short stories imagines futures beyond dystopia wondering instead what would a hopeful future possibly look like I am a huge fan of utopia stories, and SF stories that consider these kinds of huge question what positive futures can we behold, with technology assisting us Like any collection, I liked some stories than others and had to downright skip one because I just couldn t make it through and it was jeopardizing my ability to finish the book at all These stori This collection of short stories imagines futures beyond dystopia wondering instead what would a hopeful future possibly look like I am a huge fan of utopia stories, and SF stories that consider these kinds of huge question what positive futures can we behold, with technology assisting us Like any collection, I liked some stories than others and had to downright skip one because I just couldn t make it through and it was jeopardizing my ability to finish the book at all These stories all imagine vastly different futures and that s the most brilliant, hopeful thing about them There are so many ways we could get this right If the current news cycle has got you down and how could it not I highly recommend taking a walk into the future with this fun and visionary collection flag 2 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jun 03, 2018 Jantine Kampes rated it it was amazing Shelves free for review, netgalley I received a free copy through Netgalley in return for an honest review.The short stories in this book are light, bright and optimistic That does not mean everything is easy and perfect It does mean they are full of hope.Off course, as always with short stories, there were stories that resonated with me better than others I did like them all, and feel motivated by them to look into the future flag 2 likesLike see review May 26, 2018 Hope rated it it was amazing Shelves arc, specfic, short story The publisher provided this book to me in exchange for an honest review.I was impressed by this book Each one felt like a universe in a grain of sand much larger on the inside than their page length I highly recommend this book flag 2 likesLike see review Sep 09, 2018 Melissa rated it it was amazing First reading in the solarpunk genre, really enjoyed it Most of the stories had a creative and imaginative twist on the future, and I especially loved Stefani Cox s story Fyrewall Nice collection flag 2 likesLike see review View 1 comment May 07, 2018 Skyler Boudreau rated it really liked it I don t think I ve ever read solarpunk before, and this anthology was an awesome start I enjoyed every story, but my favorite is definitely The Heavenly Dreams of Mechanical Trees by Wendy Nikel.The intelligent, insightful way climate change is discussed in all of these stories is fantastic Some of the worlds readers get to glimpse are also uncannily realistic futures.A full review will follow on Reader Views flag 2 likesLike see review May 03, 2018 USOM rated it really liked it Disclaimer I received this free book from the publisher This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest So can I just say I m in love with the premise That is what drew me to the book and it didn t disappoint This anthology gives you just enough story, science, and hope flag 2 likesLike see review Sep 07, 2018 Chrysten Lofton rated it really liked it 4.0 t h e f u t u r e i s b r i g h t mild spoilers If you re here, and you re following my reviews, thank you for rolling with me We re on episode 31 of Stitcher s LeVar Burton Reads, and we re gifted with Fyrewall by Stefani Cox.So, this was a really nice story My gut instinct was to give it a three, but am I so bored by optimism I hope you ll divulge me one sci fi tangent LeVar brought up Star Trek, but in my assessment, I m bringing up Rick Morty For those of you groani 4.0 t h e f u t u r e i s b r i g h t mild spoilers If you re here, and you re following my reviews, thank you for rolling with me We re on episode 31 of Stitcher s LeVar Burton Reads, and we re gifted with Fyrewall by Stefani Cox.So, this was a really nice story My gut instinct was to give it a three, but am I so bored by optimism I hope you ll divulge me one sci fi tangent LeVar brought up Star Trek, but in my assessment, I m bringing up Rick Morty For those of you groaning, that s fair, but I ll keep it brief.In the fan favorite episode, Pickle Rick, there s a brilliant moment where a psychiatrist gets the better of an arrogant person The specifics are that scientist, Rick Sanchez, was bored by family life, especially therapy, and the psychiatrist brilliantly summarizes his attitude as follows I have no doubt that you would be bored senseless by therapy, the same way I am bored when I brush my teeth and wipe my ass, because the thing about repairing, maintaining and cleaning is, it s not an adventure There s no way to do it so wrong you might die It s just work I bring this up because Fyrewall did come across as a little dull to me at first, but it was because to read it, is to put in a little work For what the work yields, this story is inspired and valuable Cox interacted with the future She took the things we re building in conversation now and projected them into a plausible reality In that reality, we have a character who s just working It s not crazy riveting, but the point made is good for the soul It was good for me It was repairing and helpful to my outlook We got to see the concept of representation for all It s not perfect As a matter of fact, it came off as clunky and crowded It also came off as possible Our first, second, and third solutions to the problems at hand probably wont work, but we stay at it until we get it right That s what society is all about A solution might be impractical, but putting it into action gives us a chance to take out the parts that don t serve us, and elevate the efficient parts.I am a little bored by optimism and happy endings I want murder, revolution, scandals, and corruption I love the uproar But, sometimes we need stories like this Especially because things don t look too good around here We need art to show us the way This story has a subdued way about it The prose is great, and the characters are totally us I love the main character, I love her frustration with the kids, I love how she sees her world I love the evolving technology, it feels familiar, even now.Last observation this future felt successful because it didn t have amnesia There was a lot of reference to the past, and how it brought them to where they are They didn t discount the past, they kept it close in their minds I think that s a huge flaw in society now, one in dire need of repair Thanks for reading, and If you wanna chat about the latest LBR episodes, hit me up in the comments and come meet up with us at LeVar Burton Reads The Community on Facebook flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 08, 2019 Lisa rated it liked it Shelves sff, short stories A nice collection of solarpunk fiction in a generous, easy to read format Some stories fixate on technology than plot, which I gather genre enthusiasts would insist is a feature not a bug Those same stories have self righteous characters I prefer to avoid as much as real life insufferable vegans A different couple of stories include Christian elements that I found off putting, perhaps because I don t recall any other religious representation in the anthology.Stand out stories include A nice collection of solarpunk fiction in a generous, easy to read format Some stories fixate on technology than plot, which I gather genre enthusiasts would insist is a feature not a bug Those same stories have self righteous characters I prefer to avoid as much as real life insufferable vegans A different couple of stories include Christian elements that I found off putting, perhaps because I don t recall any other religious representation in the anthology.Stand out stories include The Call of the Wold by Holly Schofield, which features an older protagonist much in demand for her negotiating skills, A Field of Sapphires and Sunshine by Jaymee Goh, in which the protagonist seeks a partner who appreciates her family business, Grow, Give, Repeat by Gregory Scheckler, about an 11 year old genius spurred by a fierce love of chickens to solve community problems, Cable Town Delivery by M Lopes da Silva, about a youngster who meets a travelling librarian, and Women of White Water by Helen Kenwright, with a great ensemble cast of diverse women who help community young uns cope with relationship angst.I look forward to the next installment of Glass and Gardens, to be themed Solarpunk Winters flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 30, 2018 Christine rated it really liked it I ve read a bunch of solarpunk anthologies now this year, but this was definitely the best of them all I liked that the stories didn t have any major conflicts in them, but instead they seemed to be about how people change.I ve felt the need for stories not centered around a conflict for a really long time and this book finally delivered For me the most defiant action in this world right now is to tell stories that don t feed the conflicts but offer something simple and calm for everyone This I ve read a bunch of solarpunk anthologies now this year, but this was definitely the best of them all I liked that the stories didn t have any major conflicts in them, but instead they seemed to be about how people change.I ve felt the need for stories not centered around a conflict for a really long time and this book finally delivered For me the most defiant action in this world right now is to tell stories that don t feed the conflicts but offer something simple and calm for everyone This book was definitely made of revolutionary rays of sun flag 1 likeLike see review May 24, 2018 Kristina rated it it was amazing Shelves anthology, short story or novella, sff, science fiction, from publisher or giveaway, bots bots bots, challenge 2018, creativity and craft NOTE I was provided with an eARC by the publisher in exchange for providing an honest review.With only a few exceptions I was blown away by this collection I m an avid SFF reader and it was very refreshing to see a collection of stories that unabashedly reveled in discovery and wonder There was one story I got so frustrated with I couldn t finish Who knew that anauthor constantly commenting on the female protagonist s lips would be so annoying And a few that were just not quite there ei NOTE I was provided with an eARC by the publisher in exchange for providing an honest review.With only a few exceptions I was blown away by this collection I m an avid SFF reader and it was very refreshing to see a collection of stories that unabashedly reveled in discovery and wonder There was one story I got so frustrated with I couldn t finish Who knew that anauthor constantly commenting on the female protagonist s lips would be so annoying And a few that were just not quite there either not science fictiony enough, too simplistic, a little too schmalzy, but all of the shone with innovation and creativity.But there are some absolute gems in this collection My favorites were 1 The Spider and the Stars by D.K Mok A heart warming story about a girl and her spider who dream of the stars 2 A Midsummer Night s Heist by Commando Jugendstil and Tales from the EV Studio An engaging and fabulous collaboration between two real world groups, this story showing the unrolling of an elaborate plan by groups of renegades to transform part of Milan into a place of natural and scientific beauty and to prevent a right wing facist group from holding a rally on the site Absolutely inspiring 3 The Heavenly Dreams of Mechanical Trees by Wendy Nikel A lovely story about a sentient mechanical tree who with the help of a human dreamer scientist and the rest of her artificial forest is able to give biological trees a second chance at life A mystical and unexpected modern fable flag 1 likeLike see review Jul 03, 2018 Steve C rated it it was amazing The writers here anthologized are the heirs to Ray Bradbury.If you remember a time when science fiction was about hope, about looking to the future with a dream rather than a nightmare, then you will not be disappointed flag 1 likeLike see review View 1 comment Jun 29, 2018 Georgina Kamsika rated it it was amazing An anthology of Solarpunk stories optimistic science fiction that imagines a future founded on renewable energies with a great variety of settings and cultures and plots I like both pessimistic and optimistic stories, but a little positivity feels good right now The stories and worlds presented here are inspirational, even though not everything works out every time From the prominent farming theme to murder mysteries and aliens, the stories vary widely in both setting and tone, but I enjo An anthology of Solarpunk stories optimistic science fiction that imagines a future founded on renewable energies with a great variety of settings and cultures and plots I like both pessimistic and optimistic stories, but a little positivity feels good right now The stories and worlds presented here are inspirational, even though not everything works out every time From the prominent farming theme to murder mysteries and aliens, the stories vary widely in both setting and tone, but I enjoyed all of them Some I loved than others, but that s the nature of an anthology.It s a lovely premise and I m hooked on solarpunk now The future feels a little less bleak flag 1 likeLike see review May 28, 2018 Ada marked it as to read Shelves social media sucked me in Who sucked me in Thomas from SFF180 in their SFF180 Mailbag Monday May 28, 2018 video on Youtube publicated on 28 mei 2018Some hopeful science fiction stories Sign me up flag 1 likeLike see review Jul 19, 2018 Forestofglory rated it liked it Shelves fiction, science fiction, short stories I really want to like Solarpunk optimistic ecology focused SF seems very my thing but so far I ve read two anthologies and it hasn t really clicked for me This one was fine, but I never than liked any of the stories and some I found bleak though not as bleak as the other solarpunk anthology I read I really wanted to love this but it just wasn t to be flag 1 likeLike see review Jun 27, 2018 Mike rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves codexians, needs editing, noblebright I picked this up primarily because of one of the authors, D.K Mok, with whom I was in another anthology a couple of years back I enjoyed her story in that collection, and also her novel, and expected that I d enjoy this which I did Two of the other contributors are members of a writers forum I participate in Like most anthologies, it turned out to be a mixed bag, though I liked most of the stories The stories show a strong editorial hand in their selection, mostly being quite similar in I picked this up primarily because of one of the authors, D.K Mok, with whom I was in another anthology a couple of years back I enjoyed her story in that collection, and also her novel, and expected that I d enjoy this which I did Two of the other contributors are members of a writers forum I participate in Like most anthologies, it turned out to be a mixed bag, though I liked most of the stories The stories show a strong editorial hand in their selection, mostly being quite similar in tone and feel, though diverse in other respects I could wish that the copy editing had been as strong Letters in the desert are referred to as an acre tall an acre is a measure of area, not length There are hyphens where they don t belong, and some missing where they do belong There are common homonym errors loathe loath, horde hoard, discrete discreet and a couple of less common ones tulle for tuille, perspective for prospect One author doesn t know how to use apostrophes with plural nouns or, really, at all , and isn t corrected And there are the usual common errors of unrequired coordinate commas, missing vocative commas, missing past perfect tense, and may instead of might in past tense narration scattered across various stories Some are very good, others quite bad, depending on the skill of the author I should point out that I ve seen the exact same issue in high profile, professionally edited anthologies featuring award winning authors A character has a plain face, but a handsome one which is it Another character is given the wrong name A band puts out a CD, many years in the future There are several cases in which the amount of energy available from alternative sources, or storeable in a small space, is off by orders of magnitude, or gives the impression of being a perpetual motion machine So, plenty of issues with the editing, and some with the science What about the stories On the whole, the stories don t have a lot of plot to them, in part because so much space is given to exposition It s a difficult problem to avoid, given the premise it plagued better known writers than these in the anthology Hieroglyph, which also failed as this one, mostly, does not to be consistently upbeat in its vision of the future, despite stating that as a specific goal These are mostly what I think of as worthy stories, good hearted attempts to envisage positive societies This can mean that they re lacking in tension sometimes One in particular, Amber Waves, seems to set out to take away any tension inherent in the premise every possible threat and there are several significant ones is quickly minimized, and the most disastrous of all turns out to be just what the characters needed It was the least successful of the stories for me, as a result, lacking both tension and plot despite having the materials for both in ample supply Several of the pieces, being explorations of ideas than plotted stories, use romance or romantic elements to provide some shape and a feeling of completion This isn t a bad ploy the romance plot is probably the best known plot in the world, so much so that, as with a familiar fairy story, you can reference a couple of elements of it and have the audience fill in the rest for themselves Sometimes the romance is sweet and positive, as with Under the Northern Lights sometimes, though, men are a problem, most notably in Camping with City Boy The second best known plot is the mystery, and there s one of those, too Grover Case CO9 920, The Most Dangerous Blend As mysteries go, it s OK, neither not the most plausible nor, sadly, the least plausible I ve read in terms of the killer s motivation There are a couple of heistish stories, as well, like Riot of the Wind and Sun, in which a small desert town strives to attract enough attention to itself to gain much needed resources, and unsurprisingly Midsummer Night s Heist, about, and also by, an Italian subversive art collective which foils fascists A theme of many of the stories is a future with constrained resources, having to simplify lifestyles, do without, improvise, find ways around shortages and lacks Often, this involves smaller, loosely connected communities doing their best to get along Several pieces deal with the kind of conflicts that small communities with constrained resources must face Watch Out, Red Crusher shows us a community that s ultimately unable to deal positively with deviance, which disappointed me, while both Women of White Water and The Call of the Wold show us older women offering their conflict resolution and problem solving skills to isolated groups of people There s a nice phrase in the latter story The mantle of leadership was XXL and he was an extra small Overall, though, this collection shows us a humanity that can step up to face its many problems, which I find commendable While often short on plot, and needing better copy editing in places, the stories were mostly both enjoyable and thought provoking for me flag Like see review Jun 09, 2018 Jennifer Lee Rossman rated it really liked it Review from the author Shelves animals, loved, magic, queer, romance and such, science, space, robots Full disclosure, I m one of the authors But my rating is for the other 16 stories and the book as a whole I didn t love all the stories, but I enjoyed them all Caught Root by Julia K PattA sweet story but it ended just when I was getting into it The Spider and the Stars by D.K MokLook out, Charlotte s Web The literary world has another spider to ugly cry over, and her name is Artemis Seriously That plaque on the statue near the end Too beautiful Riot of the Wind and Sun by Jennif Full disclosure, I m one of the authors But my rating is for the other 16 stories and the book as a whole I didn t love all the stories, but I enjoyed them all Caught Root by Julia K PattA sweet story but it ended just when I was getting into it The Spider and the Stars by D.K MokLook out, Charlotte s Web The literary world has another spider to ugly cry over, and her name is Artemis Seriously That plaque on the statue near the end Too beautiful Riot of the Wind and Sun by Jennifer Lee RossmanOh look, it s me I m so honored that my little Australian town is part of this book, and part of the beginning of this new genre Solarpunk is still in its infancy, still being defined, and to have even a small hand in it is just amazing Fyrewall by Stefani CoxDidn t really grab my attention, but I love the diversity in The Council Points for mentioning disabled people during an evacuation Watch Out, Red Crusher by Shel GravesMe excitedly telling my mom about this story It s like Divergent but with mood rings and the people emit light and if you re a bad color you have go live on the Freeway with the thieves The Call of the Wold by Holly SchofieldI found the plot of this one less exciting than the other stories, but it was a really enjoyable read with a narrator who has an amusing way of speaking Camping With City Boy by Jerri JerreatI didn t particularly care for this story It feels less polished than the others, and the plot was uninteresting to me Most of that is probably just my fondness for the big stories about space and robots, but most of the sci fi in this story was in the background And I would have dumped city boy out of the canoe very soon after page 1 A Field of Sapphires and Sunshine by Jaymee GohI want of this story and its crocodile farm It s rare that a story featuring something like crocodiles used as a means of human body disposal still manages to be light and hopeful Midsummer Night s Heist by Commando Jugendstil and Tales from the EV StudioI feel like this story and my story would be friends A bunch of people working through the night on basically a big art installation My one complaint is that the character who uses a wheelchair wasn t out IN the fun, but rather stayed home and coordinated stuff Heavenly Dreams of Mechanical Trees by Wendy NikelToo beautiful Sentient tree machine contemplating its own existence New Siberia by Blake JessopHate the use of the word cr ppled, but otherwise very nice Got an alien snake lady in it Grover Case C09 920, The Most Dangerous Blend by Edward EdmondsA little grittier take on solarpunk I generally don t love murder mysteries unless they re super funny cozies that have an amateur detective with a cat, so this story isn t really my type I do want to know so much about Ishani and the world she lives in, though Amber Waves by Sam S KepfieldA fine story that s a little realistic than the others Grow, Give, Repeat by Gregory SchecklerPros A chicken named Frumpy Bob Cons Frumpy Bob dies And that about sums up this story for me It s adorable and sweet but bad things happen to chickens and it made me sad Still hopeful at the end, though Cable Town Delivery by M Lopes da SilvaTraveling library visits a town in the sky My only complaint is that this is not an entire novel Women of White Water by Helen KenwrightI was pleased to see magic woven into what is ostensibly a sci fi book And with old trans people, too Under the Northern Lights by Charlotte M RayCould there be a sweet and pure romance to end this book with No No, there could not be flag 1 likeLike see review Aug 20, 2018 Fraser Simons rated it really liked it Shelves solarpunk The exciting thing about solarpunk is, as the forward talks about in Glass and Gardens, uncharted territory Rather than proclaim what it is with a tightly curated collection of fiction focused on a specific notion, the anthology instead chooses to give a voice to a wide range of people asking what solarpunk is to them and encouraging the reader to consume and talk about the genre themselves Through critical thought, as well as a wide range of public opinions informing the discourse via review The exciting thing about solarpunk is, as the forward talks about in Glass and Gardens, uncharted territory Rather than proclaim what it is with a tightly curated collection of fiction focused on a specific notion, the anthology instead chooses to give a voice to a wide range of people asking what solarpunk is to them and encouraging the reader to consume and talk about the genre themselves Through critical thought, as well as a wide range of public opinions informing the discourse via reviews, their hope seems to be to arrive at a definition not solely derived from academics.Some of these stories may be better classified as eco fiction or climate fiction But this idea of handing it over to everyone to define is a romantic notion that has a lot of traction with me, personally I often wonder what cyberpunk would have been like if the Internet was a little bit accessible then Would people of color and marginalized people contribute to the first wave of cyberpunk and drastically alter the landscape of those formative years I think so After all They did arrive just after it was proclaimed dead.This anthology seemed very diverse with a wide range of stories Some of which I liked, others I didn t kind of to be expected in any short fiction anthology Often I m attracted to cyberpunk because of the frenetic pacing inherent in much of the fiction There is some meandering in these stories and sometimes I struggled to ask myself where the punk was.In keeping with the objective of the forward, however, I think this anthology successfully probes science fiction stories that might be solarpunk in order to find the core of solarpunk Even with stories that weren t for me, I still appreciated the larger framework of questions being posed to the reader In the end, this probably hinders the book as an overall text but it is admirable that they stick to their guns, so to speak.For me, just as with cyberpunk, the punk aspect is important I want some form of resistance, some kind of dissent or critical thought against authority and systems in place stratification of class, that kind of stuff.The solar part, in my mind, is up for grabs, though What does that really even mean I don t think the general consciousness is aware of renewable energy and specialized technologies coming out of that sector And in that respect this book is great Because it s short fiction and not hard sci fi a lot of isn t explained as much as I would have liked, but neither is it New York 2140, a novel that I could not get through because it is pedantic in its attempts to educate you about what felt like literally everything.New technologies, new thinkers, new ways to imagine our interactions with others and the planet are all here These stories coupled with a bit focus on dissent, which I think we need right now than ever, is exactly what I d like to be reading right now I feel like this sub genre and its formative years are some of the most exciting things to sprout from cyberpunk and science fiction Does it have to be hopeful I m not sure I care, to be honest stories that do either would be fun to consume, I think Plenty of Solarpunk in other anthologies have short fiction that isn t very hopeful but situates itself into the sub genre by way of these extrapolated renewable technologies and punk aspects.I hope that solarpunk is as eclectic as cyberpunk can be, should you go looking This approach is a great way to define the sub genre and I m excited for anthologies like this flag Like see review Sep 28, 2018 Jen rated it really liked it Shelves badass women, science fiction, sci fantasy, short stories, solarpunk Glass and Gardens Solarpunk Summers is my very first foray into fiction from this emergent science fiction subgenre Prior to reading this anthology, my experience with solarpunk has been limited to gorgeous concept art, and ideas Having been disappointed by the fiction in other science fiction subgenres, I was uncertain of what I d find here Could Glass and Gardens deliver on the solarpunk promise hopeful diverse futures and post post apocalyptic Earths built on hope for humanity s best, r Glass and Gardens Solarpunk Summers is my very first foray into fiction from this emergent science fiction subgenre Prior to reading this anthology, my experience with solarpunk has been limited to gorgeous concept art, and ideas Having been disappointed by the fiction in other science fiction subgenres, I was uncertain of what I d find here Could Glass and Gardens deliver on the solarpunk promise hopeful diverse futures and post post apocalyptic Earths built on hope for humanity s best, rather than expectations of its worst Were there good stories and compelling conflicts in a subgenre designed around positive and hopeful themes Answer YES Yes, yes, yes.The selections in Sarena Ulibarri s anthology cover a broad range of possibilities, from futures here on Earth to those on far flung planets They touch on future struggles and solutions, and they build worlds that are full of texture and unique human stories While not every story was breathtaking, each selection in this anthology is a unique viewpoint with a common thread we can fix this, we flawed but ultimately good human beings That s what I needed to hear, in a world full of noise that s increasingly bitter and cynical and paranoid I think we all could use reminders that humans are capable of goodness and kindness in spite of and sometimes because of our flaws.My favorite stories of the anthology were The Spider and the Stars, by D.K Mok legit cried for joy at the end , The Heavenly Dreams of Mechanical Trees, by Wendy Nikel, Cable Town Delivery by M Lopes da Silva I m just going to say there are solarpunk librarians in this one, and leave it at that , and Women of White Water, by Helen Kenwright yay for an older female protagonist I need That said, every story opened up a new world, and new dreams for a future where we learn and grow and good things happen for us all flag Like see review Sep 17, 2018 Eva Ebert rated it liked it Feels like a YA novel compressed into a short story.I liked the descriptions and the characters and the setting certainly has potential But I couldn t get over the fact that they have this piece of technology that is essential to protecting them and sustaining their way of life and nobody has any idea how it works The main character kept discovering new things, where my only reaction was how come everyone didn t already know that After all, it was build by her grandmother it not like it wa Feels like a YA novel compressed into a short story.I liked the descriptions and the characters and the setting certainly has potential But I couldn t get over the fact that they have this piece of technology that is essential to protecting them and sustaining their way of life and nobody has any idea how it works The main character kept discovering new things, where my only reaction was how come everyone didn t already know that After all, it was build by her grandmother it not like it was a piece of alien technology they came across and started using I m not demanding a great deal of realism from my science fiction I like lightsabers and warp drives as much as the next gal But when a whole plot hinges on someone discovering things that should already be known, I get thrown off flag Like see review Sep 21, 2018 Mindi Briar rated it really liked it This is an excellent addition to the growing number of solarpunk anthologies out there I read it slowly, story by story, and now I wish I d kept notes on which stories I liked the most, because there were several I ll just have to flip back through them and try to remember.Standouts in no particular order Camping with City Boy The Heavenly Dreams of Mechanical Trees The Spider and the Stars Under the Northern Lights There might have been others I ll update this review if I end up rere This is an excellent addition to the growing number of solarpunk anthologies out there I read it slowly, story by story, and now I wish I d kept notes on which stories I liked the most, because there were several I ll just have to flip back through them and try to remember.Standouts in no particular order Camping with City Boy The Heavenly Dreams of Mechanical Trees The Spider and the Stars Under the Northern Lights There might have been others I ll update this review if I end up rereading the anthology In the meantime, I ll absolutely be recommending this to people who are looking to learn about solarpunk flag Like see review Nov 24, 2018 David Whatson rated it liked it Science fiction often predicts human folly with regards to technology Solarpunk is different In this collection of short stories the climactic apocalypse has arrived, the world has changed and today s current hegemonies have dissolved along with the ice caps This anthology does not harp on how humanity has failed, rather it explores possible solutions despite our current lack of vision The egalitarian use of technology, reimagined social structures, and the new relationships between humans a Science fiction often predicts human folly with regards to technology Solarpunk is different In this collection of short stories the climactic apocalypse has arrived, the world has changed and today s current hegemonies have dissolved along with the ice caps This anthology does not harp on how humanity has failed, rather it explores possible solutions despite our current lack of vision The egalitarian use of technology, reimagined social structures, and the new relationships between humans and nature are commonly explored themes The strength of storytelling varies from author to author However, as a collective work, this anthology will provide the reader with much to consider flag Like see review Nov 11, 2018 Eliatan rated it really liked it Shelves short stories, bought, new sci fi I had a hard time getting into this book to begin with and couldn t immediately put my finger on it then it struck mefor a reader of sci fi, dystopian futures and apocalyptic novels this book was so upbeat compared to my usual fare Utopias Peace, love and mung beans What a change it is to imagine a future where we haven t wiped our selves out through our own stupidity Where technology, sustainability and art intersect to create a future full of beauty This a collection of stories to f I had a hard time getting into this book to begin with and couldn t immediately put my finger on it then it struck mefor a reader of sci fi, dystopian futures and apocalyptic novels this book was so upbeat compared to my usual fare Utopias Peace, love and mung beans What a change it is to imagine a future where we haven t wiped our selves out through our own stupidity Where technology, sustainability and art intersect to create a future full of beauty This a collection of stories to fire the imagination with hope A wonderful collection brimming with important ideas We could makes these stories our reality, if we wanted it enough flag Like see review previous 1 2 3 4 next new topicDiscuss 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    Glass and Gardens Solarpunk Summers by Sarena Ulibarri Glass and Gardens Solarpunk Summers is my very first foray into fiction from this emergent science fiction subgenre Prior to reading this anthology, my experience with solarpunk has been limited to gorgeous concept art, and ideas. Glass and Gardens Solarpunk Summers Glass and Gardens Solarpunk Summers SKU . . Unavailable Anthology edited by Sarena Ulibarri Series Glass Gardens Every night, as the warmth of the day radiated back through the glass water wall of her bedroom, Del curled up with her plush quokka and listened, enthralled, as her mother spun wondrous stories. Glass and Gardens Solarpunk Summers Sarena Ulibarri Glass and Gardens Solarpunk Summers and millions of other books are available for Kindle Learn Enter your mobile number or email address below and we ll send you a Chihuly Garden and Glass Home Chihuly Garden and Glass is a museum in the Seattle Center showcasing the studio glass of Dale Chihuly Chihuly Garden and Glass is a museum in the Seattle Center showcasing the studio glass of Dale Chihuly Located next to the Space Needle at Seattle Center Chihuly Garden and Glass Visit. Glass Glass CPA PC A professional tax and accounting Glass Glass CPA PC is a full service accounting firm serving clients throughout the tri state area, dedicated to providing our clients with professional, personalized services and guidance in a wide range of financial and business needs. Glass Home Gardens Creating landscapes in your home At Glass Home Gardens we strive to bring this magic right into your home, a small scale lush world beautifully framed in glass We offer a full line of Terrarium Kits, living moss, hanging glass globes and selected air plants. The Secret Glass Gardens Mommy Poppins Sadly, this garden has closed New York is filled with amazing little secret spots that are cool to discover One that s fun for kids on a cold winter day is the Rusk Institute s Glass Gardens at NYU Medical Center. CHIHULY Exhibition New York Botanical Garden Take a Stroll Among These Amazing Glass Sculptures Mashable Chihuly at the NY Botanical Garden is a Waking Dream Metro Art and Museums in NYC This Week The New York Times A Mind Blowing New Art Installation is Opening at The New York Botanical Garden This Week TimeOut New York Glass Gardens Glass Gardens is a Norfolk, VA based popup shop selling succulents, air plants, and flowers We host popups and terrarium workshops throughout Hampton Roads Virginia. Chihuly Garden and Glass Discount Admission Tickets Chihuly Garden and Glass is a destination for families and guests of all ages That said, due to the nature of the exhibition, please ensure that those under the age of are accompanied by an adult.

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        Sarena Ulibarri attended the Clarion Workshop in 2014 and earned an MFA from the University of Colorado at Boulder She s Editor in Chief of World Weaver Press.


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    1. Another anthology I found through the Solarpunk group I ve posted most of my reading notes in the discussion topic there too.If I have one complaint about the majority of the stories here, it s the lack of grown up human beings in them Imagining how humanity and not just its technology will continue to evolve seems a daunting task But perhaps not as daunting as facing a mature humanity and trying to figure out its mentality and reactions wait till you see Loving Loney Lone, Another anthology I [...]


    2. Group read with the excellent Solarpunk group This collection of eco positive dystopianish stories absolutely blew my mind dystopianish because a lot of these futures were extremely appealing While I would usually pick out a couple of favourites to highlight, I find myself completely unable to choose between about eight of them the quality of these stories was SO consistently good.And even besides the quality of the writing, the overall tone of this collection was so uplifting and positive Group [...]


    3. Actual rating 2.5 5I enjoy dystopias and postapocalyptic wastelands, but they don t present the future I want for myself or future generations I want an optimistic future founded on renewable energies I believe people can coexist peacefully with nature Yes, I m that naive.Solarpunk s ideas are close to my heart In short, the genre can be described as a type of optimistic science fiction that focuses on visions of a brighter future The seventeen stories packed into this anthology approach a Actua [...]


    4. These stories of optimism, passion, and science are beautiful.Caught Root by Julia K Patt Two communities are rebuilding civilization separately, high rise vs adobe One botanist must make the first strides towards a working relationship Short, sweet, and romantic.The Spider and the Stars by D.K Mok Dedicated to Artemis, whose children reached the stars I cannot believe you just had me crying fat tears over a spider I haven t done that since Charlotte in Charlotte s Web The These [...]


    5. So solarpunk is this awesome sf sub genre that is all kinds of cool Head over to the Solarpunk Group which introduced me to the genre thanks for the invite Lena touted as radical optimism or eco positive fic to counter the dystopias out there Think earth ships, arcologies, sky gardens, renewable energy, sustainable agriculture and the like I still enjoy my dystopias but this was a breathe of fresh air Short story collections really make me want to review the stories one by So solarpunk is this [...]


    6. Review originally published hereI was very lucky to be offered an ARC of this straight from the editor due to the fact I previously reviewed Sunvault, another solarpunk collection of short stories I leapt at the chance and read it straight away as I adore solarpunk and am always happy to read of it.Again, as this is a short story collection it s hard to review because all the stories were so different It was delightful to see all the different locations and interpretations used in the sto Revie [...]


    7. Full Review on Page by PageCaught Root 3 5 The Spider and the Stars 4 5 Riot of the Wind and Sun 2 5 Fyrewall 3 5 Watch Out, Red Crusher 2 5 The Call of the Wold 2 5 Camping with City Boy 2 3 A Field of Sapphires and Sunshine 2 5 Midsummer Night s Heist 2 5 The Heavenly Dreams of Mechanical Trees 4 5 New Siberia 3 5 Grover Case C09 920, The Most Dangerous Blend 2 5 Amber Waves 2 5 Grow, Give, Repeat 2 5 Cable Town Delivery 2 5 Women of White Water 2 5 Under t Full Review on Page by PageCaught Ro [...]


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