free solarpunk book!
The Weight of Light: A Collection of Solar Futures
"A collection of science fiction stories, art, and essays exploring human futures powered by solar energy, with an upbeat, solarpunk twist. What will it be like to live in the photon societies of tomorrow? How will a transition to clean, plentiful energy transform our values, markets, and politics?"
@polymerwitch thank you for sharing! Looking forward to reading this.
@charlag @polymerwitch Could someone who reads this lmk whether it's actually punk, or just a bunch of liberal reformist wishful thinking? i.e. whether consumption has been scaled back or whether they think solar panels will solve everyone's problems while allowing us to keep the same way of life, whether people still work for bosses, whether production is still centralized, etc
@socalledunitedstates @charlag @polymerwitch the way it's structured is there are 4 short stories (on a matrix of big/small urban/rural) and then each one is followed by 1-2 essays tangentially related to or analyzing that story. and it's not really like the good essays follow the good stories, so it is quite a thoroughly-mixed bag. probably good food for thought though
@polymerwitch "Narrative Hackathons are intensively collaborative, structured as a series of short interactive sessions with clear goals and deliverables. Our teams oscillated between small-group brainstorming, large-group presentations, cross-group feedback, revisions and refinement, and individual working time throughout the two-day event."
Damn this is a strange concept to me.
I read "Under the Grid", found it a bit boring but it enabled me to dream new dreams.
Gonna read another one now.
@polymerwitch Hey everyone, I'm one of the authors of this book (I wrote "Under The Grid"). Happy to answer any questions and would love to hear what you all think!
Sunbeam City is a Libertarian Socialist solarpunk instance. It is ran democratically by a cooperative of like-minded individuals.