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An Introduction to The Solarpunk Genre | Book Riot

By Emily Wenstrom, Mar 23, 2021

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While a great deal of science fiction involves gloom, doom, and cynicism about humanity’s fate (Apocalypse! Dystopia! Grimdark!), there are bright spots of optimism within the genre.

Meet solarpunk.What Is Solarpunk?

The overall vibe of the solarpunk genre is often described as inspired by Art Nouveau, Victorian, and Afrofuturist motifs. Illustrations of solarpunk landscapes often look hypermodern, light, airy, and colorful, but can also be rich in elegant detail.

Most of all, everything is so, so green. Just covered in leaves. Like Ewoks moved into the Watergate. Along with this visual style, the spirit of solarpunk is one of craftsmanship, egalitarianism, and optimism where technology can be put to work to solve our greatest problems.

Editor’s Note: Includes mention of classic solarpunk novels, and some newer ones.

Source: An Introduction to The Solarpunk Genre | Book Riot

Hemingway’s history: Community boasts ties to author

  From left, Frances “Bunny” Thorne and Ernest Hemingway enjoy each other’s company while in Sheridan County. Courtesy photo | The Wyoming Room
From left, Frances “Bunny” Thorne and Ernest Hemingway enjoy each other’s company while in Sheridan County. Courtesy photo | The Wyoming Room

When describing places in the world where Ernest Hemingway is most known, fans and followers of the author may list Spain, Cuba, Key West and even Idaho.

Source: Hemingway’s history: Community boasts ties to author

Stacy Keach on Playing Hemingway | The Hemingway Society

Ernest Hemingway
Ernest Hemingway

“Stacy Keach joins the show to reflect on his legendary career, particularly his portrayal of Hemingway on the stage, in the classic miniseries, and in his audio recording of short stories.

“Keach compares the art of acting to the act of writing and gets to the heart of Hemingway’s knack for conveying emotion in spare prose.  He reflects on the many adaptations of Hemingway novels and his friendship with George C. Scott and John Huston.  He also offers insights into Hemingway’s psychology and destructive habits.

“As a special bonus, hear Keach’s brilliant read of our “one true sentence” introduction!

“This episode was recorded on 08/08/2019.”

Source: Stacy Keach on Playing Hemingway | The Hemingway Society

John D. MacDonald’s Mission to Save Florida | CrimeReads

“Last fall, as part of the annual Bouchercon celebration of mysteries and their authors, one panel was devoted to discussing a writer who’s been dead for three decades and a character who last appeared in a book when Reagan was in the White House. One of the panelists, Ace Atkins (The Sinners) showed up in a T-shirt that proclaimed: “BASTARD CHILD OF TRAVIS MCGEE.” Immediately the other panelists all clamored for identical shirts. I was one of them.”

Editor’s Note: I have read, years ago, all of his Travis McGee books; I have one around now, in the garage collection.

Source: John D. MacDonald’s Mission to Save Florida | CrimeReads

The Library 100

The top 100 novels of all time found in libraries around the world, as found in OCLC’s WorldCat database.

Source: The Library 100

During Trump’s present, it’s hard to write the future, says science fiction writer John Scalzi – LA Times

It’s difficult to focus on writing, particularly fiction, when the world feels like it’s on fire.

“To be sure, these times — by which I mean the Trump era to date, let’s go ahead and avoid cutesy winking allusions — are making it hard for lots of writers, not just the ones who write science fiction. It’s difficult to focus on writing, particularly fiction, when the world feels like it’s on fire and everyone you know is trying to decide between hiding in a hole or taking up recreational alcoholism to get by.”

Source: During Trump’s present, it’s hard to write the future, says science fiction writer John Scalzi – LA Times