@beezyal We're buying a home (for the second time) and looking to embrace as much of the sustainable, solarpunk lifestyle as possible.
Be the future you want to see in the world and all that.
I'm interested in the fiction because fiction informs our perceptions of reality (and because #solarpunk fiction would almost necessarily be made outside the american media oligopoly, and DIY media is a key point in saving the future)
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@beezyal But I'm also interested in the reality.
The idea that Tech can be used as a force for god. The idea that we can minimize the harm we've caused, and start to recover. The idea that through technology we can weather the impending economic storm.
And so I'm trying to find inspiration. I want to feel like I'm living in the solarpunk future, you know?
@ajroach42 (sorry, been offline for a while)
I totally know how you feel! I'm sure you've read it already, but Solarpunk Press has put out some good fiction of the solarpunk vision over the last couple years.
Sunvault has a lot of great work in it, but not all of it falls strictly into the category of solarpunk. As the first general solarpunk anthology in English, we knew that was going to be a problem. The ideas aren't widely spread yet, but the movement is growing.
@ajroach42 where are you moving to? If you feel comfortable sharing.
One of the things I think will be a very important question for solarpunk in the future is the way we reconcile tech as a driving force for good with its history as an oppressive tool and an abuser of the natural world.
Anyway, I'm glad to find another solarpunk in the wild!
@beezyal We're moving from circa washington DC to north central GA. If you're familiar with north central GA, I'll be glad to be slightly more specific.
I'd argue that, on the balance, Tech has been relatively neutral over the bulk of human history, and has really only begun to be destructive or oppressive in the last ~150 years (or, to put another way, the capitalist era.) I could be wrong, here, though. I haven't researched it terribly extensively.
@mrgah @ajroach42 yeah I imagine the arguments for good vs bad are pretty complex! It seems to me though that if we're ever to accept tech ultimately as a force for good, remembering the history of the negative will be an important aspect of reverence.
For example, if we use nuclear energy, we should always keep in mind that it was developed to kill. If we use solar, we have to keep in mind the destruction that rare earth mining causes.
I am not well acquainted with #solarpunk. What scope of it are you referring to here?
I mean, I'm looking for hopeful fiction that looks at our impending economic colapse and imagines a future in which we manage to (sustainably) build our own way through it.
But I'm also looking for current tech to empower the solarpunk lifestyle today.
I want to end my dependence on this capitalist system whenever/wherever possible.
I'm about 3/4 through walkaway and it has some great moments in it.
It also has some real sad moments, and when I started reading it, those sad moments went further than I was willing to go, (This was shortly after the inauguration.)
I need to finish it.
But I also need to keep thinking about tech that isn't 15 years away. How can modern tech be leveraged to make our part of the world a little better?
Potential semi-spoilers for Vinge's The Peace War but it's all laid out fairly early on Show more
@ajroach42 Sure. There was a big war and scientists who were tasked with developing a new weapon decide to use the weapon to end ALL wars by restricting the availability of technology and going after all significant power sources, so a significant underground low-power technology base develops, with super efficient solar cells and high performance low-power CPUs fabbed in small-scale illicit fabs.