SOLARPUNK PLANET

Welcome to my world,
a peopled planet named Luratia.

on the upside, Luratia has achieved:

free wireless electricity

harvested in space on solar cell platforms and distributed wirelessly across the planet

advanced nanotech

high-def virtual-reality smartphones, pollution-eating concrete, space elevators, super-cheap solar cells, bionic ears, eyes and limbs

disease eradication
and longevity

achieved universally through generations of genetic screening and medical innovations in nanotechnology; pursued individually through bio-hacking

cooperation-based
communities

innovation and productivity have soared through collaborative associations and competition for excellence

on the downside, it struggles with:

ubiquitous
surveillance

achieved by nanotechnologies ranging from undectable video devices built into architectural structures to small, insect-shaped video bots that can follow a selected target or hover in any penetrable GPS location

data wars and
nano warfare

traditional armed conflict has been replaced by the stealthy weaponry of data offensives, strategic system failures, GPS-guided bullets, and tiny assassination bots that can seek out and inject a person with deadly poison

elsewheres

the name ascribed to the growing number of people who suffer from virtual reality addiction, which affects nearly a quarter of the population and remains largely untreatable

slavery

the indigenous people of the corporate-owned continent of Egli are Luratia's last slave race, monitored and punished via subcutaneous surveillance devices

Luratia, my Solarpunk Planet

how to be happy

How to be Happy on a Cloudy Planet
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thank you

Thank You and Happy Flying
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pure sky life

Pure Sky
Life
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the cutter

Cri of Egli
The Cutter
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the hearing

Cri of Egli
The Hearing
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how to be happy

How to be Happy on a Cloudy Planet
softcover
signed
kindle
about

thank you

Thank You and Happy Flying
softcover
signed
kindle
about

pure sky life

Pure Sky
Life
softcover
signed
kindle
about

the cutter

Cri of Egli
The Cutter
softcover
signed
kindle
about

the hearing

Cri of Egli
The Hearing
softcover
signed
kindle
about



Hello Solarpunk

what is solarpunk?

Solarpunk writers and artists dare to wonder:

What if we actually, amazingly don't pollute our planet to the point of unlivibility, or bring ourselves to nuclear extinction, or collapse beneath crumbling societies in the aftermath of wholesale destruction brought on by the greedy, the mean, and the sociopathic?

What if the future is a better future, a life worth living?

How will we pull it off?

How do we get there from here?

It's not easy to imagine positive futures, given the world we live in, and it's even more difficult to elucidate pragmatic solutions to real-world problems. But that's what solarpunks are excited about. That's what they're taking on.

Solarpunk is an answer to sci fi author Neal Stephenson’s call for “a return to inspiration in contemporary science fiction.”

Finally, a healthy alternative to the dingy, disparaging worlds of dystopia.

Solarpunk is light, bright, and hopeful. But crafty too, with an eye on sustainability and the clever use of what we have and how we can optimize it. The punks in solarpunk are lovers of life and beauty. They're resourceful, sagacious, and refreshingly cooperative.

Solarpunk wants to show us a better, more mature, more collaboratively creative side of human nature, cast against the backdrop of our emerging technological landscape.

I'll have some of that, please.

I'm Melanie, by the way, and I've written a sci fi series called Lin of Luratia, Luratia being the name of my solarpunk world.

a new renaissance

I have an unshakable belief that another Renaissance is in us—a rebirth of cultural values and modes of living that will arise from a bold, new flowering of that which is best in us: the urge to connect, to create, to collaborate, and to love.

Our capacities as human beings are enormous, evolving, and expanding.

Think about the people we were a hundred years ago.

Fifty years ago.

We can hardly conceive who we will be even a few decades from now, when everything is wirelessly inter-connected, including our brains.

Though our future will be weighted with horrible, self-inflicted catastrophes of every variety, there can be diminishing instances of them coupled with ever-increasing acts of good.

Despite the dystopian futures that haunt our storytelling, I can’t help but believe that our best years are ahead of us.

Some may call my beliefs utopian, but I disagree. We've come a long, evolutionary way from our distant past, and our pace is quickening.

Sagacity, decency, and creative cooperation are what it will take to shape a better future, and these are not impossible achievements, not for a person and not for a world.

I see solarpunk as a kind of dystopian antidote with the power to evoke feelings of awe (of what we're capable of), fascination (by what we can do with it), encouragement (to be a force for good), and hope (for ourselves and our future).

Solarpunk has the power to rouse us out of apathy, eliciting reality-based concern as opposed to dystopian-based trepidation or desensitization.

I share the vision that inspired the creation of ASU’s Center for Science & Imagination. As one of its project leaders, Brian David Johnson, has said, “We can change the future by changing the story we tell ourselves about the future we are going to live in.”



Luratia: solarpunk planet

Luratia is a world of clouds and lightning and the Nano Age wonders of space tourism, wireless electricity, and virtual reality heads-up videophones.

Because it's a cloudy planet, highly vulnerable to greenhouse gas effects, Luratians never strayed very long in their use and development of polluting sources of energy. They took a liking to wind power, tidal power, geothermal and nuclear. But in the end, they settled on solar.

Solar power on a cloudy planet? The secret is space. Massive solar cell platforms hover in near-orbit and harmlessly beam electricity to the ground, where it is wirelessly distributed around the world. There is such an abundance of wireless electricity, it is virtually impossible to meter, thus is free to anyone with a proper receiving device. Modern-era gadgets are powered anywhere, everywhere, all the time, without cords or batteries.

The technological landscape of Luratia is modeled in the likeness of our own near future so as to capture a realistic vision of the world and people we are growing into. As Earth soon will, Luratia is roiling in the wonders and hazards of its Nano Age—an era of microscopic machines, intelligent matter, retina-display virtual-reality smart phones, space elevators, bionic eyes and limbs, and ubiquitous video surveillance. It is an age into which Earth is quickly entering, eyes closed, for better and for worse.

Learn more about Luratia.





© Melanie Pahlmann