- Paperback: 382 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2 edition (January 16, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1543073379
- ISBN-13: 978-1543073379
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,871,906 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Wings of Renewal: A Solarpunk Dragon Anthology Paperback – January 16, 2017
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About the Author
Claudie Arseneault is an asexual and aromantic-spectrum writer hailing from the very-French Québec City. Her long studies in biochemistry and immunology often sneak back into her science-fiction, and her love for sprawling casts invariably turns her novels into multi-storylined wonders. The most recent, City of Strife, comes out on February 22, 2017! Claudie is a founding member of The Kraken Collective and is well-known for her involvement in solarpunk, her database of aro-ace characters in spec fic, and her unending love of octopi.
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I’ve fallen in love with solarpunk. It combines the best of nature, technology, and human cooperation in settings where harmony is valued over profit and prejudice has long ago been defeated.
Solarpunk is a vision of the future that couldn’t be more different than dreary visions of war-torn dystopias ruled over by oppressive governments. It’s a return to the hopeful visions of 60s science fiction: worlds built by environmentalists and social justice activists, engineers and innovators. Societies that run on solar and wind power, where people work together instead of fighting, where anyone of any gender, race, and ability can achieve their dreams.
Add dragons and witches and spaceships to that, and I’ll never look back.
Not only are these stories full of imaginative worldbuilding and hope for the future, they’re also highly diverse.
This collection proudly features disability, racial diversity, and queerness, and various intersections of these. Wings of Renewal hits the ground running: the first story is about a girl who uses and designs prosthetic limbs building a leg for a dragon injured by poachers.
And that’s just the beginning. Following stories include all sorts of characters and settings: airships, spaceships, colony planets, farming communities; witches, shapeshifters, engineers, princesses.Three stories feature queer woman protagonists, and there are dozens of characters of color. Nobody is questioned for their skin color or gender. Instead of having to struggle against an ignorant society, they rescue dragons, save communities, and travel through space.
That’s what I most love about the diversity in this collection- it’s unchallenged. The problems characters face are all related to their adventure, not to having their identities accepted. Which is as the future should be!
On the critical side, I am little disappointed that none of the protagonists were nonbinary and/or transgender, though several minor NB characters did show up. The intended audience also seemed inconsistent. Some stories felt more YA or middle grade, while others felt like standard adult reading. But even with those nitpicks, the collection was amazing.
Solarpunk is the perfect stage for diverse SFF. It’s a future where we’ve overcome oppression and averted ecological crisis, where working together can achieve far more than anyone working alone.
Solarpunk is a twist on the dark -punk genres; this one is hopeful that mankind will work out how to get back in harmony with the planet. These stories cover the genre from stem to stern, with all manner of different looks at what our future might be like. There's nothing here to disappoint, except that there are only 22 stories. You want diversity? Check. You want haunting, creepy? Check. How about just plain rollicking fun? Got that, too. The editing is tight and the writing is solid.
You can't go wrong here.
With this one I don’t think there was a single story I really disliked. There are a lot of stories I’d give different ratings to, but nothing fell below three stars for me. My favorite story has to be the very first one in the book titled, ‘Summer Project’ in which two girls rescue a dragon who is missing a limb, make a prosthetic for her, and release her while taking out some poachers in the process.
Some of the stories had a better grip on the whole solarpunk theme than others, but overall it was really nice to read a bunch of stories with the green energy.
I’d really recommend giving this anthology a try if you love dragons, science fiction, fantasy, or are even just looking for stories with more diverse characters.
“LOST AND FOUND by Brenda J. Pierson = At least the narrative voice is feeling smooth and natural... And yay for some actual tension and character development. Plot even came full circle.
SOLARIUM by Kimberly Kay and A. N. Gephart = Things happening. Tension. Action. Decent writing. Thank God.
REFUGE by Mindi Briar = Ahhh, someone else who knows how to write. How pleasant. And gotta say, Fairy is kind of hilarious.
THE DRAGON OF KOU by Caroline Bigaiski = Liking the storytelling in this one; the story told within the story. Accessable.
SEVEN YEARS AMONG DRAGONS by Lyssa Chiavari = A fairytale! With conflict! Yes. Good. Bordering on true awesomeness.”
This was my first brush with solarpunk, and I would be willing to sample other offerings within the genre to better determine whether or not it’s a flavor I have or can develop a taste for. Readers with tastes and expectations differing from mine may find the “Wings of Renewal” collection to be an overall more enjoyable read.
(ARC received in exchange for an honest review.)