Solarpunk and How We Escape Dystopia

Pop Culture Detective: Audio Files
Pop Culture Detective: Audio Files
Solarpunk and How We Escape Dystopia

Audio Episode 10
In this episode we explore a relatively new subgenre of science fiction called Solarpunk, which aims to imagine better, more ecologically harmonious, futures on earth. In many ways Solarpunk is a reaction to both the real-world climate crisis and to the many apocalyptic visions of collapse filling our screens. Andrew Sage from the YouTube channel Andrewism joins host Jonathan McIntosh and friend of the show Carl Williams for this conversation.

References & Links
• The Andrewism YouTube Channel
Walkaway by Cory Doctorow
Ecotopia by Ernest Callenbach
Sunvault: Stories of Solarpunk and Eco-Speculation
Fighting for the Future edited by Phoebe Wagner 
Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
Princess Mononoke from Studio Ghibli
The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas by Ursula K. Le Guin
Emergency Skin by N. K. Jemisin
Monk and Robot book series by Becky Chambers
Dear Alice from THE LINE
Dear Alice’ Decommodified Edition by Waffle To The Left
Our History Is the Future by Nick Estes
3000-Year-Old Solutions to Modern Problems by Lyla June 
Capitalist Realism by Mark Fisher

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Show credits
Audio production: Jonathan McIntosh
Intro music: Simon Stålenhag
Outro Music: Rick Lopez

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Hi Jonathan,

Do you have any plans to ever create a transcript for these audio episodes? I want to write about them and it’s much easier to copy text than transcribe from the audio–but also occasionally in the early episodes it is difficult to make out the audio of one of your co-hosts. Still I know this could be a lot of work! Thanks as always for your great work, and I’m a grateful patron now.

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