Iowa State’s MFA program in Creative Writing and Environment produces authors, poets and playwrights well-versed in what the program refers to as “the environmental imagination.” But for two students, exploring this idea meant setting out to advance a whole new genre.
After learning about solarpunk in a Tumblr post that gained popularity last September, now second-year student Phoebe Wagner came to fellow second-year Brontë Wieland with an idea.
“Phoebe approached me and asked me if I wanted to put together an anthology of environmental science fiction,” Wieland said.
“Sunvault: Stories of Solarpunk & Eco-Speculation” was born out of this conversation.
Solarpunk is an emerging genre focused on working toward a better environmental future in science fiction as well as the associated positive solutions. The “-punk” suffix refers to its association with countercultural ideology.
“There’s also a lot of social justice that’s also associated with it,” Wagner added. “This idea that…
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