In 2012, the Brazilian publisher Editora Draco released an anthology of optimistic science fiction stories titled Solarpunk: Histórias ecológicas e fantásticas em um mundo sustentável. The term "solarpunk" has been steadily gaining momentum in the English-speaking world to describe an aesthetic of hopeful, eco-friendly futures, stories that try to shift us away from the dystopian mindset that has been so prominent in recent science fiction. Now, World Weaver Press, a US-based small publisher, has the opportunity to bring the stories from this groundbreaking Brazilian anthology to an English-speaking readership.
Translated for the first time from Portuguese to English by Fábio Fernandes, Solarpunk: Ecological and Fantastic Stories in a Sustainable World features nine authors from Brazil and Portugal. (Scroll down to see full author and editor bios!) Funding the translation is our priority, but if we are successful, we plan to also create a brand new anthology to add more voices to the solarpunk conversation.
Ebooks and Paperbacks:
- You get to read it first! Both ebooks and paperbacks of the Solarpunk translation will be sent to backers before the book is available for sale.
- US shipping is already built into the reward prices.
- International shipping ranges from $1 to $15 depending on the reward.
Story Critiques and Concept Consultations:
- Critiques from Sarena Ulibarri, Rhonda Parrish, and Adam Flynn
- Critiques in either English or Portuguese from Fabio Fernandes
- Concept Consultations from an economist and a futurist
The translated Solarpunk anthology, plus all five of the science fiction books World Weaver Press has published so far.
- THE CONTINUUM by Wendy Nikel (An expert on the past gets a crash course in the future.)
- MURDER IN THE GENERATIVE KITCHEN by Meg Pontecorvo (Does your high-tech kitchen know you better than you know yourself?)
- CAMPAIGN 2100: GAME OF SCORPIONS by Larry Hodges (Earth’s two-party politics is about to get an alien interloper.)
- FAR ORBIT: SPECULATIVE SPACE ADVENTURES edited by Bascomb James (Stories by Gregory Benford, Eric Choi, Tracy Canfield, Wendy Sparrow, & more.)
- FAR ORBIT APOGEE edited by Bascomb James (Stories by James Van Pelt, Dave Creek, Eric Del Carlo, Milo James Fowler, & more.)
Print of original artwork by Portuguese illustrator José Baetas, based on one of the stories in Solarpunk: Ecological and Fantastic Stories in a Sustainable World. Backers will be able to choose from several available prints. See more of José's artwork at his website.
To continue the tradition of solarpunk science fiction stories, World Weaver Press is planning a brand new anthology of solarpunk stories, titled Glass and Gardens: Solarpunk Summers. Submissions are open through November 15, 2017—see the full guidelines below.
Most World Weaver Press anthologies have only been able to pay authors a token amount, but we want to pay authors more. That's where we need your help.
- Stretch Goal #1: $3000: *UNLOCKED!*Glass & Gardens will be published in summer 2018, and authors will be paid at $0.01 per word (semi-pro rates).
- Stretch Goal #2: $5000: Glass & Gardens authors will be paid at $0.03 per word (semi-pro rates). All backers will receive one of the Glass & Gardens stories via email before the book is published.
- Stretch Goal #3: $7000: Glass & Gardens authors will be paid at $0.05 per word (upper semi-pro rates). All backers will receive the Glass & Gardens ebook when it is ready.
- Stretch Goal #4: $8500: Glass & Gardens authors will be paid at $0.06 per word (pro rates). All backers at the $35 or above level will receive the Glass & Gardens paperback when it is ready.
Submission Guidelines for GLASS & GARDENS: SOLARPUNK SUMMERS
Anthologist: Sarena Ulibarri
Open for Submissions: August 15, 2017 - November 15, 2017
Expected Publication: Summer 2018
Story Length: up to 8,000 words
Payment: TBD (Determined by Kickstarter success—see Stretch Goals above!)
Solarpunk is a type of eco-conscious science fiction that imagines an optimistic future founded on renewable energies. It might take place in a wind-powered skyscraper or on a solar-powered robotic farm, in a bustling green-roofed metropolis or in a small but tech-saavy desert village. Often coupled with an art nouveau aesthetic, and always inclusive and diverse, solarpunk stories show the ways we have adapted to climate change, or the ways we have overcome it. For this anthology, I want to see solarpunk summers. Show me futuristic stories that take place in summer, whether that involves a summer night in a rooftop garden, or characters adapting to extreme heat and weather, or an annual migration to cooler lands. Keep it planet-based (Earth or other), and optimistic. Solarpunk worlds aren’t necessarily utopias, but they definitely aren’t dystopias.
We're a northern hemisphere publisher, but southern hemisphere summers are also welcome!
Need inspiration? Read New York 2140 or Pacific Edge by Kim Stanley Robinson, Sunvault: Stories of Solarpunk and Eco-Speculation, or Wings of Renewal: A Solarpunk Dragon Anthology.
Submission Method: Send your story as a .doc, .docx, or .rtf attachment to solarpunk[at]worldweaverpress[dot]com with Submission: [story title] in the subject line. Please include a brief cover letter, but DO NOT summarize your story in the cover letter.
Simultaneous submissions = okay. Multiple submissions = no.
About the Anthologist: Sarena Ulibarri attended the Clarion Fantasy and Science Fiction Writers' Workshop in 2014 and earned an MFA from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her fiction has appeared in magazines such as Lightspeed and Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, as well as anthologies such as Biketopia: Feminist Bicycle Science Fiction Stories in Extreme Futures and Dear Robot: An Anthology of Epistolary Science Fiction. She has been Editor-in-Chief of World Weaver Press since 2016, and edited the anthology Speculative Story Bites.
Can you read Portuguese? Pick up a copy of the original Solarpunk anthology from Editora Draco: http://editoradraco.com/2013/01/11/solarpunk-historias-ecologicas-e-fantasticas-em-um-mundo-sustentavel/
Gerson Lodi-Ribeiro (Anthologist) had two novelettes published in Brazilian Asimov’s: hard SF “Mythic Aliens” and “The Ethics of Treason”, the latter was the first alternative history story in Brazilian and Portuguese science fiction. His alternative history novelette “The Vampire of New Holland” won the Nova Awards 1996, while his SF novelette “The Daughter of the Predator” won the Nautilus 1999. His main short fiction collections are: Other Histories…, The Vampire of New Holland, Other Brazils, Taikodom: Chronicles and The Best of Carla Cristina Pereira. Gerson has published four novels so far: Xochiquetzal: An Aztec Princess Among the Incas, The Guardian of Memory, The Adventures of the Vampire of Palmares and Strangers in Paradise. He has edited eight short fiction anthologies so far: Phantastica Brasiliana, How Lustful my Alien Girl Was!, Vaporpunk, Dieselpunk, Solarpunk, Fantastic Erotica 1, Super-Heroes, and Dinosaurs. Beyond the science fiction borders, he published Vita Vinum Est!: History of Wine in the Roman World.
Fábio Fernandes (Translator) lives in São Paulo, Brazil. He has published two books so far, an essay on William Gibson’s fiction, A Construção do Imaginário Cyber, and a cyberpunk novel, Os Dias da Peste (both in Portuguese). Also a translator, he is responsible for the translation to Brazilian Portuguese of several SF novels, including Neuromancer, Snow Crash, and A Clockwork Orange. His short stories have been published online in Brazil, Portugal, Romania, the UK, New Zealand, and USA, and also in Ann and Jeff VanderMeer’s Steampunk II: Steampunk Reloaded and Southern Fried Weirdness: Reconstruction (2011), The Apex Book of World SF, Vol 2, Stories for Chip. He co-edited (with Djibril al-Ayad) the postcolonialist anthology We See a Different Frontier. Graduate of Clarion West, class of 2013. Slush reader for Clarkesworld Magazine.
Carlos Orsi is a writer and a journalist specializing in coverage of scientific topics from Jundiaí, São Paulo. He has published the story collections Medo, Mistério e Morte (1996) and Tempos de Fúria (2005), and the novels Nômade (2010) and Guerra Justa (2010). His works of fiction appear in anthologies such as Imaginarios v. 1 (2009), and in magazines and fanzines in Brazil and abroad.
Telmo Marçal is the pseudonym of a bourgeoisly restless forty-year-old, who writes disheveled stories with detached characters condemned to try to survive in worlds as absurd as family. His first short stories appeared in 2003, thanks to the dynamics of fanzines and electronic magazines in Portugal and Brazil. His work appeared in the anthology Por Universos Nunca Dantes Navegados and his first solo book, As atribulações de Jacques Bonhomme, appeared in 2009. In 2012, he participated in Antologia de Ficção Científica Fantasporto, published in Portugal and Brazil.
Romeu Martins is a journalist, specializing in scientific dissemination, and an author of fantastic literature. He began writing fiction in 2008 for his own blog, Terroristas da Conspiração (Terrorists of the Conspiracy), where he also published a few dozen other writers. Today, he has work in books by three national publishers, and an excerpt from his short story has been selected and translated into English for the Steampunk Bible by Americans Jeff VanderMeer and S. J. Chambers. With Editora Draco, he he debuted as a short storyteller in Sherlock Holmes – Aventuras Secretas (2012).
Antonio Luiz M. C. Costa has always enjoyed literature, fantasy and science fiction in particular, but he graduated in production engineering and philosophy, did postgraduate studies in economics, and worked as an investment analyst and economic and financial advisor before rediscovering his vocation in writing, journalism, and fiction. Today he writes about reality in CartaCapital magazine and about the imagination elsewhere. He published a collection, Eclipse ao pôr do sol e outros contos fantásticos (2010), and the novel Crônicas de Atlântida – O tabuleiro dos deuses (2011) in addition to collaborating with the means at his disposal for the development of speculative fiction in Brazil.
Gabriel Cantareira was born in 1990 and lives in Itatiba, São Paulo. He holds a degree in Computer Science from USP and currently holds a master's degree. In addition to writing, he is interested in visual arts and music. Find him on DeviantArt: tioshadow.deviantart.com
Daniel I. Dutra is originally from Pelotas, Rio Grande do Sul. He holds a degree in Letters (UCPEL) and a Master's Degree in Comparative Literature (UFRGS). His Master's Dissertation gave rise to the book Literatura de ficção-científica no cinema: A Máquina do Tempo – do livro ao filme (Sci-Fi Literature in the Cinema: The Time Machine - from book to film), a study on the work of H.G. Wells. In fiction he participated in the anthologies Deus Ex-Machina – Anjos e Demônios na Era do Vapor (2011) and Erótica Fantástica v. I (2012) from Editora Draco.
André S. Silva is a carioca (native of Rio de Janeiro), a civil servant, and a student of Letters at UFRJ. He started writing fanfictions inspired by the X-Files series in the late 1990s. He collaborated with OTP Filmes in the screenwriting of short films and had short stories in the 2011 Literary Challenge and the Henry Evaristo Prize for Fantastic Literature 2012, both on the website A Irmandade (The Brotherhood). For Editora Draco, he participated in two anthologies, Dragões (2012) and Excalibur (2013). Find him on Twitter @andressilva.
Roberta Spindler was born in Belém do Pará in 1985. She graduated in advertising and currently works as a video editor. A self-confessed nerd, she loves comics, games, and RPGs. She has written since her teens and is passionate about fantastic literature. She has stories published in ebook and in several anthologies, including Super-Heróis (2013) and Meu amor é um mito (2012), from Editora Draco. She is the co-author of the novel Contos de Meigan – A Fúria dos Cártagos (2011). See her blog at www.rspindler.tumblr.com and find her on Twitter @robertaspindler.
World Weaver Press is an independent publisher of fantasy, paranormal, and science fiction. We believe that publishing speculative fiction isn’t just printing words on the page — it’s the act of weaving brand new worlds.
Risks and challenges
This translation has already been commissioned, but without funding, our budget for this book and all our 2018 books will be even more strained than usual. Glass and Gardens may be delayed until 2019, and we will only be able to pay Glass and Gardens authors a token amount for their stories.
World Weaver Press has published more than 40 books since 2012, and barring any unforeseen disasters, we are confident this book will be finished and produced according to the timeline estimated here. If delays arise, we will do our best to keep backers updated.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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