Wings of Renewal

Wings of Renewal❴PDF❵ ✍ Wings of Renewal Author Claudie Arseneault – Oaklandjobs.co.uk The future is vibrant hopeful and filled with dragonsIn WINGS OF RENEWAL twenty two authors explore the exciting new subgenre of solarpunk through the lens of these majestic creatures Whether they irr The future is vibrant hopeful and filled with dragonsIn Wings of Renewal twenty two authors explore the exciting new subgenre of solarpunk through the lens of these majestic creatures Whether they Wings of PDF or irrigate dry terrain or serve as spaceships are mythic beasts come to life or biomechanical creations of man these dragons show us a world where renewable energy overcomes gas and oil and cooperation replaces competitionIf you love fantasysci fi fusion this is an anthology you do not want to miss So hop on solar wings and follow us into futures that–for all their witches and dragons–are far possible than they might seem. Another great read with the Solarpunk groupNot since Glass and Gardens Solarpunk Summers have I enjoyed an anthology so much Wings of Renewal really captures the uplifting feeling that defines Solarpunk to meThere were maybe two stories here that I didn't enjoy which makes it a big win for an anthology granted one of those I absolutely couldn't stand but the ones I loved vastly outnumbered them There did seem to be an awful lot of writers from the Pacific Northwest so if anyone's from there I'd love to know what's in the water Or the woods perhaps a soggy state would be an awfully good place for a dragon hideoutThis was a great mix of science fiction fantasy and all around great writing especially the world building I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone who's interested in Solarpunk or anyone simply in need of a little extra lift Definitely one I'll be buying a physical copy of Featured on All Our WorldsI’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 defeatedSolarpunk is a vision of the future that couldn’t be 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 dreamsAdd dragons and witches and spaceships to that and I’ll never look backNot only are these stories full of imaginative worldbuilding and hope for the future they’re also highly diverseThis collection proudly features disability racial diversity and ueerness 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 poachersAnd that’s just the beginning Following stories include all sorts of characters and settings airships spaceships colony planets farming communities; witches shapeshifters engineers princessesThree stories feature ueer woman protagonists and there are dozens of characters of color Nobody is uestioned for their skin color or gender Instead of having to struggle against an ignorant society they rescue dragons save communities and travel through spaceThat’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 beOn the critical side I am little disappointed that none of the protagonists were nonbinary andor transgender though several minor NB characters did show up The intended audience also seemed inconsistent Some stories felt YA or middle grade while others felt like standard adult reading But even with those nitpicks the collection was amazingSolarpunk 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 than anyone working alone I wasn’t too sure what solarpunk was about but wow this is totally a thing I want to see of Sci fi fantasy with an emphasis on environmentalism and a bright future? Yes VERY EXCELLENTThis anthology in particular was a joy to read “Wings of Renewal” contains 22 stories with a focus on dragons in solarpunk and it’s filled with a wide diversity of genders and sexualities and ages and relationships Not every story grabbed me but they all had a sparkle to themMy favorite of the bunch is Megan Reynolds’s “Petrichor” Witches who turn into dragons and fall in love to help bring rain to a town stricken with famine? YEAHHHH Totally greate ARC provided by the editors Obviously as an editor of this anthology I LOVE all the stories within I'm proud to be bringing solarpunk literature into the world especially mixed up with dragonsTo me these pages are an exploration of what solarpunk could be of what happens when you rethink dragons to fit sustainable worlds where nature and community take precedenceI do hope everyone will enjoy the dive as much as we did I don’t usually take a chance on buying books that I haven’t read first but I had some gift card money so I thought I’d buy it on Normally anthology books don’t really excite me and the one or two stories I like still don’t make it worth the effort of buying the bookWith 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 processSome 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 The other thing I appreciated was the sprinkling of lesbian relationships throughout the book I don’t know if the authors were given a set of themes to choose from if they wished but it made me happy to see such positive representation The other thing I was happy about was the racial diversity in the majority of the stories many characters were described as being dark skinned There were also many strong female characters throughout the book which is a nice change from other booksI’d really recommend giving this anthology a try if you love dragons science fiction fantasy or are even just looking for stories with diverse characters Disclaimer I'm IPB's freelance proofreader but I did not work on this book though it'll always be special to me because an article about it is what told me of IPB's existence in the first place I love the ideas behind solarpunk and I love dragons so naturally I liked a lot of this book I had to read in chunks so stories wouldn't blend together as seemed possible with such specific criteria but on the whole very well done Originally I found the idea of combining solarpunk with dragons inspiring and interesting as they seem to belong to different genres at least in my head solarpunk is scifi and dragons are fantasy But overall it seemed most of the stories ended up being fantasy with the existence of dragon just taken for granted It was kind of a challenge to read stories where dragons protect and save humans from ecological and environmental problems and disasters and many of the stories repeated this same idea or theme Maybe that was supposed to be the hope that's an integral part of solarpunk but it turned out to be a mostly naive solution in most of the stories I hoped for Some of the stories read like novels because of the writing style I had very little patience for them even though they weren't bad or badly written The rambling and detailed style just isn't something I want in a short storyThat being said there were two gems in this anthology my absolute favorite Mindi Briar's Refuge which is based on a novel she's writing and Wings of the Guiding Suns by M Pax Refuge was the only story in the anthology that really felt like solarpunk to me that had in its core the ideas of hope and nonviolence and that gave me the feeling of finally having found what I've been looking for Wings of the Guiding Suns just had the kind of dragons that felt fresh and uniue among all the other stories and the scale of the story was also refreshing The theme of the anthology is a super fantastic idea I mean solarpunk AND dragons best combo right? but perhaps it would work better in a novel with a fully developed cast Somehow the stories themselves despite being full of cool inspiring ideas ultimately failed to resonate with memake me go WOW Plus those cool ideas often seemed too in your face as in the story revolved around insistently pointing them out little kid style instead of going somewhereSome of my favouritesCommunity Outreach with Reluctant Neighbor this has to be my absolute fave in the line up grumpy witch overenthusiastic cinnamon roll baby dragons shapeshifting feel good and solar panels The Dragon of Kou also nice shapeshifting though I had trouble connecting with the storyRefuge really cute sci fi where a violence intolerant dragon like creature brings her human to a nice planetSummer Project friendship prosthetics pretty nicePetrichor in many ways similar to Community Outreach also shapeshifting witchThere was another YMMV problem with the stories for an anthology celebrating dragons it sure featured a lot of dragon death I'm looking at you One Last Sweet and Dragon's Oath That was sweet but also SAD I don't want so much sad dragons already die in every other story ever As with all anthologies A few have potential a number are simplistic most are badly written and boringAnd as with most white western authors the amount of casual racism is overwhelming I don't necessarily want to point fingers because I'm sure it is most likely ignorance rather than ill intent but the exoticization of women of other cultures under the guise of representation is one disturbing example It also very often shows in sff in the simple use of exotic names and this anthology is no exception Though generally diverse too large a percentage of the twenty two titles struck me as having in common an incompleteness lacking a solid sense of beginning middle and end – vignettes than full grounded stories With the freuent absence of well executed tension and an excess of characters flatly portrayed I was bored and frustrated for much of the book However a handful of the tales did leave a favorable impression My notes on these scribbled down as I read were as follows“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 GodREFUGE by Mindi Briar Ahhh someone else who knows how to write How pleasant And gotta say Fairy is kind of hilariousTHE DRAGON OF KOU by Caroline Bigaiski Liking the storytelling in this one; the story told within the story AccessableSEVEN 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 enjoyable readARC received in exchange for an honest review