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Wings of Renewal [Reading] ➾ Wings of Renewal By Claudie Arseneault – The future is vibrant, hopeful, and filled with dragons

In WINGS OF RENEWAL, twentytwo authors explore the exciting new subgenre of solarpunk through the lens of these majestic creatures Whet The future is vibrant, hopeful, and filled with dragonsIn Wings of Renewal, twentytwo authors explore the exciting new subgenre of solarpunk through the lens of these majestic creatures Whether they irrigate Wings of eBook ✓ 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 fantasyscifi 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.

10 thoughts on “Wings of Renewal

  1. Fiona Fiona says:

    Another great read with the Solarpunk group!

    Not 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 me.

    There 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 hideout.

    This 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.

  2. Kate Kate says:

    Featured on All Our Worlds!

    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.

  3. Chasia Lloyd Chasia Lloyd says:

    I wasn’t too sure what solarpunk was about, but wow, this is totally a thing I want to see more of. Sci-fi + fantasy with an emphasis on environmentalism and a bright future? Yes, VERY EXCELLENT.

    This 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 them.

    My 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 great.

    ***e-ARC provided by the editors***

  4. Claudie Arseneault Claudie Arseneault says:

    Obviously, as an editor of this anthology, I LOVE all the stories within. I'm proud to be bringing more solarpunk literature into the world, especially mixed up with dragons!

    To 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 precedence.

    I do hope everyone will enjoy the dive as much as we did. :)

  5. Andy Andy says:

    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 Amazon. 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 book.

    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. 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 books.

    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.

  6. Hanna Fogel Hanna Fogel says:

    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.

  7. Christine Christine says:

    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 more scifi and dragons are more fantasy. But overall it seemed, most of the stories ended up being more 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 more. Some of the stories read more 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 story.

    That 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 unique among all the other stories and the scale of the story was also refreshing.

  8. a hooded figure from your friendly neighbourhood dog park a hooded figure from your friendly neighbourhood dog park says:

    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 me/make 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 somewhere.

    Some of my favourites:

    Community 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 story.

    Refuge >>> really cute sci-fi where a violence-intolerant dragon-like creature brings her human to a nice planet.

    Summer Project >>> friendship & prosthetics, pretty nice.

    Petrichor <<< in many ways similar to Community Outreach, also shapeshifting witch.

    There 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!

  9. Cynthia Cynthia says:

    As with all anthologies, A few have potential, a number are simplistic, most are badly written and boring.
    And 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 sf/f in the simple use of exotic names, and this anthology is no exception.

  10. Danielle Shipley Danielle Shipley says:

    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 – more vignettes than full, grounded stories. With the frequent 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 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.)

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