Why solarpunk is an important genre

I’d written Parasites long before I’d come across the term solarpunk, but the label seems to fit. In some ways, Kael, Alessia and Basteel are unwitting victims of solarpunk; they didn’t damage their planet, it’s just not really capable of sustaining much life. They have to make the most of what they’ve got.

We have damaged our planet – very significantly. I saw this report in the press a while ago, and it essentially says that the world is becoming increasingly less able to support life.

Issues like this aren’t going away, and I’m incredibly glad that there does seem to be a rising movement – Greta Thunberg and all – to put this back in the public consciousness. And if solarpunk helps in some small way, then it can only be a good thing.