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March 2019
Center for Science and the Imagination, Arizona State University

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The Weight of Light

A Collection of Solar Futures
Edited by: 
Joey Eschrich
Clark A. Miller

A collection of science fiction stories, art and essays exploring human futures powered by solar energy, with an upbeat, solarpunk twist. What will it be like to live in the photon societies of tomorrow? How will a transition to clean, plentiful energy transform our values, markets and politics?

"The Weight of Light" emphasizes that the design of solar energy matters just as much as the shift away from fossil fuels. Solar technologies can be planned, governed and marketed in many different ways. The choices we make will profoundly shape the futures we inhabit. The collection features stories by award-winning science fiction authors, working in collaboration with illustrators, graphic designers and experts in policy, ethics, climate science and electrical, environmental, civil and aerospace engineering.


Joey Eschrich is the editor and program manager for the Center for Science and the Imagination at Arizona State University, and an assistant for Future Tense, a partnership of ASU, Slate magazine and New America that explores emerging technologies and society. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Film and Media Studies from ASU, and a Master of Arts in Gender Studies.

Clark A. Miller is a professor and associate director for faculty at the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University, director of the Center for Energy and Society, and director of the sustainability research group of the Quantum Energy and Sustainable Solar Technologies (QESST) photovoltaics engineering research center.