What the heck is Ecopunk Fiction?

Posted by on Aug 13, 2015 in Book News, Book Review, Future Meets the Past, LEGACY, Musings, The Biodome Chronicles, Uncategorized | 0 comments

What the heck is Ecopunk Fiction?

What genre of science fiction do you write? Yeah, I get that a lot. Funny. When I began writing The Biodome Chronicles a few years ago, I never thought about how I would eventually have to label and categorize my genre. To me, I was writing science fiction, like somehow that explained it all. Oh, how innocent I was back in those days! As a reader, you may have a similar question: “What the heck is the genre of this book….?”  (which is probably why you are reading this blog, right?) You are not alone, Dear Reader. Reviews from others confirm your question.   “I’m not quite sure how to categorize this book — it’s not really fantasy nor is it really dystopia, but I’d definitely recommend it to anyone who likes wordier prose and fantasy-like settings, or anything cyberpunk. “   “Jesikah Sundin is pioneering a whole new genre: near-future medieval fantasy with a cyberpunk twist.”   “I would describe the book as a kind of cyberpunk meets medieval re-constructionist society. Two things you would never have thought to combine! It has a utopia/dystopia juxtaposition that you just have to experience for yourself.”   Right before I published LEGACY (The Biodome Chronicles #1), my naïve, debut author mind was opened to a whole new genre of science fiction. Ecopunk Fiction. Yep. And it’s what it sounds like – a blend of ecological concepts and cyberpunk. I had no idea I was writing to a new and upcoming trend, and the…ahem…organic discovery was thrilling. Sorry. I couldn’t resist. “Ecopunk is a mix between sustainable concepts and sci-fi, with a focus on green urban, rural, outback, wilderness, and scrapyard living. While most sci-fi is about interstellar travel and the relationship between man and machine, Ecopunk is about healthy community surface life and the relationship between nature and machine. Ecopunk takes place in the same post-industrial dystopian future scenario as the Cyberpunk genre, but is an exploration of the lesser seen and more environmentally dependent and concerned side of it.” — frankichiro, “Ecopunk Fiction”, listopia Savvy? This new sub-genre is gaining recognition in science fiction labels/categories, along with Nanopunk and Biopunk Fiction.  And, like most “punk” SciFi, it’s dystopian. In LEGACY, Ecopunk fiction is fully exemplified in New Eden Township, the prototype Mars biodome city. The community is able to enjoy a green, wilderness-like, natural life due to biomimicry, nanotechnology, and the latest in space engineering. To fully contrast the idea of technology vs back-to-nature, I chose for the residents of New Eden Township to romance the notion of “going back to our roots” as a community and “living like the ancients” by embracing a medieval agrarian lifestyle. Whereas the rest of the world is entrenched in cyber-cultures and high tech lifestyles. The result is Ecopunk fiction with a medieval twist. Guess what?  LEGACY is currently featured as book #4 in the Ecopunk Fiction list on listopia. ...

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An Oasis in the Wasteland

Posted by on Mar 20, 2015 in Book News, Book Review, Guest Posts, Musings, Reader Fun, Uncategorized | 0 comments

An Oasis in the Wasteland

I am honored to have my first guest post by the brilliant and amazing Selah J. Tay-Song. Like most Northwest days in October, it rained. October 2013, when I met Selah, was no different. We both were at a brewery where she was selling books — outside no less — and I was sipping beer. I picked up her novel, read the back synopsis and just knew I had happened upon a beautiful connection. And, I was right! There are so many reasons I adore Selah. She really has the best laugh, a rather witty sense of humor, she is a kind and attentive listener, and she is an incredibly talented epic fantasy writer. I could gush about Selah all day. Instead, I’ll share pictures from the 2014 Chanticleer Author’s Conference back in September. Yeah, we’re nerds. Adorable ones, though, right? *grins comically*  Today, I celebrate Selah’s achievement: the publication of her second novel in the award winning Dreams of QaiMaj series. SO EXCITED!!!  Without further ado, I give you Selah J. Tay-Song. And…ahem…just for the record, Selah, I found your wasteland riveting. Love. Your. World.  *** One of my favorite things about Jesikah Sundin’s LEGACY is the lushness of her settings. When you look at the front page of this site, with the falling leaves and the beckoning forest lane, it’s a place you want to be swept away to. Who wouldn’t want to spend hours exploring the many regions of the Biodomes? The settings in my Dreams of QaiMaj series are quite the opposite. In a land still recovering from a three-thousand year old apocalyptic event, the settings are stark, sparse, barren. The caves of Sholaen are teeming with life, but scarcity is a large theme underground. Khell is an arctic wasteland, but it is a paradise compared to the deadland that is most of QaiMaj, or the sprawling ruins of SoJing. So why would a reader want to spend hours in these harsh settings? And why am I, as a writer, drawn to them? When I was conceiving the idea for this series, I was also rereading The Secret Garden. Rereading it as an adult, I was struck by the symbolism of the secret garden as an oasis for the children in the stark moors of England, and a refuge from the tragedy that marred the main character’s childhood. I knew that I wanted to incorporate this idea of an oasis of life and a refuge from tragedy into Dreams of QaiMaj. But first I had to imagine the tragic wasteland surrounding the oasis. It was from that imagining that the settings for the series germinated. Even though they aren’t exactly a place you’d want to vacation, the post-apocalyptic landscapes of Qaimaj reflect the modern societal wasteland, where people are looking for an oasis of meaning and a refuge from the tragedy surrounding us. Like a lot of people...

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Despair is that moment when you’re done writing your book…

Posted by on Mar 12, 2015 in Book News, Musings, The Biodome Chronicles, Uncategorized | 2 comments

Despair is that moment when you’re done writing your book…

Despair is that moment when you’re done writing your book… Well, sort of. Maybe. OK. Yeah, it’s pretty bittersweet. While sprinting toward the finish, all I felt was, “I want to be done with this already!” It was agony. How much longer must I spend with you imaginary people who have taken over my life? When will this book ever finish…?! Then it happened. Click. Save.  *backs away slowly from the computer*  I felt excitement. Shock. Pride. Fear. And finally: confusion. Nooooooooo! I’m not ready to separate from you dear characters!  (Note: many writers are this brand of crazy. Apparently I’m one of them.) For over a year, my daily life has usually involved writing and self-editing ELEMENTS. But as of midnight, March 12, 2015, the final draft manuscript for book two in The Biodome Chronicles was officially placed ino the hands of the most wonderful editor in all the world. Seriously. She’s pretty awesome. I know she’ll take good care of my ream of words. Still… What am I suppose to do with myself now? I know, I know…I could start book three. And I will eventually. But, I’m in a fog. A wonderland. What was up is now down and what is down feels sideways. My mind will sort itself out, though. It feels a bit like end-of-book-series mourning. You know what I mean? That heaviness one carries after finishing a book that swept them away and they were not ready for the ride to be over? Except, I’ve been intimately immersed in these character’s lives for over a year — three and a half years if you count book one. So what is an author to do? Um, not very exciting.  Wear shoes again? Oh, I guess I’ll leave my coffin, er, office and brave the world once more, feel sunshine on my face, go through coffee detox. Wait. No. A girl still has her standards. Coffee intake at such high levels is a matter of pride as well as a necessity. So, what is an author to do? READ! Watch TV. Catch up on all the latest flicks on Netflix. Hang out with friends. Drink more coffee. Sounds good, right? I think I shall. Yes. Maybe despair was too strong of a word. I guess I just needed to process. Thanks for listening!   What book, show, or movie do you recommend? Comment below and let me know!  BTW, you can connect with me on GOODREADS so we can socialize and stuff. You know, if that’s cool with you and all. I do like to fangirl over books *grins*  ...

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I won a Cygnus Award! Squee…!

Posted by on Jan 10, 2015 in Book News, Book Review, LEGACY, The Biodome Chronicles, Uncategorized | 0 comments

I won a Cygnus Award! Squee…!

Well, technically I didn’t win. My book, Legacy (The Biodome Chronicles #1), is the 2014 Cygnus Award First in Category winner for Young Adult Soft Science Fiction through Chanticleer Book Reviews & Media. *squeals* I’m soooooo excited 😀     Congratulations to all! Such an impressive list. I’m honored and humbled to be named among such talent. My thanks to Chanticleer Book Reviews & Media. I am proud to be part of the Chanticleer family! You can visit the official post here. OK. Excuse me while I *happy dance*...

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What the heck is the genre of LEGACY…?

Posted by on Dec 8, 2014 in Book News, Book Review, Future Meets the Past, LEGACY, Musings, The Biodome Chronicles, Uncategorized | 4 comments

What the heck is the genre of LEGACY…?

What genre of science fiction do you write? Yeah, I get that a lot. Funny. When I began writing The Biodome Chronicles a few years ago, I never thought about how I would eventually have to label and categorize my genre. To me, I was writing science fiction, like somehow that explained it all. Oh, how innocent I was back in those days! As a reader, you may have a similar question: “What the heck is the genre of this book….?”  (which is probably why you are reading this blog, right?) You are not alone, Dear Reader. Reviews from others confirm your question.   “I’m not quite sure how to categorize this book — it’s not really fantasy nor is it really dystopia, but I’d definitely recommend it to anyone who likes wordier prose and fantasy-like settings, or anything cyberpunk. “   “Jesikah Sundin is pioneering a whole new genre: near-future medieval fantasy with a cyberpunk twist.”   “I would describe the book as a kind of cyberpunk meets medieval re-constructionist society. Two things you would never have thought to combine! It has a utopia/dystopia juxtaposition that you just have to experience for yourself.”   Right before I published LEGACY (The Biodome Chronicles #1), my naïve, debut author mind was opened to a whole new genre of science fiction. Ecopunk Fiction. Yep. And it’s what it sounds like – a blend of ecological concepts and cyberpunk. I had no idea I was writing to a new and upcoming trend, and the…ahem…organic discovery was thrilling. Sorry. I couldn’t resist. “Ecopunk is a mix between sustainable concepts and sci-fi, with a focus on green urban, rural, outback, wilderness, and scrapyard living. While most sci-fi is about interstellar travel and the relationship between man and machine, Ecopunk is about healthy community surface life and the relationship between nature and machine. Ecopunk takes place in the same post-industrial dystopian future scenario as the Cyberpunk genre, but is an exploration of the lesser seen and more environmentally dependent and concerned side of it.” — frankichiro, “Ecopunk Fiction”, listopia Savvy? This new sub-genre is gaining recognition in science fiction labels/categories, along with Nanopunk and Biopunk Fiction.  And, like most “punk” SciFi, it’s dystopian. In LEGACY, Ecopunk fiction is fully exemplified in New Eden Township, the prototype Mars biodome city. The community is able to enjoy a green, wilderness-like, natural life due to biomimicry, nanotechnology, and the latest in space engineering. To fully contrast the idea of technology vs back-to-nature, I chose for the residents of New Eden Township to romance the notion of “going back to our roots” as a community and “living like the ancients” by embracing a medieval agrarian lifestyle. Whereas the rest of the world is entrenched in cyber-cultures and high tech lifestyles. The result is Ecopunk fiction with a medieval twist. Guess what?  LEGACY is currently featured as book #4 in the Ecopunk Fiction list on listopia. ...

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