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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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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Inspiration from a Reader

Posted by on Feb 24, 2014 in Book Review, LEGACY, The Biodome Chronicles | 0 comments

Inspiration from a Reader

Lately, most moments in my life allocated toward writing are spent in utter frustration, staring at a blank screen. It is such a depressing state for a writer. My mind is saturated with plans and plot lines for ELEMENTS, book two in “The Biodome Chronicles”, but my fingers have declared a typing stand-still. I sip my coffee, release a heavy sigh, and wonder when I will begin to continue the story. And then this review came in and suddenly my fingers want to type and my mind wishes to break the damn holding back my ideas.   Thank you, Lucinda, for loving my story and inspiring this author to write another book for readers like you.    “This dazzling debut is simply sensational and utterly breathtaking! Highly original and exquisitely multi-layered are just two elements of this scintillating story that makes it stand out from anything else I have read of YA/ Fantasy genre. I was literally blown-away by the breathtaking scope of the extraordinary world building; its epic vastness and rich detail & background info. The Biodome Chronicles is a remarkable, creative imaginative masterwork containing such inspired ideas and singularity, as to raise the bar high for Science Fiction and fantasy literature. Elaborate experimentation combined with new theories and out-of-this-world realities merge together to form the backbone of an impressive sci-fi fest! Book 1: follows Leaf and his sister Willow on their journey of self-discovery and the search for freedom in a constricted existence. Their tale is about pushing the boundaries of expectations and limitations, while also exploring human nature and the desire for independent will. They dwell within an experimental Biodome – a sustainable community cut-off from the outside world. Youth culture and high technology collide within a majestic backdrop of the Middle Ages in this story of betrayal, mystery and love. Incredibly powerful, provocative prose cannot help but touch you inwardly as Leaf & Willow’s hardships and struggles highlight the inhumane acts of ‘The Code’. At times the shocking events that unfolded and unraveled the dark truth, I found really affecting and also reminiscent of ”The Hunger Games” in this way. I am really excited about this *new* series and I cannot wait for book 2 to be released! LEGACY exceeded and surpassed all expectations by how different it is and by the author’s vast imaginative vision…that’s entirely believable and convincing. Character-driven and wonderfully detailed, the sublime narrative is not only gripping but the fluidity of prose is beautiful. Highly recommended to a wide-readership who enjoy fresh sci-fi/ fantasy and enchanting young adult romance. 5 STARS!!! …How can you not love that gorgeous cover?!”   Lucinda is an avid reader of epic/high fantasy, young adult and historical fiction. Be sure to click on her name to follow her reviews on...

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