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Guest Post: PJ Manney on GameStop and the Power of Populism

I have many thoughts on the GameStop stock/stonk play. Big movements in complex systems are difficult to write about, because many things that seem paradoxical can be correct at the same time. At different scales or frames, differing takes have … Continue reading

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Fiction Reading: Red Boot Blues

This is a short story that is a fairytale mash-up done for the anthology, Upon a Once Time, from Air and Nothingness Press. It combines two Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales, “The Red Shoes” and “The Girl Who Trod on … Continue reading

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Call for Hopepunk Novels

If you have a small press or independently-published book that is hopepunk*, I’m putting together a StoryBundle that will come out in the latter half of 2020. This is the bundle I was discussing last year; my chaotic 2019 meant … Continue reading

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Punk U: The Whys and Whats of Writing -punk Fiction with Cat Rambo

Cyberpunk. Steampunk. Dieselpunk. Solarpunk. Splatterpunk. Hopepunk. Monkpunk. And more. Is it meaningful to add -punk to a genre name or just a marketing maneuver? What do the tenets behind the punk music movement add to the various genres it’s influenced? … Continue reading

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Writing Stories That Change Our World with Cat Rambo

Join Cat Rambo for a workshop in which she addresses a question of pressing importance in today’s world: how do we craft stories that inspire, encourage, and above all, shape the future by teaching? How do we use writing to … Continue reading

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Writing Stories That Change Our World with Cat Rambo

Join Cat Rambo for a workshop in which she addresses a question of pressing importance in today’s world: how do we craft stories that inspire, encourage, and above all, shape the future by teaching? How do we use writing to … Continue reading

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Stories That Change the World with Cat Rambo

Join Cat Rambo for a workshop in which she addresses a question of pressing importance in today’s world: how do we craft stories that inspire, encourage, and above all, shape the future by teaching? How do we use writing to … Continue reading

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Stories That Change Our World: Writing Fiction with Empathy, Insight and Hope

Join Cat Rambo for a workshop in which she addresses a question of pressing importance in today’s world: how do we craft stories that inspire, encourage, and above all, shape the future by teaching? How do we use writing to … Continue reading

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Hopepunk Thoughts Plus A Reading List

Last year, I came up with a new class, “Punk U: The Whys and Wherefores of Writing -punk Fiction”, which attempted to explore some of the -punk subgenres, starting with cyberpunk and progressing through steampunk, dieselpunk, nanopunk, solarpunk, and a dozen others. Of all of them, the most fascinating to me — and the one that’s had the greatest influence on my recent fiction, is hopepunk.

What is hopepunk? The term was first coined by Alexandra Rowland as the antithesis of “grimdark,” a speculative genre featuring fatalistic nihilism and a tooth vs. claw environment.
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