This site is intended to function as an open platform for optimistic SF. Hereby I invite everyone to post ideas, arguments, comments and links on this topic.
Optimistic SF is like the future: a work in progress.
Guidelines for the SHINE anthology can be found in the sidebar, under the “GUIDELINES” category.
There will be semi-regular posts about topics that touch optimism, near-future and SF. Those will, hopefully, prime your imagination.
As a starting point (not *the* starting point, but one of more to come) I´m posting a part of the official SHINE press release below:
SHINE is a collection of near-future, optimistic SF stories where some of the genres brightest stars and some of its most exciting new talents portray the possible roads to a better tomorrow. Definitely not a plethora of Pollyannas (but neither a barrage of dystopias), SHINE will show that positive change is far from being a foregone conclusion, but needs to be hardfought, innovative, robust and imaginative. Most importantly, it aims to demonstrate that while times are tough and outcomes are uncertain, we can still bend the future in benevolent ways if we embrace change and steer its momentum in the right direction. Let´s put the ´can´ back in “We can do it”, and make our tomorrows SHINE.
Feel free to bombard me with questions and comments!
UPDATE: I replaced the placeholder picture with the actual Shine artwork. The artist is Vincent Chong, and originally I commissioned this from him for promotional purposes (people who attended either Anticipation in Montréal or World Fantasy in San José may have gotten hold of a flyer featuring it). We worked on this together, that is Vinny doing the utmost majority of the job: trying to produce what I had in mind. I think he succeeded spectacularly. It’s also featured on Vincent’s gallery here.
When the new Solaris Books editor, Jon Oliver, contacted me about artwork, I told him about the Vincent Chong piece I already commissioned (albeit that I only had limited rights to it), and he liked it so much that it has become the actual cover artwork.
And here the picture placeholder for sentimental value: