Cities of Light: A Collection of Solar Futures

Clark Miller, Patricia Romero-Lankao, Andrew Hudson, Joey Eschrich, Ruth Wylie, Paolo Bacigalupi, Elizabeth Monoian, Robert Ferry, Alana Wilson, Madeline Gilleran, Angel Echevarria, S. Divya, Yiamar Rivera-Matos, Joshua Sperling, Deji Olukotun, Lauren Keeler, Chris Gearhart, Max Gabriele, Andrew Duvall, Amy Schwab

Research output: Book/ReportBook


Based on a February 2020 workshop held at NREL, this book is a collection of science fiction stories, art, and essays exploring how the transition to solar energy will transform cities; catalyze revolutions in politics, governance, and culture; and create diverse futures for human communities. Cities of Light emphasizes that the design of solar energy matters in shaping the future of urban communities and considers how each city's geographic and social features, along with the arc of its particular local history, create unique challenges and opportunities as we work collectively to design more equitable energy futures. The collection features stories by award-winning science fiction authors, working in collaboration with visual artists and graphic designers, and experts from Arizona State University and the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory in fields ranging from engineering and data science to sociology, public policy, and architecture.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages256
StatePublished - 2021

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/BK-5400-76168


  • science fiction
  • urban future


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