Cities of Light

A Collection of Solar Futures

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.

"Cities of Light" features stories, essays and art imagining solar futures in four U.S. cities: Chicago; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Portland, Oregon; and San Antonio, Texas.


Joey Eschrich is the editor and program manager at the Center for Science and the Imagination at Arizona State University, and assistant director for Future Tense, a partnership of ASU, Slate magazine and New America on emerging technology, policy and society.

Clark A. Miller is a professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and director of the Center for Energy and Society at Arizona State University. He is also the sustainability research lead for the Quantum Electrodynamics and Sustainable Solar Technologies Engineering Research Center, funded by the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy.

The book cover for Cities of Light, with horizontal bars of dark blue, purple, red, and orange, and an array of small cubes, so the cover looks stylized like the front of a large apartment builiding.
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Center for Science and the Imagination, Arizona State University

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