The AtoZ of EOS_Terrorism

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Fear takes us down an unexpected road in EOS, a revolutionary Solarpunk story from author Samantha Redstreake Geary, in collaboration with artist Jenny Vyas, featuring music by Really Slow Motion, and groundbreaking graphics via designer Koke Núñez Gómez! EOS tackles real-world issues concerning terrorism, prejudice, and diversity, to near-future technology surrounding sustainable energy that restores the balance between humanity and nature. This isn’t a defeatist tale. It is a look through the lens of positive futurism that showcases the courage, compassion and capabilities of humanity as equal partners in building a bridge to a better tomorrow.


Terrorism

H O R I Z O N by Jenny Vyas

H O R I Z O N by Jenny Vyas

“What is all this shouting about?” Vanisa demands from her bedroom.

“I need to find Arjun.”

“You’re too late,” Vanisa cries. “They’ve taken him away. And I…I can’t find his holopad anywhere,” she mutters with dismay. “He’ll be lost without it.”

“Away?” Selene sees the luggage tossed onto the bed. “Where? Why?”

Vanisa’s face is swollen and red with grief. “They have evidence that he tampered with Viridis’ system,” she sobs. “The security bastards accused my boy of being a cyber terrorist!” Vanisa roars. “They look at him and they see the enemy. They don’t see who he is. They don’t know him. My boy…he would never…he couldn’t hurt…anyone.”

“I…I’m so sorry,” Selene whispers, her eyes landing on a large black and white canvas leaning against the wall. Selene follows the flowing lines of the painted girl, her arms outstretched, a flock of birds bursting from the fabric of her being.

“The fault is not yours to claim, Selene,” Vanisa sighs, crumpling to the floor beside her. “You’ve been good to Arjun. Patient. Kind. You’ve given him the greatest of treasures.”

Vanisa gazes at the painting she created years ago, after violence tried to steal her wings. She brings it wherever they go. It is a powerful reminder. No one, not a handsome husband with an ugly heart, nor a blinded barbarian with a love of death, can keep you from flying. 

Selene tilts her head to look at Vanisa. “I don’t understand. What have I possibly given him?”

Vanisa turns to Selene and smiles through silent tears. “A connection to another human being.”

Vanisa could not know how that simple statement shook Selene to her core.

Arjun had given her something precious. He saw something in her of value, something she didn’t see herself. The birds of her being.

She sees them now. 

In that moment, Selene decides to defy the laws that govern her. She will learn to fly on her own. And she will pay a terrible price…

Really Slow Motion – Battle Angel – The Last To Fall – Casey Edwards

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The AtoZ of EOS_Selene

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Fear takes us down an unexpected road in EOS, a revolutionary Solarpunk story from author Samantha Redstreake Geary, in collaboration with artist Jenny Vyas, featuring music by Really Slow Motion, and groundbreaking graphics via designer Koke Núñez Gómez! EOS tackles real-world issues concerning terrorism, prejudice, and diversity, to near-future technology surrounding sustainable energy that restores the balance between humanity and nature. This isn’t a defeatist tale. It is a look through the lens of positive futurism that showcases the courage, compassion and capabilities of humanity as equal partners in building a bridge to a better tomorrow.


Meet the Characters

Chloe Moretz as Selene

Chloe Moretz as Selene

In the heart of the North Carolina mountains, in the space between ideas and audacity, lies an unremarkable road to an extraordinary place.

Traveling down this path are two young women. One has grown in my shadow. The other escapes my grasp. She and I shall meet soon enough.

The girl with copper curls and sea green eyes stares through the glass, hungry for the rich colors and glaring sun that beckon on the other side. A tempting tapestry of towering trees and sapphire sky pass in a blur. It is Selene’s first venture beyond the stifling walls of the institute that prepared her to meet the world, but not to know her place in it.

She yearns to stop, to step into the foreign land pulsing with life and study its roots. But the mountains were to remain a mystery, for her destination is not the woods themselves. It is the dawn.

A subtle shift in the surroundings pulls Selene closer to the window. The tangled limbs of the wild woods morph into something manageable, their pattern purposeful. A wave of soft blues and emeralds wink along the sides of the road as they pass.

“The lights. Are they…alive?” Selene asks, her eyes widening.

Masako leans into the window, her gaze trained on the glimmering foliage. “They appear to be bioluminescent plants.”

Selene lowers the glass control and stretches her neck out of the window. “Bioluminescent vegetation is not possible in nature,” she calls into the wind.

Masako grins at her reflection in the glass, flickering lights dancing in her dark eyes. “Where we’re headed, anything is possible.”

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The AtoZ of EOS_Rafael Soñador

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Meet the Characters

gael-garcia-bernal as Rafael

Gael García Bernal as Rafael Soñador

“We all have a story that brings us here. Mine began in Mexico, where I lived until I was old enough to attend a university in the US. Here, they taught me how to design and create the structures that crowded my head,” Rafael touches a hand to his temple. “And I taught them how to better wield a guitar.”

Rafael grinned. “I was certain that my greatest accomplishment in life would be these soaring legacies that would long outlive me. But then, I met this woman, this South African queen, who shook my foundation so spectacularly, within a week I promised her the sun and the moon and a better apartment.” 

Snickers trickle through the audience.

“We were young, overly optimistic, and driven to make a difference, until we juggled a new bebé. At that point, either of us would’ve traded world peace for a full night’s sleep,” Rafael laughs with the crowd. “We cherished every moment in orbit around our little sun. And, as promised, I built us something much better than an apartment. I have to say, building a home, a familia—that was my greatest joy, my truest legacy.”

Rafael’s smile fades. “But, unlike my architecture, my sun and moon no longer kiss the sky.” He looks into the eyes of those around him, his breath hitched to the sadness buried in his chest, fists balled at his sides. “Ten years ago today, terrorists stormed into our summit and stole the lives of our loved ones, and with them, our hope.” 

A hush falls over the audience as they remember the pain and fear that closed their doors and minds for far too long.

Rafael swallows the lump of loss and steps down from the platform to walk into the crowd. “We shared a vision once, you and I. We imagined an optimistic future for our life here on earth.”

Rafael meets the gaze of those near him. “I challenge all of you to conquer the fears that have plagued your past, discard the prejudice that poisons your heart, and turn away from the defeatist apocalyptic force that’s driving us towards oblivion.”

He sees a spark light in the eyes of his fellow dreamers. “We are the architects of tomorrow!” he shouts, shaking his fist. “We must reclaim our right to live in a better world. We must restore the balance between humanity and nature and rebuild respect for one another.”

Rafael waits for the applause to settle and steps back onto the platform to face the crowd. “The structure surrounding you is a tribute to mi amor’s genius, my mija’s vision, and a mad architect’s dream.” He reaches out his hands, palms raised in offering. “Welcome to Viridis.”

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The AtoZ of EOS_Quantum Nanoscience

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Fear takes us down an unexpected road in EOS, a revolutionary Solarpunk story from author Samantha Redstreake Geary, in collaboration with artist Jenny Vyas, featuring music by Really Slow Motion, and groundbreaking graphics via designer Koke Núñez Gómez! EOS tackles real-world issues concerning terrorism, prejudice, and diversity, to near-future technology surrounding sustainable energy that restores the balance between humanity and nature. This isn’t a defeatist tale. It is a look through the lens of positive futurism that showcases the courage, compassion and capabilities of humanity as equal partners in building a bridge to a better tomorrow.


The Science of Teeny, Tiny Things

Nanotechnology

The fictional structure in EOS, site of the international green summit, showcases the near-future applications of innovative nanodevices and nanoscale materials. The soaring skin of Viridis is a solar harvesting system comprised of self-repairing organic cells and quantum dots,  semiconductor nanocrystals that enhance the absorption and collection of sunlight and increase the conversion of solar energy to readily available electricity.

In the heart of Viridis lies a quantum computer with a holographic interface that interacts with its environment to solve a myriad of problems infinitely quicker than existing computer technology.

Nanites race through the veins of more than one character. These molecular machines rapidly repair damage and significantly increase one’s recovery from physical trauma. Nano robots have an inherent ability to eliminate genetic defects, expand lifespan, and greatly enhance human, and not so human, capabilities. 

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Joy Campbell settled into a comfy hammock tied between two tropical trees that stretched across her Viridis suite to bask in the glow of solar glass. The soothing waterfall and extensive foliage reminded her of Jamaica. She sipped her sorrel drink and looked over her list of unusual names, narrowing down contenders for her new romantic suspense set at the summit. She found the process went infinitely smoother with rum. 

In the room next door, John Holton was being lulled to sleep by the steady dripping of water from a cascading fountain into a copper pan, a sound much like that of one hand typing. His mind set on shaking off the jet lag, he asked EOS, the holographic interface, to dim the glass while he scrolled through his playlist for relaxing music. Five minutes later, the muppets kicked in, drowning his drowsiness in squeaky vocals. He tried sorting through his mental catalog of portmanteaus, but when he got to turducken and cheeseburger, hunger strong-armed sleepiness and before long, he was heading down the hovertube to meet Nilanjana for a late brunch.

Nilanjana Bose was lounging near a shimmering pool of living color, a light limerick swimming through her thoughts between snippets of conversations. The summit boasted an international audience, and their words, dipped in French and  Hindi, Bengali and Arabic, English and Spanish, washed over her in delightful waves. Her poetic soul soaked in the peaceful surroundings. Her inner-researcher was dying to peek behind the curtain of technology. And the Mum in her wanted nothing more than a solid nap.

Sitting along the pool’s edge, her toes drawing lazy circles in the water, Silvia Villalobos basked in the filtered sun, her hands weighted with time-worn words that began their journey in Romania. She turned the page to a new chapter of her life, one rich with purpose and possibility.  She sucked in the humid air, heavy with honeysuckle and the breath of kindred-spirits. She vowed to savor the everyday moments, no matter how small, for every moment mattered, this one most of all.

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The AtoZ of EOS_Photovoltaics

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Fear takes us down an unexpected road in EOS, a revolutionary Solarpunk story from author Samantha Redstreake Geary, in collaboration with artist Jenny Vyas, featuring music by Really Slow Motion, and groundbreaking graphics via designer Koke Núñez Gómez! EOS tackles real-world issues concerning terrorism, prejudice, and diversity, to near-future technology surrounding sustainable energy that restores the balance between humanity and nature. This isn’t a defeatist tale. It is a look through the lens of positive futurism that showcases the courage, compassion and capabilities of humanity as equal partners in building a bridge to a better tomorrow.


 Powered by the Sun

Solar Power

“EOS, why don’t you tell everyone how nature pays the bills,” Nellie suggests.

“The windows are transparent, self-repairing solar photovoltaic cells containing nanocrystals that convert ninety percent of captured sunlight into energy. The nanostructures Dr. Oadira designed concentrate the sun’s energy over a thousand times its normal intensity. They trap and absorb the light with minimal loss. The electric voltage created is collected and channeled via array cables.”

“How do you store the energy for evening use?” Masako asks.

“Yes, EOS, how do we do that?” Rafael coaxes, swallowing the rest of his red wine.

“Through a process similar to photosynthesis. Energy from the solar cells’ electric current is used to split water into hydrogen and oxygen gases and is stored in that form,” EOS explains. “When we need power, the gases recombine inside a fuel cell, creating carbon-free electricity.”

“That’s bloody brilliant,” Vanisa cheers, holding up her glass.

“Yes, very impressive,” Masako agrees. “Selene and I would be very interested in hearing more about the nanostructures and…” Masako looks around the room. “Where is Selene?” 

Nellie walks over to the door and peeks into the hall. “She’s riding in the hovertube with Arjun.”

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An invitation to visit the secret summit soared to the top of Misha Gericke‘s Five Year Project bucket list. The sun-kissed setting alone sparked infinite ideas on how to spin her next fantastical journey, a sequel to her bestselling hit, Endless. Misha had taken charge of her life, scheduled a first-class flight from South Africa, and blocked out a month to spend at Viridis, a place where dreams don’t stay dreams.

Misha leaned over the rooftop railing beside Andrea to listen to her latest inspirational playlist. As someone who ate music & words for breakfast, with a side of pancakes, Andrea Michaels wasn’t one to leave room for silence. As a result, she was in charge of booking the music gigs for Viridis’ social calendar, but narrowing down the talent to 30 bands from across the globe was no easy task. She decided, The Script, would set a pretty awesome tone for the summit’s solar-powered stage.

Soumya Prasad tapped her foot to the beat drumming through Andrea’s earbuds while polishing off her second dose of coffee. A Bangalorite techie to the core, Soumya devoured every bit of glorious innovation Viridis had to offer. She jotted down her new tech obsessions in her life of leo holopad, a delightfully advanced prototype on loan from the summit engineers which she planned on conveniently forgetting to return.

Djinnia peers over Soumya‘s shoulder and eyes the ghostly holographic contraption warily. An authority on urban legends from around the world, she knew everything had a dark side, and felt certain Viridis was no exception. If there were monsters lurking about, djinnia would find them, and then write about her encounter after smiting them with her mammoth book bag.

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The AtoZ of EOS_Optimism

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Fear takes us down an unexpected road in EOS, a revolutionary Solarpunk story from author Samantha Redstreake Geary, in collaboration with artist Jenny Vyas, featuring music by Really Slow Motion, and groundbreaking graphics via designer Koke Núñez Gómez! EOS tackles real-world issues concerning terrorism, prejudice, and diversity, to near-future technology surrounding sustainable energy that restores the balance between humanity and nature. This isn’t a defeatist tale. It is a look through the lens of positive futurism that showcases the courage, compassion and capabilities of humanity as equal partners in building a bridge to a better tomorrow.


 Optimism

H O R I Z O N_Jenny Vyas

H O R I Z O N by Jenny Vyas

Solarpunk in an emerging sub-genre of Science Fiction that focuses on an optimistic, innovative vision of our future on Earth. Infused with positive futurism, Solarpunk challenges us to consciously turn away from the defeatist apocalyptic momentum as a global community.

It asks us to stop throwing our hands up and work towards restoring the balance between humanity and nature by transitioning into real world, near-future technology surrounding sustainable energy.

It dares us to defy the powers that be. The world’s most powerful people and corrupt corporations rely on maintaining the status quo. The greatest battle we face is confronting the ingrained greed invested in crippling the environment and controlling lives through a destructive cycle of consumerism. They build communities that use its people, where the value of the individual is directly tied to their profit margin, and opportunities are bound to the amount people bleed to feed the industrial beast.

It demands that we embrace diversity and foster universal respect across all cultures, creeds and chromosomes. Humans intrinsically deserve the support of one another. Every life matters. Everyone is worthy of freedom. A better future should be accessible to all. Prosperity is a right, not a privilege.

We share the fate of this planet. It will take all of us to save it. And if we begin by imagining a better world, no matter how fantastical, anything is possible.

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The AtoZ of EOS_Nellie Soñador

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A new dawn is on the horizon, where boundaries are broken, diversity is embraced, and an optimistic, creative vision of our future on Earth takes center stage.

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Fear takes us down an unexpected road in EOS, a revolutionary Solarpunk story from author Samantha Redstreake Geary, in collaboration with artist Jenny Vyas, featuring music by Really Slow Motion, and groundbreaking graphics via designer Koke Núñez Gómez! EOS tackles real-world issues concerning terrorism, prejudice, and diversity, to near-future technology surrounding sustainable energy that restores the balance between humanity and nature. This isn’t a defeatist tale. It is a look through the lens of positive futurism that showcases the courage, compassion and capabilities of humanity as equal partners in building a bridge to a better tomorrow.


 Meet the Characters

Adriana Barraza as Nellie Sonador

Adriana Barraza as Nellie Sonador

Peering down at the new arrivals from behind a wall of glass on the 48th floor, are a mother and son who share a tragic secret, and a girl who’s far more than she appears.

“More guests!” the silver-haired woman shouts over her shoulder. “That’s a lot of tamales,” she mumbles under her breath. Nellie Soñador, famous for serenades and well-timed sarcasm, was arguably the greatest tamale maker in all of Mexico.  

A memory tightens Rafael’s throat. His wife, Zari, and daughter, Esperanza, sitting at Nellie’s weathered kitchen table, peals of laughter layered over a soaring soprano and the singing of guitar strings, their fingers sticky with masa as they fashioned savory forts from corn husks.

He would trade all the stars in the sky for one more meal together.

Nellie narrows her eyes. “Pfft, they wouldn’t know a decent tamale if it bit them in the—”

“Mamá! Language,” Rafael scolds, his eyes darting to the girl.

“Between the construction workers and your merry band of scientists, she’s well versed in expletives by now.” Nellie winks at the girl. 

The girl stifles a smile.

“Besides, she’s no niña,” Nellie whispers, sending him a knowing look. “Remember that.”

No, Rafael realizes. He studies the girl’s translucent figure. She’s a ghost.

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