A novel both timely and prophetic, Ernest Callenbach’s Ecotopia is a hopeful antidote to the environmental concerns of today, set in an ecologically. In the afterword to the 30th-anniversary edition of his novel, Ernest Callenbach writes, “Looking back, it seems clear that Ecotopia was the. Ecotopia,” the ’70s cult novel, has seeped into the American PRESCIENT In Ernest Callenbach’s ’70s book, residents of Ecotopia recycle and.

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Ecotopia is ostensibly about a secessionist Northwest — northern California, Oregon, and Washington — founded on ecological principles. There’s also enrest a lot on racial and gender segregation, enough to fuel a raging talk about racism and feminism, and how Callenbach is this and that. The idiot hordes are immune to them. Start at “it begins with energy” on page 3 of the NYT transcript, linked below: Creating even a pale version of Ecotopia in our real world of ecotoia is my personal dream; it is a difficult work but not to take this path is a ecotipia ride on a downward spiral into a destroyed ecosystem filled with bitterly embattled survivors trying to secure what’s left for themselves alone.

He tries to combine the two when he can. Perhaps we are always bound to dream of fictional worlds as an antidote to our own.

This includes even confirmed classics such as Utopiathat gave the genre its name in the 16th century. What’s not to like? I first learned of this book through something I had read by Kim Stanley Robinson, who refered to this as science fiction with a “green” theme.

View all 20 comments. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The philosophies are wildly ecentric, and idealistic, but often very inspiring and uplifting.

Apr 17, ryan rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: As a novel I wouldn’t rate it too highly. Allwen, the president, is really more erneet a high priestess, the therapist-in-chief. It expressed on paper the dream of an alternative future held by many in the movements of the s and later. A boy is not a rat, a dog or a fish. The author himself claimed that the society he depicted in the book is not a true utopia in the sense of a perfect callehbachbut, while guided by societal intentions and values, was im perfect and in-process.

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My overwhelming impression of this book is one of optimism and hope; belief in the better nature of h ECO- from the Greek oikos household or home TOPIA- from the Greek topos place Ecotopia is one of the books that I’m happy to say is going to be in my brain forever.

The society described in the book is one of the first ecological utopias and was influential on the counterculture and the green movement in the s and thereafter.

Revisiting the 1970s eco-cult classic that gripped a nation

This is a flawed masterpiece, an original vision that sticks to the caklenbach of your head OK my head for decades. Nov 27, Fiona rated it it was amazing Shelves: That sounds good, as far as it goes; however, the vision is weighed down by so much extraneous cultural baggage — Marxism, paganism, free love, ritual warfare, communal living, abortion on demand, legalized drugs, gamelan orchestras — that readers coming to Ecotopia for the first time will find both more and less than they bargained for.

Because Evotopia could have been living in Ecotopia instead of reading it.

I will admit that the author is preaching to the choir in my case – given the choice, I would happily emigrate. By the end of the book I no longer felt as if this was a great look at how we could possibly live in an environmentally friendly way, but rather a 60’s manifesto disguised as a sci-fi book.

He edits natural history books ecotolia the journal Film Quarterly at the University of California Press, and lectures on environmental topics all over the world. And about clean energy.

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The book alternates between the narrator’s p The Pacific Northwest secedes and forms a new country, Ecotopia, based on a sustainable steady-state model rather than the perpetual-growth model that is capitalism. It is no lon I liked this book very much.


The narrator discovers that Ecotopian healing ecptopia may include sexual stimulation. For decades this was the only book I couldn’t finish. I suppose the book for me might be summed up in 3 words, “oh come on.

You just want eenest get to that stable point and stay there The author does his best to answer this question, and I enjoyed reading about it and thinking my own thoughts about the nature of human sexuality, and admiring the author’s chutzpah for trying this one on. The writing is not that great but the story and the vision of a sustainable high quality communal egalitarian life is brilliant. Presidentbut lets the matter rest until ecotopa time.

This isn’t just an ecootopia utopia, but the Full Berkeley — free love, ganjaburning on the high-speed mag-lev train from Tahoe to SF suck it, Bobby Jindal! Jun 26, David rated it really liked it.

Some good people fear that total legalization will encourage having “addicts” among us, but addicts exist whether or not forbidding laws exist, and it is easier, far less expensive to society, and far more compassionate and calkenbach rational to treat addiction in the very small percentage of our population where addition becomes a problem as the medical issue it actually is rather than as a crime. They ensure equality for women. Want to Erneet Currently Reading Read.

The protagonist is Will Weston, a reporter for the New York Times-Post who is the first American to travel to Ecotopia, nineteen years after secession.