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Ecotopia

A Novel
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Bantam
 | 
March, 1990
ISBN:
9780553348477
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This new edition of the classic environmental novel Ecotopia offers a visionary blueprint for the survival and “thrival” of our planet. Originally published in 1975, it provides a fascinating view of an imagined future that we are now living. The cell phone, called a picturephone, is there, as are electric taxis.

The buses creep along at about ten miles an hour, but they come every five minutes or so. They charge no fare. When I took an experimental ride on one, I asked a fellow passenger about this, and he said the minibuses are paid for in the same way as streets—out of general tax funds. Smiling, he added that to have a driver on board to collect fares would cost more than the fares could produce.

The novel is set in an ecologically wise future society, Ecotopia, founded when northern California, Oregon, and Washington secede from the Union to create a “stable-state” ecosystem: the perfect balance between human beings and the environment. Now, twenty years later, this isolated, mysterious nation is welcoming its first officially sanctioned American visitor: New York Times-Post reporter Will Weston.

Skeptical yet curious about this green new world, Weston is determined to report his findings objectively. But from the start, he’s alternately impressed and unsettled by the laws governing Ecotopia’s earth-friendly agenda: energy-efficient “mini-cities” to eliminate urban sprawl, zero-tolerance pollution control, devotion to trees bordering on worship, ritual war games, and a woman-dominated government that has instituted the twenty-hour workweek and employee ownership of farms and businesses. Bombarded by innovative, unsettling ideas, swept off his feet by a relationship with a sexually forthright Ecotopian woman, Weston’s conflict of values intensifies—and leads to a startling climax.

“A classic of earth consciousness.”
—Denis Hayes, original coordinator of Earth Day

 

 

 

 

 

Publisher’s Description: 

A novel both timely and prophetic, Ernest Callenbachs Ecotopia is a hopeful antidote to the environmental concerns of today, set in an ecologically sound future society. Hailed by the Los Angeles Times as the newest name after Wells, Verne, Huxley, and Orwell, Callenbach offers a visionary blueprint for the survival of our planet . . . and our future.

Ecotopia was founded when northern California, Oregon, and Washington seceded from the Union to create a stable-state ecosystem: the perfect balance between human beings and the environment. Now, twenty years later, this isolated, mysterious nation is welcoming its first officially sanctioned American visitor: New York Times-Post reporter Will Weston.

Skeptical yet curious about this green new world, Weston is determined to report his findings objectively. But from the start, hes alternately impressed and unsettled by the laws governing Ecotopias earth-friendly agenda: energy-efficient mini-cities to eliminate urban sprawl, zero-tolerance pollution control, tree worship, ritual war games, and a woman-dominated government that has instituted such peaceful revolutions as the twenty-hour workweek and employee ownership of farms and businesses. His old beliefs challenged, his cynicism replaced by hope, Weston meets a sexually forthright Ecotopian woman and undertakes a relationship whose intensity will lead him to a critical choice between two worlds.

Ecotopia was founded when the Pacific Northwest seceded from the Union to create a "stable-state" ecosystem, balancing human needs and the environment. Isolated for twenty years, Ecotopia's first officially sanctioned American visitor is New York Times-Post reporter Will Weston. This prophetic novel alternates between Weston's published reports and his private journal. Weston is alternately impressed and unsettled by Ecotopia's woman-dominated government and Earth-friendly agenda. Then he meets an Ecotopian woman and plunges into a relationship that forces him to choose between two worlds. 192 pp.

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