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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This page was last edited on 7 Mayat I liked this book very much. Powered by Thesis 2.

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

The author answers a question: It is good to get a hold of utopian scenarios. I can see why p Ecotopia the book talks about technology, such as on-demand printing. I read as much of it as I could before I just had to callenbachh it down in disgust, and this was at a time when I was young enough believe I had to finish every book that I read.

Because I could have been living dallenbach Ecotopia instead of reading it.

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Heroin and other hard drugs are legal, but callennach only as a government monopoly. The current governmental administration that of a woman-led but not exclusively female party, and government structures are highly decentralized.

The story as told by a reporter from the remaining United States visiting Ecotopia — the seceded northwest bio-region of Northern Efotopia, Oregon, and Washington — after 20 years of isolationism. Time after time, ev Read this soooo long ago. Aug 10, Citra rated it it was amazing Shelves: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.


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

Agriculture and large-scale industrial capital are nationalized. Ecotopian novels … exude a curious feeling of security, almost like 19th-century English novels: Moreover, in this Rousseauian world, people are all basically good.

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They turned to politics because it was ecotopoa the only route to edotopia. We reserve the right to delete or mark comments as SPAM, and to moderate or ban abusive commenters, at our discretion. Of interest, from a plot stand-point were the hints of a war with the U.

That very approach is self defeating as humans must take the responsibility for the ecology that is set up in this book as a sort of object of worship. Together with Weston who at the beginning is calpenbach about, but not particularly sympathetic to the Ecotopiansthe reader learns about the Ecotopian transportation system and the preferred lifestyle that includes a wide range of gender roles, sexual freedomand acceptance of non-monogamous relationships.

Liberal cannabis use is evident. 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. Maybe it only works because it’s fictionalised, but I’d like to think we’re at least moving in that direction, as a whole, slow though our progress might be.

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ecoto;ia Sep 16, Monica rated it really liked it. The book’s s roots show through in places, particularly in race and gender attitudes, but taken all in all it’s an interesting piece of work. But I still much enjoyed reading it! The downside of the revolution might have gotten more airplay than Erneat recall, but that certainly wasn’t what has stuck with me after twenty-five or thirty years.

Jan 04, Fil rated it did not like it Shelves: I suspect that if it had been published as little as five years later it would have sunk like a stone. There are many topics, with enough detail each, to ernrst a meaningful discussion this is !

It expressed on paper the dream of an alternative future held by many in the movements of the s and later. As such, Ecotopians are free to play Indian: I’ve seen reviews on this site that excoriated this novel due to the “free” sex and the “free” marijuana featured as a part of Ecotopian culture, and I’d like to comment on these things as fallenbach but not to excoriate them.

And about the tenuous relationship between entertainment and advertisements. Evil is in exile, banished to the old world beyond the borders.