Ecotopia

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Ecotopia

By Ernest Callenbach

Bantam, Paperback, 9780553348477, 192pp.

Publication Date: March 7, 1990

Description
A novel both timely and prophetic, Ernest Callenbach's 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, 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, 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.
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About the Author
Ernest Callenbach is also the author of "Ecotopia Emerging, The Ecotopian Encyclopedia," and "Publisher s Lunch." He is the co-author of "The Art of Friendship "and "Humphrey the Wayward Whale" (with Christine Leefeldt) and of "A Citizen Legislature" (with Michael Phillips). He edits natural history books and the journal "Film Quarterly" at the University of California Press, and lectures on environmental topics all over the world."


Praise For Ecotopia

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

"Essential reading for all who care about the earth's future."—Fritjof Capra, author of The Tao of Physics and The Turning Point

"None of the happy conditions in Ecotopia are beyond the technical or resource reach of our society."—Ralph Nader

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