Ecotopia

the notebooks and reports of William Weston

Paperback, 167 pages

English language

Published June 14, 1975 by Heyday Books.

ISBN:
9780960432011

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3 stars (1 review)

"Twenty years have passed since Northern California, Oregon, and Washington seceded from the United States to create a new nation, Ectopia. Rumors abound of barbaric war games, tree worship, revolutionary politics, sexual extravagance. Now this mysterious country admits its first American visitor: investigative reporter Will Weston, whose dispatches alternate between shock and admiration. But Ectopia gradually unravels everything Weston knows to be true about government and human nature itself, forcing him to choose between two competing views of civilization"--Back cover.

20 editions

reviewed Ecotopia by Ernest Callenbach

Good but dated

3 stars

This book has a really unique genre: political fiction. It lays out a future (written in 1975 the future was 1999) where a perfect ecological utopia exists and an Americ*n journalist is assigned to cover it. I appreciated the thorough descriptions of the city planning aspects, such as the sewer systems, the school systems (university and primary/secondary), the role of art and music. This kind of information is central for our ability to imagine changes to our current build environment. However, I felt that some of the characters and descriptions were a bit simplistic, with these ideas of overly sentimental granola tree huggers being too obvious. I also thought that the author did not grapple with race well, though what he expressed was more relevant at the time and would not be appropriate I don't think today. Furthermore, the rape jokes & interesting role of women providing sexual labor was …

Subjects

  • Spirit communication & mediumship, spiritualism
  • Human ecology
  • Fiction - Science Fiction
  • Science Fiction - General
  • Fiction / Science Fiction / General
  • Science & Technology
  • Nature conservation
  • Ecology
  • Romance - General
  • Fiction / Romance / General
  • Environmentalism
  • Environmentalists
  • Fiction