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Ecotopia Emerging [Paperback]

Ernest Callenbach
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Jan. 1 2004
This "prequel" to Callenbach’s classic Ecotopia dramatizes the rise and triumph of a powerful American movement to preserve the earth as a safe, sustainable environment.

The story springs from harsh realities. Toxic contamination of air, water, and food has become intolerable. Nuclear meltdowns threaten. Military spending burdens the economy. Politicians squabble over outdated agendas while the country declines. But then dedicated people begin to respond in their own ways to the crisis, and fresh hope arises. A brash physics student, Lou Swift, invents a unique solar cell that will end dependence on polluting fossil energy. Marissa D’Amico decides to devote her life to the restoration of clear-cut and eroded forests. Her mother Laura organizes a commando group of cancer victims to disable plants making carcinogenic chemicals. A distinguished but disillusioned legislator, Vera Allwen, organizes a new grassroots party working toward a survival-oriented future. Joining with thousands of others, they take their lives into their own hands—fighting the corporate control that endangers their personal survival along with that of the earth. A panorama of history about to happen, Ecotopia Emerging weaves many individual destinies into an absorbing epic: the birth of a new nation.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The inspiring "prequel" to _Ecotopia_ Oct. 5 1997
A fictional account of the events leading up to
secession of the Pacific Northwest from the
United States. The book interweaves the
lives of several people: a young inventor
of a new solar cell who decides to put her
invention in the public domain rather than
market it; a politician who breaks from
establishment politics to form a new ecological
political party; and several grassroots environmental
activists. As their lives progress their
activities lead up to the formation of the new
nation which was the topic of Callenbach's
previous novel, _Ecotopia_. If you enjoyed
that book, this one is a must read as well.
If you haven't read it and want to know what
the fuss is about, I would recommend that
you read _Ecotopia Emerging_ first and then
read _Ecotopia_. An excellent book on several levels.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ecotopia: how to get there from here Dec 21 1998
Once you have read Callenbach's other famous book, Ecotopia, you're bound to feel frustrated. He holds out a vision of a wonderful country - but the path there involves breaking off from the U.S. and a short war.
Surely the road to heaven doesn't have to be paved with bad intentions; Ecotopia Emerging shows a way. This "prequel" is about the period of formation of Ecotopia, but in this revised version, the new nation manages to find its way without blood being shed, or severing communications with the rest of the United States.
In addition, Ecotopia Emerging is an engaging tale in its own right, particular its telling of the coming of age of the main character, Lou Swift. It would be worth reading even without the message - a rare accomplishment for a utopian novel.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Creating Utopia through Nuclear Terrorism!!! June 4 1999
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Here's a 'sane alternative' to consumer society - arm yourself, shoot it out with the cops, threaten Washington with nuclear terrorism, dump toxic chemicals on garden parties... why SURE!!! THAT will lead to harmonious secession from the Union! Something like it worked for the Old South in 1860, didn't it? Oh, wait a minute...
To call this ridiculous garbage naive is an understatement. Callenbach presents every discredited socialist dream of the past century, with a straight face, as panaceas to the 'dangers' eco-nazis fret about o' nights. The rest of us should be worrying about the eco-nazis...
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite books Feb. 9 2003
This is one of my favorite books. In contrast to its clunky predecessor _Ecotopia_, this book actually has a plot that, if a wee bit melodramatic, is fun and engaging. It's a bit chilling that the administration running the U.S. that the Ecotopians split off from in this book is actually less insane than the Cheney/Bush/Exxon government we have now. Ecotopia Emerging tells the story of how the Pacific Northwest secedes from the U.S. and establishes a sane lifestyle. This book does go a little far in glorifying the lifestyle it describes but if you can deal with that you'll probably enjoy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book July 17 1999
This book is not one story but several. I love the way the author writes a liitle bit about each of his main characters and then bring together how they all contribute to the founding of his imaginary country ecotopia. I did notice that this book did not mention the war with the U.S. that Ecotopia itself described. Some of the characters were Lou Swift the inventer of a solar cell, Vera Alwen the political leader of the survivalist movement, the Cancer Commandos and their leaders Laura and Nils, Laura's daugther Marissa who also appears in Ecotopia, etc...
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