Ernest Callenbach, author of the environmental landmark novel Ecotopia, died of cancer on April 16th in Berkley, California, at the age of 83 . Ecotopia was first self-published in 1975 and is credited as being a major influence on the environmental movement. One of the first novels in the ‘environmental utopia’ genre, Ecotopia blended science fiction, utopian fiction and contemporary scientific research, as well experiments in alternative living, which were actually being practiced at the time. The novel deals with the premise that Oregon, Washington State and Northern California break off from the rest of the US and form an independent…
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