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Introduction Ecotopia in context Audience Ecotopia
as a book... Relevance About
Callebach Education Summary of Novel

About the Author

Relevance of Ecotopia


Conclusion Ecotopia Assigned to read it or interested
in environmentalism

Wanted to inspire the youth
(Callenbach, 2012)

Acedemic reviews focus on realism (Kato, 2005)

Most readers seem to be acedmics but this may be changing (Shaul, 2011) Inspired concept

Not just for academics

Enjoyable writing style and structure

predictable Relevant to today's issues

Still not a well known book

Bikes in London and Amsterdam (Berkley, 2008)

No large scale Ecotopias
- too difficult? (Sledge, 2011) By Ernest Callenbach Summary of novel University of Chicago: interest in films

Six months at The Sorbonne

Master’s Degree in English and Communications at the University of Chicago Professional life Copywriter at University of California Press

Film Quarterly: 1958

Film courses at various institutions

Editing of Natural History Guides
at UC Press led to increasing interest in the natural world 1970's: The world then Tschachler, H. (1984)

1970’s characterised by much utopian longing

Ecology movement coincided

Technological dependency and Western values: reviewing and reimagining Continued success Almost 1 million copies in 12 different languages

Cites as a ‘blueprint for a sustainable future’

Feeling of optimism throughout: combines happiness and freedom

Ecological ethics into an economically stable system (Tschachler, 1984)

Developments in Ecotopia reflected today:
selective use of technology
(Sheldon, 2008) Review Ecotopia
as a concept... Not a perfect uptopia (Callenbach, 1982)

Simplistic of human behaviour

Possible future Other reviews Controversial causing diverse reviews

Highly biased

Propaganda (Hawkin, 2012)

'Well meaning and ideological nonsense' One of the most
important books

General consensus http://ernestcallenbach.com/Biography.html http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/26/ernest-callenbach-ecotopia_n_1457580.html
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/550165.Ecotopia http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/44286118
http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/133308329 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/14/san-francisco-secession-ecotopia_n_898457.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/14/fashion/14ecotopia.html?pagewanted=all 1 star 46
2 stars 122
3 stars 261
4 stars 385
5 stars 253

Total 1519 http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/550165 Outline Conclusion Berkeley, C. (2008) The Novel That Predicted Portland [Online] Available at http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/14/fashion/14ecotopia.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0. (Accessed on 17/04/13)

Burke, G. (2012) ‘Ecotopia author dies at age 83’ Huffington Post [Online] Available at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/26/ernest-callenbach-ecotopia_n_1457580.html (Accessed on 24/03/13)

Callenbach, E. and Heddle, J. (1982) ‘Ecotopia: Then and now’ Ecological options network. [Online] Available at (Accessed on 14/04/13)

Goodreads. (2002) ‘Ecotopia’ Goodreads [Online] Available at http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/550165 (Accessed on 24/04/13)

Goodread. (2009) ‘Ecotopia’ Goodread [Online] Available at:http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/48709546 (Accessed on 20/04/13)

Goodread. (2010) ‘Ecotopia’ Goodread [Online] Available at: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/133308329 (Accessed on 20/04/13)

Hawkin, K. (2012) ‘Ecotopia’ Goodread [Online] Available at: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/44286118 (Accessed on 20/04/13) Kato, M. (2005) ‘Human security and environmental ethnics and sustainability’Bioethics and Life: Security, Science and Society. 13(1), pp 28-34.

Khalenberg, R. (undated) Ernest Callenbach: Biography, Online Available at http://ernestcallenbach.com/Biography.html (Accessed on 24/03/13)

Nader, R. (undated) ‘Ecotopia’ Random house Online Available at http://www.randomhouse.com/book/23059/ecotopia-by-ernest-callenbach/9780553348477/?view=praise (Accessed on 16/04/13)

Shaul, B. (2011) ‘Ecotopia launches on Facebook: Raising environmental awareness one virtual tree at a time.’ Games.com Online Available at http://blog.games.com/2011/04/27/ecotopia-launches-on-facebook-raising-environmental-awareness-o/ (Accessed on 29/04/13)

Sheldon, R. A. (2008) ‘Green and sustainable chemistry: challenges and perspectives’, Green chemistry, 10, pp 359-360.

Sledge, M. (2011). ‘San Francisco Secession: Could It Create 'Ecotopia'?’ Huffington Post Available at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/14/san-francisco-secession-ecotopia_n_898457.html ( Accessed on 17/04/13)

Tschachler, H. (1984) ‘Despotic reason in Arcadia? Ernest Callenbach’s ecological utopias’ Science fiction studies, 11, pp 304-317. References Journalist William Weston explores new country Ecotopia

Mixture of articles and diary entries

Ecological moderisation Arts rather than science background

influential book on a niche audience

Not a perfect utopia

Conflicting reviews By Abi Gardner, Claire Woolley, Michael Davenport and Laura Stockton Any questions?
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