Ecotopian fiction with some political awareness?
May 26, 2008 11:46 PM Subscribe
Book recommendations: ecotopian fiction? (Something to read after The Fifth Sacred Thing
posted by salvia to Writing & Language (16 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
I just read The Fifth Sacred Thing. I really liked it and am looking for something to read next. Basically, I'm looking for ecotopian or utopian books, particularly those with a progressive political awareness. Any suggestions?
Here's my attempt to describe what I liked, but you can skip this if you're in a hurry:
The book is set in 2048. Southern California has been taken over by a militaristic alliance of The Corporation and the religious Millenialists. Together they own all the water, run human breeding pens, and have perfected torture. But up in San Francisco, an early rebellion against the takeover allowed northern California to blossom into a communitarian ecotopia.
I liked the vision of the utopian society -- ecologies restored, feminism (one main character is a midwife), and the consensus-based community model, particularly because they seem fairly realistic (petty bickering, boring meetings). I also liked the dark parts when the main characters traveled through the south: non-violent political resistance and struggle are necessities, and the main characters struggle to remember that another world is possible.
I've already read World Made By Hand, Ecotopia, and Into The Forest, and I liked them roughly in that order (best to least). I'm not averse to science fiction or extra-planetary ways to explore the same issues, though I do prefer the alternative futures that are close to home.