67°

Topics

Pauline Kael
Ernest Callenbach dies at 83; wrote environmental novel 'Ecotopia'
Ernest Callenbach dies at 83; wrote environmental novel 'Ecotopia'

Ernest "Chick" Callenbach, a film scholar and environmentalist who created a cult favorite in "Ecotopia," a 1975 novel that predicted with uncanny accuracy a world where recycling is commonplace, food is locally grown and energy comes from the sun, died April 16 in Berkeley. He was 83. The cause was cancer, said his wife, Christine Leefeldt. "Ecotopia" described a utopian world created by the secession of Oregon, Washington and Northern California from the United States. It takes place in 1999 when a New York newspaper reporter becomes the first American visitor since Ecotopia's founding 19 years earlier. The story unfolds through the reporter's...

Loading