Ecotopia (40th Anniversary Epistle Edition)

One million copies sold

Twenty years have passed since Northern California, Oregon, and Washington seceded from the United States to create a new nation, Ecotopia. Rumors abound of barbaric war games, tree worship, revolutionary politics, sexual extravagance. Now, this mysterious country admits its first American visitor: investigative reporter Will Weston, whose dispatches alternate between shock and admiration. But Ecotopia gradually unravels everything Weston knows to be true about government and human nature itself, forcing him to choose between two competing views of civilization.

Since it was first published in 1975, Ecotopia has inspired readers throughout the world with its vision of an ecologically and socially sustainable future. This fortieth-anniversary edition includes Ernest Callenbach’s final essay, “An Epistle to the Ecotopians,” and a new foreword by Callenbach’s close friend and publisher, Malcolm Margolin.


“An environmental classic.”



“The newest name after Wells and Verne and Huxley and Orwell is Ernest Callenbach, creator of Ecotopia.”

Los Angeles Times


“Essential reading for all who care about the earth’s future.”

—Fritjof Capra


“One of the most important utopian novels of the twentieth century that still has very important lessons to teach us. It will always convey to perfection the wild optimism of that moment: a feeling we need to recapture, adjusted for our time.”

—Kim Stanley Robinson

About the Author

Ernest CallenbachErnest Callenbach was a writer and editor known primarily for his environmental fiction and nonfiction. He founded and edited the internationally acclaimed Film Quarterly. He also concurrently edited University of California Press’s extensive list of film books as well as books in art and science, including the California Natural History Guides series. He occasionally taught film at the University of California, Berkeley, and at San Francisco State University. To find out more about Callenbach and his books, visit his website at