Synopses & Reviews
Ernest Callenbach's classic novel Ecotopia
sparked a movement that is growing rapidly around the world. Ecotopians embrace high technology as a a tool for preserving and living gently within the natural environment of Planet Earth.
Kim Stanley Robinson has gathered here in this volume bright tales of Ecotopian futures, as well as a few cautionary ones. Writers and poets, from Gary Snyder to Ursula K. LeGuin to Ernest Callenbach himself have contributed their visions, along with Pat Murphy, Paul Park, R.A. Lafferty, Rachel Pollack, Garry Kilworth, Robert Silverberg, Gene Wolfe, Howard Waldrop, Carol Emshwiller, Frederick Turner, and Robinson Jeffers.
"Future Primitive doesn't deliver what its title promises, but it still offers a selection of thought-provoking stories well worth reading." Frank Borsch, The Fryburger
About the Author
Kim Stanley Robinson was born in 1952. A native Californian, Robinson travelled and worked in different parts of the world (including Washington, DC and some time in Switzerland with his wife, Lisa, an environmental chemist). He has settled in California.
His work has garnered many awards including the Nebula Award (The Blind Geometer and Red Mars), the Asimov, John W.Campbell, Locus, and World Fantasy Awards (Black Air) and the Hugo Award (Green Mars). He was also nominated for both the Hugo Award and Nebula Award for his novel The Wild Shore.
Table of Contents
INTRODUCTION by Kim Stanley Robinson
"Tomorrow's Song," by Gary Snyder
PART ONE: STATEMENTS OF DESIRE
"Bears Discover Fire," by Terry Bisson
"In the Abode of the Snows," by Pat Murphy
"Boomer Flats," by R. A. Lafferty
PART TWO: DENIAL OF THE BODY
"Hogfoot Right and Bird-Hands," by Garry Kilworth
PART THREE: BUT WHAT WERE THEY REALLY LIKE?
"House of Bones," by Robert Silverberg
PART FOUR: AND MIGHT WE EVER BE LIKE THAT AGAIN?
"'A Story,' by John V. Marsch," by Gene Wolfe
"The Bead Woman," by Rachel Pollack
"Chocco," by Ernest Callenbach
From The New World, by Frederick Turner
"Rangriver Fell," by Paul Park
"Mary Margaret Road-Grader," by Howard Waldrop
PART FIVE: PARABLES
"Looking Down," by Carol Emshwiller
"Newton's Sleep," by Ursula K. LeGuin
"Return," by Robinson Jeffers