Novella set in futuristic environmentally focussed portion of USA

2018-04-22 23:42:20

An older story as it has been at least 15 or more years since I've seen it. I think it was novella length, and was part of a paperback that had several pieces of work by the same author.

I think the plot begins rather abruptly with the main character (male I think) on a train, or some form of transportation similar to a train, travelling to a place he knows of, but has never been. In this future setting, part of the US has been divided off to become a separate entity. It is along one of the coasts, with a mountain range between it an the rest of the US, as the mountains form a partial barrier to air pollution travelling from the US into this area. Although, not being American, I have only vague ideas of US geography, I had the impression that this are would correspond with California. This separated off area is extremely environmentally-conscious and the area separated from the rest of the states in order to create a society that lives in a way that has as little i

  • You may be remembering Ecotopia by Ernest Callenbach.

    Parallels mentioned in the Wikipedia article linked above:

    the main character may have been sent from the US on a fact-finding trip

    The main character in the novel is a journalist, and one of the first Americans invited to visit Ecotopia.

    In this future setting, part of the US has been divided off to become a separate entity. It is along one of the coasts, with a mountain range between it an the rest of the US, as the mountains form a partial barrier to air pollution travelling from the US into this area. Although, not being American, I have only vague ideas of US geography, I had the impression that this are would correspond with California.

    In the novel, Ecotopia is comprised of Northern California, Oregon, and Washington, which is consistent with the geography you describe.

    This separated off area is extremely environmentally-conscious and the area separated from the rest of the states in order to create a soc

    2018-04-23 01:33:34