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Clementa tells an exciting, fulfilling story set in a future world that’s not apocalyptic, not postapocalyptic, not dystopian in any way. But it’s no technoparadise, either. Rather, it’s a future arcadia: humankind has learned how to thrive in harmony with a flourishing Nature.
Yes, it’s Planet Earth, all right. The mountains and seas are in the same old places. People look and sound the same as ever. Yet all animals run wild. All plants grow wild. Machines are scrap metal. Money is jewelry.
How did arcadia emerge from the environmental crisis we face today? The novel alludes to several contributing factors as it tells the story.
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Clementa takes place on a future Planet Earth that's unlike any other in speculative fiction.
Three hundred years from now, most machines have been broken up for scrap, and the rest are museum pieces. Yet no apocalypse--no disease epidemic, asteroid collision, or nuclear conflagration--has occurred.
Agriculture has been abandoned. People live by omnifostering, an advanced kind of hunting and gathering. All animals run wild. All plants grow wild.
People enjoy all the literature, music, dance, drama, and art that we enjoy today, plus countless new works created in the meantime.
Nations have crumbled into thousands of self-sufficient homelands, each with its own language and culture. Money has become useless.
Steeped in their local cultures, most of the people in most of these homelands are as happy as they could wish. Clementa concerns a rare exception--a homeland where an oppressed element of the population awakens to its rage and fights for liberation.
Jim Martin was born in Salt Lake City in 1937 and has lived in New York since 1960. Clementa is his first novel.
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Book Description Lupine Press, 2008. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX098001400X
Book Description Lupine Press, 2008. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M098001400X