"Clementa" by Jim Martin
Either the world will be even higher tech in the future than it is today--for better or worse--or it will be much lower tech on account of some disaster. No other realistic possibility has been imagined in our fiction. Until now. The just-published novel Clementa portrays a world in which humanity, having made an epochal shift from science to resology, from agriculture to omnifostering, thrives in harmony with a flourishing nature. Deeply thought out and engagingly detailed, this fresh new world nevertheless keeps to the background of the story. Clementa is a thrilling epic of rebellion. To tell you who rebels against whom would be giving too much away; suffice it to say that both sides clearly descend from a long-familiar opposition. Being an epic, Clementa has a cast of thousands, and a few score of them appear by name (in a novel of only 377 pages). The prominent characters are listed at the beginning of the book. Their names are spelled the Italian way, but a video on clementanovel.com teaches you how to pronounce them. From among this cast we get to know several characters well. As they bring the story to a pitch we soar with them in moments of triumph and grieve with them in moments of tragedy. They do some admirable things and some horrible things, some smart things and some dumb ones. In that respect, people born into Clementa s fresh new world aren t so different from us today. --Ian Randal Strock, SFScope
Too bad the library doesn't have it.