Here's what people are saying about Inter States:

"I finally got round to opening up your online novel. What a treat and what a distraction! I was immediately gripped."
- Barbara Heinzen, author of Feeling for Stones: learning & invention when facing the unknown and Coordinator of the Barbets Duet, an experiment in systemic invention.

"I read ... installments and enjoyed them. Although [they] alluded to unpleasantness in previous decades, these might have proven more scarring than you imagine. And I don't think horse carts represent our future. The amount of fodder needed would strain both open lands and bulk transport to haul to conurbations. Some low-speed biofuel vehicles, with methane refueling stops, would be more likely in my view. And [the] view of technology is a bit too benign from my perspective. Apart from social communication, it could also be used for surveillance, something I discuss in "Policiing America's Empire". These minor criticisms aside, anything that gets our fellow citizens to think about and plan for the future is all to the good. Keep up [the] thoughtful work."
- Alfred W. McCoy, J.R.W. Smail Professor of History, Department of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Author of the recent book, "Policing America's Empire: The United States, the Philippines, and the Rise of the Surveillance State" (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2009)

"Ralph Meima is one of the deepest thinkers I know, and it is a gift to the rest of us that he has allocated some of his deep thinking to this portrait of what America could become a scant thirty years into the future. The story told in Inter States is at once gripping, frightening, and believable--and it becomes a clarion call for us to redouble our efforts today so that our children may have a different, safer, and more sustainable future."
- Alex Wilson, Founder, BuildingGreen, LLC; Executive Editor, Environmental Building News; Author, Your Green Home; coauthor, Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings; Founder and President, the Resilient Design Institute.

"Inter States is a richly imagined look at a future in which the United States of Empire is unraveling, and Vermonters mobilize to create a more sustainable world in the midst of collapse. Author Ralph Meima's prescient vision is a must-read for anyone interested in what our future may hold. Read more @, and right here in this wiki site."
- Dr. Rob Williams, Editor/Publisher, Vermont Commons

"I've been reading Ralph Meima's serial novel, Inter States. His thoughts are deep, but his writing style glides you effortlessly through. He has created vivid imagery, and a "fly on the wall" feel for me. The only thing I see as a problem is, I'll need more soon."
- Jack Wysocki, Global Outreach,

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