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Three Californias: The Wild Shore, The Gold Coast, and Pacific Edge Paperback – February 4, 2020
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The Wild Shore
“There’s a fresh wind blowing in The Wild Shore. Welcome, Kim Stanley Robinson.” ―Ursula K. Le Guin
“Part Huck Finn and part Our Town, Robinson's first novel is a well-written, engaging rite of passage...” ―Publishers Weekly
“Captivating and unflaggingly readable...”―Washington Post Book World
“This rich fable is warm but excoriatingly honest and connects with the vulnerable cynicism so many of us feel about our political lives...It offers us something more precious even than gold: pride in being an American.”―Philadelphia Inquirer
The Gold Coast
"In this novel, Kim Stanley Robinson illuminates the selfishness and folly of the twenty-first century better than anyone actually living in the twenty first century is ever likely to.”―Gene Wolfe
“It is a rich, brave book.”―John Clute, The Washington Post Book World
“What a bold, manic, wonderful book this is!”―Los Angeles Times
“Like light focused into a coherent beam, The Gold Coast brilliantly illuminates the craziness of technology out of control.”―Interzone
“Readers who seldom touch science fiction will enjoy it and certainly not find it disorienting.”―The Philadelphia Inquirer
“An outstanding achievement.”―Publishers Weekly
“Pacific Edge...will definitely keep your attention from page one to grand finale.”―The Houston Post
“[Robinson] invites us to share his characters' intensely personal, intensely local attachment to what they have. The result is a bittersweet utopia that may shame you into entertaining new hope for the future.”―The New York Times Book Review
“Utterly convincing. There are no false notes.”―The Washington Post Book World
About the Author
Francis Spufford writes for the Guardian and lives in Cambridge, England, with his wife and daughter. He received a Somerset Maugham Award for his book on ice exploration, I May Be Some Time.
- Publisher : Tor Books (February 4, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 896 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250307562
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250307569
- Item Weight : 2 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.25 x 2.42 x 9.16 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #321,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The first, The Wild Shore, is a post-nuclear story about what it means to build your own future. When you grow up after "the America" has been nuked to hell and back, what parts of Americaness still linger? How do you find you place in a world that has already had an apocalypse before you were born? The Wild Shore has some answers for these questions.
The second book, The Gold Coast, is the neoliberal hellscape we are currently hurtling toward, but instead of Amazon there are thousands of shopping malls. Think suburban sprawl on steroids. One major theme of this book is how do you change the world around you when it's so overdeveloped and every aspect of that world is integrated with other overdeveloped aspects. This was the hardest one to read because it resembles most closely what our world is currently like. Some of the details are off (no cell phones, and the USSR is still around) but the vibe is spot on.
The third book, Pacific Edge, is more of a utopian novel. America has become an eco-socialist utopia and normal people make up and govern themselves in anarcho-syndicalist towns. There is peace and health and heartbreak. When the systemic, existential problems are taken care of, you have much more room to feel and be.
Each of these three books is wonderful. Kim Stanley Robinson is so damn good at ending a story.
Buy this omnibus edition of the California trilogy; you won’t be disappointed.