Three Californias: The Wild Shore, The Gold Coast, and Pacific Edge (Paperback)
Other Books in Series
A collection of Kim Stanley Robinson’s earliest works, The Three Californias Trilogy explores three possible futures for life in Southern California.
The Wild Shore (1984) takes readers on a look at a possible post-apocalyptic world in which the survivors start over again with the resources left remaining. This was Robinson’s 1st published work.
The Gold Coast (1988) gives readers a look into a futuristic Los Angles where capitalism and urban development has dominated.
The Pacific Edge (1990) once again returns readers to a futuristic world where ecology is king and the changes that have been wrought by that same focus.
Taken together, these stories make for entertaining reads that ask readers to consider divergent futures where circumstances have created restrictions on a region celebrated by many as a land of golden opportunities.
Give them a try ~ I think you’ll enjoy them too.— Bud
From the internationally bestselling author of the Mars Trilogy and New York 2140
Before Kim Stanley Robinson terraformed Mars, he wrote three science fiction novels set in Orange County, California, where he grew up. These alternate futures—one a post-apocalypse, one an if-this-goes-on future reminiscent of Philip K. Dick, and one an ecological utopia—form a whole that illuminates, enchants, and inspires--collected here as Three Californias.
What if... there was a limited nuclear war that left the United States blockaded, fragmented, the few survivors living in the ruins of a once-great nation?
What if... this goes on, and technology continues to accelerate, and power continues to be consolidated into corporate culture, a developer’s dream world gone mad: an endless sprawl of condos, freeways, and malls, and designer drugs?
What if... a revolution happens, and the US addresses climate change in a responsible way. Is a future green Utopia all that great when you’re young and in love?
This Tor Essentials edition of Three Californias includes an introduction by Francis Spufford, bestselling author of Golden Hill and Red Plenty.
“[Robinson] invites us to share his characters’ intensely personal, intensely local attachment to what they have. The result may shame you into entertaining new hope for the future.”
—The New York Times on Pacific Edge
About the Author
KIM STANLEY ROBINSON is an American science fiction writer. He is the author of more than 20 books, including the international bestselling Mars trilogy: Red Mars, Green Mars, Blue Mars, and more recently Red Moon, New York 2140, and 2312, which was a New York Times bestseller nominated for all seven of the major science fiction awards—a first for any book. 2008 he was named a “Hero of the Environment” by Time magazine, and he works with the Sierra Nevada Research Institute, the Clarion Writers’ Workshop, and UC San Diego’s Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination. He has won the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, and World Fantasy awards. In 2016 he was given the Heinlein Award for lifetime achievement in science fiction, and asteroid 72432 was named “Kimrobinson.” In 2017 he was given the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Imagination in Service to Society.
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.
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