Pacific Edge Three Californias

Wild Shore Triptych

Kim Stanley Robinson

Orb Books



Trade Paperback

336 Pages



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Winner of the John W. Campbell Award

The year is 2065. In a world that has rediscovered living in harmony with nature, the village of El Modena, California, is an ecotopia in the making. But then Kevin Claiborne, a young builder who has grown up in this "green" world, suddenly finds himself caught in a fierce struggle to preserve this community's idyllic way of life from the resurgent forces of greed and exploitation.

Pacific Edge is the final novel in Robinson's Three Californias trilogy.


Praise for Pacific Edge

"An outstanding achievement . . . Robinson's writing ranks in the highest levels of the genre. The book generates a soaring optimism."—Publishers Weekly

"Through a blend of dirt-under-fingernails naturalism and lyrical magical realism, Robinson invites us to share his characters' intensely personal, intensely loyal 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

"[Pacific Edge is] the outstanding utopia of the last ten years and more."—Foundation

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Despair could never touch a morning like this.
The air was cool, and smelled of sage. It had the clarity that comes to southern California only after a Santa Ana wind has blown all haze and history out to sea--air like telescopic glass, so that the snowtopped San Gabriels seemed near enough to touch, though they were forty miles away. The flanks of the blue foothills revealed the etching of every ravine, and beneath the foothills, stretching to the sea, the broad coastal plain seemed nothing but treetops: groves of orange, avocado, lemon, olive; windbreaks of eucalyptus
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  • Kim Stanley Robinson

  • Kim Stanley Robinson was born in 1952. A native Californian, he is the author of the Nebula Award-winning Red Mars and several other highly regarded SF novels.