The Gold Coast Three Californias

Wild Shore Triptych

Kim Stanley Robinson

Orb Books



Trade Paperback

400 Pages



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2027: Southern California is a developer's dream gone mad, an endless sprawl of condos, freeways, and malls. Jim McPherson, the affluent son of a defense contractor, is a young man lost in a world of fast cars, casual sex, and designer drugs. But his descent in to the shadowy underground of industrial terrorism brings him into a shattering confrontation with his family, his goals, and his ideals.

The Gold Coast is the second novel in Robinson's Three Californias trilogy.


Praise for The Gold Coast

"What a bold, manic, wonderful book this is!"—Los Angeles Times

"A rich, brave book . . . It celebrates, with an earned and elated refusal of despair, the persistent, joyful survival of human persons in the interstices of the American juggernaut."—The Washington Post

"Like light focused into coherent beam, The Gold Coast brilliantly illuminates the craziness of technology out of control."—Interzone

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Beep beep!
Honk honk.
Jim McPherson sticks his head out the window of his car, shouts at a Minihonda whose program has just automatically slotted it onto the onramp ahead of him. "You cut me off!" The man in the Minihonda stares back at him, looking puzzled. Jim's ancient Volvo swerves sharply up the curving track and suddenly Jim's hanging halfway out the window and teetering, face inches from the concrete of the freeway. Abe Bernard grabs his belt and pulls him back in, whew!
Night in Orange County, here, and the four friends are cruising in autopia. Stars of
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  • Kim Stanley Robinson

  • Kim Stanley Robinson's Three Californias trilogy—The Gold Coast, The Wild Shore and Pacific Edge—has been observed as "an intriguing work, one that will delight and entertain you, and, most importantly, cause you to stop and think" (The Santa Ana Register). His many other novels include Escape from Kathmandu and Green Mars—which won the Hugo and Locus Award for Best Novel.