The Gold Coast: Three Californias

The Gold Coast: Three Californias

Robinson, Kim Stanley

Book 2.0 of Three Californias Triptych

Language: English

Publisher: Orb Books

Published: Dec 31, 2013

Words: 137893
Pages: 579


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. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied. ** ### From Publishers Weekly This fine, bleak look at Orange County, Calif., owes more to 1984 and A Clockwork Orange than to the usual SF scenario. By 2067, the land between L.A. and San Diego County is a maze of gigantic shopping malls, "condomundos" and huge aerospace facilities, all joined by soaring, multilevel "autopias" that have paved over practically everything. Brushfire wars and famines are widespread, nuclear terror reigns and the business of America is weaponry. The narrative concerns young Jim McPherson's attempts to be a poet and his stabs at revolutionary action. His father is trying to make a tactical, nonnuclear missile that will end war, and Jim's best friends (drug-dealer Sandy, nightsurfer Tashi, emergency medic Abe) seek to avoidburnout and ennui. Some thingscorporate greed, Pentagon politicshaven't changed much. Improvements have been made (cars run on electronic tracking), and some changes are acidly funny: most people watch multiple video images of their love-making. Interspersed in the story are elegiac views of the history of "OC" and its possible grim future. Robinson (Planet on the Table, The Memory of Whiteness) offers a stark cautionary tale with a glimmer of hope at the end. Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. ### Review “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*