What a bold, manic, wonderful book this is!
Before he published his well-known Mars trilogy chronicling the settlement and terraforming of Mars, Kim Stanley Robinson first took on a slightly closer locale: Orange County, California.
Kim Stanley Robinson is a prolific American science fiction writer. His novels have won nearly a dozen major science fiction awards, including two Hugo Awards for Best Novel (Green Mars and Blue Mars), two Nebula Awards for Best Novel (Red Mars and 2312), the World Fantasy Award (Black Air), a John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel (Pacific Edge), and multiple Locus Awards.
THE GOLD COAST: The Three Californias Triptych, Book 2
Nominated for the Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel
“North America, 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 an epic work of science fiction that explores a grim future and what one man can do to turn the tides.” – downpour.com
The Three Californias Triptych is comprised of THE WILD SHORE (1984), THE GOLD COAST (1988), and PACIFIC EDGE (1990). All describe different near-futures in Orange County, and all are now available as audiobooks, narrated by the one and only Stefan Rudnicki!