Now Rudi is Artos, the High King of Montival, and his final destiny awaits him. He must face and defeat the forces of the Church Universal and Triumphant. Everything in the present, everything in the future, depends on the outcome of the conflict.
And like his father before him, Rudi knows that in winning the war he might well lose his life...
The short, stocky Loeth travels the world as a reporter for local news outlets. At the same time, he spies for Ceth, a Sentinel. His journeys bring to light hundreds of oral histories begging to be told to a wider audience.
Supported by a small circle of loyal friends and sexy lovers, using a quill and ink, the 50-year-old Loeth writes a personal memoir that folds into the suppressed history of the world as revealed by the stories he has heard.
He rebels against the Authorities to follow his dream. He rejects the Sentinels' commandment, called a Prock, "there are no yesterdays, no tomorrows, only today". Officially, history did not and shall not exist.
Surveillance by the all-powerful Sentinels is everywhere. Ceth says he will not monitor Loeth's home. Can he be trusted? Anything Loeth writes could be exposed. Loeth's driving compulsion to finish his illicit memoir overpowers his fear of discovery and probable death.
Follow Loeth's and his gifted friends' difficult journey through its many twists and turns to its surprise conclusion.
The seeds of tomorrow's history can be found all around us. In this debut novel, discover Loeth's history of the world as seen from 2999 and the story of Loeth's personal voyage to achieve his goal.
This the first of a possible series. It is 80K words long.
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.
The Wild Shore was nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award, and won the Locus Award for Best First Novel. Ursula K. Le Guin hailed it as “A fresh wind blowing”. The second of the trilogy, The Gold Coast, is a manic, savage look at the craziness of technology out of control. The third, Pacific Edge, is a Utopia, where humanity tries to live in harmony with the natural world, but greed is still a force, and hearts still break. Pacific Edge won the John W. Campbell Award for Best Novel.
With a new introduction by Francis Spufford, bestselling author of Golden Hill.
At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
“Futurist as provocateur! The world is sheer batshit genius . . . a truly hallucinatorily envisioned environment.”—William Gibson, New York Times bestselling and award-winning author
“Timely, dark, and ultimately hopeful: it might not ‘make America great again,’ but then again, it just might.”—Cory Doctorow, New York Times bestselling and award winning author of Homeland
Acclaimed short story writer and editor of the World Fantasy Award-nominee Three Messages and a Warning eerily envisions an American society unraveling and our borders closed off—from the other side—in this haunting and provocative novel that combines Max Barry’s Jennifer Government, Philip K. Dick’s classic Man in the High Castle, and China Mieville’s The City & the City
The United States of America is no more. Broken into warring territories, its center has become a wasteland DMZ known as “the Tropic of Kansas.” Though this gaping geographic hole has no clear boundaries, everyone knows it's out there—that once-bountiful part of the heartland, broken by greed and exploitation, where neglect now breeds unrest. Two travelers appear in this arid American wilderness: Sig, the fugitive orphan of political dissidents, and his foster sister Tania, a government investigator whose search for Sig leads her into her own past—and towards an unexpected future.
Sig promised those he loves that he would make it to the revolutionary redoubt of occupied New Orleans. But first he must survive the wild edgelands of a barren mid-America policed by citizen militias and autonomous drones, where one wrong move can mean capture . . . or death. One step behind, undercover in the underground, is Tania. Her infiltration of clandestine networks made of old technology and new politics soon transforms her into the hunted one, and gives her a shot at being the agent of real change—if she is willing to give up the explosive government secrets she has sworn to protect.
As brother and sister traverse these vast and dangerous badlands, their paths will eventually intersect on the front lines of a revolution whose fuse they are about to light.