I'm getting close to the saturation point with Kim Stanley Robinson
, but I gotta say that this is an amazing novel: a utopian science fiction story that doesn't feel cheap. The world that he creates in Pacific Edge
is hard-won, and the struggle to keep the gains that have been secured is ongoing. And, despite the fact that the residents of this world have started to figure out how to do it right, they still must cope with the crushing small tragedies of individual life. This quote sums up the book pretty well: "Utopia is the process of making a better world, the name for one path history can take, a dynamic, tumultuous, agonizing process, with no end. Struggle forever." Oh yeah, and the central narrative conflict is a struggle between conservationists and corporate interests over a real estate development. With pages devoted to the intricacies of California water laws. And it manages to be gripping.