By James Patrick Kelly
(Tachyon Publications, Hardcover, 9781892391278, 120pp.)
Publication Date: November 2005
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Colonization is the theme of this exciting, complex page-turner that provides a provocative and entertaining look at Thoreau's classic eco-text Walden. Eccentric billionaire Jack Winter has bought the planet Beekman's Pea, renamed it Walden, and created a utopia in which members renounce the technologies of human civilization. Marginalized by these newcomers, the planet's original inhabitants are resisting the colony's dominance by setting fires to Walden's artificial ecology. A member of Walden, Prosper Gregory Leung is a veteran firefighter who believes in protecting Winter's utopian vision, but when he is wounded, he begins to learn of the terrible price that the people of Walden are paying for their paradise. Interwoven with themes of environmental responsibility, political struggle, and courage, this adventure novel nimbly combines political and social relevance with a flawless and gripping narrative from a veteran science fiction author.
James Patrick Kelly is the author of Think Like a Dinosaur: and Other Stories, Strange But Not a Stranger, and Wildlife. He writes for Asimov's Science Fiction and in 2004 was appointed chair of the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. He lives in Nottingham, New Hampshire.
"Kelly has written something fresh...some of the fundamental concepts of sf in an innovate way." The New York Review of Science Fiction
"An intriguing set of characters and a plot both chilling and charming, this remarkable tale belongs in most sf collections." Library Journal
"As though Mark Twain had come back with a yen to write science fiction." Locus
"Kelly's 'Burn' is out of this world." The Nashua Telegraph
"Economical, understated, often funny, and deeply thoughtful." Gary Wolfe, Locus