Burn

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Tachyon, 2005 - Fiction - 178 pages
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.

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When the new owner of the planet Morobe's Pea renames the world Walden and imposes Thoreau's pattern of simplicity in living upon its citizens, a few rebel against the new regime, setting themselves ... Read full review

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\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.

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