James Patrick Kelly

Synopsis of Burn

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.

Reviews of Burn


With his immaculate prose and perfect structural tricks (Spur ends up where we first encountered him), Kelly's Book offers a richly satisfying blend of adventure and philosophy. -- Paul Di Filippo, Scifi.com

Short though it may be, however, it certainly does not lack for punch. -- Cheryl Morgan, Emerald City