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Winner of the 2006 Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Nebula Award for Best Novella
There are big changes taking place on the tiny planet of Morobe's Pea. The entire planet has been sold and the new owner has a vision of utopia taken from the pages of Thoreau's Walden that he's putting into place. On Morobe's Pea, rural simplicity is now the rule. But the original settlers of the planet are not happy with the new regime, and they're not afraid to wage a war of terror to reclaim their world—with fire. At once a fantastical science fiction story and a thought-provoking exploration of human issues, Burn is a short story that will capture your imagination and challenge your conscience.
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Copyright 2005 by James Patrick Kelly.
This work, Burn, by James Patrick Kelly, is distributed under the following Creative Commons License: Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported
Cover illustration by John Picacio.
Cover design by Ann Monn.
This is a work of fiction. All events portrayed in this book are fictitious, and any resemblance to real people or events is purely coincidental.
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James Patrick Kelly has had an eclectic writing career. He has written novels, short stories, essays, reviews, poetry, plays and planetarium shows. His books include Burn (2005), Strange But Not a Stranger (2002), Think Like a Dinosaur and Other Stories (1997), Wildlife (1994), Heroines (1990), Look Into the Sun (1989), Freedom Beach with John Kessel (1986) and Planet of Whispers (1984). His fiction has been translated into sixteen languages. He has won the World Science Fiction Society's Hugo Award twice: in 1996, for his novelette "Think Like A Dinosaur" and in 2000, for his novelette, "Ten to the Sixteenth to One."Back to top
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For the hero is commonly the simplest and obscurest of men.
Spur was in the nightmare again. It always began in the burn. The front of the burn took on a liquid quality and oozed like lava toward him. It licked at boulders and scorched the trees in the forest he had sworn to protect. There was ...
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Reviewed by Tintazul on Mar 20, 2009
The plot was satisfying, and the world in which the action takes place was close enough to be credible, and far away enough to be a worthy product of the author's imagination. Couldn't wait for the next instalment to arrive on my e-mail :-)
Reviewed by Cattrix on Feb 13, 2009
I thought this book dealt well with the subject of indoctrination and cultism. I was sad in the end that Spur went home and didn't go upside.. I think I would have.
Reviewed by lovemyabba on Oct 10, 2008
Interesting sci-fi concept. The storyline kept me engaged. Main character had an 'everyman' feel to him. Almost anyone could find something to relate to in his situation. Whimsical without being completely ridiculous.
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