Chairman Jack Winter hoped to found a utopia on a planet he called Walden, a refuge where the last true humans could escape the rampant post-human technologies of the Thousand Worlds. But the native people never gave their permission for his social experiment - or to take over their world - and now they're setting forest fires in protest. Young Prosper Leung gets a lesson in terror, justice, and galactic politics as he fights fires in this Nebula Award-winning novella.
Author James Patrick Kelly is a two-time winner of the Hugo Award and a 2007 Nebula Award winner. His stories appear frequently in Asimov's Science Fiction, and he writes the magazine's "On the Net" column. Publishers Weekly has called him "a meticulous craftsman in the demanding short-story form".
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