Introduction to BURN Print E-mail

burn_smallIn 2006 my pocket novel BURN was a finalist for the Hugo Award and in 2007 it won the Nebula Award for best novella.  According to the Science Fiction Writers of America announcement made at the time, it was the first podcast to win the award.  Of course, there was a dead tree version from Tachyon Publications which you should definitely buy to show to your grandkids so that you can prove that books were once printed on actual molecules.



You can download BURN in its entirety in these file formats:

Microsoft Word doc Burn 13/03/2007,09:39 294.00 Kb

Adobe PDF pdf Burn 13/03/2007,09:39 309.20 Kb 

 Hear the podcast Burn 


Here's an essay I wrote about the origins of Burn: 

I can't claim that it was inevitable that I would write BURN.  Many years ago my little novel began to accrete around a grudge I had against one of our literary Founding Fathers, Henry David Thoreau.  But Thoreau wasn't why I wrote BURN.  As I contemplated this project, one of its principle attractions was the lure of doing research into forest firefighting, a subject that is at once intrinsically fascinating and way obscure.  Lolling around libraries paging through books that haven't been checked out since 1975 is one of my principal joys as a writer.  In addition, I could find very little fiction about forest firefighting, and none in genre, which meant that I'd have the territory pretty much to myself.  But fire wasn't the reason I wrote BURN.  Of course, like so many of my fellow skiffy writers, I'd been wrestling with the problem of the singularity, and writing about a human enclave in a post-human galaxy seemed like a challenge that was within my range. But once again, that wasn't why I wrote BURN.