This review was originally posted at Goodreads and imported here later with next to no spell/grammar checking.
This is a wonderful little story. A practise run for the novel Walkaway, it’s about Burning Man, tinkering, neat tech, arguing on the internet and first days of the better nation.
I really liked the characters and their interactions, I loved the Big Idea and the ending. The novella does present a tragedy, but of entirely different sorts than what most Cory’s stories do. If "When Sysadmins Ruled the Earth" put you off for good, you may want to give this one a go.
It also presents death and dying in a way that’s much more humane and mature than I’ve seen in most books.
Definitely thumbs up.