Title: To Ignite a Fire on Enceladus
Author: Vincent Miskell
This e-book grabbed my attention because I read Jack London's "To Build a Fire" years ago, and I've always remembered the ending, so this idea of a combination of "To Build a Fire" with a science fiction version, "To Ignite a Fire on Enceladus," was intriguing. I read the SF version first, and I really enjoyed it, especially the dog. (The story and the dog are updated.) I also appreciated the scientific aspects (Now that's a space suit!) of the story, which takes place on one of Saturn's moons--and the differences and the similarities of both stories. I think I must have read the juvenile version (I haven't checked) of London's story earlier, because it definitely seems shorter than the later version. (I hadn't realized there were two versions of "To Build a Fire.")
I recommend this book not only because of the chance to read this classic story, along with its future parallel challenge, but I liked Miskell's version (of course, he owes the idea to Jack London) more than the original; the situation is even more dangerous, and I loved the dog. What a wonderful creation--and companion--he is!
Reviewer: Joy V. Smith