Fuzzy Nation

Fuzzy Nation

Book - 2011
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Jack Holloway, prospecting on Zara XXIII for ZaraCorp, finds an immensely valuable stream of sunstone. But when he forwards footage of the planet's catlike, native "fuzzies" to a biologist friend --who believes the "fuzzies" are sentient--hired company thugs, murder, and arson soon follow to protect ZaraCorp's mining interests.
Publisher: New York : Tor, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
Description: 301 p. ; 25 cm
ISBN: 9780765328540
0765328542
Branch Call Number: Scal

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chazbufe
Oct 08, 2018

Coming from Scalzi, who's known mostly for his "Old Man's War" military sci-fi series, this was a pleasant surprise -- light and very funny.

JCLIanH Jun 01, 2018

Though this is Scalzi's most lightweight novel (and that's not necessarily an insult), it's still an incredibly fun read. That said, if John Scalzi wrote a book about the virtues of watching paint dry I'd read it and probably love it, so maybe I'm biased. And yet, despite seeming like a fluffy (Fuzzy-based pun intended) little action adventure, Scalzi still manages to grapple with issues like sentience and conservation in a very thoughtful manner.

SCL_Justin Jul 20, 2017

Fuzzy Nation is John Scalzi’s reboot of H. Beam Piper’s classic science fiction book Little Fuzzy. I haven’t read the original, but Scalzi’s version is a lot of fun.

Jack Holloway is an ex-lawyer current-prospector on a remote planet who finds a huge mineral claim. He also finds a bunch of fuzzy creatures that take up residence in his home out in the (dangerous) jungle. The story follows the wrangling over people getting what they want, which isn’t always completely obvious. There’s intrigue and CSI-type stuff, courtroom drama, and debates over sentience. All classic SF stuff.

There are a few points where I think I can guess how the original differed from Scalzi’s story, just in the way some things are set up that feel specifically modern, but there are only enough of them to make you feel like you’re clever. They don’t dominate the proceedings.

Like most of Scalzi’s work, it’s a quick read, but worth the time if you like witty scifi.

Liz_the_Librarian Jul 01, 2017

While it's a tad slow to start off (despite having an explosion in the first chapter), and the main character is a bit of a jerk, it (and he) grow on you throughout the novel, which will make you think about deep philosophical questions of what constitutes sentience. It can also make you angry (as it did for me), but in a good way. The ending was a tad disappointing, but it's still definitely worth the read for the emotions and questions it brings up!

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JRP65
Feb 08, 2017

I liked this book, but it just doesn't have enough of the Fuzzies in comparison to the originals, by H. Beam Piper & others.
Movies/TV shows need to be made of the original series (including the other authors). With the technology of CGI, as evidenced in Avatar (the Nav'i), it can be done properly.
Please, some awesome CGI production get it into gear! :^D

ArapahoeKathrynR Nov 18, 2016

Like most of Scalzi's standalone works, Fuzzy Nation is a little silly, making this sci-fi story a fun romp through otherwise dull corporate law and geopolitical intrigue.

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GuyN
Mar 17, 2015

A reasonable expansion of an Scifi short story where the interests of a mega corporation conflict with the survival of a cute, cat-like fuzzy native species. Is it sentient? While not epic, this a an enjoyable and sometimes sardonically funny read.

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joshualatos
Jan 07, 2015

A sort of sci-fi courtroom drama. It's funny, easy to read, and at the same time discusses larger issues of the morality of humankind. This is one of those books I'd recommend to my friends.

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AngryCrow
Sep 04, 2014

I haven't read the original, but purely as an entertaining book, it is certainly entertaining. John Scalzi has his flaws, but his stories never cease to be amusing. A book filled with Scalzi's usual humor, as well as an assortment of somewhat unusual characters. Entertaining and thought provoking.

YourUserName Aug 14, 2013

Not having read Piper's original books, I can't compare them to Scalzi's "reboot," but I enjoyed the brisk pace, snappy dialog, and vivid description. On a planet with so many voracious predators it seems a little hard to believe the fuzzys could exist, not being able to do much more than scratch and bite a potential attacker -- but Scalzi's skill as a writer makes it easy to suspend disbelief and just enjoy the ride.

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