Fuzzy Nation

Fuzzy Nation

by John Scalzi
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Fuzzy Nation by John Scalzi

ZaraCorp holds the right to extract unlimited resources from the verdant planet Zarathustra—as long as the planet is certifiably free of native sentients. So when an outback prospector discovers a species of small, appealing bipeds who might well turn out to be intelligent, language-using beings, it's a race to stop the corporation from "eliminating the problem," which is to say, eliminating the Fuzzies—who are as much people as we are.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780765328540
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 05/10/2011
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.48(w) x 9.34(h) x 1.02(d)

About the Author

John Scalzi is the author of several SF novels, including the bestselling Old Man's War sequence, comprising Old Man's War, The Ghost Brigades, and The Last Colony. He is a winner of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and he won the Hugo Award for Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded, a collection of essays from his wildly popular blog Whatever (whatever.scalzi.com). He lives in Ohio with his wife and daughter.

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Fuzzy Nation 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 111 reviews.
JGolomb More than 1 year ago
John Scalzi has set a very high bar for himself. While I've never read the H. Beam Piper book upon which "Fuzzy Nation" is based, I've read a lot of John Scalzi, and his other tremendous work which form the basis of my opinion on his latest short novel. Make no mistake; ANYTHING from Scalzi is better than 90% of what's being produced today. The story of the discovery of a new alien species is deliberately light-weight, fun and funny. The fuzzys, small cat-like beings who have a mysterious intelligence about them, are wonderfully written. Scalzi's at his absolute best in piecing together interactions between fuzzys and humans and fuzzys amongst themselves. It's a given that Scalzi's stories will be well-written, have solid characters, good science, and great dialogue. His "Old Man's War" series combine all of that with a deep multi-layered plot which, in total, delivers the best science fiction being written today. "Fuzzy Nation", however, falls short of the standard he's set for himself. The characters, with a few exceptions, aren't as vibrant, the plot is more predictable, and the multi-layered threads of the story are thinner. Scalzi always writes very smooth and witty dialogue. The protagonist, Jack Halloway, is purposefully only sort of likable. Every interaction he has is laced with snide, biting dialogue - funny in spurts, but frustratingly unrelenting throughout. It becomes clear, early on in "Fuzzy Nation", who wears white hats and who wears black. The baddies are too clichéd. I'm usually pretty dense when it comes to predicting plot routes and destinations, but they're fairly obvious here. Despite those shortcomings, I highly recommend this book and am considering having my 6th grader read it as well. It¿s a short simple story, with clear themes of good v. bad, smart environmentalism, with a story arc that concludes satisfactorily (if not unexpectedly). If you consider Scalzi's "Old Man's War" as movie-grade entertainment with large scale, cross-universe, sweeping scifi themes, then consider "Fuzzy Nation" as a high quality TV Movie or Mini Series.
Hayne More than 1 year ago
This book is a revisiting of the H. Beam Piper novel Little Fuzzy. It is inferior to that book. In the original book the Zarathrustra Corp was much more real. It had people trying to convince themselves that the fuzzies were not people, not just greedily killing them off. Corporations frequently do evil by blinding themselves first(think the recent mortgage bubble), they almost never go beyond that. Secondly, the protaganist was much more likable in the Piper story, and more believable as well. Mr. Scalzi is writing for a more cynical time, but it does not improve the story.
Solter More than 1 year ago
First I must say that I have never read the original, so this is a book which for me is standing on its own. This book was everything I look for in a fun novel - witty, sarcastic, an easy read, and a story which presents a neat idea. John Scalzi's characters tend to be extremely sarcastic - a trait which I appreciate. Furthermore, his sci-fi novels are easy reads set it novel universes. I would highly recommend this to you if you enjoy any of Scalzi's other works (AKA: enjoy neat universes and sarcastic characters ).
bigrigr More than 1 year ago
I didn't thing I would like this book,since i grew up with the H Beam Piper version,Although the story started out slow,I got to the point where I couldn't put it down. I recommend reading the three H.Beam Piper books before reading this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
before I read Fuzzy Nation I read "Little Fuzzy". They both are engaging but approach the same topic and basic premise differently. As with all of Scalzi's books I have read so far, he brings his own imagination and spin to this classic story about a newly discovered species and the conflict around determining whether they are sapient. You won't regret buying this book.
agrodge More than 1 year ago
Fuzzy Nation is a fast, easy read (a serious reader can sit down and finish it in one afternoon). Not a whole lot of action, but not boring either. All in all, a pretty good book!
JenMcCown More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed Fuzzy Nation. Good story, good setting, and well told....with just a touch of legal suspense novel thrown in.
avatarTM More than 1 year ago
this is the one that started me on sci-fi all those years ago. I actually cried in a couple of places so that my mom took away the book. (which brought on bigger tears) she read the book at my insistance and soon my dad and both older brothers did also.
GWFrog More than 1 year ago
This one's a keeper... Yeah, it's a "reboot" of oldie by H. Beam Piper, but so what??? It's a good tale well told with an anti-hero facing ethical conflicts (again), some good folks, some corporate villains, an interesting new-found sentient species, and a damned good dog... It's hard to go wrong with a damned good dog to go along with all the rest... As per usual, Scalzi hits the mark...
craig139 More than 1 year ago
This book was written by H. Beam Piper!  What nonsense is this?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read for any age.
RGombert More than 1 year ago
This is a reboot of the 1960's novel "Little Fuzzy" by H. Beam Piper. The original story is one of my favorites. Mr. Scalzi's reboot is very good. He updated the story and added some depth that many newer readers would find lacking. I recommend this to anyone looking for a quick enjoyable read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fine homage to H. Beam Piper!
NelsonH More than 1 year ago
What is it that so many movies, TV shows and now books are re-treads of earlier works? Do the writers lack the imagination and creativity to do something new? Are the publishers simply so cowardly that they will only select books that are already proven money-makers? Whatever the reason, this is a terrible way to sell science fiction. I've always loved H. Beam Piper's Little Fuzzy stories and I read this book with the hopes that someone was attempting to take up where Piper left off. I was wrong! This book is nothing but a rip-off, - an inferior rip-off at that. Save your money and get a copy of the original Little Fuzzy instead.
TRFeller More than 1 year ago
This is a “reboot” of Little Fuzzy (1962) by H. Beam Piper with which it shares the basic premise, the main human character, and the courtroom drama-style plot. Jack Holloway is not only younger and a disbarred lawyer in Scalzi’s version, but he also has some serious character flaws and a checkered history. Scalzi also goes more into the biology of the Fuzzies and integrates the sunstones more into the story line, but he follows Piper in that the plot is driven by the process of determining whether or not the Fuzzies are sapient. Also like the original, the villains are all affiliated with the corporation exploiting the mineral wealth of the Fuzzy planet. However, I found Piper’s villains to be more like real people, but Scalzi’s seemed liked caricatures. The cover blurb compares the book to the “reboots” of Battlestar Galactica and Star Trek. Of course, comparing Piper’s book to the original Battlestar Galactica is an insult to Piper and comparing Scalzi’s version to the new Star Trek is an insult to Scalzi. Scalzi said that he originally wrote it as a piece of fan fiction, and his agent contacted the Piper estate to get the rights. I found it to be entertaining, but completely unnecessary.
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bababear More than 1 year ago
Read this one in three days, just could not put it down. I hope that John will soon put out a sequel to it as it did kind of left me hanging at the end. Just wanted more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Characters:YURIKO KORIKAWA. Age:11. Height:3'11". Description:short,slightly muscular,with bright orange hair and blue eyes. Hes passionate,energetic,and slightly talkative. JADON MASAMOTO Age:13. Height:5'11" Descrip:Tall,thin,with blue shaggy hair and pale green eyes. Hes cool,calm,smart,and very attractive. NATSUYA TOMOSHI Age:13. Height:5'9". Descrip:tall,attractive,and mysterious. She has black hair,black eyes,and spectacles. Some say shes a witch;some dont believe in magic. However,theres no mistaking that shes mysterious. YUU PAKUJI:Yurikos childhood friend. An extra charecter,not very important. MIKI FURUHASA:Yurikos newest friend from The Hero's Club. Another extra.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing. Scalzi is truly a great writer!
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RCBMO More than 1 year ago
Entertaining but not a must finish now book.
catlady911 More than 1 year ago
Why is it necessary to rewrite a beautifully written story? But, having decided that it is, at least keep up the quality!
Drewano More than 1 year ago
Another fun read by John Scalzi, Fuzzy Nation is Sci-fi but a bit different than his other work.  It takes place on a new planet in deep space but that’s about where the similarities end.   Instead of battling alien life forms the main character ends up battling other humans on behalf of aliens.  The interaction between Jack and the Fuzzies and his fellow man make this a fun book.  A must read for any sci-fi loving lawyers out there!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read.