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Fuzzy Nation (Fuzzy Sapiens)

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Jack Holloway works alone, for reasons he doesn’t care to talk about. Hundreds of miles from ZaraCorp’s headquarters on planet, 178 light-years from the corporation’s headquarters on Earth, Jack is content as an independent contractor, prospecting and surveying at his own pace. As for his past, that’s not up for discussion.

Then, in the wake of an accidental cliff collapse,...more
Hardcover, 303 pages
Published May 10th 2011 by Tor Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Wil Wheaton
All this week, I'm reading Fuzzy Nation for the audio book. Once again, I am overwhelmed with gratitude that I get to read a wonderful book, written by a wonderful author, and I get paid to do it.
Friends...this here is a Fuzzy**:
**The tiny guy not the grunge rocker dude

Fuzzies are like intelligent, bi-pedal cats the size of a raccoon...which makes them just about as saturated in adorable and cuddle-worthiness as you can get. They are like ewoks only cute, smart, endearing, pleasant to be around, brave, noble, plot-enhancing and 100% non-assclowny:

Fuzzy Nation is a wonderfully successful reboot of H. Beam Piper’s popular, 1962 classic, Little Fuzzy.
With deep respect for Piper’s origin...more
Dan Schwent
On Zara XXIII, disbarred lawyer and current mineral prospector Jack Holloway finds an unimaginably valuable seam of sunstones, one that will make him unbelievably rich. Shortly thereafter, Holloway meets some of the world's native life, catlike creatures he names Fuzzys. Unfortunately, the Fuzzys appear to be sentient, putting Jack's, and ZaraCorp's, claim on the trillion credit sunstone seam in jeopardy. What's a prospector to do?

The Scalz does it again. Fuzzy Nation is a hilarious re-imagingin...more
I never read the original story Scalzi drew inspiration from (H. Beam Piper's Little Fuzzy).

Despite the fact that I read this blind, I really enjoyed the book. It had all the pleasantly nostalgic feel of a classic golden-age sci-fi story, but without the ponderous description and opaque language that tends to make some of those older stories less than easy reading....
Apr 15, 2013 Amanda rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: blog
I have never read a John Scalzi novel before, but I certainly don't think this will be my last. Fuzzy Nation is apparently a "reboot" of an earlier science fiction classic, although that's a novel with which I am unfamiliar (so I can't offer any comparisons to how Scalzi's reimagining of the novel measures up to the original). What I can say is that Scalzi's novel is both humorous and thought-provoking.

Fuzzy Nation is set in a future where mankind has successfully managed deep space exploration...more
Simply awesome! This book really wasn't what I was expecting and I have to say I enjoyed it far more than I thought I would.

I really liked the main characters and I have to say that Carl is one of my all time favourite characters! :) Jack is hilarious and complex and flawed and very real. I immediately enjoyed his attitude towards authority and found his banter with anyone who tried to enforce rules on him very amusing. The extensive cast of characters that Jack meets and encounters throughout...more
Jun 25, 2011 Chris rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Chris by: John Scalzi
Once upon a time, there was a man named H. Beam Piper, and he wrote a series of books that began with Little Fuzzy, a tale of space-going humans who have to learn to live on a world with an adorably cute, yet sentient, species. While I haven't read these books, my research tells me that they're the type of fun, optimistic science fiction that is so emblematic of the early 60s. They dealt not only with the issues of human expansion into space, but with what it means to be an intelligent, sentient...more
Fuzzy Nation is an interesting concept. Scalzi's book has the same characters, and is basically the same novel as Little Fuzzy, H. Beam Piper's award winning novel, just re-imagined and retold. Think of it as Little Fuzzy 2.0

I have read Little Fuzzy and its sequels, including the well done book by William Tuning. Its interesting that Scalzi did not do a sequel or another book with similar aliens and similar events, but with his own characters.

Scalzi, I would guess, if asked would state that his...more
Cheryl in CC NV
3.5 stars. Hollywood version of Piper's less-readable but somewhat richer provocation. Like the original, it explores questions like "Can lawyers & other mercenaries, who don't even like themselves, much less each other, ever do Something Good?" Of course, it is lucky for the Fuzzies that they're cute. And that's the twist - other SF of this sub-genre gets totally down on the (especially male*) humans for not recognizing until it's too late that the BEMs are sentient and worthy. However, thi...more
I was thoroughly skeptical. I'm a big fan of the original Little Fuzzy, having first read it as a teenager and many times since. In fact, it was one of the first books I tried as an ebook when I got my iphone, so I was aware that it was out of copyright. So when I saw that Scalzi had written this book, a "reboot" of the original, I just didn't get it. Sure, the original was kind of old fashioned, but it was still cute and the environmental and moral themes were still just as valid. What the heck...more
May 31, 2011 Laurel rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2011
This should be on every summer "must read" list. It's an homage to a classic, while also being an astute commentary on our own times. It's witty, funny, heart-warming, and a bit heart-breaking at times. I'd say that's quite a feat! Read this book!
Amazing! I did NOT want this book to end! I loved every minute of it!

Beautiful illustration of Fuzzys by Michael Whelan from his web site.

This is a great book for everybody. This is the perfect book to give to somebody who has never yet read any decent science fiction. It's also a perfect book for a long-time SF fan to pick up. This is a perfect "beach read" that anybody can dive right into and find enjoyable. It's a perfect book to give a new reader - while not YA fiction per se, it's certainly...more
Nov 25, 2013 Rob rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Scalzi Fans
Executive Summary: This was a really fun quick listen. I blew threw it in 2 days and I might have done it in 1 if I wasn't listening to it.

Audio book: I really enjoy Wil Wheaton as a narrator. I'm not sure why. Maybe it's his snark. Normally I'd ding someone who doesn't do accents and voices for all the characters as so-so, but for me Mr. Wheaton just seems like a great fit for a Scalzi book. I totally get why he may not be everyone's cup of tea however.

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This one wasn't really on my r...more
Aug 30, 2013 David rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Lawyers who punch their clients in the face, best-selling authors who write fanfic, Ewoks
Warning: I am not spoiler-tagging the whole review, but the quote at the bottom could be considered a slight spoiler, bearing in mind that this is a retelling of a 50-year-old sci-fi classic.

So, I finally got around to reading my signed copy of John Scalzi's rewrite of Little Fuzzy. Go read that review. I'll wait.

In the Author's Note, Scalzi says:

Fuzzy Nation is a reimagining of the story and events in Little Fuzzy, the 1962 Hugo-nominated novel by H. Beam Piper. Specifically, Fuzzy Nation appro
Best use of a monkey in a science fiction reboot. Scalzi unabashedly reboots H. Beam Piper’s Fuzzy series. It’s been a long time since I read Little Fuzzy, but if memory serves, it was a charming exploration of our moral responsibility to those we can f*ck over and will materially benefit from doing so. Definitely got a little of Kipling’s “White Man’s Burden” ticking in the background. And The Trail of Tears. With proto-Ewoks. Yeah, now that I type these words I’m getting a sense of why I enjoy...more
First: I like John Scalzi's stuff. This isn't me impugning him as a writer.
Second: I hated this book. I didn't just dislike it. I only finished it so I wouldn't have someone say, "Well, if you'd finished it you'd be allowed to have an opinion. It got better. You didn't finish so you don't know what you're talking about... etc." I finished it.
The ideas are good ones.
The people in the story are awful. They're argumentative, unlikable, bitchy, always at each other's throat literally as well as fi...more
Originally reviewed on: http://thebooksmugglers.com/2011/07/b...

Jack Holloway has always been the best at one thing: looking out for himself. With his latest contract with formidable intergalactic juggernaut ZaraCorp as a prospector on a class III planet hundreds of light years away from Earth, Jack and his trusty dog Carl (whom Jack has taught to detonate explosives) survey the planet for the next big mineral deposit to be explored and exploited for copious amounts of profit. When Jack accident...more
The Holy Terror
I liked this book better than Old Man's War, but only marginally so. I feel like Scalzi's goal is to create a "worst case scenario" and then proceed to figure out how his characters can work their way through it. This process is formulaic and less than organic, and leaves me feeling like I'm reading a person's "what if" diary.

Scalzi doesn't rely on character development to tell his story, and by doing so I can't help but feel apathetic towards these peoples' plight. I felt more sympathy for the...more
Ben Babcock
I didn’t quite manage to read all the library books I borrowed before leaving the country. In the Thunder Bay airport, prior to boarding the plane to Pearson, I renewed my library books online so my dad wouldn’t be obligated to take them back until it was convenient for him. However, I made it a priority to finish Fuzzy Nation before venturing across the Atlantic—not because it would prepare me better for Britain or anything, though it is another world over here. I just didn’t want to have to go...more
Leave it to John Scalzi to do a reboot right.

I should preface this by saying I've never read the original novel that Fuzzy Nation pays homage to, but after reading/listening to Fuzzy Nation the book will probably make its way onto my to-be-read pile in the near future.

Jack Holloway is a disbarred lawyer, working as a prospector on the distant planet Zarathustra. While surveying a local mountain with his companion Carl, a dog who can set off explosives, Jack discovers a rich vein of sunstones, t...more
I've been handing out five-star reviews with much less frequency lately, but this one deserves it. About half-way through, this sci-fi legal thriller entered CSR (Can't Stop Reading) mode and I think I devoured the second half of the book yesterday.

In Fuzzy Nation, John Scalzi tells the story of Jack Holloway, a disbarred lawyer who's now a geological surveyor on a company-"owned" planet. He discovers history's largest seam of history's most valuable jewel and stands to come fabulously wealthy....more
From start to finish I loved this book. It was quick and fun and the first time in a while I've laughed out loud at a book. Yeah it was a tad predictable, but I found that had no impact on my enjoyment. This book was a great way to kick off 2014 and hopefully the rest of this years books are as enjoyable.
Oct 03, 2011 Helen rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: scifi
A terrific, entertaining novel that does a great job of updating the original by H. Beam Piper. The original had a lot more heart than this one, while this one was much darker and more action orientated. Both versions are good, but I prefer this one.
Beth Dawkins
Jack Holloway, with his dog Carl is an independent contractor working on the plant Zarathustra. Jack happens upon a find while prospecting that could make him a fortune. When he goes home he finds that his cabin has been invaded by fuzzy cat-like critters. The problem is that if these cute fuzzy animals turn out to be more than just animals it could stop the money from rolling in, not just for Holloway, but for the super mega company he is contracted with.

Fuzzy Nation was a quick, enjoyable rea...more
Wendy Browne
I’m three books into my love affair with John Scalzi’s writing. He is clearly a master of snark, which his main characters wield with deadly precision. And who better to narrate the book than Wil Wheaton who does a great job of capturing the masterful way Scalzi uses tone to deliver his characters and their message.

Things are perhaps a little too perfect for Scalzi’s characters. They always seem to get the huge win in the end as a result of their mostly well-orchestrated plans and ability to ada...more
Scalzi's modern day take on Little Fuzzy.

Scalzi talked quite a bit on his blog about this one. A longtime fan of Piper's work, he was re-reading Little Fuzzy and noted Holloway's mustache and the smoking of a pipe. It set him to wondering what the story written today might be like. He decided to do it for fun, admitting it was "fan fiction." A book deal had gone south and he had time on his hands.

When he'd finished, with no idea about ever publishing it, he showed it to his agent who thought he...more
Kat  Hooper
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

When Jack Holloway’s dog blows up a cliff during a prospecting mission on the planet Zarathustra, Jack loses his contract with ZaraCorp. Fortunately, inside the cliff he discovers the biggest vein of precious gems that have ever been found on the planet and he gets to take a percentage of the profits as finder’s fee. Things start to get complicated when Jack returns home to discover that his house has been invaded by a fuzzy mammal that seems a lot smarter...more
A quick read, but enjoyable. The banter between characters was quite amusing and it was fun to revisit the world of the Fuzzies, but with an entirely different take on it.
Definitely makes me want to go re-read the originals by H. Beam Piper - thank goodness I own them so it's a quick impulse to satisfy. = )
Jake Forbes
As a kid browsing the sci-fi shelves of my favorite used book store, I was fascinated by the covers of the original Fuzzy books but never actually purchased one to read. When I found out about this franchise reimagining, I was excited to visit the Fuzzy world at last.

The original Fuzzy books were thin, but then so were most sci-fi novels of that era. Fuzzy Nation is longer in page count by half, but it's a breezy read that feels padded at 300 pages. Scalizi's prose and his protagonist Jack Hall...more
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John Scalzi, having declared his absolute boredom with biographies, disappeared in a puff of glitter and lilac scent.

(If you want to contact John, using the mail function here is a really bad way to do it. Go to his site and use the contact information you find there.)
More about John Scalzi...
Old Man's War (Old Man's War, #1) Redshirts The Ghost Brigades (Old Man's War, #2) The Last Colony (Old Man's War #3) Zoe's Tale (Old Man's War, #4)

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“You're an interesting person, Jack." Sullivan said. "I wish I could figure out what you were thinging when you punched Stern and turned on Isabel."

"Well, I think that's the thing." Holloway said. "I think it's clear that sometimes I just don't think."

"I think you do." Sullivan said. "It's just you think about you first. The not thinking part comes right after that.”
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