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Fuzzy Nation by John Scalzi
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May 18, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: science-fiction
Read from May 11 to 13, 2011

Fuzzy Nation is an excellent refresh of a good but very outdated book from the early 60's called "Little Fuzzy" by H. Beam Piper. Set on a planet being settled and mined for it's natural resources, the tale is about the prospector and his dog vs the company that has the monopoly on exploiting the planet. The characters are vastly improved so that it no longer reads like your grandparents in the distant future, and the science and technology are reimagined and much improved. I'm almost finished reading the original after reading Fuzzy Nation, and really like the new direction of the story, while keeping the core of what made the original a classic. John Scalzi writes in a classic conversational style reminiscent of Asimov, which makes Fuzzy Nation a easy and enjoyable read that is hard to put down.

In Fuzzy Nation, part of the story has this world as part of a colonial union. John Scalzi's "Old Man's War" books are also set in a colonial union. Which leads you to wonder if these were set in the same colonies. I tweeted @scalzi about this, and he was kind enough to reply that this is "unrelated to any other book" he has written.

I also recommend that if you're going to read both, read Little Fuzzy and then Fuzzy Nation so that your enjoyment will trend upwards.
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