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Fuzzy Nation | [John Scalzi]

Fuzzy Nation

In John Scalzi's re-imagining of H. Beam Piper's 1962 sci-fi classic Little Fuzzy, written with the full cooperation of the Piper Estate, Jack Holloway works alone for reasons he doesnt care to talk about. Hundreds of miles from ZaraCorps headquarters on planet, 178 light-years from the corporations headquarters on Earth, Jack is content as an independent contractor, prospecting and surveying at his own pace. As for his past, thats not up for discussion.
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Publisher's Summary

In John Scalzi's re-imagining of H. Beam Piper's 1962 sci-fi classic Little Fuzzy, written with the full cooperation of the Piper Estate, Jack Holloway works alone for reasons he doesn't care to talk about. On the distant planet Zarathustra, Jack is content as an independent contractor for ZaraCorp, 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, Jack discovers a seam of unimaginably valuable jewels, to which he manages to lay legal claim just as ZaraCorp is cancelling their contract with him for his part in causing the collapse. Briefly in the catbird seat, legally speaking, Jack pressures ZaraCorp into recognizing his claim, and cuts them in as partners to help extract the wealth.

But there's another wrinkle to ZaraCorp's relationship with the planet Zarathustra. Their entire legal right to exploit the verdant Earth-like planet, the basis of the wealth they derive from extracting its resources, is based on being able to certify to the authorities on Earth that Zarathustra is home to no sentient species. Then a small furry biped - trusting, appealing, and ridiculously cute - shows up at Jack's outback home. Followed by its family. As it dawns on Jack that despite their stature, these are people, he begins to suspect that ZaraCorp's claim to a planet's worth of wealth is very flimsy indeed and that ZaraCorp may stop at nothing to eliminate the fuzzys before their existence becomes more widely known.

©2011 John Scalzi (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Audie Award Winner, Science Fiction, 2012

“[Scalzi’s] style and skill make it a highly entertaining read. It succeeds both as a new novel from a talented writer and as a tribute and gateway to Piper’s work.” (Wired)

"It’s a wonderful book.... [T]he way that Scalzi puts that wonderful novel of Piper’s into a fresher context is cynically lovely.... Year’s best? Yeah, one of them." (The San Diego Union-Tribune)

“A perfectly executed plot clicks its way to a stunning courtroom showdown in a cathartic finish that will thrill Fuzzy fans old and new.” (Publishers Weekly)

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    ozgribbo Australia 01-11-13
    ozgribbo Australia 01-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    "First contact story with a twist"

    I relied on reviews to buy this. Initially I was a bit uneasy about a new slant on an old favourite, but it took very little time before I was convinced. This is a really good story, with some bits being signalled very clearly in advance, but always enough suspense to keep the listener hooked. My only (small) criticism is the constant "He said" , "..... said" at the end of speech. The narrator distinguishes between characters very well and there no need for this. I bought another John Scalzi book (Agent to the stars) because I was so impressed with this.

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    Barbara Davis 01-05-13
    Barbara Davis 01-05-13 Member Since 2001

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Like a perfect meal, it is completely satisfying!!"

    This is my first 5 star listen in my 16 years as an audible listener. This story was like the perfect meal. It was well balanced, charming, not too sweet, not too heavy but still had substance; it was fun but not stupid with the perfect narrator. It was and is completely satisfying.

    I enjoyed it so much I made my daughter (aged 40+) listen to it and she was just as charmed. I will listen to it again on my next long drive and enjoy again and I can't listen to many things twice.

    I listened to part of the second half which was the original story and while it had all the same ingredients, it was just not the same caliber and I couldn't finish it. It was, however, interesting how the same information presented differently could make such disparate impressions.

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    Andrew 12-20-12
    Andrew 12-20-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Phenomenal. Just. Phenomenal."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have recommended this book to several friends! This book really gets you in the head of the main character, in a way that you can witness the hilarious internal dialogue that goes on in our heads already unnoticed.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The 'I can't put it down' ness of the story.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. Very Yes.


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    Chuck 12-12-12
    Chuck 12-12-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Nicely done remake"

    Scalzi's "reboot" was nicely done, and Wil Wheaton does a great job. The original version was a nice addition, although the narrator for that story was robotic at times.

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    Wade Addison, TX, United States 12-11-12
    Wade Addison, TX, United States 12-11-12

    The universe rearranges itself to accomodate your picture of reality.

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    "Fuzzy Nation modern version of Fuzzy Sapien"
    What did you love best about Fuzzy Nation?

    I really liked this story. It was fun and the humor was right up my alley.


    Have you listened to any of Wil Wheaton and John Scalzi (Introduction) ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to several Wil Wheaton and John Scalzi's other books. I have enjoyed every one of them. The stories are hilarious and Wil does a great job as narrator.


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    Ellen Anthony Wyoming 12-10-12
    Ellen Anthony Wyoming 12-10-12 Member Since 2009

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    "Updated version great! Original also great!"

    I've listened to both Fuzzy Nation and Little Fuzzy (the original story) and they are both great books with very different paths to the end. I found Fuzzy Nation to be a little more realistic in terms of today's society, but I am sure in another fifty years there might be room for an even more updated book and we'll have the Fuzzy Solution or something like that. Anyhow, listen to both. They are equally good.

    My only disappointment is the rest of the Fuzzy series are not available in audible formats.

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    ShD Abilene, Texas USA 12-05-12
    ShD Abilene, Texas USA 12-05-12 Member Since 2011
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    "This is Really Two Books"

    Reboots/Reimaginings are common these days in film, but this is the first time I've seen it done with a book. This is a revision of H. Beam Piper's Little Fuzzy. It is fascinating to see what Scalzi thought needed to change and what stayed the same.

    I missed this in the description, but the book is in two parts. But it turns out the Scalzi version is the first part, and the Piper version is the second part. Was a surprise to me.

    There are two readers, and Wheaton's version of Scalzi is excellent. I'm not sure who did the Piper version, but it was very strange. Holloway's voice is almost annoying.

    Listening to the old one is reminiscent of an episode of Mad Men, except every character doesn't have despicable morals. But they do all smoke and drink any chance they get and women play a small role in the book.

    Overall the Scalzi version is the quality you'd expect from him - high. Wheaton is an excellent reader. The Piper version is good, but the reader leaves something to be desired. Together they are a study in culture and time.

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    "Really fun! Riveting at the end."

    An update of an older work from a much-loved series. The situation and characters are stock-issue: a rapacious company, an insubordinate contractor, strong-minded former girl friend, cute aliens. Minor characters are more interesting. Plotting is serviceable. Although the genre is sci-fi, the overtones are 1950s American detective fiction/courtroom drama. Perry Mason meets fuzzy aliens. Scalzi draws you into the drama, and the last 1/3 of the book is superb...I almost ran my car to empty, because I did not want to interrupt the story.

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    Amazon Customer SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 12-05-12
    Amazon Customer SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 12-05-12
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    "Well done re-boot of a classic"
    If you could sum up Fuzzy Nation in three words, what would they be?

    anti-hero, clever, and modern


    What other book might you compare Fuzzy Nation to and why?

    The Dexter series, because of anti-hero themes,
    Blade runner because of a number of parallel plot points


    What about Wil Wheaton and John Scalzi (Introduction) ’s performance did you like?

    Wil is a very solid and dramatic reader who doesn't waste time with ridiculous over-the-top falsettos or other bizarre character voices. He puts emphasis on the character rather than himself.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    While I didn't due to other demands on my time, It certainly would have held my interest well enough to listen to it in a single sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    This was my third Scalzi/Wheaton book (Red Shirts and Agent to the stars were the others....highly reccomend both, especially Red Shirts)

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    Amy coppell, TX, United States 11-29-12
    Amy coppell, TX, United States 11-29-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Clever writing. Interesting idea"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Good character development. Witty writing kept it interesting.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fuzzy Nation?

    Won't give it away


    What about Wil Wheaton and John Scalzi (Introduction) ’s performance did you like?

    Very strong naration. Great inflection.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    wont give it away


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