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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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    Steven ALBUQUERQUE, NM, United States 09-21-12
    Steven ALBUQUERQUE, NM, United States 09-21-12 Member Since 2014

    Lover of sci-fi, fantasy, horror, mystery, and westerns in all media, including old-time radio dramatizations.

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    "Great rewrite, but with style issues"

    With a honorable no-nonsense protagonist and cute furry (well, fuzzy) creatures, what's not to love?

    I really enjoyed John Scalzi's re-imagining of H. Beam Piper's Little Fuzzy as well as Wil Wheaton's reading. However, I have to echo another reviewer's comments about the overuse of "said." There are so many creative ways to help a reader (or listener) follow dialog flow that I can't get it. John Scalzi get's five stars for story creativity, but three for style and language mechanics.

    Including the original was a great idea. I can see why Scalzi thought it could use a facelift, but I really enjoyed both the story and the reading, anyway. 

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    William Toliver 09-20-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Compelling, Well written, Original"

    I found this novel to be a compelling story, I had difficulty interrupting it to perform my normally scheduled duties. Mr. Scalzi showed himself to be skilled at making his scenario and characters believable and creating the necessary twists and turns so that one both cared about the characters and could not predict what was going to happen next.

    Wil Wheaton did his usual terrific job of relating the story.

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    Pauly Morefuss 09-16-12
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    "Loved Part One Only - Skip Part Two"

    The book really ends at Part One. The book did not need Part Two. Part One was funny, entertaining, and well-performed. Part Two was so disappointing, I had to stop listening after an hour. It's worth it to buy this audio just to have Part One.

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    Bradley Australia 09-12-12
    Bradley Australia 09-12-12

    Let the Wookiee win.

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    "A Reboot that works!"
    What made the experience of listening to Fuzzy Nation the most enjoyable?

    The contrast between the two stories is utterly amazing. John did an amazing job rewriting Little Fuzzy and I was thrilled listening to it and trying to work out what everyones angle was.


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

    Wil Wheaton is an incredible reader and I'll happily buy something on his narration alone.


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

    There was one part but it's been a while since I listened to it.


    Any additional comments?

    Both books are fantastic sci-fi, but in this instance, I think Scalzi's reworking makes it better than the original.

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    carmen OFallon, MO, United States 09-12-12
    carmen OFallon, MO, United States 09-12-12 Member Since 2011

    Favorite author: Alexander McCall Smith Favorite narrator: Gerard Doyle Favorite listen : Burton and Swinburne Trilogy

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    "this is for cat people"
    Would you listen to Fuzzy Nation again? Why?

    yes it was entertaiming story. This book is two books in one the updated version and the original the book was bases on. So it was kind of like listening twice.
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fuzzy Nation?

    it would be spoiler moment so i won't say but the whole book is entertaining and not too long


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

    Whil Wheaton was the perfect match. Heis who I would imagine the actor who would play that character. Kind of cocky with just the right amount of sensitivity and vulnerability.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    This movie is literally for cat people.


    Any additional comments?

    great sci fi book with perfect choice for narrator

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    Ambrose 09-04-12
    Ambrose 09-04-12

    Software Designer & Armchair Philosopher

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    "Fun Listen"

    I listened to the old book first; I liked that one a lot. I was dubious about listening to the new one because it said in the preface that it was something like "more suitable for contemporary readers." Who knows what that would mean--super green, extra post modern, uber gender neutral. You never know..

    But I'm happy to report that I got into it and ended up enjoying it--had to shake off my ideas about the characters from the original, especially the main character--pretty different. I'd say the new one had a more satisfying ending than the original, too.

    In terms of performances, Scalzi read the original. His narrator voice is a little.. annoying? pretentious? Not sure, but it took getting used to. I liked his cowboy interpretation for the main character--kind of missed it in the new version with Wheaton.

    Wheaton was consistently himself. I recently listened to Ready Player One--I thought he was perfect for that. This one, maybe not so much, but that, too, may have been due to the influence of hearing Scalzi first on the original.

    Anyways, it was a fun listen, which is really all I look for in my audiobooks. :)

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    James W. 09-03-12
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    "Great book"

    Great book. I haven't read the original but I think I might now. Wish there was a sequel read by Will Wheaton who is amazing.

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    Alexander Austin, TX, United States 09-03-12
    Alexander Austin, TX, United States 09-03-12 Member Since 2015

    Sculptor and costumer

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    "nicely written, re-imagined, great narrator."
    What did you love best about Fuzzy Nation?

    Scalzi bring s a nice sense of humor to the table in this reboot of H. Beam Piper's Little Fuzzy books. It is deep, but does not get too deep.


    What did you like best about this story?

    humor and handling of the characters.


    What does Wil Wheaton and John Scalzi (Introduction) bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Wil is a great narrator and I enjoy listening to him read the story.


    Any additional comments?

    This has a brevity to it that the originals did not have. You do not get lead down the road of getting to know the Fuzzy's and their human protectors as well in this reboot.

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    Colin atascadero, CA, United States 09-03-12
    Colin atascadero, CA, United States 09-03-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Enjoyable listen but it's short"

    * Note the book is only about 7 hours long with the original book also being included at it's own 7 hours.

    I quite enjoyed Fuzzy Nation as the plot was unexpected and enjoyable. I wish Scalzi would have included about 1/3rd more content toward scene setting and character development as the book was good but could have been great. The lead character is interesting and flawed, deserving a more in-depth character study. This isn't to say it was bad, just that the great story deserved a more detailed telling.

    If you enjoy Sci-Fi it's a solid read and worth a credit but not on my A-list. Probably should be a 3.75 star book.

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    Michael BOUNTIFUL, UT, United States 09-03-12
    Michael BOUNTIFUL, UT, United States 09-03-12
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    "Wheaton brings out the best in Scalzi's reboot"
    Where does Fuzzy Nation rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Story-wise, Scalzi regenerates a older story and makes it relevant, but the story's age still shows through. If you enjoy Scalzi's style and voice, there is still definitely something to enjoy here. But the accomplished reading by Wheaton makes this well worth your time if you're into sci-fi of any kind.


    Any additional comments?

    The inclusion of the original story, for free, pushes this into a solid 4 for me because I love more free content. Now if only Wheaton had read that one too...

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