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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.

Critic Reviews

  • 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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Wheaton reading Scalzi is one of my favorite combos.

As a truck driver I'll listen to many books. If I catch myself daydreaming and have to rewind a few pages or chapters I realize the story or reader is not keeping my attention. Fuzzy Nation kept me going for hundreds of miles. The story is good and the reader (Wil Wheaton) did an excellent job keeping me absorbed playing the characters.
If you like this book and it's oddball humor, I think you'll 'Agent to the Stars' & 'Androids Dream'

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Wil Wheaton is awesome just a bit too fast

“Sometimes in life you’re going to win and sometimes you’re going to lose. But just because you lose doesn’t mean the other guy needs to win.”

I loved this book, especially all the court-lawyer stuff. Don't judge me, but I found Jack Holloway to be pretty awesome!

This book, kind of sends a strong message about saving planets while being interesting and humorous and emotional.

John Scalzi mentions in the very beginning of the audio book that by the end you'll understand whyWil Wheaton narrates the book, personally I think his narration was awesome BUT he was a bit too fast for me.

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  • Deon R.
  • North California
  • 03-11-16

Love it

A good book, highly recommended. John Scalzi never disappoints. But like any book, I wish there had been more. I hate when the story ends.

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I LOVED this book

Little Fuzzy by H. Beam Piper was one of the books I read as a child that began my life-long love affair with Science Fiction. This book pushed all of the same buttons and gave me the same "warm and fuzzy" feelings. Wil Wheaton was an excellent choice of Narrator. Note: this is my first John Scalzi book. Next up
Is Old Man's War.

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Great entertainment!

I was hooked in a flash. Scalia created wonderful complications and great visual impressions. Wheaton acted the parts exquisitely, capturing the requisite snark, timing, and tone. I loved it.

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LOVED IT!

If your an animal lover, this books for you! The performer is AMAZING! LOVED IT!

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  • JoAyn
  • Maplewood, MN, United States
  • 02-20-16

Wonderful Book! top notch narration!

I'm not huge into sci fi but seeing that Wil Wheaton narrated this book I thought I'd give it a try. I was very pleasantly surprised at how much I liked this story and Wil did an excellent job with telling the story. I have been trying to see if Wil will do another book that I might like. I could listen to him read anything.

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Ok story

The story had a lot more promise to it in regards to the Fuzzies, but the story kept going back to the the main character.
The main thing that bothered me the most was, that for being so far in the future, I don't understand the reason that the author felt the need to blaspheme the name of Jesus Christ.
Evolution is mentioned in this book a lot but was easy to overlook for the fun nature of the story. Nevertheless, intervention by an intelligent being to protect a new species from a more advanced predator contradicts the very premise the the un-theory of Evolution. Essentially, it was empty filler to had to the total word count.

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  • FozzyD
  • Bothell, WA United States
  • 02-11-16

Has a bit of everything

Great story! A little bit discovery, a bit of humor, a bit of mystery, with money and a large corporation involved, perfect recipe for am engaging tale! Will, is quickly becoming one of my "go to" narrators.

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just a damn good read/listen

This was one of those books that I just could not stop listening to. just a damn good read/listen.