Fuzzy Nation by John Scalzi

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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, 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.

 

About John Scalzi

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JOHN SCALZI is the author of several SF novels including the bestselling Old Man’s War sequence, comprising Old Man’s War, The Ghost Brigades, and the New York Times bestselling The Last Colony. He is a winner of science fiction’s John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and he won the Hugo Award for Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded, a collection of essays from his popular blog Whatever. His latest novel, Fuzzy Nation, hit the New York Times bestseller list in its first week on sale. He lives in Ohio with his wife and daughter.
 
Published May 10, 2011 by Tor Books. 304 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Science & Math, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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In a future, when corporations strip-mine entire planets if the Colonial Authority doesn’t stop them first, disbarred-lawyer-turned-prospector Jack Holloway discovers an unbelievably rich seam of sunstones on Zara XXIII, exquisite jewels found only on that planet.

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Publishers Weekly

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Beam Piper's Hugo-nominated 1962 classic Little Fuzzy, Scalzi (Old Man's War) changes the hero from a grandfatherly miner to a handsome hunk and updates the plot with new events while retaining the prescient focus on ecological concerns.

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Examiner

Fuzzy Nation might sound like the title of a cuddly Saturday morning cartoon.

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New York Journal of Books

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Fuzzy Nation is a “reboot:” a re-imagining of the 1962 novel Little Fuzzy by H.

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BookPage

When I saw the title of John Scalzi’s new book, Fuzzy Nation, it triggered warm memories of reading H.

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Review (Barnes & Noble)

In short order, a family of "Fuzzys" (Scalzi's preferred spelling) is camping out in Jack's home, Isabel is doing fieldwork to vet them for sapience, the nasty scion of the Zarathustra corporation is pressuring Jack to ally himself with the company against the Fuzzys, and a judicial hearing is un...

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SF Site

John Scalzi Website ISFDB Bibliography SF Site Review: The God Engines SF Site Review: Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded SF Site Review: The God Engines SF Site Review: Metatropolis SF Site Review: Agent to the Stars SF Site Review: Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded SF Site Review: The Android's ...

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Deseret News

Exploitation of Zara XXIII comes to a halt when a sentient race, known as the "fuzzys," is discovered on the planet, and Jack Holloway is caught in the crossfire.

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SFFWorld.com

Fortunately, Jack once dated the planetary biologist Isabel Wangai whom he asks to ‘meet’ the Fuzzy, which soon turns into a small family of Fuzzys whose visits become more frequent.

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SF Signal

Beam Piper’s story Little Fuzzy (in the public domain, well worth checking out for its own merits), Fuzzy Nation is a story of its own, sharing a number of characters and key plot points, but updated with all the trappings and understandings of the modern day.

May 11 2011 | Read Full Review of Fuzzy Nation

Wired

Image: Tor Books I read two books in order to write this one-book review.

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Wired

One line from TNG that is thrown around often is, “Shut up, Wesley!” The really amazing thing about this story is that Scalzi has me re-thinking what makes someone the good guy and what makes them the bad guy.

May 12 2011 | Read Full Review of Fuzzy Nation

Jackson District Library

Meanwhile, a little alien creature has been checking Jack out and when Jack is friendly and shares food with it, quickly moves in with Jack, bringing its entire family along.

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