Fuzzy Nation by John Scalzi (2011)

June 27, 2011 at 5:16 pm (science fiction)

Short version: Soulless interstellar corporation gets its rear end handed to it, with colorful ribbons wrapped ’round.  And fireworks.  I looooved this book.

Longer version: Scalzi got permission to re-write H. Beam Piper’s classic Little Fuzzy.  I haven’t read the original, so I can’t compare the two.   And realistically, it’s a fairly classic SF scenario: If species X is sentient, then Corporation Y loses access to Planet Z’s resources.   With this type of story, it’s all about how it’s carried off.

In this case, Scalzi carries it off with verve, courtroom drama, helpful coincidences, and a hefty dose of moral ambiguity.   Our Hero, Jack Holloway, is not really all that heroic, and there’s a supporting cast of decent folks to mix it up with the different grades of villain.  The style is the spare, economical, but frequently amusing mode of Scalzi’s Agent of the Stars rather than that of the somewhat more literarily ambitious Old Man’s War and sequels.

And it’s fun, and the big corporation gets its behind kicked around the block several times, which is the part I really enjoyed.  Not that I’m feeling vindictive in these unnecessarily disastrous economic and political times.

Well, okay, maybe a little.

Anyway: Read this book!


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