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Fuzzy nation
John Scalzi
Adult Fiction SCALZI

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From Publishers' Weekly:

In this gripping estate-authorized reboot of H. 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. Disbarred lawyer Jack Holloway, prospecting on Zara XXIII for ZaraCorp, finds an immensely valuable stream of sunstone. But this find pales beside the cuteness of a catlike native biped who shows up at Holloway's house the same day. Holloway forwards footage of the "fuzzies" to a biologist friend, who believes they are sentient-but if they are, Zara XXIII and its sunstone must be abandoned. Enter hired company thugs, murder, and arson. A perfectly executed plot clicks its way to a stunning courtroom showdown in a cathartic finish that will thrill Fuzzy fans old and new. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

As an independent contractor working for ZaraCorp's mining enterprises on the planet Zarathustra, loner Jack Holloway accidentally collapses a rock shelf and discovers an immensely valuable vein of sunstones that place him in a unique position with regard to his bosses. Unfortunately, Holloway also discovers the presence of a heretofore unknown mammalian species, a terminally cute furry biped that almost meets the criteria of sentience and could bring all resource mining to a crashing halt. The author of Old Man's War pays homage to H. Beam Piper's classic 1962 Little Fuzzy in a tale of one man's reluctant battle to save a species. VERDICT Scalzi readers as well as Piper fans should enjoy this modern throwback to sf's early years. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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