Little Fuzzy by Henry Beam Piper

Published: 1962

Genre: first contact science fiction

Length: 142 pages

Setting: far future, an Earth colony called Zarathustra

Interest: John Scalzi wrote a novel in the Little Fuzzy universe called Fuzzy Nation and to promote his book, he provided a link to the original story. It’s still available free through Amazon to your Kindle.

Summary: Jack Holloway is a sunstone prospector on Zarathustra. He is befriended by a local species he names a Fuzzy. Turns out, the Fuzzies are sapient. The Company that own the title to the planet will lose that title if the planet has a sapient race, so the upper management does everything it can to disprove the sapience claim. Ultimately, they fail to keep control of the planet.

Final thoughts: A very fun little story. It made me want to get Scalzi’s new story now, so his marketing strategy worked quite nicely.

Title comes from: Holloway named the native species Fuzzies because they were cute and fuzzy, and the first one he came into contact with he named Little Fuzzy.

Reading challenges fulfilled: none since this is a review of a book read in a previous year

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