Fuzzy Nation

Fuzzy Nation
by John Scalzi (2011)

 

This is a reboot of H. Beam Piper’s 1962 novel Little Fuzzy.

Authorized by the estate of H. Beam Piper, this was not intended to be a sequel, unlike the books by authors such as William Tuning and Ardath Mayhar. It was originally written as an exercise following negotiations regarding another Scalzi novel. Scalzi’s agent approached the Piper estate for permission to publish the novel. It uses the original plot and characters to tell an original story in a different continuity. Scalzi, a fan of Piper’s work, said that he aimed to make the story approachable to readers unfamiliar with the original while directing fans to Piper’s books.

This is one of Scalzi’s better novels, having read the original it’s easy to see the parallels and joins. Even if you haven’t read the original, this stands on its own as a good read.