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Complete Fuzzy [Paperback]

Beam Piper
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Jan. 25 2002
More than three decades ago, H. Beam Piper's bestselling science fiction novel Little Fuzzy captivated readers everywhere. Now, all three of Piper's delightful books are available for the first time in one volume: Little Fuzzy, Fuzzy Sapiens and Fuzzies And Other People.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic SF... for the whole family. Oct. 28 2003
Capsule Description: A dispute over whether a small creature native to the planet Zarathustra is actually intelligent becomes a gripping drama in and out of the frontier planet's courtroom, in a trial whose outcome could mean life or death for an entire species. Written in a way that's suitable for virtually all audiences aside from very young children, with likeable characters, and starring the title character Little Fuzzy, who makes all of Lucas' attempts at cute sidekick characters look lame. A wonderful feel-good book.
Review: Take a good-hearted, crusty miner-type from any good Old West story -- especially the old miner who used to be a gunslinger -- and you've got Jack Holloway, prospecting for "sunstones" on the planet Zarathustra. Zarathustra's owned by the Chartered Zarathustra Company, so whatever you find there you sell to the Company, at the price the Company sets... but sunstones are valuable enough that even what the Company pays is well worth your while. But one day the independent loner comes home to find an odd, cute little creature has wandered into his house. It isn't long before he decides that "Little Fuzzy" is more than just an animal. What he doesn't think about, at least not at first, is this simple fact: a planet-wide Charter is awarded to a company only for planets which do NOT have a native sentient race. But when word of Jack's discovery reaches one of the Company's executives, they most certainly DO think about it... and get ready to do something about it, as well.
"Little Fuzzy" is one of the SF books that I can read to my kids. It has a warm, engaging prose style, and while there are one or two scenes that are scary or shocking, for the most part it's a story where people deal with each other as people.
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4.0 out of 5 stars How do you know if a Fuzzy is intelligent? March 14 2001
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H. Beam Piper's Fuzzy novels, Little Fuzzy (first published in 1962), Fuzzy Sapiens (first published in 1964), and Fuzzies and Other People (first published in 1984), are perhaps the best treatment ever of the nature of intelligence in science-fiction. The three novels deal with the assorted legal and political challenges which occur in the aftermath of the discovery of the Fuzzies--small, cute, furry humanoids--by human settlers on the planet Zarathustra. Part crime drama, part space opera, Piper's novels remain a joy to read even though many of their early-1960's technological and cultural accouterments are a bit outdated.
Interestingly, the third novel in the Fuzzies series, published posthumously, appeared after the publication of two "authorized" sequels penned by other authors: William Tuning's Fuzzy Bones (1981) and Ardath Mayhar's Fuzzy Odyssey (1982). Along with Fuzzies and Other People, these three novels constitute three possible outcomes for the Fuzzy "Trilogy" which is itself only part of a larger Future History portrayed by Piper in four other novels: Four-Day Planet (1961), Uller Uprising (1952), Cosmic Computer (1958), and Space Viking (1962); and several short stories published between 1957 and 1962 and collected in two anthologies, Federation and Empire, edited by John F. Carr.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A magnificient work of true art May 16 2000
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The Fuzzy Trilogy is something rare; something like nothing I've read before. I first ran into the fuzzies many years ago, in a school library, but I never finished the first book. Years later, I recalled it, and began my search. I eventually found all of the fuzzy stories, and read them all through. They were wonderful, with good plots, characters that leaped off of the pages, strange animals, all set in a realistic and fairly earthlike world. A frontier world, though, riddled with high-tech machinery and mentionings of other worlds and fictional history, but mostly down-to-earth... or, in this case, the compelling, exiting and mysterious rugged world of Zarathustra. And, of course, there are the Fuzzies. Fuzzies are simple, straighforward characters, complex underneath but understandable. They creatures that have very rounded, symetric personalities that accept whatever comes to them with little complaint. And they never lie- hardly ever. What more can one ask from a book? -VMT
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They called themselves the Gashta, which in their language means "the people". When ol' Jack Holloway 'discovered' them, he gave them a new name - Fuzzies! They stood less than a meter tall had soft silky fur, intelligence and if Jack was right, were the first native life form on the planet Zarathustra to posess true sapience. This would be great news, except that Zarathustra was a company planet, chartered by the Terran Federation as a Class III uninhabited planet. If the Fuzzies were indeed sapient, the planet would be classified as a class IV inhabited planet and the Chartered Zarathustra Corporation would lose all claims to the planet , lock stock and barrel. H. Beam Piper's tale of Holloway's fight to save the Fuzzies was written nearly 40 years ago, yet its' warmth , humor and suspenseful moments will make fun reading for young and old alike. Rumour has it that a screenplay is currently in the works to faithfully bring the Fuzzy adventures to the silver screen. Get your copy now before the pre-screening rush puts it out of print.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Our fathers' science fiction hasn't aged well.
H. Beam Piper's implicit worldview invites comparisons with that of his contempories, Ayn Rand and Robert Heinlein, in that his stories present a simplistic morality in the service... Read more
Published on July 12 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a master of the form at the height of his powers
Credible, plausible, realistic, and convincing. For my money, the most compelling author in SF. Piper crafts believable stories that *move* and unforgettable characters that live... Read more
Published on March 14 2002 by Brian Boyle
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Introductory Piper
"Little Fuzzy" is possibly Piper's most famous novel. The follow on books, "Fuzzy Sapiens" and "Fuzzies And Other People", are worthy successors to the original. Read more
Published on Feb. 18 2001 by Mike McGuirk
5.0 out of 5 stars Fuzzys Rule!
I first read the Fuzzy books a VERY long time ago, and enjoyed them greatly. I was overjoyed to find the Complete Fuzzy, and snapped it up. Read more
Published on May 7 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars one of my favorites
how wonderful! i read this story when i was nine or ten years old, and through the years it has been one of my lasting favorites. its such a sweet little story. Read more
Published on Feb. 24 2000 by "littlefuzzy"
5.0 out of 5 stars It makes you wonder
From the first reading, the Fuzzy saga has caused me to question something:
What does it mean to be sentient, to be a person, not simply an animal that survives? Read more
Published on Jan. 15 2000 by Kevin Dole
5.0 out of 5 stars Dear, sweet Gashta!
I've always adored the Gashta ever since I first picked up the story. Beautiful!
Published on Nov. 26 1999 by Christina Tilman
5.0 out of 5 stars LONG LIVE FUZZIES
It does my heart good to see so many people, young and old, falling in love with Piper's fantastic 'Fuzzy' novels. Read more
Published on Oct. 14 1999 by Jeff Taylor (jeffquetis11@home.com)
5.0 out of 5 stars How TERRIFIC!!!
I will be brief here: I write only to say that I've scoured used bookstores for years in search of the tiny volumes that were the original Fuzzy books since I first read them some... Read more
Published on Oct. 3 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars I think this was an adult book but I am 13 and loved it!
This was my favorite book it had great things that relate to our lives but take place in the future so it is a unbelieveablely exciting an absobing book. Read more
Published on June 26 1999
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