Jul 9, 2009

Little Fuzzy by H. Beam Piper

A Classic '60s pulp fiction novel which looks at the theme of ‘What constitutes a sapient creature’?

The last half of this book goes into a detailed discussion between the characters, in and out of the courtroom, about this subject and then the repercussions it will have on the company owned planet of Zarathustra. Greed is the secondary theme as we follow the machinations of the company trying to keep its grip on the lucrative sunstone market.

I particularly liked the technology of the book, it was vague enough in some areas to pass as a modern book and then quirky in the spots where it was a bit more detailed, like using audio tape to store information. I guess some of the tech in today’s modern sci-fi books will seem obsolete in 20 years time as well.

This book can be read at two levels. When I read it twenty years ago it was an exciting story, after finishing it again at this later stage in my life the philosophical discussions where more interesting than the action.

Space Vikings by H.Beam Piper is a good read as well but it looks at the theme of retribution and revenge.

And if you haven't read it already, check out my post on Space Vikings:
Plato, Politics and Eugenics - Space Viking

Interested in H.Beam Pipers writings?

The H. Beam Piper Megapack contains 33 Classic Science Fiction Novels and Short Stories including Space Viking, Little Fuzzy and The Cosmic Computer.


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