My review of H. Beam Piper’s Little Fuzzy
The chartered Zarathustra Company had it all their way. Their charter was for a Class III uninhabited planet, which Zarathustra was, and it meant they owned the planet lock stock and barrel. They exploited it, developed it and reaped the huge profits from it without interference from the Colonial Government. Then Jack Holloway, a sunstone prospector, appeared on the scene with his family of Fuzzies and the passionate conviction that they were not cute animals but little people.
Awesome first contact story. Most of the characters weren’t real in depth, but well enough developed to understand their motivations. Characters with conscience are infinitely more relatable than immoral or amoral ones. Even the bad guys here were characters that you could find sympathy for. And while I wouldn’t want to call most of these people friends, or even sit down to have a drink with them, I liked them as characters. They weren’t there simply to be a focal point of every negative feeling one might have.
The main character, Jack Holloway, reminded me of the main character from Keith Laumer‘s Planet Run, Captain Henry. I guess some would describe him as a manly man getting manly things done. He’s a man of action with a moral compass. He’s willing to do the nasty work that needs to be done and stand for what’s right.
The court room drama seemed a little strained at times, and the occasional shifts to Fuzzy point of view seemed odd, but otherwise the story was well paced and kept my interest.
The eBook was formatted well with no obvious spelling or grammatical errors.