Little Fuzzy, by H. Beam Piper


Orthodox Herbertarian

About four years ago I sat down and started compiling a list of 3,000 SF stories that wanted to read, or in some cases reread, to include on an SF book review blog I had asked my brother to help me create. To make that list I went through several dozen “best of” lists of SF that I found on the internet. While I was putting that list together I came across an author that I had virtually no experience with: H. Beam Piper. The story that I found was a linguistics story called Omnilingual, which was the only story I had ever read by the author. I remember being moderately impressed with that story when I read it decades ago, so I wound up including it on the list. A few years later - actually back in December of 2008 - I got the idea to do this blog, so I searched out SF stories with legal content, again on the internet. Little Fuzzy by H. Beam Piper was one of the first hits I got. It took me some time to find a copy - fortunately Wildside Press has reissued a POD of this book. It’s got quite a bit of legal content in it, and some of it is really well done. It is also a charming juvenile book about some adorable little creatures, and it’s frequently credited as the source of inspiration for certain SF fans who enjoy the “furry” lifestyle, which entails dressing up and going to conventions (and if you believe certain “tell all” books, orgies) in anthropomorphic animal costumes...Please click here, or on the book cover above, to be taken to the complete review..