Fuzzy Nation (Fuzzy Sapiens)
by John Scalzi
A rewrite of a previous story with the same name, this story updates a story that many people, myself included, have never read to contemporary standards. While a number of the points were updated to account for how we see the technology and standards for contemporary society, I could very much feel the underpinning concepts that carried through from this older story.
A lot of older SF has the super-competent character who is so much smarter and slicker than his peers effectively manipulating the other characters of the story. In this case it is even more appropriate that this same archetype is also a disbarred lawyer who utilizes his knowledge to control the whole flow of the story.
I was definitely entertained and enjoyed the story throughout though. From the introductions of the Fuzzies to most of the elements and characters, this book brought me solidly into the story and entertained throughout.
Jack Holloway, a dis-barred lawyer, is a prospector on Zara 23. In his searches he has struck the mother load, something that would pay out billions of dollars, but he now faces a moral quandary. Small creatures that he calls Fuzzies have taken to visit his place. He shares their info to his ex-girlfriend who chooses to file a claim that they are an intelligent lifeforms, which would jeopardize Jack's future payday. Throughout the book Jack must balance his his desire to strike it big with the potential cost of endangering the fuzzies.