If you loved H. Beam Piper's first two Fuzzy Books "Little Fuzzy" and "Fuzzy Sapiens" (sometimes called "The Fuzzy Papers") then you should definitely try to track this one down.The author was authorized to write a third book to conclude the series. It is obvious he studied the previous works carefully and loves his subject. He catches the true feeling and spirit of Piper's Terran Federation, and also the underlying themes of the Self-Reliant Man and the nature of Civil Society. If that is too deep, there are also some great Gunfights!William Tuning displays his own distinct voice, and it is sometimes delightfully different from H. Beam Piper, the author of the first two novels. For those of us who love H. Beam Piper, this is an unexpected and charming look at his universe from a different angle, with much extra enjoyable information about the Terran Federation Marine Corps, Mallorysport's Tramptown, and the original origin of the race of Fuzzies. This last plotline forms the main thrust of the story and is a brilliant and logical extension of Piper's previous statements about Fuzzy physiology and genetics, while also being surprising and deeply satisfying. Mr. Tuning also somehow manages to nearly perfectly catch the personalities of the heroes and villains we have loved for almost forty years-- Jack Holloway, Ben Rainsford, Victor Grego, Hugo Ingermann, and the all rest. And his own characters--new arrivals-- fit in perfectly and positively add to the story.I should note that I have read the published version of H. Beam Piper's unfinished manusript for "Fuzzies and Other People", which was the projected third Fuzzy novel. At the time of his death, Mr.Read more ›
Tuning appropriately dedicates FUZZY BONES to "Anubis, the guide from the first life to the second life" - this is, after all, the first book about the Fuzzies of Zarathustra to be written by anyone other than their creator, H. Beam Piper. At the time FUZZY BONES first saw the light of day - December, 1981 - Piper had published two Fuzzy novels, LITTLE FUZZY and FUZZY SAPIENS; in the nature of things, FUZZY BONES contains massive spoilers for both of them, since it picks up a continuing cast of characters at a turning point in Zarathustran history.
However, FUZZY BONES is *NOT* in sync with Piper's 3rd Fuzzy novel, because Piper's tragic death in 1964 left his estate in such a mess that the manuscript of FUZZIES AND OTHER PEOPLE wasn't located and published until 1984, 3 years after FUZZY BONES. Consequently, Tuning's projected results for the trial of Diamond's kidnappers and the ultimate fate of Hugo Ingermann, the sleazy lawyer who controls the Zarathustran underworld (mainly Mallorysport, its only full-fledged city) differ from Piper's actual resolution.
Since Ingermann is a major character in FUZZY BONES, that portion of the plot makes this an alternate history of Piper's Zarathustra instead of a seamless continuation. Apart from that - something Tuning couldn't have foreseen - he's done well in taking up Piper's mantle, and the flavor of his writing is close enough to Piper's to satisfy a craving for a new Piper story. At 47 chapters, it's about twice as long as any single Piper Fuzzy novel, but there's no makeweight.
Tuning picks up 6 months after the end of FUZZY SAPIENS, starting with the 3 first-class passengers aboard _City of Asgard_ in the wake of the immigration boom triggered by the Pendarvis Decisions of LITTLE FUZZY.Read more ›
Recently, I acquired a copy of The Complete Fuzzy and was confused. The story simply was not as I remembered it, from first reading the Fuzzy books years ago. The reason, of course, is that I had read every Fuzzy book I could get my hands on. Fuzzy Bones had completed the story so well that it had become an integral part of H. Beam Piper's universe -- to the extent that I was unaware Piper hadn't written it! This really is a "true" Fuzzy book, regardless of who wrote it.
This sequel to Piper's fuzzy series not only added another fasinating tale to the series but was done in the grand style of H Beam Piper.I sit enmeshed totally in the story every time I've read this book.Everything hold together to give a totally exciting experience.I greatly recommend this book to anyone,but exspecially to someone who has read the other two books of this collection
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It is a story that was written before the third Piper story of the trilogy was found. Same cast of characters. but with differences in how they dealt with the troubles with the Fuzzies. What ever or rather how ever H. Beam piper intended to deal with the Fuzzies was lost in his suicide. While current thought has it that the Fuzzies were native to the planet. Mr. Tunning wrote what he believed the story would have ended.
He did write the story in with the style was Piper is noted for. Stays true to the Piper universe.