The extra-solar world of Zarathustra is devoid of intelligent life, or at least it was thought to be until prospector Jack Holloway discovers a race of Ewok-like Fuzzies. But the company that has been exploiting the planet for its resources will lose its charter if sapient life is discovered, so Holloway must find a way to keep the Fuzzies from being foundin order to keep the charter.
The extra-solar world of Zarathustra is devoid of intelligent life, or at least it was thought to be until prospector Jack Holloway discovers a race of Ewok-like Fuzzies. But the company that has been exploiting the planet for its resources will lose its charter if sapient life is discovered, so Holloway must find a way to keep the Fuzzies from being found in order to keep the charter. Very reminiscent of Avatar.
Published by ACE. From the back cover:
Zarathustra was a Class-III uninhabited planet, and the chartered Zarathustra Company owned it lock, stock and barrel. They developed it, exploited it and reaped huge profits without any interference from the Colonial Government.
But then, out of nowhere, came Jack Holloway--with a family of Fuzzies and a great deal of evidence that they were more than just cute little animals.
If the Fuzzies were a race of intelligent beings, then Zarathustra would automatically become a Class-IV inhabited planet, and the Company's charter and privileges would be over. The chartered Zarathustra Company wasn't going to allow that to happen...
The Zarathustra company was exploiting a supposedly uninhabited planet when a family of Fuzzies were found to be more than cute little animals.
This is the first book about the Fuzzies. Little Fuzzy is the first one to make contact with the human race, which he does by slipping by the prospector human into his cabin and investigating the shower. Adorable. How many first contacts happen with the human encountering the sentient teddybear-like creature fiddling with the shower controls? Wonderful book. The only reason I'm posting my copy is because I got the omnibus of this and Fuzzy Sapiens, the second book. The omnibus is called "The Fuzzy Papers."
This is an enjoyable read, simple good guys vs bad guys BUT set in a distant future on a distant world. Basically, a pioneer on another planet discovers a 2 ft creature that seems pretty darn smart. The company that owns the planet wants to keep it's monopoly and not turn it over to the natives. (read one of the formal reviews for a better plot line)
Reading this in 2011 it's fun to see what an author was predicting to happen technology-wise and find he got some of it right! And some of it....they couldn't even imagine. This is in the Heinlein/Asimov/Clarke genre where men are men and women have equal status-an alien concept at the time. And there are alien races and spaceships of oourse. With lots of "tech" thrown in to be exotic for the time.
The other books in this series are good as well as the author's other books. Several authors have done a good job expanding the Little Fuzzy universe. I still feel sad that H. Beam Piper took his own life and didn't get to witness first hand the technology that has become in our world. Though, who knows, maybe he has!