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"As with all SF, [John Scalzi's] Fuzzy Nation reveals more about the present year of 2011 than it does about some probable future, just as Little Fuzzy disclosed the essence of 1962."

Paul Di Filippo, The Barnes & Noble Review

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After Piper's untimely death, the publishers who held the copyrights to his stories and novels authorized several sequels or other works related to Piper's work.  In addition to the Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen sequel Great Kings' War by Roland Green and John F. Carr these included 1981's Fuzzy Bones by William Tuning and 1982's Golden Dream by Ardath Mayhar, sequels to Piper's first two Fuzzy novels commissioned prior to the discovery of Piper's own third, previously unpublished novel in the Fuzzy trilogy Fuzzies and Other People published in 1984.
     Michael Kurland was commissioned to complete an unfinished Piper manuscript which was published in 1982 as First Cycle.  The Adventures of Little Fuzzy, an extensively-illustrated, children's version of Piper's original Little Fuzzy, was published in 1983.  More recently, John Scalzi has published Fuzzy Nation, an officially-sanctioned "reboot" of Piper's novel Little Fuzzy.


Image - Fuzzy Bones by Michael Whelan

Fuzzy Bones by William Tuning, Ace 1981, cover illustration by Michael Whelan


Fuzzy Bones

Fuzzy Bones, William Tuning, New York: Ace, 1981, with cover illustration by Michael Whelan (illustration previously appeared on dust jacket of The Fuzzy Papers, 1977 omnibus edition of Piper's novels Little Fuzzy and The Other Human Race).

Tuning's sequel to Little Fuzzy and Fuzzy Sapiens was commissioned prior to the discovery of Piper's unifinished third Fuzzy novel Fuzzies and Other People.

  • First printing, stated (and according to printer's key number line), paperback, December 1981, ISBN 0-441-26181-7, $2.50 (Zarthani.net hoard).
  • Second printing (according to printer's key number line), paperback, uncredited date, ISBN 0-441-26181-7 (same as first printing), $2.50 (Zarthani.net hoard).
  • Third printing, stated (no printer's key number line), paperback, January 1983, ISBN 0-441-26182-5, $2.95 (Zarthani.net hoard).


Image - Golden Dream by Michael Whelan

Golden Dream by Ardath Mayhar, Ace 1982, cover illustration by Michael Whelan


Golden Dream

Golden Dream: A Fuzzy Odyssey, Ardath Mayhar, New York: Ace, 1982, with cover illustration by Michael Whelan.

Like Tuning's Fuzzy Bones, Mayhar's sequel to Little Fuzzy and Fuzzy Sapiens was commissioned prior to the discovery of Piper's unifinished manuscript of Fuzzies and Other People. The story is told from the point of view of the Fuzzies.

  • First printing, stated (no printer's key number line), trade paperback, October 1982, ISBN 0-441-29729-3, $6.95 (Zarthani.net hoard).
  • Second printing (presumed, no printer's key number line), paperback, September 1983, ISBN 0-441-29726-9, $2.95 (Zarthani.net hoard).
  • Third printing (printer's key number line?), paperback, August 1984, ISBN 0-441-29727-7, $2.95.


Image - First Cycle by Wayne Barlowe?

First Cycle by H. Beam Piper and Michael Kurland, Ace 1982, uncredited cover illustration (Wayne Barlowe?)


First Cycle

First Cycle, H. Beam Piper and Michael Kurland, New York: Ace, 1982, with uncredited cover illustration (possibly by Wayne Barlowe).

This novel, completed by Kurland from an unfinished manuscript by Piper, ostensibly takes place in Piper's Terro-human Future History setting but several inconsistencies—and the absence of any references to events depicted here in other Future History yarns—suggests it's more appropriately considered as a stand-alone work.

  • First printing, stated (and according to printer's key number line), paperback, January 1982, ISBN 0-441-23919-6, $2.25 (Zarthani.net hoard).
  • Second printing (according to printer's key number line), paperback, uncredited date, ISBN 0-441-23919-6 (same as first printing), $2.25.
  • Third printing (presumed, given second printing above, no printer's key number line), paperback, August 1982, ISBN 0-441-23919-6 (same as first and second printing), $2.25.


Image - The Adventures of Little Fuzzy by Michael Whelan

The Adventures of Little Fuzzy by Benson Parker, Ace 1983, cover illustration by Michael Whelan


The Adventures of Little Fuzzy

The Adventures of Little Fuzzy, Benson Parker, New York: Platt & Munk, 1983, with cover and endpapers illustrations by Michael Whelan and interior illustrations by David Wenzel.

A retelling of Little Fuzzy for children, extensively illustrated by Wenzel, with assistance from Whelan, who illustrated the covers of most of the Ace reprints and collections of Piper's works published in the late 1970s and 1980s.


Fuzzy Nation by Kekai Kotaki

Fuzzy Nationby John Scalzi, Tor 2011, cover illustration by Kekai Kotaki


Fuzzy Nation

Fuzzy Nation, John Scalzi, New York: Tor (Macmillan), 2011, with cover illustration by Kekai Kotaki.

A "reboot" of Little Fuzzy updated with contemporary sensibilities which mostly retains the plotline of the original novel but in a setting which is markedly distinct from the Terro-human Future History of Piper's original.



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