Friday, June 06, 2008

Little Fuzzy: Audiobook and Free Text

At BoingBoing Cory Doctorow reviews the Audio Realms audiobook version of H. Beam Piper's 1962 novel Little Fuzzy.
Little Fuzzy is Piper's masterpiece, a tight, neat science fiction story that epitomizes the golden age of sf. It concerns a prospector on a distant world who discovers a potentially sentient aboriginal race (the "Fuzzies), and his ensuing fight -- fists, lawyers and even guns -- to get them recognized as sentient beings. Along the way, Piper explores the nature of colonial economies, the deepest questions of consciousness and intelligence, paternalism and self-determination, and the nature of the rule of law. All in a package that a nine-year-old will find riveting and delightful.
Little Fuzzy is in the public domain, so you can read (and listen) to it for free!
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