John Scalzi Reboots H. Beam Piper's Little Fuzzy Series

John Scalzi has been teasing his readers of his blog, Whatever, with 'That Super Secret Thing that I Can't Tell You About' for a while now, and on Wednesday he revealed it: He's written a relaunch/reboot of H. Beam Piper's Little Fuzzy books - or at least, of the first book.

His Announcement (which is in question and answer format) reads in part:

Uh, “reboot”? Don’t you mean a sequel?

Nope, I mean a reboot, as in, I took the original plot and characters of Little Fuzzy and wrote an entirely new story from and with them. The novel doesn’t follow on from the events of Little Fuzzy; it’s a new interpretation of that first story and a break from the continuity that H. Beam Piper established in Little Fuzzy and its sequels.

Why did you do this?

Because as far as I know it’s never been done before. Science fiction TV and movie series are rebooted all the time — see Battlestar Galactica and Star Trek for recent examples of this — but I can’t think of a significant, original universe in science fiction literature in which this has been done, at least, not by someone who is not the original author. So I thought, hey, this seems like it could be a fun thing to do. So I did it.

Reaction online has been somewhat mixed, but personally I'm looking forward to seeing it - the Little Fuzzy books have long been favorites of mine, and I'm quite fond of John Scalzi's work in general. I think he's a good match for the material, and could possibly bring people to having another look at the original.

What do you think?

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I, too, loved the Little Fuzzy books. I was devastated to learn that Piper had committed suicide--no more Little Fuzzies? So, I will read it with an open mind. I am of two minds about reboots. I lost the thread of BSG early and tried with Caprica but the stupid DVR stopped recording episodes even though they were on the To Do list with no complications.

I loved the Star Trek reboot. Can't wait for the next movies.