A reboot of the Hugo-winning novel Little Fuzzy by H. Beam Piper, Fuzzy Nation is definitely a product of today’s generation. Jack Holloway is a cocky, articulate surveyor for an interplanetary mining company, and Holloway makes two significant discoveries in one day. First, on an uninhabited planet, he finds a mother-lode of a rare crystal that his company will be able to extract, and with his cut will make Holloway a very rich man. Second, he discovers an unknown mammal species on the same planet–a cross between very clever monkeys and cats– that, if found to be sentient, will legally prevent said company from being able to extract the mineral wealth, making Jack both non-rich and the target of powerful enemies.
Scalzi writes fast-paced intelligent science fiction, and has been often compared to Robert Heinlein. Fuzzy Nation is an easy read comprised of perhaps less than ten characters in all, but the legal wranglings make for fun twists and a surprise ending.