The Other Human Race by H. Beam Piper is the sequel to Little Fuzzy, in which we learn that Victor Grego, president of the Charterless Zarathustra Company, isn’t such a bad guy after all. Sure, he’s a determined and effective corporate CEO, but when it comes to losing, he loses gracefully and lets it go.
In the first book, Little Fuzzy, the fate of the Chartered Zarathustra Company rests on the outcome of a dual murder trial. Did Dr. Kellogg kill a sentient being when he killed a Fuzzy named Goldilocks? Did Jack Holloway commit unjustifiable homicide when he was the faster draw against a company strong-arm?
The Chartered Zarathustra Company doesn’t survive the answers, but Grego and the company still linger on the planet they helped found. Now, when a Fuzzy shows up in Grego’s apartment, the questions become: How did this Fuzzy get in Company House? Where are the five other Fuzzies the newly named Diamond says were with him? The answer elaborates on what you cannot do to a Fuzzy in your care!
Simultaneously, the issue of Fuzzy biology takes center-stage through much of the book as the government and company work together to answer two more important questions: Why are there so few Fuzzies? What can Humans do to save the Fuzzy race?
H. Beam Piper explores the world he created in greater depth, contrasting the Fuzzy culture with the Human colonial culture, delving into politics, government services, sociology, biology, and more in a concentrated look at what happens next as dynamics and loyalties shift. This true sci-fi classic may seem a bit out-dated, but the depth of Piper’s thought process as he takes his creation to the next level is a wonderfully compact, but thorough look at the complexities of humanity—and what humanity isn’t.