So good that it was unbelievable
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By which I mean unbelievably good.
How does it compare to the original three? Whilst they were my least favourite of H Beam Piper's work, they still have a sentimental place in my heart (and do contain important reflections on his Terro-Human Future history).
The third (Fuzzies and Other People) was a manuscript discovered in his estate and published posthumously. There are also two sequels written by other authors before this manuscript was discovered, but these are now considered non-canon since they are contradicted by the events of this story.
And truth to tell, I found the Fuzzy novels to be the least enjoyable of his work.
[And lawyers doing the right thing should always be encouraged.]
Anyway, enjoy discovering H Beam Piper. He is one of my favourite authors. I think my personal favourites are Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen (UK title: Gunpowder God), Lone Star Planet (also published as A Planet For Texans), and his short stories that consist entirely of correspondence (And He Walked Around The Horses and Operation RSVP). Although I mustn't forget Ministry of Disturbance (and to a lesser extent The Mercenaries and Day of the Moron). The old Ace editions collected the short stories into appropriate themes (Paratime and the Terro-Human Future History* [of which the Fuzzy novels are a part]). Of particular use where Federation and Empire which collected the Terro-Human Future History shorts into a rough chronological order. As a Toynbeean he believed history repeats, and it was a common theme in his work.
[* Jerry Pournelle's Future History, which includes A Mote In God's Eye, is a direct tribute to Piper's vision of the future, which he had extensively mapped out using index cards. Which added a powerful cohesiveness to his overall vision, and allowed the writing of The Edge of the Knife.