Recently our publisher, Carina Press, put out a call for submissions for a Sci-Fi winter holiday anthology. Interesting, I thought. But to be honest everything I think about Christmas comes up awfully cheesy when I think about it in terms of sci-fi. So I thought I would do a little on line searching.
The art made me think I was right. Too cheesy to handle. Check out this blog post featuring pulp fiction magazine covers through the years. And here’s my favorite – art by Ed Emshwiller back in 1956 (image from goldenagecomicbookstories.blogspot.com)
And this post by Miss Cellania on all the TV christmas specials and funny books about sci-fi Christmasses past really made me laugh. But some really cool anthologies and stories made me think I am just being too narrow minded. Check out these:
A Christmas In Amber – by Scott William Carter – A really poignant short story about a planet wide evacuation (for the priveleged) and those who must stay behind.
The Miracle – by Connie Willis – A really fun anthology filled with stories that aren’t cheesy but do make you laugh.
A Yuletide Universe – By Brian M. Thomson – another anthology (this sub-genre seems to lend itself nicely to shorts) but this one has some stories to make you laugh, others to make you think, and some that make your eyebrows ratchet up into your bangs.
I’m not sure if I will try writing one of these very different stories or not. What comes to mind when you think about a sci-fi Christmas?
Alien Revealed – Book One of The Confederacy Treaty – June 2010
The Naked Truth – Book Two of The Confederacy Treaty – June 2011
Undercover Alliance – Book Three of The Confederacy Treaty – June 2012
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