Fantastic Tales of Yuletide Wonder
Twenty-five classic science fiction and fantasy tales of Yuletide wonder, including stories by Ben Bova, Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clarke, John M. Ford, William Gibson, Anne McCaffrey, Frederik Pohl, Spider Robinson, Gene Wolfe, and the hard-to-find Philip Van Doren Stern fantasy that inspired the film It's A Wonderful Life.
'Twas the night before tomorrow, and all through the galaxy, nothing burns as bright as... Christmas Stars.
Christmas is a time for miracles, scientific and otherwise, and for surprises that can only occur at this time of the year. But what marvels will the holidays bring to the far future--or to alien worlds light-years from the North Pole?
In this celebratory collection, many of today's finest writers of fantasy and science fiction unwrap startling visions of the future of Christmas. An unusual Christmas spirit brings confusion--and romance--to a modern young woman. A father's gift opens up the universe for all humanity. And a devout researcher uncovers the shattering secret of the original Star of Bethlehem. These and other stories shine like sparkling, unearthly ornaments on a fresh green tree of holiday traditions.
1. Adeste Fideles by Frederik Pohl
2. The Santa Claus Compromise by Thomas M. Disch
3. Miracle by Connie Willis
4. The Christmas Count by Henry Melton
5. The Star by Arthur C. Clarke
6. When Jesus Comes Down the Chimney by Ian Watson
7. The Plot Against Santa Claus by James Powell
8. Sanity Clause by Edward Wellen
9. Silent Night by Ben Bova
10. A Proper Santa Claus by Anne McCaffrey
11. A Little Girl's Xmas in Modernia by David R. Bunch
12. Christmas Trombone by Raymond E. Banks
13. Dark Conception by Joe L. Hensley & Alexei Panshin
14. Cyber-Claus by William Gibson
15. Promises to Keep by Jack McDevitt
16. The Gift by Ray Bradbury
17. Winter Solstice, Camelot Station by John M. Ford
18. A Holiday in the Park by John M. Ford
19. The New Father Christmas by Brian W. Aldiss
20. Stars Over Santa Claus by William Morrison
21. The Gifts of the Magistrate by Spider Robinson
22. Peace on Earth, Good Will to Men by Rick Shelley
23. The Greatest Gift by Philip Van Doren Stern
24. La Befana by Gene Wolfe
25. Track of a Legend by Cynthia Felice