Synopses & Reviews
Wonders abound with the winter holidays. Yuletide brings marvels and miracles both fantastic and scientific. Christmas spirits can bring haunting holidays, seasonal songs might be sung by unearthly choirs, and magical celebrations are the norm during this very special time of the year. The best stories from many realms of fantasy and a multitude of future universes, gift-wrapped in one spectacular treasury of wintertime wonder.
"This satisfying reprint anthology of winter-holiday-themed SF and fantasy avoids syrupy sweetness, instead evoking an older, bittersweet tradition of the cycle of death and rebirth. James Patrick Kelly's posthuman 'The Best Christmas Ever' sets the sad-but-hopeful tone, while Connie Willis's Twilight Zone like 'Newsletter' sends readers out on a comical high note. The manipulation of time appears frequently, as in Harlan Ellison's time-traveling Hannukah story 'Go Toward the Light,' the out-of-time miracle in Sarban's 'A Christmas Story,' and Kristine Kathryn Rusch's romantic, paradoxical 'Loop.' Particular standouts include M. Rickert's dark suburban fantasy 'The Christmas Witch,' where a young girl deals with death and new beginnings in surprising ways, and Nina Kiriki Hoffman's sweetly affirming 'Home for Christmas,' about lonely strangers sharing Christmas together. James Stoddard's amateurish horror tale 'Christmas at Hostage Canyon' and an unrewarding introduction from editor Guran (Ghosts: Recent Hauntings) provide the collection's lone disappointments." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.