The Claus Effect
"The Claus Effect" is a continuation of "The Toy Mill," the 1993 Aurora-Award-winning story about a malevolent, post-industrial-revolution Santa Claus and Emily, the little girl whose wish to be a Christmas Elf nearly destroys the world. The Claus Effect takes up eights years later, when events propel teen-aged Emily and West Point cadet Neil Nyman on a breakneck journey t...more
Paperback, 241 pages
Published March 23rd 1997 by EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing,
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The Claus Effect started as a short story, "The Toy Mill", which won an Aurora Award in 1993. The award was well deserved. Tightly written and a clever concept, "The Toy Mill" tells the story of Emily, a little girl who wishes to become a Christmas Elf. she meets Santa on Christmas Eve, and he decides to grant her wish, sprinkling magic powder on her and taking her to the North Pole. While she's there, Emily discovers Santa isn't the kind soul from the stories, and the workshop is far from the j...more
Even though the book is only about 240 pages long, the middle third of it is unnecessary and repetitive action sequences. They are meant to be humorous, but the jokes involving gun battles with Santa's elves are exhausted early on. The writing style of the action was off-putting, I would lose interest and skim over it sometimes. Maybe it was meant to parody pulp writing found in military themed serial novels, but things like always referring to a gun by its brand name irritated me.
David Nickle lives and works in Toronto. He's had more than 30 short stories published in magazines, anthologies and online, and adapted for television. In 1997, he and Edo Van Belkom won a Bram Stoker Award for their short story "Rat Food." In 1993, he and Karl Schroeder co-wrote "The Toy Mill" and won an Aurora Award for short form work in English. In 1997, they published The Claus Effect, an ex...moreMore about David Nickle...