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Christmas Magic

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  33 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Wonders abound at Christmas, and never more so than in this delightful collection of holiday stories by some of today's most gifted writers of fantasy and science-fiction. In this volume, Harlan Ellison, Alan Dean Foster, Kit Reed, Howard Waldrop, Donald Westlake, and many other science fiction and fantasy stars present their unique visions of Christmas.

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Paperback, 494 pages
Published November 1st 2016 by Tor Books (first published October 14th 1994)
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I bought a copy of Christmas Magic recently, knowing that I had already read and liked several of the stories but assuming that I would probably enjoy most of the others. Unfortunately, the ones I had read previously include most of the best stories in the book.

Several of the stories here range from poor to horrible. Many of the others are just okay.

The stories I do like include two horror stories, but with no blood shed in either. Donald Westlake's "Nackles" is about the making of a new sort o
Jennifer Wheeler
Dec 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: christmas
Eh. Some of the short stories were really great, while others where extremely boring and/or confusing.
Jan 13, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The best story in this collection imagines the anti-Santa Claus.
Linda Smith
I thought that I would Never finish this book. Had it been a novel, I would have given up weeks ago. But with a collection of short stories, there is always hope that the next story would be wonderful. Hope was dashed often. Out of the 28 entries in this collection, I liked 13 of them. But it often seemed that the worst stories were the longest. After plodding through one of those, I would walk away from the book for days. My biggest complaint is that it appeared that many of the authors didn't ...more
Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a nice collection of fantasy and science fiction stories with a Christmas theme. There were a few stories I didn't care much for, but others that I loved, such as "Santa Clause" by Robert F. Young, about a man who wishes that Santa Claus really existed, but gets a rude surprise when his wish is granted; "The Outpost Undiscovered by Tourists" by Harlan Ellison, which is a fantastic variation on the legend of the Magi; "The Toy Mill" David Nickle and Karl Schroeder, in which a little girl, ...more
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David Geddes Hartwell was an American editor of science fiction and fantasy. He worked for Signet (1971-1973), Berkley Putnam (1973-1978), Pocket (where he founded the Timescape imprint, 1978-1983, and created the Pocket Books Star Trek publishing line), and Tor (where he spearheaded Tor's Canadian publishing initiative, and was also influential in bringing many Australian writers to the US market ...more