Every year literally some people ask me what they should read at Christmas. I haven’t found a lot of sci-fi that has a Christmassy setting but I do have recommendations for nerds and geeks everywhere.
Doomsday Book, Connie Willis
Don’t take the title too seriously, it’s actually a great sci-fi book which is set at Christmas in the middle ages and 2054 simultaneously.
We follow Kivrin who is trapped in the year 1348 just as the Black Plague starts to kill most of Britain and Prof Dunworthy as he struggles against an influenze outbreak in 2054 whilst trying to rescue Kivrin.
It doesn’t sound very Christmassy but it manages to juxtapose the Christmas of the middle ages against modern day traditions….like shopping. There are some lovely scenes and it does make you think about what Christmas means. Highly Recommended.
And if you do like this, Connie Willis she has written a Christmas book called Miracle and other Christmas Stories with Brian Thomsen.
Hogfather, Terry Pratchett
This is a great Christmas book. As usual with the great Sir Terry, every quaint and charming Christmas tradition is given the usual Discworld treatment including Death becoming the Hogfather (Santa if you didn’t guess it). Death visits children all over the Disc and gives them exactly what they ask for…he’s Death and takes things literally.
There are characters from previous books but you needn’t have read them to enjoy this story and it would be a great place to introduce yourself to the Discworld. Another rip-roaring yarn and well worth a read.
A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
No introduction needed for this classic book which has changed the lives of many. You may have seen the films (my favourite is Muppet’s Christmas Carol), but the book is infinitely better.
And so until next year
I wish you good reading, a merry Christmas and a happy New Year from all of us here at StuffwhatIwrote.com.
P.S. If you know of any sci-fi Christmas reads please comment below, would love to have some more to write about come next year.