Christmas Reading

22 Dec

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

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.


Posted by on December 22, 2011 in Uncategorized


2 responses to “Christmas Reading

  1. pippajay

    December 22, 2011 at 9:29 am

    Love A Christmas Carol and Hogfather both – watch them every Christmas too (although just lately it’s the Muppet Christmas Carol version which doesn’t quite have the impact for me but the kids love it. Apparently the recent Jim Carrey CGI version is pretty scary (which is really how it should me IMO). Carina Press have put out a call for submissions of scifi winter holiday stories (Hannukah, Christmas etc), so maybe there’ll be something for next year there.

  2. pippajay

    December 23, 2011 at 9:32 am

    Altho I just found this, posted by scifi author Neal Asher –


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