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Editor Hank Davis is Senior Editor at Baen Books.  Author Larry Correia is the author of the bestselling Monster Hunter saga.  Author Mark Van Name is the creator of the popular Jon and Lobo series, and Nebula award winner Catherine Asaro is the author of the Skolian Empire saga.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Baen (November 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451638620
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451638622
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #457,157 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Arthur W. Jordin on December 13, 2012
Format: Paperback
A Cosmic Christmas (2012) is a speculative fiction anthology about the holiday. It contains an introduction and twelve short stories. Each story includes a foreword about the author and the tale itself.

"Kris Kringle Goes Kosmic" by Hank Davis is the introduction. It is an apology for this work.

"Dance in Blue" (Christmas Forever, 1993) by Catherine Asaro is a puzzling story about a ballerina and a holographic tycoon.

"Lobo, Actually" (Jump Gate, 2010) by Mark L. Van Name explains a decision by an assault vehicle to celebrate the holiday.

"On the Hills and Everywhere" (F&SF, 1956) by Manly Wade Wellman has Silver Jon relate a story for the season.

"Angels in Flight" (original publication) by Sarah A. Hoyt brings joy to a super clone.

"Mad Holiday" (Venus Equilateral, 1947) by George O. Smith takes Kingman to the relay station for Christmas,

"The Grimnoir Chronicles: Detroit Christmas" (Free Stories 201, 2011) by Larry Correia puts Jake into a crossfire during the holidays,

The Vampires Who Saved Christmas" (F&SF, 1999) by S. N. Dyer follows vampires to a family shelter on Christmas Eve.

And Visions of Sugar Plums" (Amazing Stories, 1986) by S. N. Dyer tells of a hereditary werewolf who went home with a witch.

"The Season of Forgiveness" (Boy's Life, 1973) by Poul Anderson introduces aliens to the Christmas spirit.

"Dumb Feast" (Christmas Ghosts, 1993) by Mercedes Lackey discloses the efforts of a man to contact his dead wife.

"Roads" (Weird Tales, 1938) by Seabury Quinn exposes the trials of Klaus the barbarian.

"Newsletter" (Asimov's, 1997) by Connie Willis examines a change in the holiday mood.

These stories come from many times and sources.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jane Frizzell on January 22, 2014
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I have been collecting short story collections and this is one of the best. Many of the stories turn the typical idea of a Christmas story upside down.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 15, 2014
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‘A Cosmic Christmas’, edited by Hank Davis, is an eclectic mix of stories by prominent Baen authors. The stories vary greatly by genre, length and attitude and span several decades of speculative fiction. Not all of them have a ‘Christmas’ theme; for some the setting is merely incidental. Others take full advantage of that setting. The anthology also includes an entertaining introduction by editor Hank Davis and each selection has a foreword, a feature I always look for, and a brief summation of each author’s career. What drew me to ‘A Cosmic Christmas’, however, was the authors. Catherine Asaro, Mark L. Van Name and Sarah A. Hoyt are names I look for when perusing Baen’s catalogue. Also included are Poul Anderson, Mercedes Lackey and Connie Willis. One of the most interesting stories, ‘Roads’ by Seabury Quinn, first appeared in ‘Weird Tales’ in 1938! Yep, it’s an extremely diverse collection.

‘Lobo, Actually’ by Mark. L. Van Name is set before Jon and Lobo become a team. For those of you unfamiliar with the ‘Jon And Lobo’ novels, Lobo is an enhanced machine intelligence dwelling within the skin of a Predator-Class Assault Vehicle (PCAV). In the novels, he is essentially Jon Moore’s partner. He’s smart and a smart arse and the most loyal friend a man could ask for. In the last novel, ‘No Going Back’, we got to know Lobo better through a series of chapters written in from his point of view. ‘Lobo, Actually’ is another rare insight into a mind that is not human and yet exhibits a curiosity and empathy that is eerily familiar.

Weapons systems damaged, Lobo spent a number of years ‘stationed’ on Macken, a backwater planet, as a memorial of a sort. A park sculpture.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Zeroblank on January 3, 2014
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There are some real gems in this collection but it is overall uneven. In my opinion this is to be expected in a compilation such as what is found in the pages of this book. The stories are imaginative and several are memorable and thought provoking. I will recommend this to others.
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