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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA; English Language edition (October 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596916184
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596916180
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,033,391 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'This hilarious and informative book teaches us the real science behind Santa Claus. But be careful reading this: Santa is going to be furious that we know about his robot spies' Daniel H Wilson, author of How to Survive a Robot Uprising 'A silly, tongue-in-cheek book. But it's also quite funny and interesting, making it a perfect stocking filler' **** BBC Focus --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Gregory Mone is a contributing editor at Popular Science magazine. His feature articles have appeared in Wired, Discover, Women’s Health, National Geographic Adventure, and The Best American Science Writing 2007. He is also the author of the novel The Wages of Genius. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife and two children.

More About the Author

Gregory Mone was born on Long Island and now lives in Massachusetts with his wife and three children. And since he is the one writing this biography, he will stop referring to himself in the third person. I've written a few books and a stack of magazine articles about astronomy, robots, biology, surfing.

My published books are loosely about Einstein, Santa Claus, treasure hunting, and Titanic, in that order. Guess which one is nonfiction. I've also hacked out a few mediocre books, but I've kept those to myself. At some point, I'd like to write about Irish mythology and the evolution of the universe. Those will probably be two different projects, but it would be kind of funny to combine them.

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Thanks for making me a believer again.
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Be certain that once the holiday season rolls around next, I will be sharing these true facts on Santa with anyone who will listen.
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This was a last minute Christmas gift idea that came in time!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By hard_cover_lover on November 2, 2009
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as our kids get older they inevitably get smarter. Finally there is a guidebook that will help me keep up with them and counter all of their Santa related "but if he's real then how does he ______?" questions. Thanks for making me a believer again.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. Gale on November 5, 2009
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Tough to combine "smart & funny" in such an entertaining way, but this book does it very well!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sharleen Martin on December 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover
"Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus" and this book tells you just how he does it, but even though you now know the science behind Santa you can still believe that he is real and that he does manage to get to every home in the world at midnight on Christmas Eve.

And none of the stuff in the book is made up - or at least most of it isn't. This is real science - around today or at least in the offing - not science fiction - though some of it started there and some may still be in that realm.

But it makes Santa's trek plausible - well, if you really believe!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jen B on November 23, 2009
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I truly laughed out loud when I read this book. Santa's spying tree ornaments would confirm it. If you enjoy a good satire, clever prose and learning how to time travel--you will enjoy this book. For those aesthetes out there, the book is beautifully illustrated and comes in a compact hard cover. It is actually the perfect holiday gift and I have picked it up for my friends, family, children's teachers, and my work colleagues. I hope to see more of this genre from this author in the future.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan F. Sullivan on December 17, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is the book I've been looking for ever since I was a parent. I just never knew it. Now when my children ask how Santa Claus can fit down the chimney or deliver millions of presents across the world in a few hours, I'll have the answer:

Santa is a bio-engineered immortal equipped by aliens with technology from the future.

At least that's the hypothesis of Gregory Mone, a contributing editor to Popular Science and author of The Truth about Santa: Wormholes, Robots, and What Really Happens on Christmas Eve. Mone uses his considerable scientific knowledge to explain how Santa, using technology that is still decades away for us mere mortals, can accomplish his herculean feats.

- Delivering presents across the globe in a single night? The work of an army of lieutenants utilizing wormholes built into our chimneys and windows.

- Flying reindeer? A myth; Santa uses a warp-powered sleigh for his personal transportation. (Because of the hazards of involved Santa shuns wormhole travel. His lieutenants are well compensated for the risk.)

- Elves making toys? Actually their main job is maintaining the huge IT infrastructure needed to support Santa's operations.

Mone has crafted a book that combines a wicked (and slightly NSFW) sense of humor with a survey of near-future tech, all wrapped in the peppermint shell of Santa's annual rounds. Adults will get a chuckle out of the science fiction-inspired explanations, but I expect children will suspect the truth: that Mone is just a patsy for Santa, throwing us off the trail.

As every child knows: it's all magic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Meaghan on August 27, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I got this book free from Librarything Early Reviewers.

This is a cute and amusing sci-fi take on Santa Claus. The author establishes how Santa knows what every child wants and delivers all the gifts in one night, and how he funds his operation. Mone, a science writer, explains the technology necessary for Santa to do what he does -- which is provided by aliens, of course. We humans have nowhere near the capabilities yet. But he also lets us know what humans are capable of doing, and the theories behind things like wormholes and hyperdrive sleigh engines that Santa uses to get his toys delivered on time. And how the reindeer appear to fly when, clearly, they cannot actually do so. And why it's a REALLY bad idea to sneak out of bed and try to catch Santa under your tree on Christmas Eve.

This isn't really a book for children; the science is too complicated and there are some references to sex (Santa's "ho ho ho" initially referred to his promiscuous wife). I would recommend it as a Christmas gag gift for a teen or adult science nut. The short chapters make it especially good for toilet reading.
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