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The Truth About Santa: Wormholes, Robots, and What Really Happens on Christmas Eve [Hardcover]

Gregory Mone
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Book Description

October 27, 2009

The How to Survive a Robot Uprising of Christmas: a dynamically illustrated, futuristic case for the scientific possibility that Santa Claus really exists.

We all know Santa Claus: fat, jolly, omniscient, swift. Lives in a nice home in the Arctic, with the missus and a pack of elves.

Well, forget what you know. Santa Claus is from Greenpoint, Brooklyn, as it turns out, and he's not as fat as he used to be. Here's something else you didn't know: he's been dabbling in some futuristic technology, and has found myriad ways to make his job possible. How can Santa know who's been naughty and nice? Simple: implant listening devices into your ornaments. How can he make it to every house Christmas Eve? That's nothing a little cloning and some wormholes can't solve. And he has plenty of other tactics: quantum entanglement, organ replacement, drug-induced hibernation, and unmanned aerial vehicles, to name just a few.

In this fantastically illustrated, affectionate, and hilarious book, Gregory Mone uses science and technology to overturn the assumption that Santa can't be real. Drawing on the work of accomplished scientists and researchers, Mone gives us a whole new portrait of this remarkable man and the miracles he makes happen every year. With imaginative artwork and an eye-catching package, this book makes an outstanding Christmas gift for just about anyone.

Editorial Reviews


'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.

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: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,448,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars it all makes sense now... 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Smart & Funny November 5, 2009
By M. Gale
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars Santa is Plausible December 8, 2009
"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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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Believe the Flying Robots-I'm Nice! November 23, 2009
By Jen B
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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3.0 out of 5 stars The terrible truth behind the jolly ol' elf December 17, 2009
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Christmas gift for the science fiction fan August 27, 2012
By Meaghan
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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Gregory Mone is a contributing editor at Popular Science magazine, as well as the author of The Wages of Genius, Fish, and Dangerous Waters: An Adventure on the Titanic. Although presented as a "children's book," significant portions of the book [e.g., the material about wormholes, and relativity] would be way over the head of a typical child who still believes in Santa. An additional audience would be us adults who enjoy such a facetious effort to make the legend of Santa more intellectually understandable.

He wrote in the Introduction to this 2009 book, "There are many arguments that attempt to refute the existence of Santa Claus. But they are all wrong... The problem with kids today... is that they lack the basic knowledge of the universe required for a true understanding of Santa. As anyone with a decent grasp of physics, biology, and materials science understands, Santa's advertised abilities are perfectly plausible. Yes, Santa is real, and this book will reveal, for the first time, how he completes his seemingly impossible annual mission. The simple answer? Technology. Santa has at his disposal some of the most advanced equipment, devices, materials, and means of transportation in this or any other universe." (Pg. 2)

He states, for example, that "Santa's technology is of alien origin." (Pg. 14) He responds to the common objection, "It's hard to estimate exactly how many presents Santa delivers on a given Christmas Eve... but a conservative guess would be three hundred million...
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