Announcing A Very Scalzi Christmas, From Subterranean Press
Posted on June 10, 2019 Posted by John Scalzi 12 Comments
Surprise! I have a short book of (mostly) Christmas stories coming out this year, each story featuring art from Natalie Metzger. It’ll be out in November, and available in a signed, limited hardcover edition (perfect for holiday giving!), and also in eBook. And it features three new stories never before published anywhere.
Here’s the write-up from the Subterranean Press announcement:
Deck the halls with boughs of holly! ‘Tis the season… for Santa’s lawyer to talk about the legal status of the workshop elves, for Christmas to arrive in an unexpected month, and for the innkeeper at the nativity to spill the beans about what really went down on that one night in Bethlehem.
It’s not just Christmas. It’s A Very Scalzi Christmas.
New York Times bestselling and Hugo Award-winning author John Scalzi gift-wraps fifteen short takes on the holiday season—interviews with holiday notables, “informational” articles about TV specials and Christmas carols, short stories and poems, and even a couple of nods to Thanksgiving and New Year’s — and puts them all into a stocking stuffer-sized package that makes the perfect gift for friends, family, or yourself.
With stories both funny and touching, A Very Scalzi Christmas also features three new stories exclusive to this collection: “Christmas in July,” “Jangle the Elf Grants Wishes” and “Resolutions For the New Year.”
A wonderful collection for the most wonderful time of the year.
Here’s the pre-order page from Subterranean Press for the limited, signed edition. There will be only 1,500 of these, and once they’re gone, they’re gone. So it makes sense to pre-order if you want to be absolutely sure you get one of these very fine stocking stuffers.
I’m super happy with A Very Scalzi Christmas, and I think you’re really going to enjoy it — especially the stories that are exclusive to the collection. I also think you will enjoy Natalie’s illustrations, which are, in a word, delightful.
And, yes, it makes for a perfect gift.
To answer some questions that I suspect will be coming:
1. No word on audio yet, but we’re currently shopping it, and when there’s news on that front I’ll let people know.
2. There isn’t a Hanukkah story (or stories featuring holidays from other religions) mostly because I grew up with Christmas, and it’s the holiday I’m familiar with, and feel competent writing about (and playing with in a humorous fashion).
3. The collection is the size and length of my “Miniatures” collection from a couple of years back, if you were wondering about that.
2 copies ordered! Some of my Christmas shopping is done. In June! Thanks for that.
This looks like fun holiday reading!
My pre-order is in — thanx!
Only 1500 total? Why would they not sell more to make even more money?
Because signed limited editions are meant to be limited (and also, it’ll be available in eBook so anyone who wants it can get it that way, and for cheaper, so we’re still making more than enough money).
Pre-ordered! A special Christmas gift for me (and maybe shared with the family if they’re good).
My groaning bookshelves thank you for the e-book. Though the package looks attractive…
Hi John, quick question: are these pieces all fiction, or is there some non-fiction in there too? The description on SP’s website is not too clear on that.
Also, can you share anything new about the sequel to The Dispatcher? I loved that story and am eager to read more about the world it’s set in.
What is Sanchez the cat (from Miniatures) doing on the cover? Is there also a Christmas story involving him?
Regardless of the answers I have pre-ordered.
Eeeeee!!! 2 copies ordered — both holiday gifts, one for my sib and the other for me.
I love getting my holiday shopping done six months in advance!
Don’t think I didn’t notice the burrito with the glass of milk sitting there for Santa, YOU MONSTER.
It’s probably, what, filled with sugar cookies and candy cane bits?