Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Isaac Asimov's "Christmas on Ganymede" (short story, humor, free): Even fairy tales can have serious side effects!

Illustration accompanying the short story Christmas on Ganymede by Isaac Asimov in the anthology in 1953 anthology Wonder Story Annual, Vol 2 No 1, edited by Samuel Mines. Image shows human Santa Claus giving Christmas presents to Ossies, the Ganymedean nativesOssies (short for "ostrich" which they resemble), intelligent natives of Ganymede, have given strike notice to the management of Ganymedean Product Corporation, Inc, the human mining company that employs them there.

Their demand: Santa Claus should visit them too this Christmas now just a couple of days away, & then on an annual schedule as he does on earth! Only the Ganemedean year equals a week on earth! And they don't want just any visit - they want him to come in style the way a company employee told them he comes on earth - in a flying sleigh driven by 8 reindeer, & in full dress too!

How is the management going to handle this?

Ultimately a silly story, but made a light fun read.

Collected in.

  1. Samuel Mines (ed)'s "Wonder Story Annual, Vol 2 No 1 (1953 Edition)".

Fact sheet.

First published: Startling Stories, January 1942.
Download full text as part of a larger package.
Rating: A.
Related: Works of Isaac Asimov; Christmas fiction; Stories set in the Jupiter system.

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