If you’re in the mood for a little holiday reading, check out these two short stories, both available for only 99 cents. “A Christmas in Amber” originally appeared in the December 2005 issue of Analog magazine. “The Red Scarf” was published in Cicada Magazine in February 2005. They’re available electronically at Amazon, B&N, and most other online retailers. If you don’t have a dedicated e-reader, you can also buy them at Smashwords. “A Christmas in Amber” also appears in my collection, The Dinosaur Diaries and Other Tales Across Space and Time.
A Christmas in Amber
With a meteor on a collision course with Earth, a mass evacuation is underway for a privileged few . . . but not for an elderly man who must say goodbye to those he loves. A powerful Christmas tale that originally appeared in the December 2005 issue of Analog Science Fiction and Fact. “A Christmas in Amber” by Scott William Carter is a touching story.” — SFRevu.com. A short story of 4700 words. Placed fifth in the Analog AnLab Reader’s Poll of the best short stories of the year. Honorable mention in The Year’s Best Science Fiction edited by Gardner Dozois.
The Red Scarf
In this touching Christmas tale, a Minnesota widower has a magical encounter with an enchanted snow man — and gets a last glimpse of the love of his life. Originally appeared in Cicada Magazine, February 2005.