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The Best Christmas Ever: 02/25/08
Ian received Science Fiction: The Best of 2004 as a Christmas gift last year. I've been slowly reading through it, going through one story on those rare days when I can sneak away to a local coffee shop for some "me time."
The first story in the book is appropriately called "The Best Christmas Ever" and is written by James Patrick Kelley.
Aunty Em is the caretaker of Albert Paul Hopkins, a 56 year old widower. Em wants to give him a Christmas he'll remember and this story chronicles how she brings about the "best Christmas ever."
While following Aunty Em through her chores, Kelley peppers the story with details of a catastrophic disaster mentioned in passing as the "Boston Plague."
I really enjoyed this story. It has the same eerie atmosphere as Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake where things are just too cheery for all the horror that has happened.
If you don't want to buy the book, you can read the story online.