All About Emily, by Connie Willis

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I just read “All About Emily”, this year’s Christmas story by Connie Willis. It is in the December 2011 issue of Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine.Cover of December 2011 Asimov's Science Fiction magazine

It’s been a couple of years since Connie has had a Christmas story published, so I was looking forward to it, and wasn’t disappointed.  It’s just what I have come to expect from her Christmas tales – light and humorous, with lots of classic movie and theatre references – and little notes about what humanity can be at its best (and worst) tucked in for good measure.

The story is told from the point of view of Claire Havilland, an aging, somewhat cynical Broadway star.  Claire is, unbeknownst to her, embarking on a little voyage of self-discovery, courtesy of the media campaign surrounding some new technological gadgetry.  To find out more than that, you need to read the story…

While there isn’t much science fictional heavy lifting happening in this story, it is entertaining and fun.  So, if you’re in the mood for some robots, Broadway, and Holiday atmosphere, you should give “All About Emily” a try.

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