Season's Meaning

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Captain Alysha Forrest is taking advantage of leave to do a little holiday shopping at the largest mall in the Alliance's summer capital... when a little boy gets into a little trouble. A holiday feel-good story from the Pelted universe.

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Published: Dec. 01, 2010
Words: 3,040
Language: English
ISBN: 9781452370927
About M.C.A. Hogarth

Daughter of two Cuban political exiles, M.C.A. Hogarth was born a foreigner in the American melting pot and has had a fascination for the gaps in cultures and the bridges that span them ever since. She has been many things—-web database architect, product manager, technical writer and massage therapist—-but is currently a full-time parent, artist, writer and anthropologist to aliens, both human and otherwise.

Her fiction has variously been recommended for a Nebula, a finalist for the Spectrum, placed on the secondary Tiptree reading list and chosen for two best-of anthologies; her art has appeared in RPGs, magazines and on book covers.

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Review by: Elizabeth McCoy on July 09, 2011 : star star star star
Basically, this is The Holiday Episode, much as you'd find with many a SF series on TV. This is not a complaint! It's a bit of culture, a bit of biology, a bit of lifting of spirits, and a bit of small-scale adventure --and the whole of it is a very nice read. (Also, now I want pretzels. The description of them, though short and hardly a major plot point, is making my mouth water.)
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Caitlin Woods on Dec. 21, 2010 : star star star star star
Exactly what it says on the tin. This story is a brief, fun story about how a desire to help others doesn't take a holiday. In this, the world basically works how you'd wish it to--accidents happen, but strangers go out of their way to try to help, and said strangers are rewarded. Sort of seems to say that the little tribulations are as important as the big crises when determining the mettle of a man--but I could be reading a bit much into it.

What can I say? I enjoyed it. :)
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Eric Hinkle on Dec. 06, 2010 : star star star star star
As the description says, it's a brief yet typically well-written story about Alysha Forrest at Christmas time. She's being heroic again, but this time it's told with a sly humor and one awful yet great pun that I won't spoil by revealing here.

More than worth the price, read it for some holiday smiles.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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