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Smashwords Edition. Electronic edition published by Flying Raven Press, December 2010. Copyright © 2010 by Scott William Carter. Originally appeared in Analog, December 2005. All rights reserved, including the right of reproduction, in whole or in part in any form. This short story is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents either are products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events or locales or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental. For more about Flying Raven Press, please visit our web site at

A Christmas in Amber

Scott William Carter


THE SNOWFLAKES BARELY touched the glass before they melted, the moisture swept aside by his humming windshield wipers, but Alan was still mesmerized.  Not a word had been said about snow on any of the Evacuation Updates.  Rain had been the forecast.  Lots and lots of rain.  It had been many years since he had seen real snow—twenty or thirty at least, back when Janis was still alive.  And that had been at a ski resort, not Los Angeles.  The last time he could remember it snowing in Los Angeles was when he was still in his twenties, some fifty years back, and he could never remember it snowing on Christmas Day. 

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