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The Nutcracker Coup

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The Nutcracker Coup

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Author: Janet Kagan
Publisher: Asimov's Science Fiction, 1992

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Book Type: Novelette
Genre: Science-Fiction
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Hugo Award winning and Nebula Award nominated novelette.

A homesick staff member of the human embassy to an alien planet indulges in some Christmas customs, which unexpectedly lead to a transformation of the alien society away from tyrannical monarchy towards individual liberty.

The story was originally published in Asimov's Science Fiction, December 1992. It can also be found in the anthologies Christmas Magic (1994) edited by David G. Hartwell, The New Hugo Winners, Volume IV: (1992-94) (1997), edited by Gregory Benford and Season of Wonder (2012), edited by Paula Guran.


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