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Senior commissioning editor: working on out-of-this world SF, fantasy and urban fantasy (plus other subdivisions, factions and associated areas) for Tor UK. On twitter as @BellaPagan.

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17 Dec 2013

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THE BEST SCIENCE FICTION/FANTASY CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS

As things get increasingly seasonal, I thought it would be fun to see just what genre goodies are out there in terms of Christmas decorations. If you want to show your tree some genre love, there’s no shortage I’m telling you – from the tasteful, to the fun to the out-and-out weird. Anyway, I’ve a few tree and non-tree Christmas decorations below and some of our authors also shared their top tips. If you have any favorites from the list, do let us know. Or if you have your own unusual/attractive decoration sightings to report, let us know in the comments!

1) This is pretty random but I really like it. A kind of road sign crossed with a tree decoration, inspired by Lord of the Rings. Anyway, if this is for you, I found it on ebay.com here. 

Lord of the Rings

2) Paul Cornell supplied me with a suitably Whovian decoration:
‘For a truly morbid Doctor Who Christmas, how about these Cyberman tree decorations?!’
They do look rather sinister, and were made by SolarShine, seen here on DeviantArt.com

Doctor Who Cybermen decoration by Solarshine


3) I just love these attractive and glittery planets. These are the ‘Kurt Adler Saturn Planet Ornaments’, found on angelicdreamz.com. Like normal baubles, but way better, obviously. Though I couldn’t vouch for their scientific accuracy…

Planet tree decorations

4) This one’s from Adam Nevill. Given what he writes, I can’t say I’m surprised by his choice:
‘The Yule Goat: often a horned and goat-like figure with origins entangled in Norse mythology and ancient harvest rituals. There are, of course potent superstitions and supernatural implications behind this horned figure; old pagan ideas buried in something modernity has tried to sanitize, and in some parts of Finland hideous wooden effigies are still carved. Some people still dress as the Yule Goat too (at least we hope those horned figures dancing on roofs are people in costume …)’

The Yule Goat

5) As you might expect, Christmas decorations are an area where steampunks can really go to town. There are plenty to choose from, but I like these tasteful little items below. I don’t know where you’d buy them, maybe they were made as a one off? But I found the image on a blog from a year or so back collecting a number of steampunk Christmas ideas. So go see The Pennington Edition blog for more festive steampunk fun.

Steampunk christmas 

6) If you fancy seeing the Enterprise nestled among the branches, look no further. It has lights and everything. I found this in the poptopshop.com…

Hallmark Star trek

7) These gorgeous felt (?) Doctor Who decorations are hand-made by PandawithCookie on etsy.com. Good thing the Tardis is bigger on the inside, or there would be no room for all the others …

Doctor Who Xmas decorations

 

8) A serious Christmas decoration here. The brooding lego Death Star is not for the faint-hearted. Not sure it would play well with the shiny space ships below or not. If you like it, you can find it on brothers-brick.com, where they credit Chris McVeigh.

Death-Star

9) I do like these cheerful retro space ships. Would brighten up the old tree no end I think. They are lurking here on ebay.co.uk courtesy of Mary B Decorative Art.

Spaceship tree decorations

10) Lastly, it’s not a ‘genre decoration’ but it is sweet! Author Leigh Evans shared her former favourite Christmas decoration with us. Former because when she removed it from the box, her cat decided it had to be destroyed. This may be familiar to cat-lovers out there…

Cat and christmas decoration

So it’s happy festivities everybody, whatever your decoration policy! 

 

 

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Comments on “THE BEST SCIENCE FICTION/FANTASY CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS”

  1. December 17, 2013 at 4:58 pm Wyv says:

    That’s the Enterprise, not the Falcon, unless my eyesight has been ruined by too many mince pies :-)

    • December 18, 2013 at 8:28 am Bella Pagan says:

      You are so right and corrected now! In my defence (!) the original picture was of the Falcon, but I thought the Enterprise looked better on the tree. Not a phrase I usually find myself saying ;) (Falcon pic http://image0-rubylane.s3.amazonaws.com/shops/pitkin/1241.1L.jpg?12)

      • December 18, 2013 at 9:13 am Wyv says:

        It is more Christmassy with the blue and red!

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