Free Fiction Monday: Boz

Boz got his job on the colony ship The Beautiful Dreamer because of his skills as a competent introvert. He enjoys spending years completely alone, monitoring the passengers passing the time in cold sleep.

So, when he wakes up one morning to Christmas carols, he gets scared. Very scared. Who has joined him on the ship? And why torture him with Christmas cookies and mugs of hot cocoa?

He needs to find out—and soon.

“Boz,” by Hugo Award-winning author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only. The story’s also available as an ebook through various online retailers here. 


Kristine Kathryn Rusch


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7 responses to “Free Fiction Monday: Boz”

  1. Natalie K. says:

    Kris, I love this SO much. Thanks for sharing it with us!!!

  2. We have a family tradition of reading to each other and opening one present Christmas Eve. This will be a perfect addition. I feel like I have already received my present! Thank you!

    • I started doing Christmas stories like this because twenty-five years ago, when we were all poorer, a bunch of us writers used to read Christmas stories to each other, written just for the occasion. Kevin J. Anderson collected some of them in A Fantastic Holiday Season. I love reading stories on Christmas Eve. Glad “Boz” will be part of this year’s tradition!

  3. Widdershins says:

    Aww … that got me teary at the end … thanks for such a lovely gift. 😀

  4. Des Torres says:

    I truly hope that your Christmas will reflect the season for you and yours. This story touched me deeply. Thank you so much.

  5. Very nice for the season. Even dedicated introverts appreciate appreciation.

  6. Jacintha says:

    This is delightful. It’s always rewarding to see subgenres I don’t really consider myself a fan of (in this case colony/generation ships and stasis ) done with a warmth and emotional touch that I don’t usually associate with the tropes. So this is both broadening and reassuring for me. Call me a sap; loved it and will buy.

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