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ColdSleep [Kindle Edition]

D.A. Boulter
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Science Fiction Short Story -- 6300 words

It takes eleven months for a supply ship to make the Earth-Liberty run. With colonists in ColdSleep and cargo handlers supplied by the space stations, the supply ship Restful travels with a minimal crew. The boredom of the long flight encourages laxity on the part of the crew, but when time comes to waken the sleepers, that has to change and Captain Jeffers, responsible for ship, crew and colonists, finds himself fighting an uphill battle.

On top of that, Jeffers worries about 'The Sickness'. Rumours about the effects of ColdSleep have surrounded the program. It is said that no one comes out mentally unchanged.


Product Details

  • File Size: 110 KB
  • Print Length: 17 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005R40S4M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #597,663 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool! October 13, 2011
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In science fiction, when one thinks of space travel through vast distances, there are usually three methods of travel. First is Faster Than Light (FTL) speed. Second is through Wormholes. Third is hibernation in space, where the passengers are in deep sleep while a skeleton crew operates the ship. The short story ColdSleep focuses on this third method of space travel, specifically what can go wrong with it.

The author weaves a very tight story from the perspective of the captain of a supply vessel, making an eleven months run from Earth to a space colony called Liberty. As the story moves along, the reader is peppered with hints here and there that something is very wrong aboard the ship. The wrongness finally comes to light at the very end of the story. . .

One may look at the Product Description and think 6300 words is too short a story to consider reading. But you should trust in Boulter and realize, once you read ColdSleep, that the story length is perfect. ColdSleep is highly recommended for fans of the author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice little story for the value February 2, 2012
By Todd
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I've read all of Boulter's work. I liked this story and found he put some good thought into the timeline and plot. And the end twist was a nice touch.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tiny bit predictable, but well done. March 14, 2014
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Short story, but well-written and enjoyable. Since it is a short story, I can't write much without giving things away, so I'll just say that while I guessed the main plot-point, I wasn't sure until the very end that I was right. That's the mark of a good story.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not so much a short story as a Story Synopsis February 5, 2012
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This SF story looked promising but the author needs to sit down and write the novel, novella or at least a real short story. This is just enough to tease us- I'm sure I'd like the work that could/would be written, from this idea, but I've seen longer reviews!
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More About the Author

D.A. Boulter hates talking about himself in the 3rd person. Finds it annoying.

Since my early school days, Science Fiction and Fantasy have intrigued me, starting with Heinlein, whose Starship Troopers I read in the middle 60s, long before I knew about the social and political themes it carried. My seminal year, though, came in 1974 when I got my hands on a copy of Frank Herbert's "Dune", which fascinated me with its depth and breadth. At that moment I knew SF&F had hooked me.

However, it took another ten years before I seriously considered writing my own material and another ten after that before I began writing in earnest. Now, with the advent of e-readers, I find myself in the very strange position of being a published author, rather than someone who wrote for himself only. It gratifies me that many have read and enjoyed my works. Thank you.

I've worked as a cook, a first-aid attendant, weather observer, radar operator and tech. I've worked in the city, in the woods, and in the Arctic. Just now, I find myself on the West Coast of Canada, with my feline companion -- one of a line of cats who have shared my writing moments (and interrupted them as well).

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