Julian: A Christmas Story is a dystopian speculative fiction novella written by Robert Charles Wilson.
is told from the perspective of teenager Adam Hazzard, who lives in the rural town of Williams Ford, in the state of Athabaska
(today a region in Canada, but has in the story become a part of the United States
; and his relationship with his friend Julian Comstock (later in life called Julian Conqueror or Julian the Agnostic), an aristocratic boy of his age with radical beliefs about God, science, and evolution, notably his beliefs in DNA
and the Moon Landings, in defiance of the omnipresent and theocratic Church of the Dominion of Jesus Christ on Earth, which came about as a result of the end of oil in the twenty-first century, a time which was believed to be the Biblical Tribulation
. Julian is the nephew of the President, Deklan Comstock, and it is rumored that Deklan may send Julian to fight in the Labrador War against the European powers, in order to quell dissent against him that his family does not care about the soldiers. The story centers on how Adam and Julian will avoid the coming draft and remain alive despite Julian's beliefs.
Robert Charles Wilson is currently working on turning Julian in to a full length novel.
Full text of the story can be found here.
A summary of the story.