This is the second episode in Scalzi's episodic novel, The Human Division. This is a short entry, told entirely in dialog, set in a wildcat colony that has been awaiting the oddly delayed arrival of their supply ship. Finding a stranger in the wilderness near their colony is an alarming signal that something has gone very, very wrong.
In addition to being short, this story is a complete break from the characters and immediate circumstances (as opposed to the same universe and time frame), and very different in style. It's clearly setting something up.
Not as strong as the previous episode as a stand-alone episode, but I suspect it's a solid set-up for important developments later.
I bought this story from Audible.com