“Movement” is a 2011 science fiction short story by Nancy Fulda. It is about a teenage girl with temporal autism, and the things she chooses to do with her life.
Some People Really Are Special
During my first year of college I went to a presentation featuring Kim Peek. He and his father made some astounding demonstrations – like being able to recall word-for-word pages from a large number of novels, and memorizing an entire book during the presentation! Very cool stuff, and it was then that I learned what amazing abilities some people have. Here is a story about another special girl and how she perceives the effects of time.
Hannah doesn’t experience time like everyone else does – in fact time can move excruciatingly slow or furiously fast for her. Its no surprise then, that it takes her a long time to come up with answers to people’s questions. This frustrates her parents, who are looking into a new neurological approach to “curing” her condition. Hannah understands what is happening, but isn’t sure how she feels about it. So she sneaks off one day to do something she enjoys and think about things. Now if she could just formulate an answer before its too late.
Some Interesting Tidbits
- Word count: 3,913 (7 pages)
- I didn’t know this, but Nancy Fulda got her Bachelor’s degree in computer science not too far from where I live! Be sure to check out her biography page to learn more about this fascinating author.
- Special thanks to Jason Sanford for mentioning this cool story!
Where To Find Movement
- This short story first appeared in the March 2011 edition of Asimov’s Science Fiction.
- You can read or listen to “Movement” for free at Escape Pod.
- It is also included in the anthology Nebula Awards Showcase 2013.
Craving More SF Stories Like This One?
If you enjoyed “Movement” then you may also like “Mirror Girl” by Paul Carlson – about a brilliant girl who begins to question the strange world in which she lives.