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Six Months, Three Days by Charlie Jane Anders

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"Six Months, Three Days" is a 2011 science fiction short story by Charlie Jane Anders. It is about two people, who can both see the future, who try to date each other – and all the problems they have!

Here is a very cool science fiction romantic story that won the 2012 Hugo Award for Best Novelette and was nominated for both the Nebula and Sturgeon awards as well!

Non-Spoiler Summary

Couple at the Bar - Brasserie Jo Boston by colonnade, CC 2.0 License

Judy and Doug are the only two people on the planet who can see the future, but they don’t quite see it the same way. Judy can see many possible futures, whereas Doug only sees the one that actually happens. Nifty huh? Their “gifts” caused quite a bit of grief in their lives before they met each other, but now that they’re trying to date each other it is even worse. They know how long their relationship is going to last, they know their arguments before they happen, they can even see the happy, passionate times too. But knowing all that still doesn’t discourage them from trying – after all love is a many splendored thing, remember? Anyway, after months of giving it a go, as their relationship winds down, they are driving each other crazy (which they knew would happen) – that is until something unexpected happens, which causes them to re-think their lives and how they live them. Aw… see, love is wonderful – even if you know exactly how it is going to turn out!

My Two Cents

  • Story: 4 stars – I loved the idea that they both knew what was going to happen, but pursued the relationship anyway. A very cool idea indeed!
  • Writing: 4 stars – Charlie Jane Anders is a great writer, and it shows in this story. The story’s pace, tone and dialogue were all excellent.
  • Fun Factor: 4 stars – A totally fun read! The ending may not have turned out as happy as most of the movies I watch with my wife, but hey – it was still greatly amusing!

Where To Find Six Months, Three Days

  • This short story first appeared on June 8, 2011 on the web site Tor.com.
  • You can still read "Six Months, Three Days" online for free at Tor.com.
  • It is also included in the David G. Hartwell anthology Year’s Best SF 17.

Craving More SF Stories Like This One?

If you enjoyed "Six Months, Three Days" then you might also like “My Wife Hates Time Travel” by Adam-Troy Castro – about a husband and wife who are bombarded with visits from their future selves!