Six Months, Three Days

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Six Months, Three Days
Author Charlie Jane Anders
Language English
Genre Science fiction
Published 2011

"Six Months, Three Days" is an award-winning science fiction novelette by Charlie Jane Anders. It was originally published on in 2011, and was subsequently reprinted in Some of the Best from 2011 Edition and Year's Best SF 17.[1]


Doug and Judy are both precognitive: Doug can see "the future", and Judy can see "many possible futures". They fall in love, even though they both know that their relationship will last exactly six months and three days, and end very badly.


The story was nominated for the 2011 Nebula Award[2] and the 2011 Theodore Sturgeon Award,[3] and won the Hugo Award for Best Novelette.[4]

Rachel Swirsky describes the story as a "philosophical contrast" between determinism and free will.[5]

In 2013, announced that a television adaptation was being prepared for NBC, with script written by Eric Garcia.[6]


  1. ^ Bibliography: Six Months, Three Days at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database; retrieved September 3, 2012
  2. ^ 2011 Nebula Awards Nominees Announced, at Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America; published February 20, 2012; retrieved September 3, 2012
  3. ^ Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award Finalists, at the J. Wayne and Elsie M. Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction; published June 24, 2012; retrieved September 3, 2012
  4. ^ "2012 Hugo Award Winners". The Hugo Awards. September 2, 2012. 
  5. ^ Rachel Swirsky's Novelette Recommendations from 2011, at LiveJournal; published February 1, 2012; retrieved September 3, 2012
  6. ^ NBC Nabs Light Procedural Produced By Krysten Ritter & David Janollari; by Nellie Andreeva; at; published September 27, 2013; retrieved March 13, 2014

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