Six Months, Three Days


Six Months, Three Days
Anders Six Months,Three Days.jpg
AuthorCharlie Jane Anders
Cover artistSam Weber
GenreScience fiction
Published2011; 10 years ago (2011)

"Six Months, Three Days" is a science fiction novelette by Charlie Jane Anders. It was originally published online on in 2011, and was subsequently reprinted in Some of the Best from 2011 Edition and Year's Best SF 17.[1] It won the 2012 Hugo Award for Best Novelette.[2]

In October 2017 published "Six Months, Three Days" in Anders' short fiction collection, Six Months, Three Days, Five Others.[3]


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.


Anders said in a 2016 interview that in this novelette "[t]he big challenge for me ... was how to have a satisfying resolution" to the which-future-is-right question: "they can’t both be right, but they kind of both are right, and how does that work?"[4] In another 2016 interview, Anders commented that her decision to make her 2016 novel, All the Birds in the Sky a "relationship story" was influenced by the relationship that she had created in Six Months, Three Days.[5]


The story was nominated for the 2011 Nebula Award[6] and the 2011 Theodore Sturgeon Award;[7] it won the 2012 Hugo Award for Best Novelette.[2]

Rachel Swirsky described the story as a "philosophical contrast" between determinism and free will.[8] Jim C. Hines said Anders' resolution to the fixed vs. multiple futures conflict was "simultaneously tragic and scary and hopeful", but added that it "felt right for the story".[9]

In 2013, Deadline Hollywood announced that a television adaptation was being prepared for NBC, with script written by Eric Garcia.[10]


  1. ^ Bibliography: Six Months, Three Days at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database; retrieved September 3, 2012
  2. ^ a b "2012 Hugo Award Winners". The Hugo Awards. September 2, 2012.
  3. ^ "Six Months, Three Days, Five Others". Internet Speculative Fiction Database. Retrieved November 26, 2017.
  4. ^ "Interview: Charlie Jane Anders". Lightspeed. May 2016. Retrieved January 8, 2017.
  5. ^ Liang, Adrian (January 27, 2016). "'Witch Vs. Mad Scientist': Charlie Jane Anders on Her Novel All the Birds in the Sky". Retrieved April 6, 2017.
  6. ^ 2011 Nebula Awards Nominees Announced, at Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America; published February 20, 2012; retrieved September 3, 2012
  7. ^ 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
  8. ^ Rachel Swirsky's Novelette Recommendations from 2011, at LiveJournal; published February 1, 2012; retrieved September 3, 2012
  9. ^ "Hugo Novelettes". Jun 6, 2012. Retrieved January 8, 2017.
  10. ^ NBC Nabs Light Procedural Produced By Krysten Ritter & David Janollari; by Nellie Andreeva; at Deadline Hollywood; published September 27, 2013; retrieved March 13, 2014

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