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Movement: A Short Story by [Fulda, Nancy]
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Length: 18 pages

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"When I review a story this well-written, I find myself admiring one expression after the other and wanting to quote them all, to tell readers, 'Look at this! Admire this!' Hannah's thoughts are wondrous, but unlike her, Fulda can express them." -- Lois Tilton, Locus Reviews

"This is a short but very powerful piece.... Hannah's condition prevents her from having "normal" interpersonal relationships, but it also allows her a unique perspective on the fast-changing world around her and contributes to her exceptional dancing and cognitive skills." -- Aaron Hughes, Fantastic Reviews Blog

Product Details

  • File Size: 149 KB
  • Print Length: 18 pages
  • Publisher: Nancy Fulda (December 30, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 30, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006LNRZ44
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,396,394 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is a short story but has so much in it that it has the impact of a full novel.

Not only does this story give us a new perspective on those that see the world differently but allows us the opportunity to understand that sometimes we may fail to communicate properly but mostly because we view the world differently.

The title Movement not only describes the main character's prime outlet and her view of the world but says exactly what it does. It moved me.
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Movement is a short story told from the point of view of a teenager with a future form of autism as she watches her parents discuss possible changes for her future. Heavy themes of individuality, disability, and social acceptance are woven in seamlessly and never become overbearing. While one side of her parents' dilemma is clearly favored in the case presented, it's done in a way to prompt further consideration rather than coming across as the obvious and universal better choice and the other side has valid points illustrated throughout the discourse. The little touches of science fiction in this story are used just right to add layers and allow the author to tailor the narrative to have more impact and smoother flow.

Movement is a beautiful, thoughtful tale that packs an incredible amount of depth into its short eighteen pages. Highly recommended.
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I've been seeing a lot of stories about children on the autism spectrum, but it's nice to see one told from the child's perspective, rather than the parents. In "Movement," Hannah's parents are considering a new medical breakthrough that would make her a "functional" person, but would completely remove all chance of becoming an sort of artist or savant, and she is already devoted to her ballet. The ending is almost tear-jerking. I have to give Fulda a lot of props for writing such a positive and well-researched representation of a child with autism.

Available as a free audio production from Escape Pod.
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In a story set well in the future, Hannah has a condition known as "temporal autism." She senses and appreciates the passage of time, well beyond what ordinary people notice. This makes communication difficult, since she likes to spend a long time thinking before answering any question. She particularly notices how creatures and systems adapt and evolve over time. Her autism also draws her to dance.

Her parents see her as unhappy and unresponsive, rather than thoughtful. When a possible new cure is available, they discuss with the doctor, each other, and Hannah whether they should attempt it, raising the question: is it worth destroying who she is to make Hannah conform to everyone else's desires?

The story is told entirely from Hannah's perspective, as she thinks about her world and her parents and her self, and tries to communicate her own wishes. The ending seems ambiguous at first, but on reflection, it's really not.

Recommended especially for parents, or anyone who wants some insight on autism.
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By Erin O on June 1, 2012
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Lovely little story about an autistic girl in the future told in first person. This is a 2012 Hugo Nominee for Short Story.
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Movement is a well written short story about Hannah, a silent girl whose parents are exploring ways to "fix' her. Movement is her autistic focus; whether it be the flow of glass down the pane, the crustal plates shifting beneath her feet, or the billowing of clouds. Hannah notices what the rest of the world does not. The world sees Hannah as rather shallow, but her story exposes the depth of her perceptions. Her mind is "attuned to the dizzying flow of seconds and centuries." In a way, Hannah is mature beyond her years - "it should not be surprising that, on the way from what we are to what we are becoming, there should be friction and false starts along the way." Hannah's unresponsive condition to her family's chatter is not because she does not understand or does not hear, but because words feel insignificant compared to the movement going on around her. In "Movement," Hannah shares her story, and as in all good stories, evolves through the telling. She has decided something profound by the end, because Hannah, too, is moving.
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