In 2012, Liu published the flash fiction piece “Memories of My Mother,” which takes less than five minutes to read but is guaranteed to have you misty-eyed in the first sixty seconds in its depiction of a dying mother who uses time dilation to visit her daughter at various points in her lifetime. And now, a production company called The Colony Media has adapted “Memories” as a 26-minute short film, Beautiful Dreamer.
Facing a terminal disease, a mother uses space travel and relativity to stretch her last two years over the lifetime of her baby daughter, visiting for only one night every seven years. Mother and daughter must negotiate to build a relationship despite the longing and estrangement that mark the moments they are able to share.
You can follow the film on its Facebook page. Also, if you haven’t read Ken Liu’s work before, now’s the time! His short story collection Paper Menagerie and Other Stories is out in stores, which includes the titular short story “Paper Menagerie“, which swept the Hugo, Nebula and World Fantasy Awards.