If the World Ended, Would I Notice?

A collection of 14 short stories: a mixture of science fiction, fantasy and genre-bending weirdness. More

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About Erika Hammerschmidt

I am an author, artist and speaker. I give speeches with my husband John to schools and support groups, telling the story of how we grew up as aliens on earth, and finally found each other.

I was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome and Tourette's Syndrome around the age of 11, but labels aren't important to me. We are all individuals, and a diagnosis is just one of humanity's flawed but natural attempts to arrange the world into categories that seem neat and orderly. It's language, and as much as I love language, it is not a perfect way of describing reality. There is no perfect way. No word's definition is universally agreed upon. No written definition can perfectly encompass the idea expressed by a word. And some ideas can't even be expressed by words in the first place.

What I am can be described partially by the words "Asperger's Syndrome," with their definition as printed in the DSM-IV, and as interpreted by my childhood psychiatrist... but really, individual people all have their own unique mental conditions. Mine works for me right now. I see no need to change.

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