I remember a story about how people stopped moving. They buried them. Then people started disappearing. Turns out, people were moving into different time streams. The people not moving were just moving really slow, and the people disappearing were moving super fast. Any ideas?

  • Can you remember any more details? As it stands, this question runs the risk of being closed as too broad.
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    Commented Jul 2, 2017 at 2:11
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  • @Politank-Z How is it too broad? You mean you know several stories that match the description? Could you please name some of them?
    – user14111
    Commented Jul 2, 2017 at 2:57
  • @user14111 I can not. It is vaguely familiar, though, and also vague.
    – Politank-Z
    Commented Jul 2, 2017 at 3:21

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You may be thinking of "Co-existence" (also known as "The River of Time"), a story by David Brin, which first appeared in Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine (May 1982), and which appears in Brin's collection The River of Time (1986). It deals with how people perceive one another as they transition between different time rates, and it mentions some early unfortunates who were prematurely declared dead.

This question may be a duplicate of Story-identification, short story with time dilation, which has this story as a proposed answer.

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