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The Speed of Dark

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Science Fiction about autism by Elizabeth Moon

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Author: Elizabeth Moon
Genre: Medical Fiction
Publisher: Del Rey
Date Published: June 28, 2005
1 review about The Speed of Dark

Excellent Look at Possibilities for a Misunderstood Condition!

  • Apr 7, 2009
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Anyone who liked "Flowers for Algernon" would love this book.  It takes place in the near future and is narrated by an autistic man named Lou. He lives a fairly normal life and works with a group of people like himself.  They look at life a lot differently, noticing patterns and colors to an enormous degree, which makes them very valuable to their employer and thus, they are given special privileges to keep them productive and happy.

 

Unfortunately for Lou and the others, his group gets a new boss, Mr. Crenshaw, who is one of those corporate types who wants to cut costs with no concern for the people involved or the work that they do.  Crenshaw tries to force the autistics to either go through an experimental treatment or be fired.

 

Lou and the others were happy with their lives and have to make a big moral decision, because by becoming "normal" would mean giving up some of the special abilities they have and make them into the stress-filled illogical people (Lou seems to remind me of Mr. Spock from Star Trek at times) that live around them.

 

Ms. Moon has done a masterful job giving us a deeper appreciation for those who are different than us!

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