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La velocidad de la oscuridad

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In the near future, disease will be a condition of the past. Most genetic defects will be removed at birth; the remaining during infancy. Unfortunately, there will be a generation left behind. For members of that missed generation, small advances will be made. Through various programs, they will be taught to get along in the world despite their differences. They will be ma...more
Published January 1st 2005 by Ediciones B, S.A. (first published 2002)
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Mar 08, 2009 Sandi rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: sci-fi, 2009, cross-genre
I may need to review my top-ten shelf and see what can be bumped. "The Speed of Dark" book moved me like few books ever have. I cried, I laughed, I didn't want it to end. Elizabeth Moon does an absolutely amazing job of making a reader walk many miles in someone else's shoes. In this case, the reader becomes Lou Arrendale, an autistic man in an era when autism can be cured in childhood. Unfortunately, he was born too soon for the treatment. A new treatment is developed for adult autists and he h...more
This book is about as 'sci fi' as an episode of CSI. Moon basically takes 'Flowers for Algernon' and hacks off the ending. The writing was alright, and there was some interesting characterization, but I suspect it only got the Nebula and Clarke because award committees love nothing as much as political correctness. This book is the equivalent of an actor making an Oscar bid by playing a mentally-challenged character.

I know Moon is a sci fi author, but in this book, it feels like she just stamped...more
I was very impressed by The Speed of Dark. Lou Arrendale is autistic and employed by a large company that requires his special skill of recognizing patterns that can't be seen by other people or computers. Despite the fact that he is gainfully employed and a brilliant fencer, autistics have a different way of interacting socially and perceiving the world.

The author has written about autism with a lot of knowledge and sensitivity.
Kelly  Maybedog
This book is outstanding. Moon's believable hero is a genius trapped in an autistic shell. The characterization was vivid and touching, I grew to love the man and feel very strongly about the things he dealt with. I even found myself getting angry with the bad things people were doing thinking, "they can't do that!" even though the book was just fiction. It was outrageous and yet believable. I loved how the author didn't relegate the autistic man to being stupid or unable to comprehend big words...more
Sep 30, 2007 Anne rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: science fiction fans, health professionals
Shelves: fiction, sff
The Speed of Dark is an eloquently written examination of the internal life of an autistic man, as he considers whether or not to try an experimental cure for his condition. It is told from the first person point of view of Lou Arrendale, and his voice is so strong and unique that I found myself becoming personally involved in his dilemma. I didn't want to loose his voice, or any of his uniqueness. Through the window of Lou's experience, the novel examines the consequences of the medicalization...more
5.0 stars. This is an incredible novel and one that I highly recommend to anyone one liked Flowers for Algernon. Emotionally powerful science fiction at its best. Superb writing, excellent plot and an unforgetable main character.

Nominee: Arthur C. Clarke Award for Best Science Fiction Novel
Nominee: Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel
Winner: Nebula Award for Best Science Fiction Novel

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"Sometimes I wonder how normal normal people are, and I wonder that the most in the grocery store."

Started the book thinking it was simply a novel about a man with autism. After I few incidents I had to shift my thinking to that of it being an almost science fiction novel. Then I could read it more easily, and the black and whiteness of the characters made more sense to me. A fiction based on imagined, or hoped for, future science (which is actually not so very future anymore).
I really enjoyed...more
Lisa Vegan
It’s going to be a challenge to write a review without using a spoiler box but I will do it, as I have written all my other reviews without spoilers.

This is kind of a cross between The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time and Flowers for Algernon, both books I also really liked.

The writer is the mother of a son (adolescent at the time of this book’s publication) that has autism. The main character in this book has autism, but it takes place in the future where he has received better ea...more
May 03, 2008 Lisa rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone. Think about how you deal with people who are different from you.
Recommended to Lisa by: Jennifer
Shelves: 2008
What a special and beautifully written book. It presents autism from the autistic person's point of view, and he is someone you can really relate to and begin to understand. Through Lou, readers also see ourselves and our social group interactions--"normals"--from an outside perspective, which has caused me to think about some things in my life differently.

The book has a great plot, all while asking profound questions. It challenges readers to think about what makes them who they are--are we re...more
I was intrigued because this book was mentioned several times at WisCon’06 as an example of disability in science fiction and austism in general. Congoers had varying opinions—some touted it as the Best Writing About Autism Ever, while others said it was unrealistic. I have little experience with autism (besides being in fandom and reading The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time), so I can’t comment on how realistically Moon recreates an autistic experience. As a book, it’s quite good,...more
Really, really liked this book. Told (for the most part) from the perspective of a high functioning autistic adult, it was a look into the different thought process of someone who "normals" think of as disabled. The thing I loved was the Lou is so normal! The things that he does that normal people would see as affected (seeing patterns in colors of the cars in the parking lot, counting things, focusing on music) don't seem all that odd when you know the thoughts and the decisions that go along w...more
I thought the author did a great job of presenting a character with autism, but the idea of a cure is weird to me.
May 06, 2012 Emily rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
This book loosely resembles The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time in that they both have narrators with autism, but there they diverge. The narrator of The Speed of Dark is Lou Arrendale, a man living in the near future when major developments have been made in treating individuals with autism. His work group consists entirely of people with autism. The group splinters when a new manager at the company learns of an experimental treatment that could cure autism, and demands that all t...more
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I loved everything about this book except for the last chapter or two. I hated, hated, hated the ending, not because it was poorly written but because it seemed to betray the spirit of the novel.

Otherwise, I found this an enjoyable read that was hard to put down. Moon does a great job in assuming the voice and perspective of someone with unusually high functioning autism (due to futuristic advances in treatment). I do wish she'd done a better job of bringing in tidbits about the future world tha...more
Apr 10, 2008 Dlora rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tom, Dawn, Luan, Melissa, Karen, Marci
Shelves: general-fiction
I wouldn’t call this story science fiction even though it is set a little bit in the future. The timeframe is just far enough ahead to a time when scientiests have discovered how to correct the brain damage that causes autism. In The Speed of Dark, the protagonist was too old for the treatment by the time the breakthrough was made, but he was able to take advantage of some advanced treatment and training that helped him learn how to function in a more normal way than the autistic people of today...more
I was intrigued by the premise of the book, but not by the writing. It was jarring to be whipped back and forth between the first person perspective of a main character with high-functioning autism, and a third person perspective that seemed wasteful--since the author also covered this third person information from the first person's perspective. Confused yet? So was I. I have yet to read a book that can carry off the perspective jumps that authors have contrived to use these days. There is a va...more
The first book I ever ready by Elizabeth Moon was Sheepfarmer's Daughter. I'm more of a fantasy reader than a science fiction reader. I liked the book and so read, over the years, Moon's work. Her sci-fi books are better than her fantasy. Of all her books, The Speed of the Dark stands out as her best work.

It is a touching story; it raises questions about what it means to be human, what it means to be who you are. The fact that Moon doesn't fully answer such questions, but allows the reader to th...more
Cheryl in CC NV
I think the book is worth buying for those of you who don't have a good enough library. It does start a little slow, in that it seems like it might be about to become a little didactic or moralistic. Then it gets exciting, and more gorgeous. The ending is the only bit that's science-fiction'y and I'm still thinking about it.

I've read lots of books, both fiction and memoirs, about autism and related issues (I won't call it a disease) and this is one of the best in a lot of ways. It is also one o...more
More what I'd call sci-fi-light than true sci-fi this is a fascinating story of an autistic man doing the best he can to live what is considered a normal life dealing with the possibility that he could be changed and no longer be autistic.

The book was inspired by the authors experiences with her autistic son and the credibility really shows. I couldn't put the book down and I highly recommend it.
Derek (Guilty of thoughtcrime)
Ultimately disappointing.

Moon beautifully and, sometimes, heartbreakingly describes what it's like to be autistic (insofar as someone who isn't autistic, can). But we're told all along that while Lou is sometimes baffled by the social interactions of "normal" people, he functions well. When he's offered a chance to "cure" his autism, he initially doesn't want to take it because a "cured" Lou won't be Lou.

So when the procedure works, and the resulting person is decidedly not Lou, he achieves o
In the future, a cure for autism has been developed and is given to all babies (still in the womb or just born) that test positive for the disorder. Lou is born a few years to early for the treatment and is therefore in the last generation of autistics. After going to therapy for most of his childhood, he is now a functioning adult with his own apartment and a steady job with a pharmaceutical company that uses his advanced pattern recognition abilities. He has "friends" who are both autistic (hi...more
Kat  Hooper
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

In The Speed of Dark, Elizabeth Moon blends science fiction, neuroscience, and her own experience to speculate about a future in which scientists have nearly eliminated the symptoms of autism. Lou Arrendale’s cohort is the last of the impaired autistics. Thanks to early intervention programs, Lou and his colleagues are verbal, take care of themselves, and work for a pharmaceutical company that makes use of their savant abilities, yet they lack the social u...more
A really impressive book, in my opinion. Although it is technically classified as science fiction, it does not especially regard technological advancements and other aspects expected of typical books of the genre. It is more of a character analysis and, partly, an analysis of the type of society set in this not so distant future, both in which Moon effectively evokes a convincing portrait of an autistic person using a first person narrative. I think that is quite notable because such deep charac...more
Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon tells the story of an autistic man in the near future where advances in medical technology have cured many diseases. The protagonist is in a small group of people who were born just before these advances and so have grown up in a world where their disability is a close anachronism.

This is a subtle, introspective work that focuses on psychological, philosophical and theological questions about normality and quality of life. I could not help but cast actor Jim Pars...more
Moon has an autistic son, which clearly informed her writing of this book. The Speed of Dark tells the story of Lou Arrendale, an autistic man living in a near future very similar to our own time. The back of the book blurb focuses on:

"…an experimental “cure” for his condition. Now Lou must decide if he should submit to a surgery that may change the way he views the world–and the very essence of who he is."

But the book is so much more. This isn’t an action or adventure novel, and the treatments...more
Oh man. This book started out incredibly promising. The autistic first-person narrator is believable and authentic, and when an experimental cure for autism is acquired by the company he works for, the ethical ramifications are gripping and frightening. I mean, when people see autism as an illness, something to be cured, then resisting treatment is obvious grounds for firing someone. So I really wanted to see where the writer would take this.

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Lori (Hellian)
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A group of autistic staff are "elite" pattern-recognition analysts at a major corporation, sometime in the future. Lou, the protagonist, is a high-functioning autistic & the reader is forced to consider the line between "normal" and "autistic" views of the world. Eventually Lou must choose whether to have experimental surgery that will cure his autism & change his life forever -- or continue on his present course. I felt this book described how autistic people experience the world far mo...more
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Elizabeth Moon was born March 7, 1945, and grew up in McAllen, Texas, graduating from McAllen High School in 1963. She has a B.A. in History from Rice University (1968) and another in Biology from the University of Texas at Austin (1975) with graduate work in Biology at the University of Texas, San Antonio.

She served in the USMC from 1968 to 1971, first at MCB Quantico and then at HQMC. She marrie...more
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