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The Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon
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Dec 28, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: ebook, science, fiction, autism, dec06

Inevitable this is going to be compared with Flowers for Algernon. Equally inevitable it will suffer in that comparison. Judged by humbler standards though it does very well. [return][return]Lou is a high functioning autisic man who thanks to support and special education holds down a job and even has a social life. Autism is Rapidly disapearin though prebirth intervention means autistic babies are cured before birth.[return][return]Now his company is pressuribg him to try an experimental treatment that will cure him. But will he be the same person? If not does he want to be a different person.[return][return]The story switches between an omniscient viewpoint and Lou's first person narrative. Lou is obviously very intellligent thoough he usually has a very simple sentence structure. [return]He seems to have a much more complete theory of mind than Autistic people are normally credited with, wondering about the motivations of comparative strangers but of course with the autistic there is always more going on below the surface than one is aware of. His uncertainties and mistakes in ascribing motivations do form a lot of the plot. [return][return]Elizabeth Moon's integrity as always is of the highest order and she provides no easy answers.

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