- Title: Speed Of Dark
- Author: Elizabeth Moon
- ISBN: 9781841491417
- Page: 272
- Format: Paperback
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 maIn 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 made active and contributing members of society But they will never be normal.Lou Arrendale is a member of that lost generation, born at the wrong time to reap the awards of medical science Part of a small group of high functioning autistic adults, he has a steady job with a pharmaceutical company, a car, friends, and a passion for fencing Aside from his annual visits to his counselor, he lives a low key, independent life He has learned to shake hands and make eye contact He has taught himself to use please and thank you and other conventions of conversation because he knows it makes others comfortable He does his best to be as normal as possible and not to draw attention to himself But then his quiet life comes under attack It starts with an experimental treatment that will reverse the effects of autism in adults With this treatment Lou would think and act and be just like everyone else But if he was suddenly free of autism, would he still be himself Would he still love the same classical music with its complications and resolutions Would he still see the same colors and patterns in the world shades and hues that others cannot see Most importantly, would he still love Marjory, a woman who may never be able to reciprocate his feelings Would it be easier for her to return the love of a normal There are intense pressures coming from the world around him including an angry supervisor who wants to cut costs by sacrificing the supports necessary to employ autistic workers Perhaps even disturbing are the barrage of questions within himself For Lou must decide if he should submit to a surgery that might completely change the way he views the world and the very essence of who he is.Thoughtful, provocative, poignant, unforgettable, The Speed of Dark is a gripping exploration into the mind of an autistic person as he struggles with profound questions of humanity and matters of the heart Author Biography Elizabeth Moon is a native Texan who grew up two hundred and fifty miles south of San Antonio After earning a degree in history from Rice University, she spent three years in the Marine Corps, then earned a degree in Biology from the University of Texas, Austin She is intimately acquainted with autism, through the raising of an autistic son, now a teenager She lives in Florence, Texas.
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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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
This is one hell of a fantastic SF and it hit me in all the right feels. It's not flashy, either, just really well made. It's also custom-made for anyone wanting to see and feel what life would be like as a high-functioning autistic. Its set in the near future, with talk of highly advanced treatments and AIs, but the real joy is in the narrator's outlook, the focus on patterns in everything, everywhere.For while this novel is pretty soft-SF, it actually has a hard-SF feel because of the characte [...]
's e-book samples are too short, only about 18 pages in length, good luck applying that ol’ “50 pages rule” here. Fortunately The Speed of Dark (2003 Nebula Award winner) is immediately intriguing and I was sold on it by the end of the short sample. I keep hearing good things aboutElizabeth Moon andElizabeth Bear in sci-fi websites and forums, I get them mixed up a lot as I have not read either one until now. Elizabeth Moon surpasses my expectations with this book, hopefully Elizabeth Bear [...]
This is a very interesting book set in the near future when advancements in medical science have made autism curable in child hood. The story revolves around a group of adults with autism who were too old to be treated when the cure was found, making them the last of their kind. Eventually a possible 'cure' is found for the adults and the debate is raised whether they need to be changed or whether they are who they are and should stay the sameThere are lots of similarities between this book and [...]
For some reason I couldn't like this book. The good things about it was the main character and how his autism was portrayed, but other than that, it just bothered me.The main thing that bugged me is, what is normal in the first place? This book takes place in the future, how far it takes place, I don't know, but I would think that by the future we'd understand autism better and wouldn't just dismiss it as abnormal but would try to empathize with people with autism and to understand their point o [...]
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.
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.(view spoiler)[As the book progresses, the narrator be [...]
What does it mean to be normal? This book explores this concept much more than it tells a sci-fi story.It's interesting to me that we spend the early part of our lives rebelling against normality (Why be normal, right?) only to want so desperately to be normal when our normality is not in our hands. Lou is born autistic, and even with the advantages of a future where more is known about the illness, there is still an enormous amount of prejudice towards people with autism. I have strong objectio [...]
One of the most brilliant books I've ever read. This novel still haunts me. I hope more people will discover THE SPEED OF DARK.
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 t [...]
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 [...]
The last forty pages of this fucking sucked. Up until that point, it was an awesome anti-ableist critique of normalcy and "cure" with what felt to me like a pretty authentic narrative voice. Then, rather inexplicably, the main character does an about-face and decides that in order to truly fulfill his dreams of being an astronaut and be able to date, he needs to be cured. Sick. It totally knocked it down from a 4 star to a 2 star. I'm still giving it 2 stars because this horrible ending was tack [...]
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 NovelNominee: Locus Award for Best Science Fiction NovelWinner: Nebula Award for Best Science Fiction Novel
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 [...]
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 qui [...]
Me resultó muy atractiva la temática: un futuro en el que el autismo puede ser curado y el dilema de el grupo de autistas que aún no saben si curarse o seguir tal cual están. Tiene reflexiones y puntos de vista que te llevan mirar el mundo con otros ojos.
I thought the author did a great job of presenting a character with autism, but the idea of a cure is weird to me.
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 bette [...]
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 [...]
"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 [...]
Writing with a main character on the autism spectrum is a tricky path, one that I feel like I've seen many people stumble off, falling down on amusing or adorable instead of giving their subjects any kind of complexity or autonomy. These characters need to be jolted out of their routines and it's hilarious as they learn to do more. They feel like books written for neurotypical readers, with autism less a different way of thinking than a prop in a comedy. (The more I think about The Rosie Project [...]
4.5 *s If I were in the mood to buy books just, now, I would purchase it. Definitely a reread, which is unusual for me these days
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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