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The Speed of Dark de Elizabeth Moon

The Speed of Dark (edição: 2002)

de Elizabeth Moon (Autor)

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Lou Arrendale is an autistic man who is offered a chance to try 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.
Título:The Speed of Dark
Autores:Elizabeth Moon (Autor)
Informação:Ballantine Books (2002), Edition: 1, 352 pages
Coleções:Science Fiction, Sua biblioteca
Etiquetas:9, science fiction, autism, relationships, social interactions, genetic disorder, surgery, "normals"

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The Speed of Dark de Elizabeth Moon

  1. 110
    Flowers for Algernon de Daniel Keyes (infiniteletters)
    infiniteletters: Charlie is definitely not like Lou, true. But their experiences and perspectives have the same mental effect on readers.
  2. 110
    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time de Mark Haddon (tortoise)
    tortoise: Both are well-written novels with a first-person autistic-spectrum narrator. The Curious Incident has a better-constructed plot (the villain in The Speed of Dark is a bit cartoonish), but The Speed of Dark is I think more interesting as a commentary on autism.… (mais)
  3. 20
    Falling Free de Lois McMaster Bujold (LamontCranston)
    LamontCranston: Pathological corporate greed, manipulation of the disabled/differently abled, and both for space applications, but Falling Free has a much more proactive response to being exploited
  4. 10
    This Alien Shore de C. S. Friedman (MyriadBooks)
    MyriadBooks: For the exploration of human intelligences and mental health.
  5. 00
    The Island Keeper de Harry Mazer (MyriadBooks)
    MyriadBooks: For not knowing enough yet.
  6. 00
    A Wizard Alone de Diane Duane (2wonderY)
    2wonderY: One of the young wizard's is autistic. For comparison of viewpoint and choices.
  7. 00
    The Multiplex Man de James P. Hogan (infiniteletters)
  8. 00
    Too Late to Die Young: Nearly True Tales from a Life de Harriet McBryde Johnson (infiniteletters)
  9. 01
    The Rosie Project de Graeme Simsion (hoddybook)
    hoddybook: A somewhat more lighthearted look...
  10. 01
    My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey de Jill Bolte Taylor (infiniteletters)

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Now on Amazon, you get a bunch of reviews about how this isn't science fiction and all... but the main characters in this book are about as alien as a human can get and still be more than just a plant or a rock or a blog of something.

A good read indeed ( )
  frfeni | Jan 31, 2021 |
The book cover called it a thriller. I call it drama or philosophy. For sure those parts can be combined, but the "thrillery" parts were too much a sub plot to really be considered. It would like calling a book where someone had a pointy hat for "Fantasy". They also call it science-fiction and I guess that is not all wrong, though all that plays a minor role. It's just enough into the future to allow the author to change some things in current society, otherwise it might as well have been today. And isn't that what science-fiction has always been about? The Present, presented through a fairy-tale filter that will remove some preconceptions from the readers mind? I remember reading a lot of eastern-European (soviet era) science fiction that was clearly about the present (see for instance [a:Stanislaw Lem|6568759|Stanislaw Lem|http://www.goodreads.com/assets/nophoto/nophoto-M-50x66-e07624dc012f2cce49c7d9aa6500c6c0.jpg]), or well, at the time I read them they were actually about the past.

But enough about the book cover. The book itself is about the drive to change and improve as a person. The ethical dilemmas, the religious ones, the social ones. The main character is a near-genius autistic man, Lou Arrendale, that is trying to interact with the "normal" people as well as possible.

I didn't expect that kind of book and I was looking for a little more action, simpler story, so in a way, being a "better" book made it worse for me. It also reminded me of [b:The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time|1618|The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time|Mark Haddon|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1327882682s/1618.jpg|4259809] which is from a similar point of view but humoristic rather than philosophical.

edit: 1 year later and I still remember this book so I've increased the rating a little. It's good even if I didn't expect that kind of book when I read it. ( )
  bratell | Dec 25, 2020 |
Oh, wow. I've had this for years and never got around to reading it - dumb of me, this is amazing. Lots of echoes of Flowers for Algernon, but actually it's kind of reversed - we don't get much image of Charlie until he's "fixed", but here Lou is a very solid and real character (with interesting angles of perception, but that doesn't make him any less a person) before the "fix" is offered, and we get little more than sketches of him afterward. I don't understand why he chose what he did; his worst nightmare came true and it's barely skimmed over. A very interesting story with a lot to think about in it - definitely worth reading and rereading. ( )
  jjmcgaffey | Sep 9, 2020 |
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 character. And even though he goes to work, has hobbies, thinks about having a love life, and continually strives to be better, the difference within his perception of things is a real joy.

I love this book. I really love this book. It's not even one I would have normally picked to love, either. It just slammed into me from out of nowhere. It even has sword fights. :) Well, fencing. And bombs! Um, dangerous pranks and jilted lovers. :)

Yes, it is a joyous celebration of differences in humanity, but more than that, this novel is also a great story. :)

I totally recommend it for anyone, anywhere.

Even those of us who already "think differently". :) ( )
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