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Moon Elizabeth

The Speed of Dark

The Speed of Dark : 5.0 (72)
Genre: fantasy
The Nebula Award Winner2003
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 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 musicwith its complications and resolutions? Would he still see the same colors and patterns in the worldshades 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 himincluding an angry supervisor who wants to cut costs by sacrificing the supports necessary to employ autistic workers. Perhaps even more 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.

hide Table of Contents

  1. Elizabeth Moon The Speed of Dark
  2. Acknowledgements
  3. Chapter One
  4. Chapter Two
  5. Chapter Three
  6. Chapter Four
  7. Chapter Five
  8. Chapter Six
  9. Chapter Seven
  10. Chapter Eight
  11. Chapter Nine
  12. Chapter Ten
  13. Chapter Eleven
  14. Chapter Twelve
  15. Chapter Thirteen
  16. Chapter Fourteen
  17. Residents are Strictly Forbidden to Take Chairs out of Laundry Area
  18. Chapter Fifteen
  19. Ass t DA Beatrice Hunston
  20. Chapter Sixteen
  21. Chapter Seventeen
  22. We are proud of who we are
  23. Chapter Eighteen
  24. Chapter Nineteen
  25. Private and Confidential:
  26. Not to Be Removed from This Building
  27. Chapter Twenty
  28. Safety Tip #21:
  29. Never leave the key of your safe-deposit box in your home when you leave for a vacation
  30. To the Falls, 290.3 Meters
  31. Buttercup Meadow, 1.7 KM
  32. Junior Nature Trail, 1.3 KM
  33. Patient Information:
  34. Understand Your Project
  35. Understanding Your Stomach
  36. Chapter Twenty-One
  37. Diagnostic Manipulatives:
  38. Set 1
  39. Daily Living Skills Manipulatives:
  40. Set 2
  41. Epilogue

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