Speed of Dark

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Speed of Dark
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AuthorElizabeth Moon
CountryUnited States
GenreScience fiction
PublisherOrbit Books
Publication date
Media typePrint (hardback & paperback)

Speed of Dark (released in some markets as The Speed of Dark) is a near-future science fiction novel by American author Elizabeth Moon.[1] The story is told from the first person viewpoint of an autistic process analyst. It won the Nebula Award for Best Novel in 2003,[2] and was also an Arthur C. Clarke Award finalist.[3]

Plot summary[edit]

Lou Arrendale is a bioinformatics specialist, and high-functioning autistic, who has made a good life for himself. A new manager at the firm where he works puts pressure on the department where many autistic people work. Lou is pressured to undergo an experimental treatment that might "cure" his autism. Lou does not think he needs curing, but he risks losing his job and other accommodations the company has put in place for its autistic employees.

Lou struggles with the idea of going through this "treatment" for his autism while he pursues fencing with "normal" friends and continues to go to work. His autistic friends, as well as himself, meet together after work and discuss what or what not to do.


Speed of Dark was released to high praise from reviewers. SF Site stated that "At worst, Speed of Dark is a magnificent character study. At best, it's the most powerful book you'll read this year,"[4] and Infinity Plus described it as "one of those exceptionally rare novels that has the power to alter one's entire worldview, and reading it is a profoundly rewarding and enriching experience."[5]


  1. ^ Moon, Elizabeth (2005) The Speed of Dark, Ballantine, 978-0345481399
  2. ^ SFWA - Nebula Award Winners
  3. ^ Arthur C. Clarke Award - Shortlist
  4. ^ Blaschke, Jayme Lynn (2003) Speed of Dark - Elizabeth Moon, The SF Site, accessed March 22, 2013
  5. ^ Grant, John The Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon, Infinity Plus, accessed March 22, 2013

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