La Velocidad de la Oscuridad


veloscuridad

Titulo Original: Speed of Sark
Autor: Elizabeth Moon

Género: Ciencia Ficción
Publicación: 2003 (Premio Nebula 2004)
Paginas: 490

Hoy toca pasaros una recomendación de ciencia ficción, algo diferente, que me hicieron el fin de semana pasado. Aun estando fuera de nuestra zona de comfort en la ciencia ficción, esta novela ganó el Nebula hace 10 años y es que esta situada en un futuro cercano, mas o menos 20 años por delante nuestro (30 en el momento de publicación), pero en el que las diferencias son minimas y desde luego no son importantes, excepto en un aspecto. Y es que el protagonista y narrador de la historia, Lou Arrendale es un autista. Lou tiene unos 30 años y pudo tener acceso de niño a unas terapias de educación que le permiten ser una persona totalmente funcional, solo que a su manera.

Los niños autistas ya no existen, porque años después del nacimiento de Lou, se consiguió curar el autismo desde la etapa fetal. Por otra parte, los autistas mayores que Lou serian los que no tuvieron acceso ni a una educación eficiente de su problema y son autistas clásicos, por decirlo de alguna manera.

Lou trabaja con otros autistas en un departamento especial de una empresa farmacéutica, donde debido a la habilidad para identificar patrones, estos autistas hacen una labor importante de biocomputación. Tienen sus cosas, sus particularidades y desde luego no son “normales”, termino que se usa mucho, pero no son discapacitados. El caso es que por x motivos, estos autistas, Lou entre ellos se ven en la situación de tener que decidir si someterse o no a un tratamiento experimental que les curaría el autismo y les volvería, en teoría “normales”.

La verdad es que es un gran libro, muy “atrapante” y escrito por una autora de ciencia ficción que tiene un hijo autista. Ver la forma de pensar y el esfuerzo de tener que interpretar todo lo que hacemos y decimos los “normales” desde el punto de vista de Lou, es interesante, por no decir apasionante y los temas a los que se enfrenta a la hora de ser o no ser, son también intensos. Absolutamente recomendable lectura y aunque tiene puntos en común con “Flores para Algernon“, es muy diferente. No acaba ni bien ni mal, porque no se pueden aplicar esos términos aquí, pero si que te deja un poco triste, todo hay que decirlo.

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