Dillon Richards sure is in Double Vision, a new novel out from Randy Ingermanson, which is on a blog tour this week with the CSFF. I must admit, I’m still in the process of reading this one, but I didn’t want to leave everyone hanging. So allow me to comment on what I’ve read up through chapter seven, and add more later this week if I have additional comments after I finish it.
Recently, I got wind at the Lost Genre Guild of a list of sci-fi cliches. Reading Double Vision reminded me of one particular alleged cliche and got me asking, “Why would a supergenious have such a hard time figuring out secondary meanings and metaphors?”
I hit upon the answer based on the well-portayed symptoms Richards displayed ten or twenty pages before he came right out and disclosed the answer to my question: A super genious wouldn’t–unless, that is, they happened to have Asperger’s Syndrome.
An amazing number of scientists are running around the sci-fi shelves in the video and book sections of stores it seems. Igmaerson pairs the loveable Richards with his polar opposite–a young, blonde, clothing impaired, vegetarian, self-proclaimed ethnically Jewish agnostic girl genius who drives a Miata convertible at brake neck speed. Needless to say, those two managed to make even me laugh. I must admit, I’m rooting big time for her competition, a nice Christian mystery novelist who pays her bills by paying the bills at Dillon’s employer.
I really only have a caveat or three on this well-crafted novel. Part of it’s my own personal preference, but I doubt I’m the only one who can think of several websites in the blogosphere where we could go to read the complaints of anti-christian agnostics, so if that’s not your cup of tea, take into consideration that the designated-convert-apparent has a huge chip on her shoulders against religion and isn’t shy about it.
On the same note, readers senstive about how Christians and conservatives are portayed in literature will be apt to read the very-conservative Dillon as the author implying that all conservatives and people of deep faith share his mental challenges, though I seriously doubt the author trully intended to make fun of Christians or people with Asperger’s for that matter, but if that is an issue for you, please take this into consideration.
My only other warning is Ingermanson is a physist and goes to great technical depths in his story that, while great for realism, will make this a tough read for readers who got cross-eyed in science class even with a really cool teacher, though the author does include some characters without technical knowledge so the experts can explain what they’re talking about on occassion.
But if this is your genre, so far, it looks to be a real treat.
For more on this title, check out the other sites participating in the tour on the right. As with last time, I temporarily moved the sidebar to the top so it’s in easy reach 🙂
One last thing, if you haven’t seen the classic asperger’s movie Rainman in recent history, get a copy and watch it first. You’ll get more out of the allusions to it in Double Vision.