2013’s Summer Reading: THE SPEED OF DARK by Elizabeth Moon


Ten years after its publication, Elizabeth Moon‘s Nebula award-winning novel, THE SPEED OF DARK, is still being recognized for its incredible literary merit. Joshua has always said this is the novel he’s most proud to represent, and after receiving the 2004 Nebula Award for Best Novel, it’s clear the world agrees.

THE SPEED OF DARK was rereleased last month by Ballantine as a “Reader’s Choice” title in a 10 year anniversary edition. This new and improved edition features an introduction from the author, a short interview with Elizabeth explaining why she decided to create a character with Autism, and reading group questions to promote critical discussion of its themes.

A free fifty page sample of THE SPEED OF DARK was featured on Del Rey’s Suvudu website as their “50 Page Friday” feature this past April. Coinciding with Autism Awareness month in the U.S., Suvudu’s feature reinforces the importance of this novel, saying: “THE SPEED OF DARK gives us a peek into the mind and feelings of someone living with Autism in a way not very many books are able to do.”

We are also excited to share that Rutgers University in New Jersey has chosen THE SPEED OF DARK as their required summer reading. This fall, there will be a lecture, book-signing, and reception for the students featuring Elizabeth Moon herself. Her novel will be the basis for the Fall 2013 Honors Colloquium course, taken by a select group of students in the School for Arts and Sciences. In addition to studying the novel in class, they will be discussing the book online to promote a university-wide conversation about Autism.

It is wonderful that, even after ten years, readers are still finding new ways to appreciate this ground-breaking piece of literature from the esteemed Elizabeth Moon!