An Aspie Hero in a Great Summer Read

by admin on August 14, 2011

A review of “Unwelcomed Contact” by Raphael Baxter

Kathy Hoopman’s ‘Asperger Adventures’ make great reading for the young Aspie in your family, but if you are looking for more adult material to help you understand life from the perspective of an Asperger’s individual, the choices are most often restricted to medical texts or first-person accounts of how parents struggled with an AS diagnosis for their child.

Mark Haddon’s ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ was the first book I read that featured a protagonist with Asperger’s Syndrome. The movie ‘Adam’ also centered on an adult with Asperger’s, but the reviews on the movie varied from “enlightening and insightful” to “unrealistic and overly emotional”.

This month sees the release of a fiction novel in the Science Fiction genre featuring Ricky Andretti, an unlikely hero with Asperger’s Syndrome who may hold the key to the survival of the entire planet.

The author of ‘Unwelcomed Contact’, Raphael Baxter, has practiced medicine for over 30 years, and has maintained a lifelong interest in the origin and meaning of human existence. Readerrs may see some similarities with ‘The Day the Earth Stood Still’, with aliens prompted to intervene when the human race starts experimenting with nuclear power, but in this story, the intervention is definitely non-benevolent.

The story is well-researched with good character development, providing not only some valuable insights into the world of an Aspie, but also leaving you with some more existential questions about our place in the universe. A highly recommended summer read.

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