WILLIAM DIETZ, YOU. ARE. A. HACK! YOU JUST DIDN'T F***ING CARE, DID YOU? NO, YOU HAD TO NOT ONLY PULL FACTS OUT OF YOUR A**,
YOU HAD TO SCREW UP SOMETHING IT WOULD HAVE TAKEN FIVE SECONDS
TO LOOK UP ON GOOGLE!
Dear god above... As someone with Autism, I can say that this is EXTREMELY offensive. Now, I'm willing to accept the remote possibility that they have super-drugs in the future that can cure autism, but the novel simply treats her Autism like some sort of phase, like she was a snotty little brat or something. AUTISM IS NOT A PHASE. You can learn to adapt and control yourself better over time and through exposure to other people, but you will remain autistic.
Coupled with all the other examples of continuity and characterization rape...
William Dietz, I liked your early "Legion of the Damned," series. It was great, and helped me grow by observing military sci-fi done right. I even liked your Halo novel, which is widely regarded as the worst one made.
But congratulations, you have utterly blown any amount of sympathy I had. You dick.