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EP689: Spectrum of Acceptance
« on: July 26, 2019, 12:05:44 PM »
Escape Pod 689: Spectrum of Acceptance


Author : Nyla Bright
Narrator : Maxine Moore
Host : Tina Connolly
Audio Producer : Adam Pracht

Spectrum of Acceptance is an Escape Pod original.

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When Leon Kenner left the planet of Acceptance, he asked me to go with him back to Earth. I belonged with people like me, like him.

No, that isn’t where I should start. Stories should be told in chronological order to make them easy to understand.

On our first meeting, Leon took my hand in both of his as if he had known me my whole life, like he knew I was NT — neurotypical — and I liked touching. I could read his mind, and he was reading mine right back. That’s not right. No one has ever proved mind-reading. Mind-reading isn’t real.

“It’s a pleasure to meet you, Ada,” he said.

A pleasure. Meeting me was a pleasure. On Acceptance, greetings are waves of a hand. If you know someone well, maybe a “hi” or “hey.”

The pleasure was mine, but I kept that to myself. Ma was just behind me. There are procedures for how to accept a guest into the home.

“The family schedule is on the screen. So are the rules.” I pointed as I spoke. I noticed Ma looking at my pointing, and I put my hand down. Hand motions confuse people. Speak in one modality at a time.


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Re: EP689: Spectrum of Acceptance
« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2019, 09:38:29 AM »
I really enjoyed this.   Some of the most thought provoking science-fiction is the stuff where preconceptions are turned on their head (metaphorically) so that we’re forced to examine the world that we see as default-setting. I feel this was a masterful example and I look forward to sharing this with some friends that I think will benefit and enjoy the new perspective.