Hey everyone, I want to feature a character who figures patterns on a genius level. When I woke up from a dream roughly featuring this character and started fleshing him out on paper, the first thing that popped into my mind was an autistic savant. I know a lot of autistic people and really wanted to feature a character from THEIR point of view, however, I've never felt capable of portraying this character in a believable way. Anyway, I've just read a book where a savant was heavily featured, and I decided to at least start researching this character. If someone (this man happens to live in a Dystopian future) was incredible enough at figuring out patterns to be raised in a lab (what happens in my future), it's my understanding that he wouldn't necessarily HAVE to be autistic, since apparently savant syndrome does exist sans other effects, though rare. However, I don't want to portray another "normal genius," I want to portray, as a hero, a type of person that tends to get treated as "less significant" by society, because of their "unfortunate disability" (seeing as my parents thought that I was autistic when younger, this strikes a chord with me. If I "missed out" on the diagnose by the tiny margin that I did, why am I treated so much differently than the other people that I know with autism?) So, I have a few questions: Are there books that either portray Autistic people as MC, or provide commentary on Autism, that anyone would recommend? I would like to read a mixture of both. Also, has anyone done the same thing as I am and written about a character with Autism? And finally, is exemplary pattern-recognition even a possible thing to have savant-like abilities with? Thanks!