None So Blind
by Joe Haldeman
• Word count: 4100
• Page count: 6
None So Blind is a Hugo award winning science fiction short story by Joe Haldeman. It is a different kind of love story about a brilliant boy and a talented girl who join forces to change the intelligence paradigm and, eventually, the lives of everyone on Earth.
None So Blind follows the story of the super intelligent Cletus Jefferson and the prodigiously talented Amy Linderbaum – opposites in every way, except for their love of each other and love of learning. As they, and their love, continue to grow they foray into each others field of specialty – until eventually they discover the expensive “Holy Grail” of intellectualism.
None So Blind won the Hugo Award (and was nominated for the Nebula Award) for Best Short Story in 1995.
It all started when Cletus Jefferson asked himself “Why aren’t all blind people geniuses?” Cletus was only 13 at the time, but it was a good question, and he would work on it for 14 more years, and then change the world forever.
Young Jefferson was a polymath, an autodidact, a nerd literally without peer. He had a chemistry set, a microscope, a telescope, and several computers, some of them bought with paper route money. Most of his income was from education, though: teaching his classmates not to draw to inside straights.
Where you can find None So Blind:
• None So Blind originally appeared in the November 1994 issue of Asimov’s Science Fiction.
• It was included in Joe Haldeman’s book None So Blind: A Short Story Collection.
• None So Blind is also collected in Gardner Dozois’s amazing anthology The Best of the Best: 20 Years of the Year’s Best Science Fiction.
• You can read a nice HTML version for free at Haldeman’s website. (The web page says “Excerpt” because it is taken from the book of the same name – rest assured that this is the entire short story.)
If you liked this story you may also enjoy Impossible Dreams by Tim Pratt.