AIUI Aspergers is just one form of over 40 types of dyslexia. One form allows the lucky one to "see" an object in 3D, to see it from all sides and, as one such told me, he could look at an apple (for example) and see it over time as it deteriorates and becomes mush. That is why over here the vast majority of architects are dyslexic. A famous name in this respect was General Patton who could see a battle in advance and adjust his plans. Some forms are minor and a da**ed nuisance - for example an ability to remember things with certain exceptions - someone else I know can remember faces, where he met them, what they talked about but can never remember the names.
That's interesting. I've never heard about that particular distinction (just as I've never heard anyone connect dyslexia and autism before). But ... I've suffered from similar symptoms. I don't see mental objects in 3D, but I do see maps that way as I figure out where I am while driving. I've also had problems, not only with names, but also faces. I'll remember almost every detail about encounters, but won't remember the person's face. With my first girlfriend, I could never remember her name (though I subsequently learned to memorize it, despite how difficult it is for me).
Do you know of any studies linking Autism and dyslexia that I could look up?
Thank you, but I already have an outline of the plot. It's not a case of my wanting to write a story about an alcoholic genius scientist and not knowing what to write about.
Sorry about that. From the way you initiated the initial question, I was under the impression you were still struggling with how to write the story. Still, that's the type of thing I might add to the revision phase, but again, that's just me.
That said, my point about few famous authors tackling the issue still stands, as it highlights just how difficult representing genius can be. I'm not saying it can't be done, but it's a difficult topic, even for experienced authors.
I'm not suggesting that you change the story, but like I typically do, you may want to sit back and consider how to approach the project, so you can avoid any potential plot holes (such as readers having difficulty connecting emotionally with the character). Planning out your approach generally makes for richer, more detailed stories than just charging ahead.
I'd stick with your idea of him as a drunkard, but it's always better going into a story with your eyes open to potential problems, rather than simply writing and seeing where you end up.
With that said, I'll shut up and quit repeating my advice, since it doesn't seem to fit your story in the least. 'D (Note: I've had issues with 'unlikable' characters in the past, so I've had experience with the issue and can relate to what you're facing.)