Daniel Keyes, the author of the enduring classic “Flowers for Algernon,” the fictional account of a mouse and a man whose IQs are artificially, temporarily and tragically increased, died June 15 at his home in southern Florida. He was 86.
I first read “Flowers for Algernon” as a short story when I was 13 or 14, at the recommendation of Ted Cogswell, the husband of my Social Studies teacher Tracy, and a professional SF writer who first pointed me toward my eventual writing career (note the dedication on Dreams of Flesh and Sand…).
It still stands in my mind as one of the finest SF stories ever written. Most of the PC crap being currently regurgitated by progtard SF writes can’t even sit in the same room with it. Most people prefer the novel, but the short story is the one I remember best.