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HUGO Winning Author Daniel Keyes Has Died 66

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camperdave writes Author Daniel Keyes has died at 86. Keyes is best known for his Hugo Award winning classic SF story Flowers for Algernon and the film version Charly. Keyes was born August 9, 1927 in New York. He worked variously as an editor, comics writer, fashion photographer, and teacher before joining the faculty of Ohio University in 1966, where he taught as a professor of English and creative writing, becoming professor emeritus in 2000. He married Aurea Georgina Vaquez in 1952, who predeceased him in 2013; they had two daughters.
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HUGO Winning Author Daniel Keyes Has Died

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  • Re:Sad, but... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by vux984 (928602) on Wednesday June 18, 2014 @10:08PM (#47268841)

    Its perhaps not as newsworthy as the passing of Asimov, but its in the same general category.

    Flowers for Algernon is easily one of the best and most influential short SF stories I've ever read.

    The movie on the other hand, is pretty forgettable... its very much a 70s movie.

  • Re:Sad, but... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by ClickOnThis (137803) on Wednesday June 18, 2014 @11:44PM (#47269217) Journal

    Many nerds were forced to read his book in grade school before going on to a non-English-lit major and making several times the salaries of the teachers who forced them to read it.

    And arguably are the better for it. (I remember the book fondly.)

    Just about everything you read in High School is "forced" on you. I still appreciate the teachers who taught me, who knew full-well the majority of their students would out-earn them.

  • Re:Sad, but... (Score:4, Insightful)

    by postglock (917809) on Thursday June 19, 2014 @12:52AM (#47269497)

    The movie on the other hand, is pretty forgettable... its very much a 70s movie.

    It's all taste, I suppose, but the '70s was a fantastic film era IMO. It was the era where Hollywood embraced subversion to government and corporations, encapsulated by such films as Network, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, The Godfather, The Deer Hunter, A Clockwork Orange, MASH, Dog Day Afternoon, and, of course, The Life Of Brian.

    I haven't seen Charly, but calling it "very much a 70s movie" is high praise indeed!

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