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September 2, 2008

AlgernonThe art of the short story in science fiction/fantasy seems to have fallen off in recent years. We have more books of course but some of the classics of the genre are in short stories. One of the greatest, Flowers for Algernon, told as diary is now available as a blog. I remember reading it as a teenage and being touched by the poignancy of gaining and loosing of intelligence. Another example would be Killdozer, written during the second world war, but expressing the potential horror of the residues of warfare. The original I Robot stories (I really want to forget the film) wich explored issues of humanity and compliance and is relevant today. Neutron Star introduced us to Niven’s Known Space which in turn has the wonderful idea that we are a transitionary stage before we become Protectors. Winter’s King took us to the planet Gethen in which Le Guin later situated her all time greatest novel Left hand of Darkness. An awesome exploration of sexuality and politics for which we are still awaiting the film promised in 2004. The title of the blog comes from Flowers for Algernon, its the expression of hope that finally fails, but hope none the less.

I could go on, but those are among my top selections, none of them are recent ….

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