Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
Heartbreaking exploration of mental problems and how society treats and perceives people differently. Immensely thought provoking this classic sci-fi explores what it means to be human. It is as relevant today as when first written. Perhaps even more so as we move forward with scientific knowledge and the possibility of genetically enhancing intelligence.
The tale is told through Gordon’s journals where the writing style, spelling and grammar alters as he changes. it beautifully demonstrates his life as he undergoes an operation to make him smart and the consequences of this.
I really enjoyed reading this book.
The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
An embassy arrives on a distant planet of Winter which is populated by ambisexual beings. The unfolding tale is a fascinating exploration of gender and what it means to be human. Ursula’s ideas were an interesting thought experiment that demonstrates the best of what speculative fiction can be. This exploration of the human condition is still a relevant feminist/humanist novel today. I really enjoyed the book and did not want it to end.