Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Never to be Forgotten:
Daniel Keyes 1927-2014
Keyes left comic books to teach creative writing at Wayne State University and Ohio University. His other well known works are the true crime books The Minds of Billy Milligan and Unveiling Claudia.
Charly is by no means the first big budget science fiction film, but it was marketed as an Oscar contender, which is rare even now when genre films are so ubiquitous. Cliff Robertson won the 1968 Best Actor award, the first major acting award for straight sci-fi. (Frederic March won for the lead role(s) in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in 1932, a story on the border of horror and science fiction.) While Robertson deserves credit for his performance, films always start with the writing, and Keyes book is still remembered and beloved.
Best wishes to the family and friends of Daniel Keyes, from a fan. He is never to be forgotten.