By Matt Heckler Apr 19, 2013
Of all the heart-breaking sci-fi novels, Flowers for Algernon takes the cake. In the novel, a mentally handicapped janitor named Charlie volunteers for a very experimental procedure that will give him intelligence. Everything seems to go well, as Charlie suddenly finds himself smarter than just about everybody he knows, but worry arises when the original experimental mouse, Algernon, dies as a result of the successful procedure. Bring a box of tissues!