“Flowers for Algernon” is a science fiction short story by Daniel Keyes that was first published in 1959. The novel is presented as a series of progress reports written by Charlie Gordon, a mentally disabled man who undergoes an experimental procedure to increase his intelligence. The story explores themes of intelligence, identity, and the treatment of disabled individuals. The short story was revised into a novel that won the Nebula Award for Best Novel in 1966. In 1968, Flowers for Algernon was adapted into the film Charly, for which Cliff Robertson was awarded the Academy Award for Best Actor.