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Becoming Green by [Fox, Stuart]
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About the Author

I was born in Brooklyn NY and moved to East LA when I was 3. Realizing that a cosmic mistake had been made, I spent the years between then and now rectifying the error, eventually moving home to the Eastern Sierras. In the meantime I earned a doctorate, taught college, and published several college textbooks in biology, anatomy and physiology, and human physiology. My lab manual and textbook in human physiology have been the leaders since they were first published and are now in their thirteenth editions (McGraw-Hill). I always loved "what if" stories and have now written one: Becoming Green, my first novel. What if a new human species were engineered? This will probably happen, and that time may be coming sooner than we'd like. This is a hybrid work; part science fiction, part medical mystery, part thriller, part romance, and partly a homage to the mountains I love.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 911 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Publisher: Stuart Fox (12 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CRP3YBS
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Interesting story but a bit scientific. Good length for a free book. I've not quite finished it yet so hopefully the end will not be a disappointment.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x914df5dc) out of 5 stars 21 reviews
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HASH(0x912991c8) out of 5 stars A REMARKABLE PAGE-TURNER 4 Nov. 2013
By Barry M. LYon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In invoking the name Stuart Fox, we think of the man who produced one of the great science textbooks of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Dr. Fox's wildly successful "Human Physiology" has become the established gold standard of textbooks for numerous professors of the subject at many of the country's top colleges and universities. So it was with great surprise and interest when this reviewer learned that Fox had turned his pen, and considerable intellect, to an entirely different genre: fiction.

In "Becoming Green," the world is faced with the terrifying prospect of a new and unidentified epidemic that klls its victims quickly, and in the process turns their skin a disfiguring green cast. The twist in the story is the disease is the result of an illicit experiment in celluar biology conducted by a brilliant scientist whose deepest flaw is towering hubris. WIth a mission to save mankind from the scourge of hunger, he has engineered a means for people to employ photosynthesis, the energy producing function of plants, to create our own food. Using fellow members of his community as guinea pigs in his experiment and his wife as the unknowing agent for infecting people, the scientist engages in a process that defies all legal and ethical bounds. By extension, the experiment goes horribly wrong and bad things start to happen.

If the storyline, as described above, were all that the book were about, some readers may pass it off as too far-fetched or too "science-fictiony." But not so fast! This is a captivating storyline built brick by scientific brick, with Dr. Fox methodically providing the facts and explanations as to how something like this could happen. WIth our newspapers and scientific journals populated by articles on the very real advances in genetics and synthetic cell technology (think genetic crop alterations and cloning), suddenly, the story takes on a heightend relevance. Along the way, Dr. Fox delivers a crash course on facets of human physiology and anatomy, plant physiology, cell biology, and evolution, thereby demonstrating his encyclopedic knowledge and command of his subject matter. Using the book's most obvious example, when the disease begins with diabetes-like symptoms, Dr. Fox is there alongside us to explain in detail how diabetes works (as a medical condition).

Those with a shorter attention span, or with less tolerance for detail, might get bogged down in all the hard science, yet the science is written in a way for the layman to understand and make sense of it all. Moreover, it is this very detail that gives the book its strong air of authenticity. Suddenly, this unusual far-out idea becomes an entirely believable prospect of reality, if not now, then perhaps sometime in the not-too-distant future. After all, who among us doubts that the governement, corporations, and other instiutions are practiing high-level scientific experiments of all types in top secret, high-security labs?

There is an old saying that writers should write what they know about, and in the case of Dr. Fox, it is science and the eastern Sierra Nevada mountains of California, especially the area around the community of Mammoth, of which Dr. Fox knows a lot. Speaking to the former, hard science is the underpinning success of the storyline; to the latter, Fox's obvious love for and knowledge of the mountains is obvious. Whether intended, or as coincidence, the raw beauty of the mountains is juxtaposed against the horrors of a terror-inducing disease.

While the disease is the focus of the story, it is the array of characters involved that bring it all together. Here again, Fox brings authenticity to the story. The main characters are well-developed, each with strengths, each with weaknesses, and it is their well thoughout interactions that keep the reader engaged.

In conclusion, I found the book to be a remarkable page turner. While admittedly I had some time on my hands when I picked it up, I could not have forseen myself devouring it in three days! "Becoming Green" is solid on several levels, and is a book I would recommend to others, but what's especially noteworthy is that this is Fox's first effort at a writing style unlike anything he's published to date. And for that I salute him.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91971900) out of 5 stars Becoming Green 26 May 2013
By Richard A Schneider - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
For those of you like me who thought you had read all the good science fiction written, this book is an exciting discovery. Becoming Green, Stuart Fox's first book is a strong addition to the classical science fiction genre. Mr. Fox exhibits a skilled writing style with multiple plots and a great feel for his characters. The book has a nice pacing and the character dialogue is very realistic providing the reader with the feeling of experiencing the book rather than just reading it.
This book is classical science fiction based on real scientific concept but then expanded to unexpected consequences. This is a writer that I intend to monitor over the coming years.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93360294) out of 5 stars Brilliant Concept! 24 May 2013
By Laura E. Van Gilder - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Dr. Stuart Fox is probably best known for his physiology textbooks. He is an expert in the field, and his first fiction book is definitely a reflection of that and a page turner! He incorporates a real life possible scenario spun into a classic sci-fi/fiction novel. If you love a good sci-fi novel, and discovering "new" fiction writers, Dr. Fox is sure to please you!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91a33280) out of 5 stars Becoming Green 20 July 2013
By Kauf - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Becoming Green - Not only does this author have the background to know this story is plausible, but it is presented at just the perfect time in history where we need to find another way for people to exist in the future. Something drastic has to change, so the timing with the recent creation of synthetic cells and this story is brilliant! This book leaves you wondering if it can possibly be done long after you are done reading it.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x915e9a08) out of 5 stars Very Descriptive and Plausible Scenario 19 May 2013
By Adriene Cardan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This book is well written with lots of interesting biological and medical facts. The scenario is, in fact, plausible especially because of the genetic engineering that occurs today. The author's description of Mammoth Lakes and the surrounding areas is sharp, and I could picture the area in my mind, as well as some of the people. I was surprised when the book ended; perhaps the author is planning a sequel so we can find out what ultimately happens to the "Green People" and the person who created them. Some of the cell information was a bit over the top, but didn't take away from my enjoyment of the book. I zoomed through it!
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