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The Blind Pig Paperback – May 21, 2010
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I wrote The Blind Pig because, as a science writer, I see how science and technology are unfolding every day, particularly in health and medicine. While writing it, I had the most fun world-building, that is, taking today's challenges and discoveries and projecting them into the future. It took me about 3 years to write the book and, during that time and the 2 years since I published it, the topics I zoomed in on -- artificial meat, genetically and scientifically based diets, and contaminated food supplies -- have all made headlines again and again. In fact, when I do readings, I often pass around magazine articles that show that The Blind Pig, despite being set in 2065, is very much "pulled from the headlines."
I've listed The Blind Pig as science fiction, because it is, but I've also listed it as Romance because the book is about real people trying to make their way through their worlds and trying to find meaningful connections with one another, which, in an increasingly tech-infused world, just seems to get harder and harder.
I invite you to give The Blind Pig a chance and to write a review when you are done. I would love to hear what you think.
About the Author
Elizabeth Dougherty is a science writer, a runner, and a former engineer who likes to cook and loves to eat, especially when it involves food she's grown herself. She lives and writes in an old house in central Massachusetts. The Blind Pig is her first novel.
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Elizabeth Dougherty does a superb job in organizing the plot and her descriptions are fantastic. The book certainly makes you think that this premise could b possible in 50 years!
I found it to be exciting to read and once started, difficult to put down! Would highly recommend this book!
Sounds great, right? Just when you're ready to sign up for some sustainable snacks, Dogherty tells you the cost of this utopia: food has been outlawed, relegated to speakeasys, black markets and Vermont (now a separate country, of course). And as the book unfolds, more dark and creepy secrets are revealed, each ickier than the last. In the end Dogherty's book makes me glad there's still some real food in America, even if you have to work to find it.
The main character, a reporter named Angela Anselm, lives in a future America that has been drastically altered because of its food supply in peril, global warming, and finite fuel resources. Angela investigates an underground counter-culture that presses us to consider the many factors that today undermine our fundamental and individual right to choose what we consume.
The Blind Pig is a science-fiction novel that invites you to slow down and savour the world that you live in. Whilst the myth of long life and no illnesses is one that sounds inviting at first, the more you learn about it, the more questions arise. Is genetically engineered food good? Are there any other side effects? Would you give up the real thing for a substitute grown in labs that doesn’t taste as good just for the health benefits?
The novel isn’t a quick read. It’s evenly - if a bit slowly - paced. There’s no risky shoot-outs or a lot of running and hiding from the cops. Instead, it’s a steady build-up of risk and trust from Angela’s first exposure to the Foodies, her first Real Meal, her column that’s agitating the system and the overwhelming pressure to choose a side.
Angela tries to be balanced. NArc, for all its faults, has benefited mankind tremendously. But at what cost? On the other hand, real natural (but now illegal) food, if prepared right, has all the nutrition that mankind needs. But is it safe? Living in a food paradise that’s all about taste, I know which way I’d vote.