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JUNE 01, 2009, NEW YORK, NY


Minted Prose is proud to announce the publication of Green Eyes in the Amazon by P. J. Fischer, a fast-paced adventure set in the steaming Amazon jungle in the near future. The story follows Julia, a computer-generated life form, created by scientist Steven Sumpter, and the moral dilemmas each face as Julia unexpectedly evolves from an artificial life form to a member of the human race. Green Eyes in the Amazon probes the intersection of religion, science, and politics—an explosive combination and compelling look at the near future and an irresistible and riveting read.

But could a computer really generate a person?

At first glance, the premise of Green Eyes in the Amazon, and its prequel, Julia and the Dream Maker, seem the stuff of pure fantasy—a mathematical equation becomes human—but it is actually not improbable that a scientist will develop a mathematical equation that mutates into new life.

“Science is full of mathematical equations,” said P. J. Fischer, author of Green Eyes in the Amazon and Julia and the Dream Maker. “It's just that the one in my books is alive and has a name—Julia.”

“Science is figuring out the recipe for life right now,” he added. “How much of this chemical and how much of that chemical is mixed together to get a living thing. One day in the near future, someone like the scientist in my stories will be able to write an equation describing life and put it in a massive quantum computer. Who can say with certainty that the program won't understand the physics of quantum mechanics to create a human being?”

“Fischer's stories draw their inspiration from the work of the late Stephen Jay Gould, an evolutionary biologist and paleontologist who developed the theory of ‘punctuated equilibrium’ in evolution. Essentially, he discovered that species can take sudden jumps rather than small steps in evolving, and that's what happens in these books. The problem, however, is that evolution as a concept, whether sudden or over time, is rejected by many religions today, and that problem only gets worse in the near future where the books are set.”

“Gould's ideas about evolution and society's impassioned feelings about the proper role of science and religion roll through the pages of Green Eyes in the Amazon,” Fischer said. “And these topics are ardently debated today.”

“From the looks of it, this conflict between science and religion will only loom larger and louder in the future,” Fischer continues. “My novels offer one scenario in which these tensions can play themselves out.”

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