My dad was telling me about a book he read as a teen about a group of people who had chlorophyll in their blood and had become part human, part plant.

Sunlight hurt their eyes, so they would make Goggles out of leaves, and if they stood still they could become a part of their surroundings and wouldn't be seen.

My dad is in his 60s now, so it was probably written before 1970, but he couldn’t remember the title or author. I searched online, but couldn’t find anything.

I would greatly appreciate any help identifying this work..

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    Can this be the same as the textbook part described in the answer scifi.stackexchange.com/a/153184/4918 "Alien girl gets sustenance from photosynthesis"?
    – b_jonas
    Commented Dec 21, 2020 at 3:57
  • For some reason I'm thinking of Midworld (ISTR they had to protect their eyes when they went up to the treetops), but I can't recall if the colonists had green skin or just the furcots.
    – DavidW
    Commented Dec 21, 2020 at 4:08
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    It's probably only similar- Top Secret by John Reynolds Gardiner from 1980s is about a boy who turns himself half plant with a science experiment. Commented Dec 21, 2020 at 4:26
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    Cat I salute your effort to help your dad. I procrastinated on a book find request from my father and he died unexpectedly before I did anything. Good luck with your search Commented Dec 21, 2020 at 7:36
  • There's one in Dangerous Visions or its sequel like this.
    – Spencer
    Commented Dec 21, 2020 at 23:48

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This story affected me too; I think I saw it in Omni magazine.

"Village of the Chosen" by I think Alan Dean Foster.

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    Hi, welcome to SF&F. Note that story dates from 1983, so it might be too late for the one the OP is thinking of, but you should still add more details to describe how it matches.
    – DavidW
    Commented Jan 5, 2022 at 22:59
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  • @DavidW Omni did sometimes reprint old stories.
    – Spencer
    Commented Jul 8, 2022 at 1:33
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    @Spencer However the ISFDB does not show any earlier publication for "Village of the Chosen".
    – user14111
    Commented Jul 8, 2022 at 1:55

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