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The Terranauts (2016)

av T.C. Boyle

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A deep-dive into human behavior in an epic story of science, society, sex, and survival, from one of the greatest American novelists today, T. C. Boyle, the acclaimed, bestselling, author of the PEN/ Faulkner Award??winning World's End and The Harder They Come.

It is 1994, and in the desert near Tillman, Arizona, forty miles from Tucson, a grand experiment involving the future of humanity is underway. As climate change threatens the earth, eight scientists, four men and four women dubbed the "Terranauts," have been selected to live under glass in E2, a prototype of a possible off-earth colony. Their sealed, three-acre compound comprises five biomes??rainforest, savanna, desert, ocean, and marsh??and enough wildlife, water, and vegetation to sustain them.

Closely monitored by an all-seeing Mission Control, this New Eden is the brainchild of ecovisionary Jeremiah Reed, aka G.C.??"God the Creator"??for whom the project is both an adventure in scientific discovery and a momentous publicity stunt. In addition to their roles as medics, farmers, biologists, and survivalists, his young, strapping Terranauts must impress watchful visitors and a skeptical media curious to see if E2's environment will somehow be compromised, forcing the Ecosphere's seal to be broken??and ending the mission in failure. As the Terranauts face increased scrutiny and a host of disasters, both natural and of their own making, their mantra: "Nothing in, nothing out," becomes a dangerously ferocious rallying cry.

Told through three distinct narrators??Dawn Chapman, the mission's pretty, young ecologist; Linda Ryu, her bitter, scheming best friend passed over for E2; and Ramsay Roothorp, E2's sexually irrepressible Wildman??The Terranauts brings to life an electrifying, pressured world in which connected lives are uncontrollably pushed to the breaking point. With characteristic humor and acerbic wit, T.C. Boyle indelibly inhabits the perspectives of the various players in this survivalist game, probing their motivations and illuminating their integrity and fragility to illustrate the inherent fallibility of h… (mer)

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    The Human Experiment: Two Years and Twenty Minutes Inside Biosphere 2 av Jane Poynter (JuliaMaria)
    JuliaMaria: Bericht einer der Teilnehmerinnen des ersten Biospäre-Experiments, das den Roman von Boyle inspiriert hat.
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    Ensam på Mars av Andy Weir (JGoto)
    JGoto: Very good survival story with points of view of the survivor and Mission Control.
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    Biosphere 2: The Human Experiment av John L. Allen (JuliaMaria)
    JuliaMaria: Das Biosphären-Experiment hat den Roman von Boyle inspiriert.
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    Dreaming the Biosphere: The Theater of All Possibilities av Rebecca Reider (JuliaMaria)
    JuliaMaria: Das Biosphären-Experiment hat den Roman von Boyle inspiriert.
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Not his best. Subject not all that interesting, characters so-so. ( )
  jsolar | Jan 22, 2024 |
Es geht um eine Art Öko-Big-Brother. Acht Personen werden in einer Art autarken künstlichen Welt eingeschlossen um zu simulieren, wie Menschen vielleicht einmal auf dem Mars o.ä. überleben können. Die Handlung wird rückblickend von drei Personen erzählt: Dawn, die im Experiment schwanger wird; Linda, die draußen bleiben muss; Ramsay, dem Vater von Dawns Kind. Ich fand das Buch sehr spannend und unterhaltsam. ( )
  Wassilissa | Feb 27, 2022 |
Engaging plot and characters, very believable. I was sad to come to the end. ( )
  SusanBraxton | Jul 28, 2021 |
I’ve loved many of Boyle’s books, and though this was an okay story, it wasn’t anything close to Drop City or World’s End. I’ll keep reading his books, but this was a drag. ( )
  flemertown | Jul 10, 2021 |
Three main facets here: typical humanity in a kind of soap opera, humans as components of an ecological lab experiment, humans as players in the techno-scientific media circus.

Boyle missed an opportunity here, I think. Maybe the absence was intended as a significant presence - I don't know his other work so I can't place this in context. But another place where people are confined together intentionally for extended period is a religious cloister. Religion appears here mostly as something to be dismissed. Two of our main characters are nick-named Eos and Vajra... there's a kind of new creation story in play here. Maybe the whole play is meant to be an echo of Hesiod or some such. Darned if I know.

Anyway, it works well enough as a kind of collision between fallible humans and the gleaming pure ideals of techno-science. ( )
  kukulaj | Feb 27, 2021 |
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At this point in his career, Boyle is an old hand at mining the friction and frisson that grows within cloistered groups of human beings ... Ultimately, though, Boyle navigates his well-worn territory with sensitivity and finesse.
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Fiction. Literature. Historical Fiction. HTML:

A deep-dive into human behavior in an epic story of science, society, sex, and survival, from one of the greatest American novelists today, T. C. Boyle, the acclaimed, bestselling, author of the PEN/ Faulkner Award??winning World's End and The Harder They Come.

It is 1994, and in the desert near Tillman, Arizona, forty miles from Tucson, a grand experiment involving the future of humanity is underway. As climate change threatens the earth, eight scientists, four men and four women dubbed the "Terranauts," have been selected to live under glass in E2, a prototype of a possible off-earth colony. Their sealed, three-acre compound comprises five biomes??rainforest, savanna, desert, ocean, and marsh??and enough wildlife, water, and vegetation to sustain them.

Closely monitored by an all-seeing Mission Control, this New Eden is the brainchild of ecovisionary Jeremiah Reed, aka G.C.??"God the Creator"??for whom the project is both an adventure in scientific discovery and a momentous publicity stunt. In addition to their roles as medics, farmers, biologists, and survivalists, his young, strapping Terranauts must impress watchful visitors and a skeptical media curious to see if E2's environment will somehow be compromised, forcing the Ecosphere's seal to be broken??and ending the mission in failure. As the Terranauts face increased scrutiny and a host of disasters, both natural and of their own making, their mantra: "Nothing in, nothing out," becomes a dangerously ferocious rallying cry.

Told through three distinct narrators??Dawn Chapman, the mission's pretty, young ecologist; Linda Ryu, her bitter, scheming best friend passed over for E2; and Ramsay Roothorp, E2's sexually irrepressible Wildman??The Terranauts brings to life an electrifying, pressured world in which connected lives are uncontrollably pushed to the breaking point. With characteristic humor and acerbic wit, T.C. Boyle indelibly inhabits the perspectives of the various players in this survivalist game, probing their motivations and illuminating their integrity and fragility to illustrate the inherent fallibility of h

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