The Terranauts

The Terranauts

A Novel

eBook - 2016
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"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 human nature itself." --Publisher's description.
Publisher: [New York, NY] : Ecco, 2016
ISBN: 9780062349460
0062349465
Branch Call Number: PS3552.O932
Characteristics: 1 downloadable text file
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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SherryNeufeld
Mar 02, 2018

I have always enjoyed his writings. This was no exception. Food for thought.

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avocadotree
Aug 12, 2017

good read, the book is heavy and looks big but is a breeze. I laughed and it lasted just long enough. Took a week to read. It helped me to take notes on the acronyms used, and everybody's name, sobriquet, and job title for the mission.

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strat
Apr 27, 2017

Boyle is pessimistic and cynical about the human race - but I can never put one of his books down and I wind up thinking of them long after.

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dawnrider
Feb 14, 2017

I listened to the CD version of this book during my daily commute; as a person with a background in science, I found it intriguing to think about just how "human" the closed environment system was. I liked the way the story unfolded through the voices of three individuals, like strands of yarn unwinding from the skein.

lindab1111 Nov 30, 2016

T.C. Boyle is one of my favorite authors. He knows how to capture the human condition. In this go round, the human condition turns into a soap opera. I wont retell the plot here but there was a ton of material to work with. Eight people locked up together in a biosphere for 2 years. Most of the "science gone wrong" material was wasted. There are a few major problems that arise but they were in the background of all the human drama. Some interesting drama but most of it petty. These are scientists but wow, they were pretty messed up.

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edwardjvan
Nov 15, 2016

Good but too melodramatic. I don't enjoy soap operas.

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jimman
Oct 27, 2016

Fresh air in deed.
"Narrative" agreed.

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