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The Terranauts: A Novel de T.C. Boyle
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The Terranauts: A Novel (2016 original; edició 2016)

de T.C. Boyle (Autor)

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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 human nature itself.… (més)
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Títol:The Terranauts: A Novel
Autors:T.C. Boyle (Autor)
Informació:Ecco (2016), Edition: 1st, 528 pages
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The Terranauts de T.C. Boyle (Author) (2016)

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    Dreaming the Biosphere: The Theater of All Possibilities de Rebecca Reider (JuliaMaria)
    JuliaMaria: Das Biosphären-Experiment hat den Roman von Boyle inspiriert.
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    Biosphere 2: The Human Experiment de John L. Allen (JuliaMaria)
    JuliaMaria: Das Biosphären-Experiment hat den Roman von Boyle inspiriert.
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    The Human Experiment: Two Years and Twenty Minutes Inside Biosphere 2 de Jane Poynter (JuliaMaria)
    JuliaMaria: Bericht einer der Teilnehmerinnen des ersten Biospäre-Experiments, das den Roman von Boyle inspiriert hat.
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    The Martian de Andy Weir (JGoto)
    JGoto: Very good survival story with points of view of the survivor and Mission Control.
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Engaging plot and characters, very believable. I was sad to come to the end. ( )
  SusanBraxton | Jul 28, 2021 |
8 people - 4 women and 4 men - are being locked away for 2 years in a sort of "terrarirum" (called E2) to simulate if life that we know on earth would be possible on e.g. another planet. All people are scientists and experts in their individual field. Some are in a relationship in the outside world, others aren't. They are all supposed to behave like adults and professional. But is that possible? 8 people who will have to work and live with each other without a chance of getting out. And how much effect has that isolated world on them?
I wanted to find out about all that, that's why I chose to read this book. There are these 8 scientists, but also the people who are outside: the managers of the company who finances that project. What goals do they have? And what are they willing to do to reach them? What about the Terranauts that weren't choseen from a group out of 16? What about family members, friends, lovers?
I think, T.C. Boyle did a good job in portraying the very typical human nature. After I was about 150 pages in, I thought that there wasn't one sympathetic, likable character in this book. But that would be too much of a generalization. Nobody's perfect. We all have our good and our bad sides. Some have more of the one or the other. And I don't think that any of us, who hasn't lived under such conditions, can forsee how they would react. To a certain extent I could definitely see where they were coming from and the reasons for why they did what they did. Which doesn't mean, that there ARE idiots among them. Inside and outside of E2.
The reason why I give the book 4 stars is, because I think that some of these 8 characters are simply underwritten. There are 3 narrators, 2 inside and 1 outside of E2 and it interchanges. Which is great. But I would have liked to hear a bit more from some of the others as well.
What I liked was, how each of the narrators sounded as if they spoke to you, the reader, directly.
The ending was - NO SPOILERS! - ... kind of open. Or not? Some thought it was confusing. I don't think it was. I'd call it not exactly open, everything fell into a place... but there's still room for thoughts, discussions, speculation... I liked the ending. And the whole book!

I'm referring to the German edition hardcover. It was the first printed book after tons of audio books. I've enjoyed it. But I will be glad to be back in audio book mode soon!! ( )
  Heidi64 | Jul 18, 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 |
Intriguing story of the biodome experiment. told from viewpoints of 4 principle characters. Good pacing. ( )
  brianstagner | Sep 19, 2020 |
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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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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 human nature itself.

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