THE TERRANAUTS, by T.C. Boyle, Harper Collins.

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The terranauts are as­tro­nauts who never leave Earth, their “space­ship” a sealed, self­sus­tain­ing dome in the Ari­zona desert en­clos­ing mul­ti­ple en­vi­ron­ments, from jun­gle to desert to ocean. T.C. Boyle’s black com­edy, in­spired by the true-life Bio­sphere Project of the 1990s, starts as Mis­sion Con­trol makes its fi­nal, hotly con­tested se­lec­tion of four men and four women who’ll be locked away for two years in Eco­sphere One, the world’s most am­bi­tious eco­log­i­cal ex­per­i­ment. “An ark to save hu­man­ity”, in the grandiose words of the bil­lion­aire be­hind the project – though all the high-minded science in the world can’t change hu­man na­ture and it’s soon like Sur­vivor Un­der Glass in there as greed, jeal­ousy and hor­mones take over.

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