T.C. Boyle's new novel The Terranauts tells the story of eight scientists who are picked to expend two years sealed inside an airtight glass house. The book is inspired by the real-life story of Biosphere 2, which achieved widespread press coverage in the early' 90 s, describing frequent comparings to NASA.

” They aped NASA in the interests of style they publicized it, in terms of the big celebration with bands playing and celebrities and so on ,” Boyle says in Episode 228 of the Geek's Guide to the Galaxy podcast.” It was a huge deal .”