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Dreaming the Biosphere: The Theater of All Possibilities

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Reider tells the tangled tale of the creation, and eventual disintegration, of the experimental eco-utopia known as Biosphere 2.
ebook, 328 pages
Published November 1st 2009 by University of New Mexico Press
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Gendou
Jun 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book describes the history of Biosphere 2. This glass dome built in the Arizona desert was in part meant to be a replica of Earth's biosphere ("Biosphere 1"). Or so we've been told. It turns out there was a lot of woo-woo involved in the project's planning, building, and operation of this project.

Rebecca Reider describes the great resistance she encountered during interviews and investigations into the sordid history of the project. She managed to get her hands on a copy of "The Theater Of
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Patricia
Apr 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Biosphere II loomed large in my young adulthood wonderings. For some reason, I was fascinated by the idea of living in a completely closed space for two years with seven other people. When the mission ended, I read that all of the participants had pledged to not share what went on while inside the Biosphere and I was disappointed I would never find out.

But "nevers" have a way of wandering off as time passes and I've since discovered that there are books about the Biosphere II mission written by
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Steve
Dec 08, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you have visited the biosphere you will find this book fascinating. What can a small group of inspired and energetic ecology enthusiasts do if they are given unlimited funds for a science/culture/drama myth project? Why build a fantastically engineered, beautiful, garden of Eden, utopia which is horribly impractical and self-contradictory. Reider captures all of these elements in her well written book.
Craig
Feb 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Biosphere 2 was an isolated island of biodiversity and rapidly explained what happens when natural places are cut off from others. The experiment was essential, if only to point out the obvious: we must preserve and link wild places if we are to survive ourselves. I would like to see the energy of the synergians translated into global projects of preservation and, where appropriate, restoration.
Dr. Carl Ludwig Dorsch




A story interesting enough that I have gone on to the partisan literature, beginning with Jane Poynter’s ‘The Human Experiment: Two Years and Twenty Minutes Inside Biosphere 2.’

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Kathryn
Mar 16, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Boring. Jane Poynter's book told the story better. I didn't learn much from reading this one that I didn't already know from reading hers. Made myself finish it, though I crawled through the end of it.
Crystal
Aug 04, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Probably not the most exciting book for average reader, but it is a good synopsis of the history of a unique place.
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