- Stark (novel)
infobox Book |
name = Stark
image_caption = First edition cover
cover_artist = David Scutt
country = flagicon|UK
language = English
genre = Environmental Fiction, Dystopian Fiction
January 1, 1989
media_type = Print
pages = 452
isbn = ISBN 0747403902
"Stark" was the first novel written by British comedian
Ben Elton. Published in 1989, "Stark" was a highly successful bestseller in the UK and Australia, selling well over a million copies. [Gilchrist, Jim: [http://living.scotsman.com/index.cfm?id=1065852007 Doyle variety performance] , " The Scotsman", 9 July 2007.]
The book deals with the adventures of Colin Dobson, "CD", living in a near-future world in which the environmental damage Mankind is causing to the Earth is apparently reaching critical levels. CD and his friend Rachel become embroiled in the titular Stark conspiracy; a cabal of Earth's richest and most influential men who have long been aware that the planet's entire ecosystem is approaching total collapse. Seeking to save their own lives, they secretly created a fleet of spacecraft with the intention of founding a colony on the Moon.
Elton adapted this into a screenplay for TV in 1993, where he played CD.
Literary significance & criticism
The novel is largely a satire of business, government and social attitudes toward the environment in the late 1980s. It describes a world in which big business is completely uncaring and environmental protestors are largely foolish and unrealistic to the point of absurdity. Fact|date=February 2007
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