Stark (novel)

Stark (novel)

infobox Book |
name = Stark
title_orig =
translator =

image_caption = First edition cover
author = Ben Elton
illustrator =
cover_artist = David Scutt
country = flagicon|UK United Kingdom
language = English
series =
genre = Environmental Fiction, Dystopian Fiction
publisher = Sphere Books
release_date = January 1, 1989
english_release_date =
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: [ Doyle variety performance] , "The Scotsman", 9 July 2007.]

Plot introduction

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

ee also

*"This Other Eden"
*"Alternative 3"


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