Find That Book: Spaceship with a forest interior?
January 2, 2014 7:00 PM Subscribe
Looking for a book I read as a kid, so I only have a few clues which is probably why I haven't been able to turn this one up. Science fiction, read probably in the mid-to-late eighties out of a school library. It might have been an older book - it had the flavor of older science fiction but I could be wrong on that part.
posted by PussKillian to Media & Arts (18 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
It was set (at least partly) on a space ship. Humans are "set free" in small groups into an area of the ship that mimics Earth - specifically, a wilderness, with weather patterns, soil, animal predators, a created sun, etc. If I remember correctly, this was a training of sorts, by (benevolent?) aliens who were trying to help humans relearn the skills they would need, probably after they were returned to Earth. The main character is a surly guy who resists the training, and is, I think, "abandoned" in the forest at some point because of his own refusal to cooperate. Also, at one point makes his way through the forest to the edge of the space ship, where the illusion of wilderness ends. I believe that there were 'interviews" where he was called into a small cubicle to explain himself multiple times.
I was a voracious reader as a kid so I could easily be cramming together multiple books. Any ideas? I don't read a lot of hard sf these days, so for all I know this is a classic I'm just misremembering.