“Something Strange,” Kingsley Amis, 1960 — Bruno, Clovis, Myri, and Lia are amnesiacs on a “spaceship” which is being besieged by surreal threats (e.g., a near-miss with a comet). The conclusion reveals that the terrifying events are part of a government experiment designed to remove a human being’s curiosity.
Comments: Read in Five-Odd. Themes of scientific ethics, memory, creativity, curiosity, fear, knowledge, intimacy, reality and surveillance. Metaphor of inner space vs. outer space, of spaceship as social laboratory. The poverty of their altered minds is revealed in the attempts of Myri’s lackluster, derivative fiction.
Author: Wikipedia: “Sir Kingsley William Amis, CBE (16 April 1922 – 22 October 1995) was an English novelist, poet, critic, and teacher. He wrote more than 20 novels, six volumes of poetry, a memoir, various short stories, radio and television scripts, along with works of social and literary criticism.”