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3.86  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,383 Ratings  ·  143 Reviews
Here is an adventure story complete with such traditional ingredients as a lost tribe, sinister traces of a mighty former civilisation, and a hero, Roy Complain, who, purged by peril, comes eventually to find himself. But these classic ingredients have undergone a romantic metamorphosis: no tribe has ever been more thoroughly lost than the Greene tribe, and when Roy Compla ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 250 pages
Published 1985 by Edição Livros do Brasil (first published 1958)
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Nov 22, 2015 Lyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Non-Stop, Brian Aldiss’ 1958 publication is a story about feral people aboard a generational ship.

The idea of a generational ship – where a sub-light speed vehicle must transverse such a distance in space that the destination will not be reached by the underway crew, but a second or later generation – has been the stuff of fine science fiction for decades. Methuselah's Children and Orphans of the Sky by Robert A. Heinlein are two examples and Poul Anderson’s Tau Zero is a similar variation. Writ
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A small note. This is not "Technically" one of the 100 must read sci-fi novels as formulated in the Bloomsbury goodreading guide of that name. I had technical and financial difficulties in obtaining the book said list selected for Brian Aldiss ("Hothouse") and instead looked into the "Read On" choices of further titles of note by this author. This was the first one listed, was obtainable, and was infact his first book, so I read it just to get the ball rolling on this project. Ok, now on to the ...more
Aug 16, 2007 Jeff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
A mad literary experiment gone horribly right, the details of which can't be adumbrated much since the novel contains so many revelations as to be eminently spoilable, Non-Stop parachutes the reader into the heart of ignorance and darkness. The only hero among his jungle tribe, a welter of superstitious folk knowledge and unaccountable futuristic technology, is a hunter by trade and a questioner by disposition who senses the paradox of his environment and yearns for a greater purpose. His ventur ...more
Jeremy Adam
Jul 16, 2008 Jeremy Adam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just read this on the beach on Fire Island. I'm a big fan of Brian Aldiss, though I admit he's a spotty writer. The premise--of a generation ship whose crew has forgotten that they are on a starship--is terrific, and it's wonderfully thought-through and very well plotted. This book is also distinguished by having a strong, three-dimensional female character, which is unusual for the science fiction of the late 1950s. On the negative side, some of the writing is clumsy and the ending is a bit a ...more
Lubinka Dimitrova
Always love a good twist in the end!
DeAnna Knippling
Sep 19, 2011 DeAnna Knippling rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This isn't a book. It's an Ur-book, a book that comes before the books that you know. The thing which creates a pattern.

Actually, I don't know that that's really the case, but that's what it feels like, as with all the Brian Aldiss books that I've read: he creates not just worlds, but patterns for worlds. Here, the interstellar generation ship that nobody really knows is a generation ship.

In the end, the whole plot is an excuse to explore the setting--and the ways it can change. But the writin
John Doez
Apr 17, 2015 John Doez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Lately, I dont get hooked into classics. Specially sci-fi classics. Sometimes I know the ideas by heart from scratch. Sometimes I have read several books with the same topics. I know it is not their problem but mine. They are wonderful. Some of them, masterpieces, but I get bored with them.

That didnt happened to me with "Non-stop". I supposed more or less what was going on from the very beginning even without having read reviews that contained spoilers. However I was always curious about the cha
May 21, 2008 Andreas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all SF fans
Shelves: science-fiction
If you still plan to read the book, skip the reviews you can find on the internet. They contain some spoilers that are better avoided.

I liked the book very much. The setting is strange and the secrets are slowly revealed. The characters are carefully set up and my only complain is that their development wasn't realistic enough at the end of the book.

Anyway, a good classic that is still a lot of fun to read. The Millenium SF Masterworks series is truly a remarkable series that doesn't disappoint
Rob Thompson
My review of the book: Non-Stop by Brian W. Aldiss. As ever, I'm not going to provide a summary of the story itself, rather this review will highlight some of the themes and aspects of the book which stood out for me personally.

Firstly, to understand the early weird chapters of the novel the reader has to have an understanding of the context in which the story is set. Most of this is on the back cover blurb (and the various covers published over the years kind of give the game away)but to reiter
Sean O'Brien
Jul 12, 2012 Sean O'Brien rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The concept of the generation ship (a slower-than-light colonization vessel that takes many generations to complete its journey) is a well-known trope in science fiction. Robert Heinlein did a version of this idea in Orphans of the Sky in 1941. Just because the idea of the generation ship has been done before doesn't mean a great tale can't be woven from it.

In Non-Stop, Aldiss creates a rich and fascinating society of hunter-gatherers who live in "Quarters" but who are ignorant of their place
Jun 26, 2013 Ugur rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
1950-1960’lı yıllara ait bilimkurgu kitapları okuma kapsamında okuduğum ve en çok beğendiğim kitaplardan bir tanesi olmuştu.

Kitap hem konusu hem de anlatımı açısından gerçekten çok güzel bir kitap. Günümüzde bu tarz bir hikayeyi çeşitli sinema filmi ve televizyon dizilerinden görmekteyiz ancak 55 sene önce yazılmış bir kitapta bu konunun çok daha basit ve güzel bir şekilde işlenmiş olması çok hoşuma gitti.

Şu ana kadar okudum en orijinal konuya sahip bilim kurgu romanı oldu. 55 sene önce yazılmış
Charles Dee Mitchell
With his first novel, Aldiss created a society that has evolved after 23 generations lost in space on an enormous ship bound home from a colonizing mission centuries before. The Greene Tribe are little more than savages, following The Teachings that mostly promote self-interest and superstitious fear. The Greenes, who live in the Quarters, a jungle infested with rampant hydroponic plants and waves of midges, know vaguely of The Forwards, another, more advanced society, But there are also the Gia ...more
Jun 27, 2015 Onur rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story of the "Green Pedigree" takes the reader directly to the page of protagonist Roy Complain, who has come to terms with life in the inhospitable home to Headquarters, where he leaves regularly the secure perimeter fence of his tribe to hunt for members, it is interesting how much the presumed background of the story changed when told from only one perspective. So Complain explored necessarily its surroundings outside the tribe, learns more and more things change his view of the world and ...more
Steve Mount
Nov 04, 2009 Steve Mount rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Called a "classic of sci-fi", I couldn't recall ever having heard of it before. But I'm glad I gave it a read. This edition had apparently been recently updated by the author, which might explain why a book written before space travel was science reality seemed so up-to-date. The plot twist was a nice surprise, but not too surprising. I would have liked to have more expansion on the religion of the dizzies and a little more information from Fermour ... but I won't say any more lest I give too mu ...more
Feb 15, 2014 Nazim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: golden-age-sf
The giant ship is sent to colonize a planet Procyon V. During the ship’s approach to the planet, something has happened. A new form disease, A Nine Days Ague derived from the planet killed a lot of people in the ship. The crew and inhabitants decided to turn back to the Earth. It took more than twenty generations.

In that time the remaining crew became separated into tribes. Every tribe has its own rules and canons. They live mostly by a hunting life. Many of ‘em even don’t know that they are in
Maybe three and a half stars. I first read it long ago and really liked it a lot, then later reread it and found it not quite so strong. It's a "generation spaceship" story, but where the passengers have reverted to savagery. Pretty good tale, although there's one I read by another writer that was even better and I can't find it now.
Aug 21, 2012 Ben rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
More like 3.5 stars, but I'm happy to round up. A great first novel and a great generation ship novel. Gave me the same feeling as Frank M. Robinson's great The Dark Beyond the Stars, and a bit of the same joy I got from Wolfe's Book of the Long Sun (and of course it predates both of those). Definitely a classic in the genre.
Terence Park
Written in 1958, this 1976 reissue of Brian Aldiss' first novel shows him at his best. The action pulls the reader through what we would now consider technical implausibilities, with the inventive zest of a fresh writer making his mark on the genre.
The protagonist, Roy, leaves a brutish, inward-looking existence of his tribe. In doing so he is thrown into a series of events that paint a strange picture of the world about him; not one would would readily recognise. He encounters different human
Feb 10, 2011 Clark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fine SF story. Not only a lot of fun to read but also intriguing in it's extended implication that our own universe may in fact be a very different sort of thing, place, system than we it's inhabitants perceive it to be. Sort of a Matrix idea without the cyber element. Well worth the read.
David Nix
Nov 20, 2014 David Nix rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Non-Stop is one of the original novels of generation ships: spaceships that travel to the nearest star well below the speed of light, such that it reaches the destination several generations after launch. The story takes place well into the journey, and the ship's inhabitants have forgotten who they are, and have resorted to tribal living in a hydroponics jungle. Aldiss rolls out the revelation that the jungle is in a generation ship in such a way that the reader might think, "this is the twist. ...more
Almir Olovcic
OK, in the past few years no other book made me so angry or pissed me off as this one...after being on shelf for so long, I finally started with reading and right on the beginning I was disappointed because it was like reading sentences of some 10 year old kid, writing report in elementary school...not only once I forced myself to go back few pages in the search of understanding of Aldiss writing, because it was uber confusing...and then after finally being cached by the action, end comes...just ...more
Nov 27, 2008 Manny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction

One of those multi-generation starship stories, quite good. But there have been so many rip-offs...
Jul 21, 2014 Greg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun, post-apocalyptic (sort of) sci-fi novel first published in 1958. I find I'm partial to the old school post-apocalyptic stuff, for some reason.

It's hard to say anything about it without giving away some spoilers, but it did come out in 1958, so I'm not sure how worried I have to be about that. Basically people are living on a ship, but have no idea that's where they are. And just when you start thinking maybe it doesn't really matter (isn't the Earth just a ship rolling through space?) you f
Oct 11, 2015 Max rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is SF at its finest. A slowly unfolding story based on a brilliant premise, drawing the reader into a new world forcing him to rethink all he takes for granted. BWA introduces us to Roy Complain who lives in a world with so many oddities: a city/tribe that moves forward slowly, while moving they discover all sorts of normal goods like clothing and books, fast-growing plants (ponics) everywhere, and outside their tribe there are other tribes living on other levels. What the h? What kind of w ...more
Andy Phillips
Oct 03, 2014 Andy Phillips rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: generation-ships
A good portion of the story is given away in the blurb on the back of the book, or is obvious, but this still makes a good read. The story centres on Roy Complain (I'm not sure if the name has some meaning that I failed to grasp) and a small band of men from his settlement who set out to explore their surroundings. They come from a fairly primitive tribe who live in a jungle that clearly has man-made aspects. There are various rumours and half-forgotten myths about the origins of the tribe and R ...more
Rodrigo Aguerre
Oct 09, 2014 Rodrigo Aguerre rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gran libro. La historia del mismo es bastate sencilla, pero logra cautivar al lector a pesar de ello y a pesar tambien, de que fue escrita hace unos cuantos años atras. La trama arranca bastante lenta, se describe como es la vida de la tribu Greene y debo confesar que la forma en que el autor narra los sucesos al principio me pareció un tanto atolondrada y no me lograba enganchar del todo, pero supongo que se debe en gran parte a la traduccion realizada y/o a la digitalizacion del libro. Luego, ...more
Charlie Parry
Aug 09, 2013 Charlie Parry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-masterworks
Brian Aldiss could have made his novel, Non-Stop, 1000 pages in length, and still barely scratched the surface of the world he created. Instead, my edition totals 182 efficient pages in length, and leaves the reader clamoring for more. Not that the ending is somehow unsatisfying, or ill-explained in any way. Rather, he has done such a notable job of creating a civilization, and traditions, and methods of thought, and an environment in which they live, that we are eager to explore it further, in ...more
Bill Wellham
Jul 18, 2012 Bill Wellham rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Non-Stop by Brian W. Aldiss turned out to be a very easy and quick read. This is good SF without too many complications. Many of the ideas may not have been brand new, but not all SF has to necessarily be new to be great. The main antagonist 'Complain' ventures, along with a motley crew of characters, from his own tribal units, out into the unknown universe. Led by a somewhat crazy priest, they hope to find the truth about their universe and ultimately take control of their destinys.

The fact tha
David Mcangus
The opening couple of chapters of this book were really promising. They create a world that's genuinely intriguing with a mysterious history that the reader can't wait to unravel. Unfortunately, about half way in, a plot development condenses the world and throws the feeling of adventure straight out the airlock.

Around this point some of the characterisations also began to bug me, in particular that of the female lead. Earlier in the novel, we see women depicted as second class citizens who are
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