Roy Complain decides to find out. With the renegade priest Marapper, he moves into unmapped territory, where they make a series of discoveries which turn their universe upside-down...
In Non-Stop, Aldiss creates a rich and fascinating society of hunter-gatherers who live in "Quarters" but who are ignorant of their place...more
The fact tha...more
Despite all these things, I read on and found that the story became more engaging as I did. Aldiss is excellent at characterization. Characters...more
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...more
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...more
Roy Complain is a hunter in Quarters. He takes his woman on a hunting trip, where they get set on by a gang and he loses her. This puts him on a pursuit course that came to be echoed in The Trueman Show with Jim Carrey -- that is, Complain learns that the world he's lived in is not reality.
Everything about this novel worked for me...more
The only peeve that I have about it is that,in my opinion, it really ended really abruptly. I can't say that I loved any of the characters all t...more
Sometimes there are books you are just incompatible with. Books in which author's imagination didn't meet yours. In which reading is tough and the words are too dense to chew through. This was actually my third try to read and finish this book and it was a fight again. Many times I found myself lost in scenes which my brain was even struggling to conceive.
And I really don't like the books, where the WHOLE PICTURE is revealed piece by piece and you MUST pick up the breadc...more
As Non-Stop opens, things have not gone well at all, evidenced by the primitive living conditions of the ship's survivors. Hunter Roy Complain, like so many of his generation, feels there is something missing in his life. The adventure he embarks on beyond the perimeter of his tribe's living quarters brings a series of revelations that (for him and us) slow...more
Ce roman en fait à mon avis partie, puisqu'assez ancien, traitant d'un sujet plus qu'intéressant, et ma foi fort bien écrit. Il a été chaudement conseillé par sf.marseille, et à bon escient.
Dans ce roman, on suit les aventures d'un chasseur dans une espèce de jungle assez improbable, qui va au fur et à mesure révéler toute son étrangeté et sa dimension assez terrifiante, avec une fin ouverte comme la sf dite, justement, classique, en a le secret....more
The only grouse I have is while it's an awesome journey of discovery, the discovery doesn't translate into action; the end is just everything coming together by accident - actually, not ev...more
Brian Wilson Aldiss is one of the most important voices in science fiction writing today. He wrote his first novel while working as a bookseller in Oxford. Shortly afterwards he wrote his first work of science fiction and soon gained international recognition. Adored for his innovative literary t...more