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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  2,687 ratings  ·  119 reviews
Plemię Roya Complaina, jak robak wygryzający sobie drogę przez jabłko, od lat wędruje labiryntem stworzonym przez mitycznych Gigantów, walcząc z ekspansywną roślinnością. Complain ma jednak tego dość. Wybatożony za to, że utracił cenną dla plemienia kobietę, przyłącza się do wyprawy chytrego i ciekawskiego jak sroka kapłana, któremu marzy się władza nad światem...
Non stop
Paperback, 278 pages
Published 2002 by Rebis (first published 1958)
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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
Jeff St.onge
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
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
May 21, 2008 Andreas rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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
Non-Stop is the second book I've read by Brian Aldiss. I didn't enjoy it quite as much as I did the first book of his I read, which was his dying earth novel Hothouse. At times I found it to be a bit hard-going. I found it difficult to get a picture in my head of the scenes described. I also didn't find the setting of the book too interesting, initially.

Despite all these things, I read on and found that the story became more engaging as I did. Aldiss is excellent at characterization. Characters
Steve Mount
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
Andy Phillips
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
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
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
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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This is one of those books that's loaded with possible spoilers, but most of the other reviews already gave the game away. The American copy was given the asinine title Starship, revealing what the reader knows well before the characters do: they’re the descendents of passengers on a generation ship which suffered some horrible accident, and which is now flying unchecked through space. With that in mind, some of the novel’s weirder parts fall into place, such as the group of feral humans trekkin ...more
Vidim da ovaj uradak mnogi svrstavaju u rani Aldissov opus, što automatski aludira da njegovo zrelije i kvalitetnije razdoblje tek dolazi. Ok. No ja se prvi put susrećem s ovim autorom, i mogu reći da sam kroz ovo krštenje izašao poprilično zadovoljen i utaženih apetita. Roman je skoro pa klasik u žanru tzv. "generation ship" SF literature, inspiriran vjerojatno dijelom Heinleinovim pričama na temu koji hdesetak godina ranije. SFE kategorizira priču kao "conceptual breakthrough" priču, u kojoj s ...more
An oldie that's uneven but nevertheless readable because it's fun. Sharp British fun. Trouble is, I'm not sure which bits the author intended to be laughable.
Unless you're into SF history, the main highlights are probably going to be the boisterous psychoanalysis-based religion and the post-apocalyptic theme. The general concept of the book is solid as well, with a substantial (and realized) comedy potential.
Unless you count the outrageous sexism and importance of psychoanalysis which are decide
Roddy Williams
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De temps en temps, lire des classiques, ça soigne.
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.
Nicholas Whyte[return][return]It must be around thirty years since I first (and last) read Non-Stop. There are still lots of things to like about it. It was a deliberate response to the Heinlein stories later published as Orphans of the Sky, taking the concept of people living on a generation starship, but who do not realise their real situation, to a new level. Where Heinlein's protagonists were barely aware that they were on a spaceship at all, Aldiss's know that th ...more
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
DeAnna Knippling
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
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