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3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  3,706 Ratings  ·  163 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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Jun 18, 2016 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
May 09, 2016 Apatt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, pre-80s-sf
“Only a technological age could condemn unborn generations to exist in it, as if man were mere protoplasm, without emotion or aspiration.”

That is an implication of a generation ship I never considered. In the absence of a FTL drive, a generation ship is one of the most viable solutions for interstellar travel. It would be a very grand ambition, a triumph of science and engineering. On the other hand, there is likely to be a dehumanizing effect on the inhabitants who have to spend their entire li
Paul Bryant
I thought well, this can’t be literature because I am having fun reading it, unlike if I was reading say for instance Burroughs, Bellow, Barth, Banville, Bernhard and other people not beginning with B.

It is a story about a generation starship, that is the term. This one can only travel at around 75 miles an hour, and it doesn’t have that useful Faster-Than-That drive to make interstellar travel instantaneous. Also, it isn’t one of those like in the movie Aliens where the crew are all in a coma u
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
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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
One of the early generation ship stories (1958), this one centered on a young man in a tribe that's unaware they are even in a spaceship, except for a cantankerous priest who's found some old records and decided they should go find the legendary control room. Along the journey, they learn more of the back story of the floundering expedition. Interesting overall story, a couple of nice characters, solid resolution.
Lubinka Dimitrova
Always love a good twist in the end!
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
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
Jose lana
Jul 01, 2016 Jose lana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
The paradigma book on genarational interestelar ships , the best
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
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
Aug 23, 2010 Charles Dee Mitchell rated it really liked it
Shelves: mid-century-sf
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
Joe Santoro
Aug 29, 2016 Joe Santoro rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: soft_sf
This was Aldiss' first novel.. and I know I like some of his others, so I had high hopes. It's a cool concept.. a multi-generational ship has gone wrong, and the survivors live aboard the runaway ship, which has become a world of itself. They have this strange defeatist non-religion sorta based on the foundations of psychoanalysis (Freud and such). The main character, Roy Complain, goes on a quest to find meaning in his life and discovers both the history of his 'world' and the reality of it.

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3.5 stars from Jesse, read the full review at FANTASY LITERATURE

Number 33 of the Science Fiction Masterworks series, Brian Aldiss’ 1958 Non-Stop is indeed a classic of the genre (variant title: Starship). Standing well the test of time, the story is vivid, brisk, and entertaining — facets complemented nicely by intelligent commentary and worthwhile purpose. With Aldiss examining human nature in unusual circumstances to say the least, the underlying assumptions nevertheless exist closer to realit
Patrick Gibson
Reviewer (Jack Purcell) expresses my sentiments exactly—so I hope he doesn’t mind:

‘This book was written long before most readers of this review were born. Maybe that's the reason this great work of science fiction lies dormant and almost forgotten. The book is absorbing, fires the imagination, is both believable and original. I don't believe, of all the thousands of books of science fiction I've read over half a century, I've ever read one similar to this (and few better).

The basic story involv
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
Sep 18, 2016 Bbrown rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I’m a sucker for stories about generation ships. I’m not sure why, but the idea of a island of humanity traveling through space has always struck me as both a great setting and a great premise for a story. Maybe it’s because, in a generation ship, the world itself has a designed role, and its purpose permeates all of its inhabitants. Whatever the case, if a story takes place in a generation ship I’m more likely to seek it out and more likely to overlook its flaws. The very act of tracking down s ...more
Mark Hodder
Sep 10, 2016 Mark Hodder rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
If I'd read this in my youth, it would undoubtedly have become one of those novels I could never forget (like Aldiss’s HOTHOUSE, which I’m scared to re-read in case it disappoints). Unfortunately, though it stood on my shelves for years, I never got around to it. Now, decades later, having tracked down the same edition owned back in the day, I’ve finally ticked it off the list … and yup, I loved it. I’m too wizened, baggy and grumpy to have my imagination captured the way it could be during my a ...more
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
May 17, 2014 DaViD´82 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mohla to být úderná povídka, pokladájící skrze dobdrodružný příběh zajímavé otázky "o nás", tak jak by to každá dobrá sci-fi měla dělat. Tím že je to ve výsledku román to však poněkud tratí na působivosti, především ve střední pasáži. Každopádně i tak je jasné, proč je Nonstop považovaný za žánrovou klasiku.
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.
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