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......more
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 Andersons Tau Zero is a similar variation. Writers ...more
If you are like me in being relatively new to SF, then we have one distinct advantage: a hefty number of the novels, particularly those of the New Wave, will possess an undeniable freshness, making for an exciting, even thrilling, read. This is most certainly the case with Non-Stop by British New Waver Brian Aldiss. What an adventure!
Frequently when reviewing a novel, I'll highlight specific themes or aspects that give the story its own unique flair. I will not do so here since Non-Stop ...more
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 ...more
And now that Im at paragraph two, I realise just how difficult it is to actually write a review about this book, without dropping that bomb!
I really like Non-Stop and Ive always been meaning to read more Aldiss, but ...more
Mr Aldiss brings the characters and the ponics to life for me. I hunt with them through the corridors of the ship and share their lives as they go in search of answers.
It must be over 30 years since I (first) read this book and a lot of water has passed under the bridge since then , but to me this book was ...more
Faber published the book in 1958. Its publication brought in enough money to enable me to buy my own typewriter. That Swiss Hermes portable and I lved on intimate terms for many a year; I used it as a pillow on more than one occasion.
I thought well, this cant 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 ...more
The main character is a rough-and-ready sort who adapts quite well to the situations he encounters. Halfway through he meets an excellent female character, well written and ...more
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 ...more
This book starts off in one place and ends up somewhere else entirely.
The theme of transformation permeates every strand of Non-Stop's DNA.
The characters, setting, plot, everything... it all gradually evolves from something relatively mundane into something unprecedented and spectacular.
Even the plot itself involves discussion of both horrific and wonderful ...more
My first ever novel by Aldiss (I've read a few of his short, I believe), and what a cracker. The initial detailed ...more
Without getting into spoilers (it's a book with a number of twists along the way) the basic premise is this: a ...more
I have been collecting the SF Masterworks and have only now decided to start reading them. Non-Stop is the first and it really kicks this off with a bang. Brian Aldiss has created a layered book in 4 sections that will leave you with a kick to the stomach for the conclusion. I had my predictions for the conclusion but not one of them was correct, it was one of the those clever mysteries that is revealed in the final chapter of the book.
Brian Aldiss has created a sci fi classic here. The ...more
This was an extremely interesting book. A generation ship suffers a major plague, and the resulting society changes, to the point where the descendants of the original crew lack the technology to even be certain that they're on a ship; or, if they do realize this, they think that all worlds are ships. The protagonist, Roy Complain, is dissatisfied with his simple hunter's existence in the forests of the ...more
That said, I struggle to describe this story. Anything I say about the setting or plot is a spoiler, and ...more
|What's the Name o...: SOLVED. Early 70s Sci Fi: on a space ship flight that was designed to last many many generations; everything is like a jungle so many of the people are no longer full size [s]||6||42||Jan 30, 2018 01:30PM|
|Hoyt's Huns: Non-Stop -- December 2017 -- spoiler free||2||5||Dec 03, 2017 05:07PM|
|Hoyt's Huns: Non-Stop -- December 2017 -- spoilers allowed||1||4||Dec 03, 2017 12:08PM|
|Goodreads Librari...: New cover, same ISBN||2||18||Nov 04, 2017 04:21AM|
|What's the Name o...: SOLVED. Sci fi novel; primitive tribes, jungle, spaceship, tunnels. [s]||6||46||Jan 03, 2017 10:18PM|
Brian Wilson Aldiss was 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 ...more