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...
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 ...more
And now that I’m 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 I’ve 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 wa ...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 li ...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 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 begin ...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 reite ...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 writin ...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
The book takes place on a generational ship. It is about the generation living long after the journey began an they don't even know they are on board of a ship. The story follows their discoveries and adventures.
The story is very fast paced, it is indeed non stop. There is always something happening, new twists and a lot of action. The char ...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
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 ...more
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 ...more
Everything takes place in space in what is called a generation ship, which is set out on a mission for many years to reach planet x or y and then return home. Whole societies are created on this s ...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||40||Jan 30, 2018 09:30PM|
|Hoyt's Huns: Non-Stop -- December 2017 -- spoiler free||2||5||Dec 04, 2017 01:07AM|
|Hoyt's Huns: Non-Stop -- December 2017 -- spoilers allowed||1||4||Dec 03, 2017 08:08PM|
|Goodreads Librari...: New cover, same ISBN||2||18||Nov 04, 2017 11:21AM|
|What's the Name o...: SOLVED. Sci fi novel; primitive tribes, jungle, spaceship, tunnels. [s]||6||44||Jan 04, 2017 06:18AM|
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 lite ...more