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Non-Stop by Brian W. Aldiss
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Sep 19, 2011

really liked it
Read in September, 2011

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 writing is soooo good.

I'm a big fan of Gene Wolfe's Long Sun books, and it feels like GW took a giant bow in Aldiss's direction when he wrote some of them.

"Like a radar echo bounding from a distant object and returning to its source, the sound of Roy Complain's beating heart seemed to him to fill the clearing. He stod with one hand on the threshold of his compartment, listening to the rage hammering through his arteries."
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