Editorial Reviews. About the Author. Brian W. Aldiss ( – )Brian Wilson Aldiss was born in He was a highly decorated science fiction author who. An example of this is Non-Stop (), by Brian Aldiss, which I just finished reading the other day and enjoyed immensely. I only learned about. Number 33 of the Science Fiction Masterworks series, Brian Aldiss’ Non- Stop is indeed a classic of the genre (variant title: Starship).

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I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. We create structures and routines to allow us to live as comfortably as possible, including implementing activities which condition social normscertain worldviews and even the repression of certain thoughts and ideologies.

Non-Stop is an original take on the idea of the generation ship- vessels that travel between stars on journeys so long that several generations of people are born, live and die before the ship reaches its destination.

Roy Complain decides to find out.

Aldiss’ description of the thought processes nonstol the main characters is really well done and gives the right sense of “alieness” to this lost tribe of humanity. This edition contained some minor revisions by the author. 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 aldlss later generation — has been the stuff of fine science fiction for decades.

Aldiss tells a good story and this is one of them. 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. Adventures and revelations ensue. This isn’t a book. The writin 5 I have been collecting the SF Masterworks and have only now decided to start reading them.

View my complete profile. The plot forms a path like a trail overgrown with obscuring fronds, which when lifted aside threatens a complete view of vistas beyond but only allows a limited further glimpse as the reader and protagonist approach their increasingly ominous destination. I know it is not their problem but mine. The reveal at the end was, to me, great fun. Complain is also briefly captured by humanoid ‘Giants’ of legend, who release him with no explanation.


This entry was posted in Science fiction. To end this post, I feel like sharing some of the cover art that has been produced for the book over the past plus years. Thi This was Aldiss’ first novel. The characters are on the flat side, perhaps because the book is only pages long and there is a lot of plot to get through. The Forwards briefly engage the Giants, but the conflict quickly ends.

This was my first experience with Brian Aldiss. Newer Post Older Post Home. It must be over 30 years since I first read this book and a lot of water has passed under the bridge since thenbut to me this book was still as exciting, dramatic and meaningful in terms of human nature as it was all those years ago. Galaxy reviewer Floyd C. I would if I could.

Non-Stop, by Brian Aldiss | Skulls in the Stars

This book is also distinguished by having a strong, three-dimensional female character, which is unusual for the science fiction of the late s. True or Not A tale qldiss is set in an unusual environment, the listener is never really sure until near the end, you think you know but is it or is it something completely different? Proslambanomenos I confess I had to look them up. Despite being a very early work of his, I prefer it to works like Hothouse.

The Millenium SF Masterworks series is truly a remarkable series that doesn’t disappoint If you still plan to read the book, skip the reviews you can find on the internet. Publisher’s Summary This is Nonsyop Aldiss’ first novel, a story of a small tribe in a very strange jungle, who make unsettling discoveries about the nature of their world.

I highly nonsttop this book, especially but briaan only to fans of sci-fi. The descendants of the original crew have become so disconnected from their origins that their knowledge of how to operate the ship — and in many cases the knowledge that they are even on a ship — is long gone.


Ok, now on to the review. Even though there were some minor plot flaws, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Adored for his innovative literary techniques, evocative plots and irresistible characters, he became a Grand Master of Science Fiction in Create a free website or blog at WordPress. It is also thought provoking as the ethical issues of launching a generation ship is explored.

Non-Stop aldsis the classic SF novel of discovery and exploration; a brilliant evocation of a familiar setting seen adliss the eyes of a primitive. Non-Stop is a fast paced story that never pauses to take a breath.

A community briaan cannot or will not realize how insignificant a part of the universe it occupies is not truly civilized. In the absence of a FTL drive, a generation ship is one of the most viable solutions for interstellar travel.

Its publication brought in enough money to enable me to buy my own typewriter.

As with other ALdiss novels I have read, Greybeard and Hothousethis is the tale of a journey into the unknown by characters who can be either brave and honorable or not at all what they seem. The ethical conundrum all characters are confronted with at the end simply is there, and the reader is left to make up his or her own mind.

NON-STOP – Brian W. Aldiss (1958)

His brother lost to the tangles years before and wife abducted by a neighboring tribe in the first few pages, Complain must find a way to live without connections amongst his ragged tribe. Print hardback and paperback.

Too much is given away about the plot in the title, they said. Why have I waited so long to re-read???