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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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It might seem so, self discovery and all, but both the ending and countless lines throughout the book point at humans being ultimately helpless. July 22, at 1: Faber published the book in Want to Read Currently Reading Read. While adrift, the inhabitants have forgotten their origins and civilization has devolved into primitivism. The main character Roy Complain is pretty well developed and has a great growth arc. You pretty much know from the start that this is a generational ship and the population has gone back to the dark ages.

The book is much alike other novels of the period it was written, what a time it would have been to be alive. He also makes the idea of generational space travel downright sick and twisted.

Previous Post Book Review: You are commenting using your WordPress. The starship a nice symbol of our Earth plunging through space, the author uses the idea to comment upon the desire humanity has for control of its destiny, and subsequently the subjectivity of that desire.

My only gripe was the narrator’s “tensely” spoken character dialog. It is Marapper’s belief that they are all living on board a moving spacecraft and that if they can reach the control room, they will gain command of the entire gargantuan vessel.

Book Review: Non-Stop (variant title: Starship), Brian Aldiss (1958)

The ending besides the last line or two is well crafted and powerful. Brian Aldiss burst onto the scene 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.


The appeal of the story is in its incredible attention to detail and the manner in which the characters discover the secrets of their home. This book was a nice surprise considering the genre fiction I have read and I thought the storyline was clever enough to warrant the payoff.

This story is a classic generation ship sf story. In most cases I feel the story should be more important, but the narrator is so good, I believe he increases the value of the book. Roy Complain the main protagonist in the story harbours thoughts about an alternative way of life; an existential yearning to understand the world and his place in it. Dirk Grobbelaar Denis wrote: Non-Stopon the other hand, manages to ask real questions, instead of pseudo-critical, rhetorical ones. Though all the questions of importance are answered, one is left wondering what happens next to the characters.

I discussed Metamorphosis Alpha in a recent blog post.

I have The Dark Light Years sitting on my soon to be read stack — however, most people seem somewhat put off by aldiws work. Details brief but vivid, the storyline moving briskly to put it lightlyand the world unfolding one imaginative scene on top of another, Aldiss never gives the reader a chance to briian bogged down in the bitterness and contempt of his main character.

I don’t want to give any more away than that. Also, there are some secondary mysteries of the generation ship that, although not crucial to the story, could use some additional exploration.

The Forwards have uncertain knowledge of ‘Giants’ who, though feared, are generally considered to be benevolent.

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

May 19, Andreas rated it really liked it Recommends it for: If you still plan to read the book, skip the reviews you can find on the internet. Anyway, a good classic that is still a lot of fun to read. Email required Address never made public. However, if you like reading about generation ships Non-Stop is a good choice. Roy Complain decides to find out. This was a very early SF novel in my reading, so the idea of a GS was very new to me; maybe the more experienced reader knew what to look for and so it was heavily implied, but I remember being blown away come the end and thinking how cool it was to not know that was coming even though it was hinted in retrospect.


In short, Non-Stop is classic s SF that has aged very well.

I see a lot of the reviews are against the abrupt ending, but I think some of the best endings leave with an open ending to allow interpretation. Analogy after analogy presents itself only to splinter apart, as there is no coherent framework to explain the revealed purpose of the protagonist’s mission or to justify akdiss disrupted wake left behind in his unleashed quest for meaning.

You are commenting using your WordPress. Like Liked by 2 people. Previous generations of readers might have remarked how the ship society has “descended into alriss. Was there any other solution for the problem? The very nature of the storyline fits within the genre type of the era and it was a no holds bar for creativity, prime examples are the B Grade creature features.

After losing his wife during a hunt Complain joins an expedition to explore uncharted territories of the bonstop. And that voyage slowly but surely reveals a world more fantastic and awe inspiring that nonstoo could have imagined. The Millenium SF Masterworks series is truly a remarkable series that doesn’t disappoint If you still plan to read the book, skip the aldies you can find on the internet.

David Thorpe is an excellent reader with a voice that’s easy to listen to. Aldiss’ description of the thought processes of the main characters is really well done and 4. There are starship troopers in this book, sort of, but they are nothing like Sarah Brightman.