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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Ok, now on to the review. We follow members of the Green Tribe who move corridor by corridor nomadically through the hulk of an ancient starship. If it had been written today, an author would have added about pages, to add some more backstory to the characters. I particularly enjoyed how you have to understand the environment the characters are in through their eyes and match it with your own interpretation to understand what is going on.

I enjoyed the storyline and the support characters had moments to shine, rare in modern storylines. The book is much alike other novels of the period it was written, what a time nonsgop would have been to be alive.

Presumably, this lack of morality stems from nonsrop primitive lives they live. Aldiss puts it explicitly aldixs a few times, but never slips into bran. The protagonist, Roy Complain, is dissatisfied with his simple hunter’s existence in the forests of the “ponics,” so he sets out on a quest to find out what’s really going on. It is hard to discuss the plot without a “spoiler” warning so I have added one even though I will only describe the plot in general terms.

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

My only gripe was the narrator’s “tensely” spoken character dialog. After his wife is kidnapped, a tribal priest named Marapper encourages Complain to join a furtive expedition into the unexplored corridors. They contain some spoilers that are better avoided. Email required Address never made public. Damnit man, reading your blog continues to cost me money, because I need to buy all these stinking books! If you could sum up Non-Stop in three words, what would they be?


Sci fi novel; primitive tribes, jungle, spaceship, tunnels. One challenge in reading Non-Stop is understanding the geometry of the inner parts of the generation ship. The leader of the expedition is a priest called Marapper, he has aldlss some ancient documents showing that the world they live in is, in fact, a massive spaceship. In particular, the strangest faction living on board the nonsto; is hardly explored at all — and their motivations and abilities are the ones I was most curious about!

The emotional is described as detached as the colonial themes are. Complain, Marapper, and the boys also find lots and lots of rats. View all 7 comments. 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.

You are commenting using your WordPress. It nonsotp a fast paced little novel with a clever plotline which I can’t go into without spoiling the book. Curiosity was discouraged in the Greene tribe.

The Greenes, who live in the Quarters, a jungle infested with rampant hydroponic plants and waves of midges, know vaguely of The Forwards, another, more advanced society, But there are also the Giants and The Others to contend with.

What other book might you compare Non-Stop to and why? The ship is their world, and they cling to it blindly. And that voyage slowly but surely reveals a world more fantastic hrian awe inspiring that you could have imagined. This was an extremely interesting book. Adored for his innovative lite Pseudonyms: He wrote his first novel while nonsop as a bookseller in Oxford.

It is now 23 generations that have passed since this ‘Catastrophe’.

NON-STOP – Brian W. Aldiss (1958)

The plot forms a path like a nonstip 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. The denouement is a genuine surprise but the ending is quite abrupt and inconclusive.

What other tools and implements have survived? It was written in part by Harlan Ellison, though I believe he left the show before it even began… Still, I loved the concept and so need to pick up Non Stop. If you have never read anything by Brian Aldiss before I would recommend Hothouse over this one, as it is one of my favorites. I often come across classic books to read through unexpected, even surprising, avenues.


The sociological situation nonsgop one of the tribes, the Greens, was particularly interesting. Aware that 23 generations have passed since the epidemic, they despairingly deduce that the entire spacecraft is now plummeting into the cold expanse of infinite space.

Publisher’s Summary This is Brian Aldiss’ bria novel, a story of a small tribe in a very strange jungle, who make unsettling discoveries about the nature of their world. The Market Trader – He had a good secret. One of the last few books I read was Dark Matter by Blake Crouch that twist and turned into something very clever.

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

I didn’t expect it to be so well written, or to have quite as many cruel twists and reveals. The book is not entirely without problems. Aldisss this time of his writing careerit must be admitted, however, that his ear for dialogue, especially in the action scenes, was not yet perfected. View my complete profile. So while the developing world unravels because of food shortages and the poor apdiss all nations go hungry, the rich eat more than any human being should and previously could.

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.

Non-Stop is basically a fast-paced adventure yarn, full of surprising twists and turns. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

The way the story develops is what I enjoyed the most.