Summary

This is Brian Aldiss' first novel, a story of a small tribe in a very strange jungle, who make unsettling discoveries about the nature of their world. Non-Stop (published in the US as Starship) is the classic SF novel of discovery and exploration, a brilliant evocation of a familiar setting seen through the eyes of a primitive.
Brian Wilson Aldiss is 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 literary techniques, evocative plots, and irresistible characters, he became a Grand Master of Science Fiction in 1999. Brian Aldiss recently celebrated his 80th birthday and is still writing, to ardent applause.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Ken on 04-03-11

True or Not

A tale that 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? Could this really happen, it?s quite possible, man?s primeval fear of strangers, something new or different are all explored in this adventure of what appears to be an ordinary man living in an extraordinary environment and his exploration of that environment. A Sci-Fi audio book that makes you thing. Highly recommended by a lover of Sci-Fi.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Robbie on 02-03-11

A classic title, very well done

'Non-Stop' is one of the classics of science fiction, and this telling does it real justice. Brian Aldiss is, of course, a towering figure in the genre. This was his first published novel, and although it shows a few touches of beginner's clumsiness, his genius shines through.

The story follows the adventures of Roy Complain, a hunter belonging to the semi-nomadic Greene tribe. Right from the beginning, the astute reader (or listener) will notice a strange blend of primitive and high-tech elements in the tribe's daily life. I can't say more than that without giving it all away! Suffice it to say that Complain and his companions end up discovering exciting and painful truths about themselves, their world, and the universe.

David Thorpe is an excellent reader with a voice that's easy to listen to. He also personifies the characters well by their voices, without over-acting. A few simple words are persistently mispronounced wherever they occur, which made me grit my teeth, but I survived! And it wasn't nearly enough to lower my opinion of this wonderful rendition of a sci-fi classic.

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4 out of 5 stars
By spacecasecake on 25-02-10

Great little sci fi book

An enjoyable read with a decent narrator. Non-stop is a classic generation ship yarn. We follow members of the Green Tribe who move corridor by corridor nomadically through the hulk of an ancient starship. And like any good generation ship story they progressively realize that their world is a lot more than they had imagined. Adventures and revelations ensue. It's a fairly short book (8 hours) so don't expect a lot of epic surprises or character development, but it makes for a speedy and fun read.

My only gripe was the narrator's "tensely" spoken character dialog. Really grated on my nerves with how often he chose to use it... I could see him sitting in front of the microphone with bulging neck muscles and madly quivering eyes. Other than that a fine performance.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Nothing really matters on 05-06-16

A well written and dark generation ship story

I read this book and Kim Robinson’s “Aurora” after Professor Gary K. Wolfe mentioned both as examples of generation ship stories in his great ”How Great Science Fiction Works” lecture series (by The Great Courses).

Both “Non-Stop” and “Aurora” are creative and exciting generation ship tales, but I enjoyed “Non-Stop” much more. I’m really at a loss to explain why I hadn’t hear of this story before and why it isn’t more famous. It deserves to be.

The writing is excellent, the story has some great dark elements, and the ending is original and unexpected. This audio book version is also well-narrated.

I highly recommend this book, especially but not only to fans of sci-fi.

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