Starship has 9 ratings and 5 reviews. Chris said: Like most of the science fiction from the s I’ve read, Starship, despite its generic title, contain. Brian Aldiss’ Non-Stop (published in the U.S. as Starship) is a relentlessly dark science fiction novel written in response to Robert Heinlein’s. Generic Discontinuities in SF: Brian Aldiss’ Starship. The theme or narrative convention of the lost-spaceship-as-universe offers a particularly striking occasion to.

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It is an orbit that has been maintained for generations, so that the discovery returns upon the past to transform it as well and to turn the “tragic” history of the ship into a sort of grisly masquerade.

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

She’s a competent person in a position of authority, but as soon as she meets the main male character she pretty much spends the rest of the book either being objectified by Roy or fawning over and rapidly falling in love with him for no apparent reason. This mission, headed by the power hungry priest Marapper, seeks to take over the ship. I’m a big fan of Brian Aldiss, though I admit he’s a spotty writer. Always love a good twist in the end! Throughout the space ship, there is evidence of some destructive event that happened in the past.

Halfway through he meets an excellent female character, well written and strong, and they team up for the remainder of the book. That is to say, it contains a fatal ingredient which renders it, to whatever extent, unbalanced. Indeed, the shifting in our distance from the characters, the transformations of the very categories through which we perceive characters, are among the most important indices of what we have called generic expectation. But this is only the horizontal dimension of the plot line.

One thinks of Rabelais’ narrator climbing down into Pantagruel’s throat and chatting with the peasant he finds there planting cabbage; and it ought to be said, in Heinlein’s defense, that the purely descriptive intensity of Aldiss’ pages should be considered a late phenomenon stylistically, one which reflects the breakdown of plot and the failure of some genuinely narrative gesture, subverting the classical story-telling function of novels into an illicit poetic one which substitutes objects and atmosphere for events and actions.


Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Pussycat added it Mar 25, The main character, Roy Complain, joins with a group of fellow tribesmen starsjip explore far into the ship in an attempt to unravel its mysteries.

Book Review: Starship by Brian W. Aldiss

A very good work. At its worst, collage results in a kind of desperate pasting together of whatever lies to hand; at its best, however, it operates a kind of foregrounding of the older generic models themselves, a kind of estrangement-effect practiced on our own generic receptivity. In the book the protagonist and therefore the reader is not aware of the nature of his environment.

The only hero among his jungle tribe, a welter of superstitious folk alxiss and unaccountable futuristic technology, is a hunter by trade and a questioner by disposition who senses the paradox of his environment and yearns for a greater purpose.

Galaxy reviewer Floyd C. Oct 05, Jesse rated it really liked it Shelves: Of course, the book could have ended in any one of a number of other ways: In the end, the whole plot is an excuse to explore the setting–and the ways it can change.

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.

Now it will be said that both books give their secret away stagship the very outset–Aldiss with his title, and Heinlein with the initial but retrospective “historical” motto which recounts the disappearance of the ship in outer space.

The mystery of what beian is intriguing. The story revolves around a multi-generational starship that has suffered a mysterious catastrophe and left the survivors to degenerate into a brutish clan-orientated society.

Non-Stop is the classic SF novel of discovery and exploration; a brilliant evocation of a familiar setting seen through the eyes of a primitive. You are commenting using your Twitter account. Having already mentioned the starship, I would be remiss if I didn’t point out this was one of two major sources for the role playing game Metamorphosis Alpha, one of my all-time favorites.


Shortly afterwards he wrote his first work of science fiction and soon gained international recognition.

Fredric Jameson- Generic Discontinuities in SF: Brian Aldiss’ Starship

Anyway, a good classic that is still a lot of fun to read. Oh, and all that doesn’t even take into account the view spoiler [army of super intelligent rats that wear clothes and make little cities and have moth scouts and telepathic rabbits that they keep in cages. In the present instance–to restrict ourselves to that alone–it is our willful ignorance of the inherent structural relationship between that economic system starehip the neo-colonialistic exploitation of the Third World which prevents any realistic view or concept of the correct relationship between two distinct national or social groupings.

Some of them, masterpieces, but I get bored with them. Or, woman, more accurately, as there is really only one of substance in the entire book. Just some opinionated blogger dude.

Book Review: Starship by Brian W. Aldiss – Yard Sale of the Mind

That didnt happened to me with “Non-stop”. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. With greater variety, and better special effects, it could have been sensational. Lists with This Book. Written inthis is Brian Aldiss’ first novel and I thought it was excellent. Cancel reply Enter your comment here Over and above the story of the characters and of the fate of the ship, one is tempted to posit the existence rbian a second plot or narrative line in that very different set of purely formal events which govern our reading: Nov 29, Thom rated it really liked it Shelves: It was the author’s first novel.