SF Masterwork of the Week: Non-Stop

As far as introductions go, this one is easy. Belligerent but easy. Ready?  OK. Ahem.

If you don’t know who Brian Aldiss is, go away now. Or … you know … you could always read up on him in The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and then read a few of his books – which you can find on the SF Gateway website.  Oh look! Here’s one, now …


Curiosity was discouraged in the Greene tribe. Its members lived out their lives in cramped Quarters, hacking away at the encroaching ponics. As to where they were – that was forgotten.

Roy Complain decides to find out. With the renegade priest Marapper, he moves into unmapped territory, where they make a series of discoveries which turn their universe upside-down…

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.


Non-Stop is available as an SF Masterworks paperback and an SF Gateway eBook.