Non-Stop by Brian W. Aldiss
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This one admittedly surprised me. I hadn't checked out any of the blurbs or reviews. I merely picked it up because I had already read the author's rather erudite stroll around the history of SF in Trillion Year Spree and I thought it good enough to check out his ACTUAL fiction.
So what I got was lost tribe story, men and women living in rather primitive conditions, and the setup is all for... ADVENTURE.
The real trick here is the fact that THEY ARE ON A GENERATIONAL SHIP.
Of course, there have been many generational ship SF stories over the years, but this one is early, from 1958, and feels like it would have been at home as a '50s or perhaps a '70s late-night B-movie SF horror.
I enjoyed it a great deal for what it was, and nothing more. It's very English. Almost a mix between a ghost ship and the Heart of Darkness. :)
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