London: Faber and Faber, . First Edition. Hardcover. First Impression (First published in mcmlviii on copyright page) of "probably still the best treatment of the [Generation Starship] theme,” by “one of the most considerable talents in contemporary British sf." (Pringle) Issued in the U. S. the following year, with textual differences, as Starship. Crown 8vo: 252pp. Publisher's maroon (not brown)(cloth-effect paper-covered boards, spine lettered in gilt (Currey first issue binding A, with credits opposite title page listing two titles: Space, Time, and Nathaniel and The Brightfount Diaries); dust jacket illustrated by Peter Curl, priced 15s. About Fine (spine gilt slightly dulled, edges lightly spotted but pages clean and bright); about Fine jacket (very lightly rubbed at edges, back panel slightly dust-soiled), still vivid. Anatomy of Wonder (3rd ed.) 3-6. Pringle (100 Best SF Novels) 25. Currey, p. 3. Fine- / Fine-. Item #BB1747
Aldiss's first science-fiction novel, earning critical acclaim, in which the human cosmos shrinks to the vast interior of an uncontrolled derelict interstellar ship. Savage tribes, descendants of the original crew, roam the jungles that have sprouted from the ship’s hydroponic tanks, evidence of Aldiss’s preoccupation with social devolution. A "classic of the field, and in 2008 awarded a retrospective British Science Fiction Association Award for best novel of 1958. (Clute, http://www.sf-encyclopedia.com) "The senseless destruction of the spaceship at the end of Non-Stop is nothing less than a warning not to do the same with spaceship Earth." (enotes) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).