Novel where the descendents of a spaceship mission think they're on a planet but...

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  1. andrewscott

    andrewscott Registered User

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    What's the name of this novel? I read it a long time ago and have been trying to remember the title ever since. The premise is that a somewhat primitive civilization which lives in an overgrown jungle has an ancient myth that they are actually on (or in?) a spaceship.

    The end is that the protagonist travels farther through the jungle than ever before and finds the bridge of the spaceship and realizes they are still on the spaceship.
     
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    Two possibilities come to mind. The first is the Exiles trilogy by Ben Bova and the other is the Ark seriesby Paul Chafe.
     
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    Also maybe Harry Harrison's 'Captive Universe' except for in that the primitive civilization, Aztecs in this case, had no idea they were on a spaceship.
     
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    It could also be Non-Stop by Brian Aldiss, or Orphans of the Sky by Robert Heinlein.
     
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    Orphans of the Sky does not take place on a starship, there is not even one mentioned. Absolutly the Aldiss book, I have it at home, but the US version has a different title. I believe it is called Starship in fact but could be wrong. I remember when reading it that I was surprised when they suddenly discover that their world is not what they thought.
     
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    Orphans of the Sky takes place aboard a generation starship - see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orphans_of_the_Sky

    Yes, Non-Stop was retitled Starship in the US. Which is one of the dumbest editorial decisions ever made. The point of the novel is that the hero doesn't discover he's aboard a generation starship until the last chapter. So the US title just gave it away.
     
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    I was off doing some work stuff (yuck) and suddenly realized my mistake. I was thinking of the book TUNNEL in the Sky when I said the book did not have a star ship in it. Blasted Alzeheimers is kicking in again, if I remember correctly that is.
     
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    That's it! Non-Stop! Thanks Ian! I couldn't remember that for the life of me. I may have to check out Orphans in the Sky. Not only am I a fan of '50s Sci-Fi but Heinlein is one of my favorites, along with everyone else I'm sure. Tunnel in the Sky is an awesome book. I have that one sitting here on my shelf too.
     
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    You should check out some more Aldiss as well. He wrote a lot of good books, and a lot of different sorts of sf.
     
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    Thanks for the recommendation! I'll add some to my Goodreads "Books to read" shelf!