A reading list: Generation Ships

I have a story idea that I’m fleshing out and it’s got me thinking a TON about long voyages between stars. I’m specifically thinking about non-FTL scenarios, and I’m wanting to pull together a reading list that I hope to tackle in the near future. Here’s what I’ve got so far, looking at recent novels and branching back into older stuff that’s on my radar but I haven’t read yet. I’d love more recommendations, particularly if you know some good short stories (like Overtaken that I mentioned recently).

  • Elizabeth Bear’s Jacob’s Ladder series.
  • Greg Bear’s Hull Zero Three
  • the recent YA Across the Universe by Beth Revis
  • Neal Stephenson’s Anathem – I gave up on this after a few hundred pages, intimidated by the length and unsure if the destination was worth it, but I’m willing to pick it up again.
  • Some of Alastair Reynolds’ Revelation Space books.
  • Gene Wolfe’s Long Sun – I saw this tagged “generation ship” somewhere (possibly amazon) and have been meaning to read it anyway.
  • Poul Anderson’s Tau Zero

I’m sure there’s plenty else out there. I’d LOVE to find something where this is a bit more routine and a little less disaster movie if that makes any sense. Any and all suggestions appreciated.

~ by mentatjack on October 2, 2011.

5 Responses to “A reading list: Generation Ships”

  1. Non-stop by Brian Aldiss

  2. Not just Al Reynolds’ REV SPACE books, but everything by Reynolds. He is very firmly anti-FTL in that regard. Pay particular attention to PUSHING ICE and HOUSE OF SUNS.

    I’ve heard Greg Bear’s EON and related books follow in this vein as well.

  3. Heinlein’s “Orphans of the Sky.”
    Brian Aldiss’s “Non-Stop” (aka “Starship.”)
    Harry Harrison’s “Captive Universe.”
    Clifford D. Simak’s short story “Target Generation.”

    I haven’t read “Tau Zero” in a long time, but I don’t remember it being a generation ship story exactly.

  4. While I don’t have a copy of Orphans of the Sky on my shelf, it turns out that I do have The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume IIA which collected Universe, which is 1/2 of Orphans of the Sky. It’s a special joy to get a recommendation and then randomly find it in my personal library!

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