1960's or 70's book about spaceship colony gone awry

weatherman

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It's right at the tip of my tongue - a sci-fi story written (I think) in the 60's or 70's about a spaceship on a colonization mission that has traveled so long (generations) that the civilization within the colony ship has collapsed, and the occupants have actually forgotten they are on a ship at all. Also, because of radiation leakage some of the occupants have mutated and are at war with other segments of the population.

Anyone remember that story?
 

iansales

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Non Stop by Brian Aldiss? Captive Universe by Harry Harrison?
 

weatherman

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Ah, that helped a lot - I looked at Non Stop and that seemed very familiar but the plot wasn't 100% and the ending seemed wrong to me, so I dug deeper and I'm pretty sure the book I'm talking about is Heinlein's Orphans of the Sky aka Universe, which actually dates back to 1941.

Thanks for the tip - it lead me in the right direction, and you've also given me two more books to put on my reading list!

BTW just as a recommendation for anyone interested in "generation ship" stories, I recently read Half Way Home and Wool by Hugh Howey and both of those books incorporate similar ideas. Available (ideally) as ebooks for $3-$5.
 

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Yes, the "mutations" bit certainly is closer to Heinlein's book (which is actually a combination of two novelettes, both published in 1941) than Aldiss' Non-stop (published 1958). However, if you've not read them both, I suggest doing so... it makes for an interesting contrast.....
 

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and post 4 . so much for answering q's after 15-hour shifts... im used to these types of answers in boldface, but i can't believe i glanced right past those somehow, lol...
 

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I was wondering if this was a book I read when I was younger. Does Heinlein refer to "blisters" on the outside of the ship?
 

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