Looking for a 1960s book about people who think they are exploring a planet until they find they are on a huge space 'ark' going somewhere that has been travelling for generations.

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    Welcome to SFF! This would be improved if you could edit in some more details you remember about the plot and add in anything else you may remember. – TheLethalCarrot Jul 4 '18 at 18:13
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    This is either a common theme or I swear I've seen it before being asked here. – Rebel-Scum Jul 4 '18 at 18:19
  • This is way too broad. There have been dozens (and probably hundreds) of books about people discovering they're actually on a generation ship. – Valorum Jul 4 '18 at 18:21
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    This question would be improved by going through the checklists here ; How to ask a good story-ID question? – Valorum Jul 4 '18 at 18:21

This is a common science fiction trope, so there are multiple works that fit this limited description. However, I am going to suggest Non-Stop by Brian Aldiss, from 1958. It was also published under the title Starship.

Per Wikipedia:

The novel's protagonist, Roy Complain, lives in a culturally-primitive tribe in which curiosity is discouraged and life is solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short. With a small group, he leaves his home and ventures into uncharted territory. The consequent discoveries will change his perception of the entire universe.

Complain's small tribe roam nomadically through corridors overrun by vegetation. After his wife is kidnapped, a tribal priest named Marapper encourages Complain to join a furtive expedition into the unexplored corridors. It is Marapper's belief that they are all living on board a moving spacecraft and that if they can reach the control room, they will gain command of the entire gargantuan vessel.

  • Sure, but it could just as easily be goodreads.com/book/show/7617141-the-star-seekers, Thirteen to Centaurus, Phoenix Without Ashes or a dozen others. – Valorum Jul 4 '18 at 20:28
  • If you're going to quote a source can you provide a link back to where you got it from? I've edited it in this time because it was easy to find but you should be including this information by default. – TheLethalCarrot Jul 5 '18 at 8:42

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