Can someone help me find a book from the 1960s or 1970s I read as a boy?

Science Fiction & Fantasy Asked on January 4, 2022

Parts of the book have stuck with me for 40 years and now I would love to find it and read it again as a (old) man.

Pretty much the whole book involved generations living on a space ship as it traveled to a far away destination and what they endured. I specifically remember a character going into some restricted area and stealing light bulbs since they were in short supply.

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It's probably Cliff Simak's "Spacebred Generations", which appeared in Science-Fiction Plus in April, 1953. I must have read it in an anthology in the 60s. I remembered some additional details; e.g., the protagonist played chess incessantly with his friend, light bulbs were a finite resource--no manufacturing capability, evidently--books were forbidden, and a "deadly gas" was to be released thruout the ship to force everybody to leave and start the colony. That seems to have been enough to track it down!

Answered by slgwv on January 4, 2022

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