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Out of the Silent Planet (Space Trilogy #1)

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  46,241 ratings  ·  1,976 reviews
In the first novel of C.S. Lewis's classic science fiction trilogy, Dr Ransom, a Cambridge academic, is abducted and taken on a spaceship to the red planet of Malacandra, which he knows as Mars. His captors are plotting to plunder the planet's treasures and plan to offer Ransom as a sacrifice to the creatures who live there. Ransom discovers he has come from the 'silent pl ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published November 1st 2005 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published April 1st 1938)
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J.G. Keely
It is strange to me how often Lewis is mentioned as a leading Christian apologist, since his views on Christianity tend to be neither conventional nor well-constructed. Of course, he's not taken seriously by Biblical scholars or theologians--I suspect this is because his Jesus is a cartoon lion and his God is a space alien.

As Michael Moorcock pointed out, the prominent tone in both Tolkien and Lewis is condescension, and I admit my general impression of Lewis is that he's talking down to the aud
First of all, this book has a cool title. I mean, seriously…Out of the Silent Planet… Say it to yourself a couple times. It sounds pretty, almost spooky, sort of dramatic and enigmatic. Ooh.

Man, I love a good title.

I also love a good allegory. And it’s my opinion that C.S. Lewis pretty much wrote the best allegories. Like, for real dude. This is like The Chronicles of Narnia for big people.
(I’m still partial to the childlikeness of The Chronicles though).

So basically, this book is about a ma
Not C.S. Lewis's best or most popular book - for every person who reads this, there must be at least ten who read Narnia. However, the exchange between the humans and the Oyarsa (the angelic ruler of Malacandra/Mars) is extremely effective satire, and deserves to be better known. Ransom is the only one in the party who has been able to acquire any fluency in Malacandran. He is given the task of translating Weston's fascist rant, which he clearly rather enjoys:
'Speak to Ransom and he shall turn i
Oct 11, 2013 Terry rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Terry by: Cornelius
Shelves: sci-fi, fantasy
3.5 stars

_Out of the Silent Planet_ is the start of C. S. Lewis’ ‘Space Trilogy’ a series that, for me at least, comprises his best works of fiction. I’ve never been much of a fan of the Narnia books and Till We Have Faces fell totally flat for me so aside from his purely academic texts this is generally the series I go to when I want to read Lewis. In a nutshell the Space Trilogy documents the adventures of academic and philologist Elwin Ransom as he finds himself embroiled in events of cosmic
I read this book and its companion volumes--Perelandra and That Hideous Strength--sometime after college, which must have been in the early eighties. I have re-read all three books numerous times since then.

The books show Lewis' deep love of and knowledge of European literature and languages. I stand in awe of his ability to bring together elements of Scandinavian and Celtic and Greek and Roman and English literature to create a universe that can hold the galaxy-spanning intellects of the eldila
I read this first about 7 or 8 years ago, but found it difficult to get through. This time it was over too soon-I felt like I was on Malacandra myself and feel like I experienced everything that went on as much as Ransom, the main character in the book. Lewis explores philosophical questions that if not discussed in the context of another species' existence would strike me as really basic; by discussing these questions in the setting of another world, he refreshes them and has insights that we o ...more
3.5 stars. First book in the classic "Space Trilogy" by C. S. Lewis. Much like the Chronicles of Narnia, this story has a very "Christian" feel to it and deals with the nature of the universe, the struggle of good and evil and the status of "Earth" as "The Silent Planet." Well written, entertaining and thought provoking.

After all the post-cyberpunk, Steampunk, New Weird, Post-Singularity, Post-Scarcity etc. books I have been reading lately it is nice to turn to an old school sf book for a change of pace and a bit of coziness. Out of the Silent Planet is in fact more of a science fantasy than something you would expect Asimov, Heinlein or Clarke to write. C.S. Lewis is best known and loved for his wonderful Narnia books, where religious allegory is woven into exciting and wondrous fantasy adventures aimed primar ...more
Kat  Hooper
Originally posted at FanLit.

You probably know that C.S. Lewis was a Christian apologist who wrote many popular books — both fiction and nonfiction — which explain or defend the Christian faith. His most famous work, THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA, some of the most-loved stories in all of fantasy fiction and children’s literature, is clearly Christian allegory. Likewise, his science fiction SPACE TRILOGY can be read as allegory, though it’s subtle enough to be enjoyed by those who don’t appreciate alle
Through his Cosmic Trilogy, and in opposition to the Wellsian archetype, C.S. Lewis attempts to carefully reconstruct the common, horrific fallacy that falls under what (or rather who) lies in outer space. He offers a—supposedly—fictionalised account of Martian events which, in a way, scoffs at the purely scientific intellect, and is thoroughly nourished with incorporeal elements which, again, contrive to set pleasant connotations for alienness.
CS Lewis once wrote a poem entitled “An Expostulation: Against Too Many Writers of Science Fiction”. In it, he complains that science fiction writers transport us light-years away, only to give us “the same old stuff we left behind...stories of crooks, spies, conspirators, or love.” He then asks why he should leave the Earth unless “outside its guarded gates, long, long desired, the Unearthly waits.” It’s easy to see his point. Most of the science fiction written during his lifetime were twice-t ...more
Becca Campbell
I enjoyed this book more for the abstract ideas behind the story than the plot itself (although Lewis' creativity in developing a foreign world, several alien species and a foreign language is notable).

There are some very intriguing ideas about the nature of our world, mankind, and existence behind the story. Lewis examines society's preoccupation with trying to extend the lives of ourselves, our world, and our species as a whole. No matter how hard man tries, be it through medicine or good heal
Julie Davis
The library had the audio for this and recalling how audio has helped me through other books which left me cold in print (Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, for example) ... and also knowing how many people have urged me to read this trilogy ... I am attempting it for the third time.

All this is to say that I am 36 minutes in and for a second I almost forgot what I was listening to, because I felt as if C.S. Lewis were telling me about John Carter of Mars (another book I've never been able to ge
Jenna St Hilaire
In the decade or so since I first read Lewis' Space Trilogy, I've re-read Perelandra once and That Hideous Strength many times, but never—till now—returned to the the first in the series.

It's a short read, and might be called light if not for the fact that as with most of Lewis' fiction, the more you understand of what Lewis knew and studied and believed, the more you'll get out of the tale. I'm not referring just to Christianity. This book made me wish I understood astronomy much more than I do
No long summary here...A novel about how men dehumanize humanity.

Though it does not have to do with the one-sentence summary, I like the words of abducted Ransom before he embarks on his journey on the planet Malacandra:

"The adventure was too high, its circumstance too solemn, for any emotion save a severe delight." (Macmillan Publishing, Twenty-third Printing, 1978, 30)

And on another mater, the words of the old sorn speaking of how humanity on earth must be ruled: "'There must be rule, yet how
It is interesting, and wholly fortuitous, that I read this book almost immediately after H.G. Wells's The First Men in the Moon. In that book, one of the two characters on the expedition attempts to communicate with the Selenites, while is partner is little more than a 19th century conquistador.

In Out of the Silent Planet, author C.S. Lewis has one character -- Ransom -- kidnapped by Devine and Weston, who are interested primarily in exploiting the gold on Mars (called Malacandra in the book). R
This book was a little hard for me to understand and get through, and I think part of that had to do with my trying to visualize the descriptions, and failing. Not only that, but the conversations that Ransom has with some of the creatures about life and that sort of thing confused me.

Other than that, the book was good, but I wasn't crazy about it.
What an absolutely beautiful book. I love love loved it. C.S. Lewis had such an infectious imagination! And I love the allegory here - that Lucifer (it seems to be implied) was responsible for our planet becoming "bent" and therefore out of sync with all the others, but that on other planets that have a benevolent angel-being watching over them, life is so much sweeter. I have to admit, if I ever found myself on Malacandra I wouldn't be all that anxious to return to Earth. What lovely worlds Lew ...more
You don't review C.S. Lewis. He reviews you.
M.G. Bianco
Is this book science fiction? Is the "Space Trilogy" or what is sometimes called the "Cosmic Trilogy" qualifiable as a "Science Fiction Trilogy?"

Out of the Silent Planet, the first in the trilogy, tells the story of a pseudonym-ed man, Ransom, as he travels to Malacandra, Mars, for a reason unknown to him. There, he meets the sentient life forms of that planet and learns a little about his own planet and his own people. Malacandra didn't 'fall' as Earth did, its people know nothing of violence a
Bart Breen
Narnia for Adults?

CS Lewis was a tremendously diverse and engaging writer. Apart from being the most celebrated modern apologist for the Christian Faith, Lewis brought to the table a very sophisticated appreciation and understanding of great literature.

Out of the Silent Planet weaves a tale of Science Fiction before the genre became vastly more popularized in the 50's and following(in large part due to the influence of contemporary friend and member of local literary group, The Inklings, JRR Tol
I really do not like books in which the author makes up languages and then uses the fake words throughout the book. So, for the remainder of my review I will use the word 'monkey' in place of 'the' and 'smelly' in place of 'and. This is the language that I have just created. If you don't like it, don't read my review smelly don't read monkey book. :)

Remember...monkey = the
smelly = and

This book took me twelve hundred years to read. It was a skinny book. I even checked out monkey second smelly th
I waffled between a 2 and 3 stars, because I did not personally enjoy this book much. The long winded descriptions reminded me why I hate The Last Battle, and the main character was too much of an everyman without a real personality to serve as an engaging point of view. However. What makes Lewis' work great is his ability to deal with matters of the soul and religion in a sincere and visceral way without a trace of sentimentality. It is easier for an author to seek catharsis with something horr ...more
First read Out of the Silent Plant back in 2005. I know I appreciated it much more this time. C. S. Lewis is one of those authors whose value grows as you get to know him*.

Not only does Lewis take his readers to other worlds but he also teaches new ways of seeing our own world. We learn to look through the eyes of other beings with values not so different from our own just more fully realized in the world in which they inhabit. Lewis thought ‘outside the box’ long before the term came into vogu
Mike (the Paladin)
Fantastic trilogy.

Here we get to meet Ransom and follow him on a trip to "Mars". Lewis sets up an allegorical story (somewhat heavily influenced by his classical education it must be admitted.) A thought provoking work. His picture of "God" (and the angelic beings) brought to mind (for me) somewhat, the "picture" painted in The Silmarillion by J.R.R.Tolkien (maybe that shouldn't be that surprising as they were friends and read their work to each other also discussing it with each other as well a
4.5 stelline.
Lontano dal pianeta silenzioso entra nei miei libri preferiti.
Non pensavo mi avrebbe colpito tanto, e invece è stato proprio delizioso leggerlo.
Parlerò meglio su YT delle vicende legate alla lettura del libro (sappiate che poco prima di iniziarlo ero nel periodo anti-Lewis/anti-Narnia/anti-haigiàaccettatoGesùcometuounicosalvatore), sta di fatto che Lewis ha distrutto le mie aspettative e ha saputo regalarmi qualcosa di interessante, stimolante e ben scritto.
E poi, beh, mi è quasi se
Well, it's C.S. Lewis so of course it is brilliant, but when the meaning of the ending is finally revealed, it is so brilliant that you may just fling the book down and go wake up your sister so you can tell her about it (hopefully she's read it, like mine, so she understands). The beginning is a bit slow but stick with it because it improves exponentially. Also, spoiler, Lewis himself makes an appearance at the end, :D.
Fascinating, even in light of canals on Mars (which, I recently read, Lewis knew better but included because they were such a basic part of Mars mythos).

Did you catch the character of Ransom? Sound like anyone Lewis knew?
Douglas Wilson
Just a lot of fun. Dated, as all early science fiction tends to be, but Lewis overcomes all of that. Also read in December of 1989. Also read in December of 1984. Also read in June of 1980.
Andrea Gabban
Spesso si rimprovera al vecchio Clive Staples di essere eccessivamente allegorico, moralista o "per bambini". Mi è anzi capitato di sentir dire che addirittura i bambini odierni rimarrebbero nauseati dall'intento marcatamente catechistico di Narnia.
Queste considerazioni, ovviamente, potrebbero valere anche per il romanzo da me letto, ma il mio punto di vista non è il loro. Lewis scrive benissimo, anche la traduzione è stata realizzata mantenendo un lessico ampio e senza appiattire, com'è ormai
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CLIVE STAPLES LEWIS (1898–1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day. He was a Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Oxford University until 1954. He was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement. He wrote more than th ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Space Trilogy (3 books)
  • Perelandra (Space Trilogy, #2)
  • That Hideous Strength (Space Trilogy, #3)
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #1) The Chronicles of Narnia (Chronicles of Narnia, #1-7) The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Chronicles of Narnia, #3) The Magician's Nephew (Chronicles of Narnia, #6) Prince Caspian (Chronicles of Narnia, #2)

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