Space Trilogy (Space Trilogy #1-3)
Dr. Ransom, a noted philologist, is kidnapped and flown by spaceship to Malacandra (Mars) where he flees his human captors and establishes communication with the planet's extraordinary inhabitants. What he learns galvanizes his attempt to return t...more
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CS Lewis is best known for his Narnia Series for children and then as a Christian Apologist. An agnostic for many years, this English Don and Professor of Literature came to develop a friendship with JRR Tolkien (yes, THE JRR Tolkien)and over the course of that friendship, converted to Christianity and the Church of England, (despite the protestation of Tolkien to a small degree who was himself Roman Catholic.)
Lewis grew in fame throughout England in p...more
The first one, the Silent Planet, main character Ransom was kidnapped. The total lack of chracter development or plot would made this one of the worst sic fi read, even when it is less than 200 pages.
Book two Perelandra is not only preaching and boring, Lewis tried to fit in the myth that made this one too horribly oppressing and proselytizing to read, and one has to...more
Written in the 40s, Lewis' Space Trilogy has little to do with the...more
I value this trilogy as one of my favorite reads of all time. If you decide to read it, you can't approach it like a normal "fiction" read. You have to really pay attention to C.S. Lewis's characters' thought processes because therein lies the secrets to the books.
I would dare say that ev...more
You know what? I take back saying that it was imaginative. Lewis couldn't think of his own alien worlds, so he copy/pasted some christian mythology and then added some pretty scenery. He couldn't think of a good main character so he grabbed some dull professor (surprise!) and crammed him on to...more
Out of the Silent Planet: It was very superficial, and by that, I mean that my eyes were probably as round as quarters imagining the world on Mars. If you can suspend disbelief, it makes for good fantasy, but its not that deep on the first read-through.
Perelandra: My favorite, but I can't imagine reading it without having read Out of the Silent Planet. You would miss way...more
But all that aside, you know where he really lost me? The part where he has an alien suggest that the only reason we earthlings bother forming relationships with stupid animals like dogs is because we haven't got any properly sentien...more
The second book is sublimely written. Some of the finest word-images CSL ever penned, in my opinion. Right up there with the end of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader when the children and Reepicheep sail toward and finally arrive in Aslan's Country. Glorious prose. (Although, as I recall, the first chapter or two of this book could almost have been written as a horror story. Quite chilling.)
The third book takes a differen...more
Example: In That Hideous Strength the "evil group" threating the world is identified by the acronym "NICE". That's also the real acronym used for the real group in England to decide wh gets what medical treatment. And Lewis wrote this 1945.....
I'd recommend Out of the Silent Planet and Paralandra broadly but not as enthusiastically as I'd recommend That Hideous Strength.
Each of the books is very different than the others and each deals with distinct ideas and themes. All do a marvelous job both at being a story...more