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Written during the dark hours immediately before and during the Second World War, C. S. Lewis's Space Trilogy, of which Out of the Silent Planet is the first volume, stands alongside such works as Albert Camus's The Plague and George Orwell's 1984 as a timely parable that has become timeless, beloved by succeeding generations as much for the sheer wonder of its storytelling as for the significance of the moral concerns. For the trilogy's central figure, C. S. Lewis created perhaps the most memorable character of his career, the brilliant, clear-eyed, and fiercely brave philologist Dr. Elwin Ransom. Appropriately, Lewis modeled Dr. Ransom after his dear friend J. R. R. Tolkien, for in the scope of its imaginative achievement and the totality of its vision of not one but two imaginary worlds, the Space Trilogy is rivaled in this century only by Tolkien's trilogy The Lord of the Rings. Readers who fall in love with Lewis's fantasy series The Chronicles of Namia as children unfailingly cherish his Space Trilogy as adults; it, too, brings to life strange and magical realms in which epic battles are fought between the forces of light and those of darkness. But in the many layers of its allegory, and the sophistication and piercing brilliance of its insights into the human condition, it occupies a place among the English language's most extraordinary works for any age, and for all time.

Out of the Silent Planet introduces Dr. Ransom and chronicles his abduction by a megalomaniacal physicist and his accomplice via space ship to the planet Malacandra. The two men are in need of a human sacrifice and Dr. Ransom would seem to fit the bill. Dr. Ransom escapes upon landing, though, and goes on the run, a stranger in a land that, like Jonathan Swift's Lilliput, is enchanting in its difference from Earth and instructive in its similarity.

About the Author

Clive Staples Lewis, born in Belfast, Ireland, in 1898, was for more than thirty years Fellow and Tutor of Magdalen College, Oxford, and at the time of his death in 1963 was professor of medieval and Renaissance literature at Cambridge University. His many books — of fiction, poetry, theology, literary scholarship, and autobiography — include The Screwtape Letters, Mere Christianity, Miracles, and the seven volumes that comprise The Chronicles of Narnia.

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ISBN:
9780684833644
Author:
Lewis, C. S.
Publisher:
Scribner Book Company
Author:
Lewis, C.S.
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Science Fiction - General
Subject:
Science fiction
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Life on other planets
Subject:
Good and evil
Subject:
Outer space
Subject:
Science Fiction - Adventure
Subject:
Religious - Science Fiction
Subject:
Life on other planets -- Fiction.
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Christian Science -- Fiction.
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
College teachers
Subject:
Christian - General
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Adventure
Subject:
fantasy, the lord of the rings, harry potter, tolkien, j.k. rowling, narnia, the lion the witch and the wardrobe, screwtape letters, classics, mere christianity, science fiction, sci-fi, louis, space trilogy, perelandra, that hideous strength, out of the
Subject:
fantasy, the lord of the rings, harry potter, tolkien, j.k. rowling, narnia, the lion the witch and the wardrobe, screwtape letters, classics, mere christianity, science fiction, sci-fi, louis, space trilogy, perelandra, that hideous strength, out of the
Subject:
fantasy, the lord of the rings, harry potter, tolkien, j.k. rowling, narnia, the lion the witch and the wardrobe, screwtape letters, classics, mere christianity, science fiction, sci-fi, louis, space trilogy, perelandra, that hideous strength, out of the
Subject:
fantasy, the lord of the rings, harry potter, tolkien, j.k. rowling, narnia, the lion the witch and the wardrobe, screwtape letters, classics, mere christianity, science fiction, sci-fi, louis, space trilogy, perelandra, that hideous strength, out of the
Subject:
fantasy, the lord of the rings, harry potter, tolkien, j.k. rowling, narnia, the lion the witch and the wardrobe, screwtape letters, classics, mere christianity, science fiction, sci-fi, louis, space trilogy, perelandra, that hideous strength, out of the
Subject:
fantasy, the lord of the rings, harry potter, tolkien, j.k. rowling, narnia, the lion the witch and the wardrobe, screwtape letters, classics, mere christianity, science fiction, sci-fi, louis, space trilogy, perelandra, that hideous strength, out of the
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Classic Edition
Series:
Scribner Classics
Series Volume:
35
Publication Date:
October 1996
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.12 in 15.4 oz

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