Out of the Silent Planet

Out of the Silent Planet

Book - 1946
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Baker & Taylor
Dr. Ransom is abducted to the eerie red planet, Malacandra, where his escape and flight endanger both his life and his chances of ever returing to Earth

Simon and Schuster
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.

Publisher: London : John Lane, [1946]
ISBN: 9780684833644
0684833646
9780684823805
0684823802
9780007157150
0007157150
Characteristics: 182 p ; 19 cm

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dennismmiller
Dec 28, 2016

The first book in Lewis' Space Trilogy introduces Elwin Ransom, Cambridge philologist and avid walker, who finds himself kidnapped and taken to Mars as a human sacrifice for the alien gods. His captors are Weston and Devine, the former a genius who has invented interplanetary travel, a tool which he intends to use to ensure the future of the human race no matter what - or who - gets in his way, the latter an investor who sees Weston's quest as a means to accumulate unimaginable personal wealth. Luckily for Ransom, the universe is a far different place from what either imagines.

Out of the Silent Planet is the most conventional science fiction book in the trilogy, a planetary romance obviously inspired by Burroughs and Wells, the latter of whom is directly referenced by Ransom. The depiction of Martian life is unique and, especially in terms of language, somewhat better developed than in most other such works. But it is the climax, in which Ransom struggles to explain the "bent" thinking of Devine and Weston to the uncomprehending Martians, which makes the book truly unforgettable and presages the rest of the series.

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jubs17
Sep 09, 2016

I am starting to get into Sci-Fi and this was one book that put itself into my hands. I stumbled across it purely by browsing the shelves. I have not read much from CS Lewis but he is a name I know well and therefore became a "safe" entrance into the genre of Sci-FI in my mind. This story was quite enjoyable. I read it in two day so it is a rather easy read for most people. I think I will pick up the rest of the series on my next visit to EPL.

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magic23
Jan 10, 2016

This was a deep and thoughtful book. C.S. Lewis gives you a perspective on space that is so detailed and beautiful. Looking foward to reading next book.

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ld2017
Jul 08, 2015

I enjoyed this book a lot! I'm not much of a sci-fi fan but C.S. Lewis does a good job with this one and it was a fun read, definitely a welcomed change of genre for me!

Kereesa May 30, 2015

Left Hand of Darkness was better and I did not care for that book.

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ilanaaq
Jan 09, 2015

This was an interesting novel in the intellectual sense. It doesn't have much edge-of-the-seat action and has far more exposition about scenery than we're used to in the 21st century, though the writing is beautiful. Things usually turn out without much of a struggle on Dr. Ransom’s part. So it’s kind of like an intellectual and spiritual romp through a fictitious martian landscape. What’s interesting is the way Lewis weaves in 3 intelligent species, the way they interact, as well as the link between the bodily life and the metaphysical world. I can see the parallels between the Malacandrian and Christian worldviews, and that was neat. I don’t think this will be up there in my list of all-time favourite books, but it was a good read that I do recommend.

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lumue
Oct 30, 2013

This book will totally blow your mind.

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julia_sedai
Oct 29, 2013

Someone recommended that I read this book and I'm glad they did. I did enjoy it. That being said, some parts were confusing. However, it's interesting that he's writing from a 1943 perspective of science. I will definitely read the rest of the series.

I like the Narnia series better, but this is just so different that it's also great.

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Love_Legolas_111
Mar 08, 2013

My best friend is in love with this series, especially Perelandra! Read them all (she's dying for me to read them all too; I've only read this one) I found this book a little confusing because of the new words, directions of landforms, etc. , but otherwise a great and really interesting book. The amazing creativity is breathtaking!

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Cassisa
Dec 13, 2012

For those who have enjoyed Chronicles of Narnia would enjoy this one. (^_^)

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