Out of the Silent Planet

Out of the Silent Planet

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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 planet' -- Earth -- whose tragic story is known throughout the universe!
Publisher: London : HarperCollins, 2005, c1938
Description: 224 p. ; 20 cm
ISBN: 9780007157150
Branch Call Number: Lewi


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Sep 06, 2018

OMW, I loved "Out of the Silent Planet". I'd tried picking it up years ago, and couldn't get into it; revisited at a coworker's encouragement, and I'm so glad I did. I felt like I was coming home to a world and writing style I loved.

Lewis is a master for a reason -- and this book absolutely shows that. (Inklings fans will also see many parallels between Ransom and Tolkien ... Lewis intentionally based the character on his friend. Love it!)

If you like sci-fi/fantasy, you'll like this book. If you like Narnia and Lewis's other works, you'll like this book.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Oct 30, 2013

This book will totally blow your mind.

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.

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!

Dec 13, 2012

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

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