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Lewis – Insolpro.co.uk In the first novel of CS Lewis's classic science fiction trilogy Dr Ransom a Cambridge academic is abducted and taken on a spaceship to the red planet of MalacanE creatures who live there Ransom discovers he has come from the 'silent planet' – Earth – whose tragic story is known throughout the universe 35 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 significance There is definitely a heavy influence from some of Lewis’ fellow Inklings in these works specifically Tolkien and Charles Williams The former is not surprising given the story that these books came about from a discussion Tolkien and Lewis had about the need to write ‘the kind of stories they liked’ in which they would describe a world in which what we view as fanciful myth actually has objective reality; it was agreed that they would each take a different perspective from which to view this the former would tackle time travel and the latter space travel In the end Tolkien never produced his story or not in full anyway a fragment of the story can be found in The Lost Road and Other Writings but Lewis produced first Out of the Silent Planet and then the rest of the trilogy as a result The character of Ransom himself esp as a philologist also seems like it may have been based on Tolkien to some extent certainly that appears to have been Tolkien’s suspicion As to William’s influence that is much obvious in the later volumes so doesn’t bear much discussion here but the fact that as these grew they became and like the ‘spiritual thrillers’ that Williams was famous for and also ended up drawing heavily on the Arthurian mythos of which Williams was enamoured makes the link obvious enoughGiven the publication date this could be considered ‘classic SF’ though I have to admit that there are ways in which this novel seems to contravene many of the assumptions of sci fi as a genre and often the series veers much into territory most would consider related to fantasy than SF though I’d be the first to admit that any clear cut distinctions between the two genres are always a topic of hot debate When it comes to old school sci fi I often find myself completely thrown out of the book when I come across scientific or engineering ideas that even I in my relative ignorance know to be dated or silly but I never had the same feeling with this book despite its significant departure from ‘real’ science Instead I was further engaged since the very cosmology of the tale is based on a self conscious conceit of the author’s that I find intriguing what if the classicalmedieval model of the universe were true instead of the one that modern science had posited? What if instead of the dead dark vacuum of empty space we instead had ‘the Heavens’ populated by numerous non physical entities which swam in a stellar light of incomparable beauty and perfection? What if some of these intelligences further had authority over the planets in the solar system and were themselves the seed for the ancient myths that humanity invented when they talked about gods and angels? See Lewis’ excellent overview of ancient and medieval cosmology in The Discarded Image An Introduction to Medieval and Renaissance Literature for a fuller picture of the kind of universe he is positing and we thus end up with something that is as much alternate history as it is sci fi Given certain thematic elements of the story some might even view it as something akin to anti sci fi for while the journey through space and meeting with extra terrestrial intelligences are no less thrilling or composed of sensawunda than might be expected of any other sci fi tale the message is pretty much the opposite to what we would normally expect space travel and other worlds are not for us due not only to physical but moral restrictions This interest in not only positing an alternate cosmology for the universe but in the ethical considerations of space travel and their relations to an underlying moral framework in creation points out another primary aspect of the story while there are certainly moments of action and real or perceived danger in the tale it is primarily a story of philosophical rather than physical adventure It is about discovering a whole new or wholly different worldview from what one had assumed was the truth Ransom’s adventures on Malacandra the inhabitants' name for Mars all lead him to the final ‘show down’ which proves to be an audience with the angelic patron of the planet where Ransom’s linguistic abilities allow him to stand in as translator for the other humans who see Malacandra as merely a stepping stone in man’s continued greatness and evolution into the stars It sounds boring but actually provides a fair bit of humour as we see Ransom struggling with the challenge of expressing some of the outré elements of his companion’s philosophy in a way that will make sense to the Malacandrians Overall I think that Lewis really shines in building an intriguing vision of Mars and the strange creatures that inhabit it and tying it to a fast moving and interesting story His cosmic history of the solar system that draws on human beliefs both pagan and Christian meshes well with his medievalclassical cosmology and enough details are drawn into the story to flesh things out with colour but are few enough to not bog things down in irrelevant or excessive details You might not agree with all of the ideas that Lewis presents here as regards the underpinnings of the universe but he definitely presents them in an intriguing and entertaining way Not the best in the series but a good introduction nonetheless

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Out of the Silent PlanetAnet 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 th WARNING This review contains some spoilersHow can I review a CS Lewis book? I feel completely inadeuate To properly summarize his work one feels that you would have to be Lewis himself In the end I feel that I can do nothing better than to let him speak for himself and to include a few uotations But then I am left with the impossible task of choosing those uotations for any writing by Lewis is a series of building blocks one concept layered upon another And so in the end all my attempts will be insufficient leaving me with the mighty exhortation that you really must read his work for yourself But never mind onto my insufficient thoughts In a poem entitled “An Expostulation Against Too Many Writers of Science Fiction” Lewis complains that science fiction writers transport us light years away only to give us “the same old stuff we left behindstories 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” And based on this frustration Lewis must have taken his own advice ““If they won’t write the kind of books we like to read we shall have to write them ourselves” and crafted this masterpiece For “unearthly” is the only world that properly describes Out of the Silent Planet This is exactly the sort of science fiction I like – a “uiet” sort of adventure a magnificent world but ultimately all of it mere trappings to discuss deeper ideas Lewis uses the fantastical setting of space and other planets to pose fundamental uestions—less than uestions but rather suggestions He truly sticks to his speculative genre and does exactly that – he speculates Some might find this dark – but it’s certainly not any darker than something like say The Lord of the Rings Some might call it bizarre but it’s no bizarre than any other sci fi novel and has the great benefit of Truth to bring clarity to its unusual worldThe beginning of the novel is fascinatingly creepy and a prime example of the old fashioned “shocker” what we know today as a thriller as our hero in typical shocker fashion walks unwittingly into a frightening situation that has a uality of the hideous as some insidious plan begins to unfold and catches him in its webThis Gothic feeling lingers as Ransom is rocketed literally into space and lands on an alien world The suspense grows as Ransom is filled with both terror and entrancement but then the fear gives away when he finally makes “first contact” with the peoples of this unknown world – and we are plunged into something that is not a nightmare – but like a dream for there is a slow dreamy uality to this novel that never lets up The tone shifts gears into something fantastical and mythological in feel Most authors while portraying something bizarre cannot do so without making it grotesue – but not CS Lewis He makes the truly weird unsettling and irresistible without ever being revolting And Lewis does what few other writers can do He makes PEACE exciting In a world where writers are enad with sensationalism and rely on violence and chaos to create conflict and excitement – Lewis does what feels like the impossible We are explorers in a new world we are in a science fiction novel we are in conflict with evil men and yet it is all as peaceful as a reverie A Random Collection of Loving Notes The world building is uniue and to my mind left nothing to be desired – it is truly awful and wonderful bizarre and enchanting Admittedly I have not read a lot of science fiction not for lack of desire let me assure you but because of the lack of uality in the genre and to my mind it felt different from anything I’ve read before I utterly adored the creatures of this world – especially the otter like hross The focus on language and Ransom's attempt to learn the uniue speech of this world was fascinating I loved the angelic leader of the planet Oyarsa the concept of angels overseeing over planets was a fascinating one and Lewis’s vision of what angels might be like Powerful but not omnipresent Holy but not divine Good but not God A Just leader but not the Ultimate Judge or leader Entrancing but merely a kind of servant I loved how Oyarsa ends up asking Ransom for his knowledge of the Silent Planet and the “great thing” that happened there The scenes where Ransom is describing the coming of Christ the Angel are reminiscent to me of the Scripture “Even the angels long to look into these matters”An Aside This novel should not in any way lead us to the idea that CS Lewis believed in alien life This is not history this is not even hypothesis this is science fiction To assume upon reading this novel that CS Lewis believed in alien life demands the further assumption that Lewis must have believed in talking lions and magical wardrobes We all write about things we don’t believe in to better describe the things we DO believe in But really even if he did believe in aliens or evolution this just goes to show that all humans even brilliant ones can err That doesn’t make this novel any less good or powerful – let us not throw out the baby with the bath water If he got one truth wrong there are still plenty of other fulfilling truths to be gleaned from this novel for the discerning reader What IS clear in this novel is the anti humanist anti facist themes that are explored through the stories principal villain As well as the decrying the debasement of selfishness and cruelty that are represented in the animal like Devine and the exhortation for a holier spiritual transformation for all mankind A Conclusion As always there is a true sense of love in Lewis’s work that is often absent from other novelists Not only an invitation to love Malacandra and its creatures but to adore Love itself – the source of love There is a great deal of philosophical and theological depth that it is sometimes hard to take in all at once It is the sort of book to be nibbled and slowly digested and gradually invited into the subconscious to be pondered on again and again Like a set of Russian dolls there are layers in this book are well worth opening More than anything and than any over science fiction novel this book made me think of what lays beyond for ME There is a strange new world to be explored in my future full of things the mind cannot even conceive The fuzzy concepts of this future world produces both fear and expectation The feeling that I will one day be meeting the thing I have both longed for and avoided all my life In this Malacandra Lewis expostulates on what is in store for all who believe – but it is from another one of his works that he truly captures our feelings on the subject Suppose you were told there was a tiger in the next room you would know that you were in danger and would probably feel fear But if you were told There is a ghost in the next room and believed it you would feel indeed what is often called fear but of a different kind It would not be based on the knowledge of danger for no one is primarily afraid of what a ghost may do to him but of the mere fact that it is a ghost It is uncanny rather than dangerous and the special kind of fear it excites may be called Dread With the Uncanny one has reached the fringes of the Numinous Now suppose that you were told simply There is a mighty spirit in the room and believed it Your feelings would then be even less like the mere fear of danger but the disturbance would be profound You would feel wonder and a certain shrinking—a sense of inadeuacy to cope with such a visitant and of prostration before it—an emotion which might be expressed in Shakespeare's words Under it my genius is rebuked This feeling may be described as awe and the object which excites it as the Numinous” The Problem of Pain Out of the Silent Planet raises the hair on the back of one’s neck for it is a reflection an echo of that Numinous I do indeed feel rebuked upon reading it but also enad Fearful but excited Uncertain yet longing for Lewis can ignite the spiritual core of a reader like no other I have ever read Out of the Silent was truly a journey to another world and also to a deep corner of myself As another reviewer said so adroitly “You don’t review CS Lewis – he reviews you”