The Dark Tower, and eerie, highly entertaining novella, finds five men gathered secretly in a room at Cambridge University to witness the workings of the chronoscope, an invention that "does to time what a telescope does to space." The resulting sequence of bizarre events involves Dr. Elwin Ransom, familiar to readers of C.S. Lewis' Out of the Silent Planet "The Man Born Blind," a short story, dramatizes the relationship betweenappearance and reality. Also collected here are a retelling of a Greek myth entitled "After ten Years" and three skillful works of futuristic fiction.
"Of course, said Orfieu, the sort of time-travelling you read about in bookstime-travelling in the bodyis absolutely impossible."
So begins The Dark Tower, a captivating novella that continues the adventures of Dr. Elwin Ransom after the events of Out of the Silent Planet, the first novel is Lewiss Space Trilogy. In Orfieus office at Cambridge University, five men gather to witness the breach of space-time through the chronoscope, a telescope that looks not just into another world, but into another time. Also included are "After Ten Years," Lewiss retelling of Menelauss battle for Helen, "The Man Born Blind," the story of a man who after gaining sight for the first time in his life learns about the relative nature of reality, and three other short stories. A necessary anthology for fans of futuristic fiction, this collection cements Lewiss place in the science fiction canon.
"A superb storyteller." Anthony Burgess
C. S. Lewis (1898-1963) gained international renown for an impressive array of beloved works both popular and scholarly: literary criticism, children's literature, fantasy literature, and numerous books on theology. Among his most celebrated achievements are Out of the Silent Planet, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Screwtape Letters, The Four Loves, and Surprised by Joy.