Out of the Silent Planet,  Space Trilogy Series  -     By: C.S. Lewis
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Scribner / 1996 / Hardcover

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Out of the Silent Planet is a timely parable that has been loved for many generations. Dr. Ransom is chronicled through his abduction by a megalomaniacal physicist and his accomplice via space ship to the planet malacandra. The two men are in need of 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, is enchanting in its difference from Earth and instructive in its similiarity.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 160
Vendor: Scribner
Publication Date: 1996
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0684833646
ISBN-13: 9780684833644
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Series: Space Trilogy

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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.

Author Bio

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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The New Yorker If wit and wisdom, style and scholarship are requisites to passage through the pearly gates, Mr. Lewis will be among the angels.
Los Angeles Times Lewis, perhaps more than any other twentieth-century writer, forced those who listened to him and read his works to come to terms with their own philosophical presuppositions.

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    gave as a gift. Love this trilogy by Lewis. I read this book several years ago and then again a few years ago. It is a beautiful story.
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    This review was written for Out of the Silent Planet, Space Trilogy Series.
    Only through Chapter 2 so far, but this book is a great short term literary study for us and my daughter (14) is enjoying it immensely.
  3. Leo Dacus- Jr.
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    Leo Dacus- Jr.
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    What a trip - so descriptive and wild. CS puts his pen to the SiFi directory here in this book. Even though some may think it hard to understand what he is trying to describe you will know at the end. It is deffently christian based and you will not have a hard time figuring who's who. Take a trip with CS and endulge in his SiFi adventure.
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    Classic Lewis - might seem dated in some ways -language etc... but if you understand the historical references and theology then the combination proves why this is a timeless classic of Christian literature
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    Some of CS Lewis's books are somewhat hard to "get into", but I jumped right into this one and couldn't put it down. What a great insight to the damage the 'dented one' has caused! Now I'm waiting for the other two to arive in the mail!
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