The Dark Tower and Other Stories
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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.

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Format: Paperback
Vendor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 0156027704
ISBN-13: 9780156027700

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"’Of course,’ said Orfieu, ’the sort of time-travelling you read about in books—time-travelling in the body—is 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 Lewis’s Space Trilogy. In Orfieu’s 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," Lewis’s retelling of Menelaus’s 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 Lewis’s place in the science fiction canon.

"A superb storyteller." –Anthony Burgess

Author Bio

C. S. (Clive Staples) Lewis (1898-1963), one of the great writers of the twentieth century, also continues to be one of our most influential Christian thinkers. A Fellow and tutor at Oxford until 1954, he spent the rest of his career as Chair of Medieval and Renaissance English at Cambridge. He wrote more than thirty books, both popular and scholarly, inlcuding The Chronicles of Narnia series, The Screwtape Letters, The Four Loves, Mere Christianity and Surprised by Joy.

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  1. Joel@
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    Some doubts about Lewis' Authorship of The Dark Tower
    April 3, 2017
    Joel@
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    This review was written for The Dark Tower.
    Though incomplete, the Dark Tower is a fascinating story snippet that fits in nicely with the Lewis space trilogy. But there's plenty of controversy as to whether this is REALY Lewis's work. Kathryn Lindskoog and several other leading Lewis scholars claim that it is not. (just do a search for "C. S. Lewis really write The Dark Tower" and you'll find links and references to papers, etc.).
  2. Anthony Shuler
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    May 30, 2009
    Anthony Shuler
    This book contains several short fictions and two books that Lewis never finished. Most of the short fictions were great with one exception which was vile and unchristian. Of the two books unfinished: one was quite boring and the other, The Dark Tower, was superb and I wish Lewis would have finished it. It would have certainly been one of the greatest books he ever wrote.
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