Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Out of The Silent Planet

Most people have heard of C.S. Lewis and The Chronicles of Narnia. However, 
what they don’t always realize is that Lewis wrote many other books as well, 
including a trilogy set in space. The Space Trilogy, as it is aptly named, follows 
a professor named Elwin Ransom in his journeys through space.
The first book, Out of the Silent Planet, shows Ransom’s rather rough 
introduction to space, when he is kidnapped and forced aboard a spaceship that 
whisks him off to Malacandra (Mars).  Upon arrival, he evades his captors and 
escapes into the beautiful, frightening, alien world, full of strange colorful landscapes
and creatures. As he travels the planet, he learns that not all is as he first thought. 
He meets bizarre aliens, learns about the origins of the universe, and realizes that 
man is not nearly quite as great as he thinks he is.
The other two books have similar themes, with Ransom facing different and greater 
evils as he travels space. However, they don’t get repetitive or boring, with Lewis 
continuing to add more detail and wonder into them. This trilogy truly shows that 
Lewis is just as skilled at writing science-fiction as he is at writing fantasy.


  1. Just as with Narnia, Lewis is the master at painting worlds using your imagination.
    Thanks for the reminder Josh!