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Out of the Silent Planet: (Space Trilogy, Book One) (The Space Trilogy) [Kindle Edition]

C. S. Lewis
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Book Description

Just as readers have been transfixed by the stories, characters, and deeper meanings of Lewis's timeless tales in The Chronicles of Narnia, most find this same allure in his classic Space Trilogy. In these fantasy stories for adults, we encounter, once again, magical creatures, a world of wonders, epic battles, and revelations of transcendent truths.

Out of the Silent Planet is the first novel in C. S. Lewis's classic science fiction trilogy. It tells the adventure of Dr. Ransom, a Cambridge academic, who is abducted and taken on a spaceship to the red planet 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 the creatures who live there. Ransom discovers he has come from the "silent planet"—Earth—whose tragic story is known throughout the universe!



Editorial Reviews

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''A delightful fantasy.'' --New York Herald Tribune

''C.S. Lewis.. . . . is a master of fantasy.'' --Saturday Review

''This version of the SF novel should bring a new generation of readers and listeners to Lewis's classic works.'' --Kliatt

''(Narrator) Cosham's tenor voice never stumbles with Lewis's formal syntax or the invented alien language of the inhabitants of Malacandra (Mars). The story . . . has deeper meaning but is also compelling on its own.'' --AudioFile

''This version of the SF novel should bring a new generation of readers and listeners to Lewis's classic works.'' --Kliatt

''(Narrator) Cosham's tenor voice never stumbles with Lewis's formal syntax or the invented alien language of the inhabitants of Malacandra (Mars). The story . . . has deeper meaning but is also compelling on its own.'' --AudioFile

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'Adventure beyond our Earth -- beautifully coloured and shaped.' The Times 'This book has real splendour, compelling moments and a flowing narrative.' New York Times

Product Details

  • File Size: 285 KB
  • Print Length: 241 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0007157150
  • Publisher: HarperOne (April 3, 2012)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006L8723I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,802 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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112 of 113 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Thought Provoking Christian Science Fiction August 15, 2000
Format:Paperback
When C.S. Lewis wrote fiction, he created a world and then asked, "How would God choose to be revealed in this world?" The way Lewis reveals God in these stories is amazing. The first book in the trilogy will probably have the most familiar feel to an avid science fiction reader. The second will probably be the most appealing to the fantasy lover and those who are reading these books because they loved the Chronicles of Narnia. The third will probably appeal most to those who like Lewis' non-fiction works and works such as "The Pilgrim's Regress." The trilogy as a whole offers something for everyone who is a fan of Lewis' works, or any lover of science fiction/fantasy that enjoys thinking about theology and ethics while reading fiction. I've read that when Lewis died he had been working on a fourth edition of the Space Trilogy, but the trilogy is certainly complete and a great experience as is.
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93 of 94 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The battle of good and evil--CS Lewis style November 1, 2002
Format:Paperback
The Space Trilogy is CS Lewis's allegorical statement of theology and philosophy. Lewis was one of the most prominent Christian apologists of his time, but he always felt there was an audience he couldn't reach. This was his solution, and we are left with a masterpiece both in the world of fiction and the world of theology.
The hero of the books is Dr. Ransom, a philologist who is a good man, though not exceptionally heroic at first. The first book finds him captured and whisked off to Mars, where he encounters a society much more morally advanced than our own, and learns that the corruption of our planet is due to an evil influence (which we would call Satan). These higher creatures cannot grasp the concepts of war, murder, or any vice.
The second book finds Ransom transported to Perelandra, also known as Venus. This is Lewis's allegory of the garden of Eden, and here he encounters an unfallen woman who is being tempted into doing the forbidden. Here Ransom learns of the nature of sin, and of the temptation that (Lewis says) befell the parents of our own race.
The final book is quite different from the other two, and Ransom, this time on Earth, is battling an evil organization which is bent on penetrating the mysteries of the universe and purifying the human race. Ransom and his followers are aided by a power that has long slept, and together they battle the power of science gone haywire. We see, through their eyes, the evils of society and of so-called 'higher thought.'
There are many lessons to be learned from this wonderful trilogy, but there is also a remarkable story to be told. If you're a fan of fantasy and science fiction, a reader of Christian and theological works, or both, you will greatly enjoy the Space Trilogy.
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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Battling between good and evil January 7, 2002
By cdale8
Format:Paperback
The theme throughout these three books is man's battle (or, rather, intelligent life's battle) between good and evil, with some very obvious, but not stifling, religious overtones also found in CS Lewis' nonfiction work. For adults who absolutely adored the Chronicles of Narnia set, this trilogy takes you through the battle between good and evil in a more sophisticated manner. Granted, these are not nearly as easy to read, but adapting to the more complex (sometimes slow-moving in Hideous Strength) writing style was quick.
If you are primarily interested in religious fiction, and have the patience to read books with more complexity than, say, the Left Behind series, you will like these allegorical journeys through the fall of man. If you are primarily interested in SciFi, CS Lewis takes you to other worlds (Silent Planet, Perelandra) and introduces beings from another Earth-time (Hideous Strength) with an original twist of the good vs. evil storyline.
All three books can be read on their own, however I found that "That Hideous Strength" would have been difficult to follow without the background provided in either "Out of the Silent Planet" or "Perelandra". Regardless of the individual readability of the 3 stories, I started with the 1st book (Out of the Silent Planet) not sure I would enjoy it, and ended up finishing all 3 within a week or two.
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165 of 182 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good read! July 21, 2003
Format:Paperback
STORY: Dr. Ransom is kidnapped by two other scientists and wisked away to the world of Malacandra. His wouldbe kidnappers think they are brining him to be a sacrafice to the beings of that planet. What happens is an adventure of discovery and facing the truth about human nature, which forever changes Ransom.
MY FEEDBACK:
1) SETTING - C.S. Lewis just shines in his descriptions of new, exotic places and the beings that live there. His vivid details allow the reader to create a wonderful mental image of a world totally different from our own. Very, very nicely done.
2) CHARACTERS - The cast of characters consists of Dr. Ransom, Dr. Weston, Dr. Devine and the various beings found on Malacandra (sorns, hross, pfifltrigg and Oyarsa). Every character has a purpose and is allogoric of something greater, which is sometimes clearly demonstrated and at other times left to the reader to interpret. At no point was I bored or upset at stereotypes when reading about these characters. Even if you don't see the allogories they represent they are still intriguing and unpredictable.
3) STORY - I read somewhere that this story is a retelling of the Christ story from the Bible. I didn't see that. Yes, there were some similarities such as the Bent One could be Satan and his fall from heaven. Otherwise, just reading the first book I didn't feel like I was bring preached out or given a Bible Study of any type. It was an intriguing sci-fi story of discovery.
Also, like many secular sci-fi books written prior to 1950, this book makes clear commentary on human society. In other words if someone puts this book down because of the social commentary then that reader is unfamiliar with such literary trends as mentioned.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book. Arrived in excellent condition.
Great Book. Arrived in excellent condition. Firm binding and pages. As is all of CS Lewis's works, it is excellent.
Published 21 hours ago by East Coast Girl
5.0 out of 5 stars Page turning and thought provoking
I love C.S. Lewis, but was new to his fiction. This book was fun and quick to read, but it also left me looking at the world and how we interact with one another in a new way.
Published 16 days ago by J Hurd
5.0 out of 5 stars Voyage to Malacandra
Sometime in the 1930s, C. S. Lewis and his friend J. R. R. Tolkien were complaining about the state of contemporary English fiction. Read more
Published 17 days ago by David Hoffman
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Lewis' best works
I believe that the Space Trilogy is some of Lewis' best fiction. Although many look at Perelandra as the best of the trio, Out of the Silent Planet is the foundational piece that... Read more
Published 20 days ago by R Scott Carter
4.0 out of 5 stars C.S. Lewis Takes on the Stars
Out of the Silent Planet is the first in C.S. Lewis' science trilogy. This book explores the themes of good vs. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Carl Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Out of the Silent Planet is a real corker of a book- the best I've...
Your imagination soars with Ransom's trip to Malacandra. It is a beautiful story rich with philosophy and truth. I adored this book!
Published 25 days ago by Candace
5.0 out of 5 stars This series is one of my favorite reads!
I am not necessarily a science fiction or fantasy fan but I love this book and this series. C S Lewis uses this genre to develop some profound ideas and thoughts. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bucklewc
5.0 out of 5 stars Lewis's Space Trilogy a Great Read!
I'm loving CS Lewis's space trilogy (Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, and That Hideous Strength) for the second time. Read more
Published 1 month ago by daisy6
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb book
Great book. I would advise kids f Rom ages 12-15 to read it.
Be sure to read the other books too.
Published 1 month ago by K. Blankinsop
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Story
Excellent fiction as is typical of Lewis. Once I started reading I could hardly put it down. Can't wait to continue the series.
Published 1 month ago by J.K.
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Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day. He was a Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Oxford University until 1954, when he was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement. He wrote more than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year. His most distinguished and popular accomplishments include Mere Christianity, Out of the Silent Planet, The Great Divorce, The Screwtape Letters, and the universally acknowledged classics The Chronicles of Narnia. To date, the Narnia books have sold over 100 million copies and been transformed into three major motion pictures.

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