Unwritten Epilogues – Out of the Silent Planet

8 12 2008

Title: Out of the Silent Planet

Author: C. S. Lewis

Publication Date: 1938

Publisher: The Bodley Head, UK (Random House)

Genre(s): Science Fiction / Space / Adventure

Lewis’ Silent Planet is the first installment of the famous Space Trilogy (Silent Planet, Perelandra, and That Hideous Strength)  by the author. It follows the protagonist Ransom on an unexpected cosmic journey to Malacandra, a planet whose inhabitants are quite different from humans in many aspects. The three major species on the planet – hrossa, seroni, and pfifltriggi – coexist and even value their respective strengths. But the harmony of that world is shattered by Ransom’s captors when they arrive.

What is to happen to those who come from the silent planet, Thulcandra (Earth) – the planet that breeds only destruction? Can their evil ways be overlooked or will they doom themselves and their home world?

I recommend C. S. Lewis’ Out of the Silent Planet with a 7.5 out of 10 score.

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9 12 2008
abrammajor

I really like this series because it is sort of Lewis’ attempt to theorize what a world without original sin would look like. The second one is my favorite though, it is more of a world in which the “Garden of Eden” is still present. Ransom must convince the “Eve” of the planet to resist temptation.

But besides being interesting theological theories, these books are just plain good. the first time i read them I didn’t understand them but I still really liked them.

10 12 2008
Martin LaBar

An interesting take. Maybe you can write a sequel to THS.

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