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Scientifiction Novels of C. S. Lewis: Space and Time in the Ransom Stories

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Used by C.S. Lewis himself, the term "scientification" is revived here as it once encompassed not only what we call science fiction, but also that indeterminate field of the 1940s and 1950s sometimes referred to as science fantasy (leading up to Ray Bradbury), along with a portion of that great realm that has come, since the advent of The Lord of the Rings, to be called fantasy. C.S. Lewis's "interplanetary" novels may be considered to predate the modern divide between fantasy and science fiction. The stories ...
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Overview

Used by C.S. Lewis himself, the term "scientification" is revived here as it once encompassed not only what we call science fiction, but also that indeterminate field of the 1940s and 1950s sometimes referred to as science fantasy (leading up to Ray Bradbury), along with a portion of that great realm that has come, since the advent of The Lord of the Rings, to be called fantasy. C.S. Lewis's "interplanetary" novels may be considered to predate the modern divide between fantasy and science fiction. The stories dealt with are those in which Elwin Ransom is a character, the three usually called the "space trilogy": Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, and That Hideous Strength -- and the time-fragment entitled The Dark Tower. Lengthy chapters are devoted to each of the four Ransom stories. The book presents a study of Lewis, the nature of science fiction, the nature of Lewis's "Arcadian" science fiction and his (and its) place in English literary history.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780786418244
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/1/2004
  • Pages: 204
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Writer and researcher Jared Lobdell lectures at Millersville University of Pennsylvania and Harrisburg Area Community College. He lives in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania.

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Table of Contents

I The Ransom stories in their English literacy context 7
II Malacandra or space-travel Out of the silent planet 31
III The dark tower, or An exchange in time 57
IV Perelandra, or paradise retained 85
V Thulcandra, or our time under That hideous strength 111
VI Lewis's Arcadian science fiction 135
VII C. S. Lewis and the myth in mythopoeia 161
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