Out of the Silent Planet

Out of the Silent Planet

by C. S. Lewis
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Out of the Silent Planet by C. S. Lewis

In the first novel of C.S. Lewis's classic science fiction trilogy, Dr Ransom, a Cambridge academic, 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...

Clive Staples Lewis was a novelist, poet, academic, medievalist, literary critic, essayist, lay theologian, and Christian apologist. Born in Belfast, Ireland, he held academic positions at both Oxford University (Magdalen College) and Cambridge University (Magdalene College). He is best known both for his fictional work, especially The Screwtape Letters, The Chronicles of Narnia, and The Space Trilogy, and for his non-fiction Christian apologetics, such as Mere Christianity, Miracles, and The Problem of Pain.

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ISBN-13: 9781974522569
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/14/2017
Pages: 180
Sales rank: 453,854
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Clive Staples Lewis (29 November 1898 - 22 November 1963) was a British novelist, poet, academic, medievalist, literary critic, essayist, lay theologian, broadcaster, lecturer, and Christian apologist. He held academic positions at both Oxford University (Magdalen College), 1925-54, and Cambridge University (Magdalene College), 1954-63. He is best known for his fictional work, especially The Screwtape Letters, The Chronicles of Narnia, and The Space Trilogy, and for his non-fiction Christian apologetics, such as Mere Christianity, Miracles, and The Problem of Pain.

Date of Birth:

November 29, 1898

Date of Death:

November 22, 1963

Place of Birth:

Belfast, Nothern Ireland

Place of Death:

Headington, England


Oxford University 1917-1923; Elected fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford in 1925

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Out of the Silent Planet 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 108 reviews.
haylee.jalyn More than 1 year ago
I am a devoted fan of Lewis and also a bit of scifi lover, so I was so excited the first time I heard of these books. Like his "Chronicles of Narnia" books, Lewis draws out a Bible-based story and idea in this space-travel plot, but unlike that series, these are written for an adult audience with more than just a friendly comparison to Christ or the Christian walk. These draw on much more profound questions in a person's belief and faith. I found this books thought provoking and totally interesting. Because of this, however, the story was a little dense and it took me longer than usual to read this small book. Even so, I loved it and I would recommend it to any fan of his.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In C.S. Lewis¿s science fiction classic, Out of the Silent Planet, we follow the journey of Dr. Elwin Ransom, a Christian philologist. With incredible wit and imagery, Lewis imprints a captivating story upon our mind. During a pleasure walk, Ransom inadvertently falls into some deep entanglements, is kidnapped, and transported to another planet. Here he finds a fantastic world, of pink and purple and green plants, warm blue rivers and lakes, chill air, and narrow green mountains that nearly pierce the planet¿s atmosphere. Furry, intelligent creatures dwell there, and angels walk the planet regularly. Throughout his stay on this planet, Ransom sees the evil effects of greed and humanism, and finds the Creator¿s handiwork in other parts of the universe. This is more than just a fantasy story. It is a journey into the realms of the soul, the spirit, the heart, and the mind -- one that will leave you exhilarated an encouraged. ---Ryan Robledo Author of the Aelnathan
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like science-fiction novels, you won't be able to stop reading this unpredictable story. A suspenseful space tale about one man's thrilling adventures on Malacandra (Mars). It has great characters, a captivating plot, and flawless description of the Malacandrian landscape. I recommend this novel because of its original and exciting storyline.
JeanFairclough More than 1 year ago
C. S. Lewis as far as I know was the first writer to create beautiful environments in science fiction writing. So much of today's science fiction is set in dark, foreboding places and oddly (in my opinion) includes medieval weaponry and warfare in futuristic ugly places. C. S. Lewis creates environments that would be fun to travel through in a videogame -- rolling hills that actually roll along taking you somewhere, thinking of wanting a cool mist on a hot day causes it to happen, catching giant fish to ride them somewhere. Friendly, beautiful creatures with whom to converse. I wrote somewhat about the trilogy in my review of Perelandra, so won't repeat it here, except to say I enjoyed it when I was 15 years old and in even wider ways recently at the age of 68. The narrator Geoffrey Howard is very good -- this is, if you have not yet discovered, very, very important to an audiobook. I really like the main character of this book. I really like the way C. S. Lewis inspires me to philosophize and analyze and in plain language, inspires me to think beyond the mundane.
Guest More than 1 year ago
To enjoy this book, remember that it was written in the late 1930s in England--it will not read like a 21st century American novel. Some familiarity with Platonic philosophy and medieval cosmology will help as well. Thus equipped, you will soon find that this book is a whole lot more than the 1930's pulp fiction that it pretends to be. In this book Lewis challenges our notions of self-identity, the primacy of the human race, and the supremacy of scientific materialism and technology over spirituality and the arts. In this brief work is much wisdom that is applicable to the current clash between modernism and post-modernism. Pay close attention to the epilogue, where clues are given to the true intentions of the author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this many years ago, and was pleased to find tje ebook and that I still enjoyed it. It is harder now to get by the hilarious impossibilities that we realize make impossible Lewis' vision of life on Mars or Venus, but this is something you have to work through to appreciate any older sci fi. It is well worth this minor mental discomfort to enjoy the outstanding quality of his prose.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really made me think as I was reading it.Then when finished couldn't wait to start the second of the series.
lunaprecipita More than 1 year ago
The entire trilogy was not what I expected from C.S. Lewis. However, all three books are entertaining and interesting in their own right as science fiction. At the same time they are an allegory of the Christian journey. They are all fast -paced and quick reads.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lewis books never fail to pull the reader into the adventure and I was pleased to find the same with Out of the Silent Planet. Out of this world characters, devious villans, humble hero and help found in the most unlikely places. Great book for group reading and discussion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These books are some of the greatest liturature ever to be written. PLEASE finish the sieres. Other sci-fi is impossible to believe, but sometimes I wonder if Lewis is not just retelling a real life experience.
bitterblackale More than 1 year ago
Exactly what out-of-this-world sci-fi ought to be: a great adventure that also gives readers a look at humanity from the eyes of aliens with a lot of classic sci-fi elements from the likes of Verne, Wells, and Conan Doyle, and it is one that very much belongs on the same shelf as those great ones! It's also a good supposition story for those who believe in a god to consider the extra-terrestrial implications of an eternal supreme being.
EA_Solinas 5 months ago
If you know about C. S. Lewis, it's probably about his children's series "The Chronicles of Narnia," which is a colorful but straightforward fantasy tale about skipping between worlds and a lion god-king. But Lewis was in his best form when he wrote his Space Trilogy, a sprawling H. G. Wells-inspired story about a philologist traveling between worlds and encountering increasingly strange life-forms. Unlike most sci-fi stories, Lewis manages to do double-duty with his focus -- the first volume, "Out of the Silent Plane,t" is a solid, dreamy slice of imaginative science fiction with deep philosophical underpinnings. During a walking tour of England, philologist Dr. Ransom encounters an old despised schoolmate named Devine, who is busy trying to abduct a mentally handicapped teenager. Things take a nasty turn after Devine and his accomplice Weston drug Ransom, and load him onto a spaceship. Over the course of a month's interstellar travel, Ransom learns that they are traveling to the planet Malacandra (Mars) -- and worst, he's destined to be a human sacrifice. After landing on Malacandra, Ransom manages to escape, and quickly finds himself alone on a strange alien world. But fortunately there is life on this world. He soon is taken in by the otterlike hrossa, and learns that there are three sentient species on Malacandra: the peaceful poetry-loving hrossa, the workaholic pfifltriggi, and intelligent seroni. When a hross friend of Ransom's is killed by the murderous humans, he sets out to find the mysterious, powerful Oyarsa, who might be able to help him and stop his kidnappers. While it does have some interplanetary travel, "Out of the Silent Planet" feels less like your average space opera, and more like a novel by H. G. Wells (the spaceship journey) or Edgar Rice Burroughs (the detailed descriptions of the weirdness of Malacandra). Big fleshy plants, sentient otter-people, decreased gravity and petrified forests all give it the feeling of a truly alien world, as do the three species who populate it. In fact, the aliens are perhaps the most alien you can find in fiction -- three dissimilar species, who work together and have no problems like war, starvation, lies, power-lust or any of the other problems that human beings have. It's underscored by Lewis's contemplative stretches of ethical and philosophical dialogue, and the thought-provoking approach to ideas like consciousness, cruelty, love and so on. And he takes some razor-sharp jabs at ideas such as the "white man's burden" or that people who "aren't useful" to society (such as the handicapped) being disposable. Lewis' writing has a dreamlike, somber quality that lends the story an eeriness that really permeates the entire story. And while Lewis' Christian beliefs are on view, I wouldn't classify this as a religious book -- rather it's a science fiction tale as seen and perceived through the lens of a man of faith. For instance, the character of Oyarsa could be seen as an angelic figure, a nearly invisible shimmer of light and shadow that rules Malacandra, but others might just perceive him as an alien. Others might see him as both. Lewis reportedly based Ransom on his close friend, fantasy author/philologist J. R. R. Tolkien, and there's an obvious affection for his protagonist even as he's kidnapped, sent into space and becomes a "stranger in a strange land." He almost goes bonkers once or twice, but always makes it through with steadfast morality and intellect. On the othe
bjdoureaux More than 1 year ago
While walking through the English countryside, Dr. Ransom is kidnapped by two men who take him away on a spaceship, to the planet Malacandra. Convinced that the men intend to hand him over to the inhabitants of this strange place, Ransom manages to escape, but finds himself lost and alone. Though not for long. I’ve had this on my shelf for years, and finally decided to read it. Unfortunately, I was very disappointed. Considering my love of Narnia and some of Lewis’ non-fiction writing, I was expecting to love this. Or, at the very least, enjoy it enough to read the whole trilogy. Neither is the case. The story is definitely plot-driven instead of character-driven, which loses points for me right away. I love layered characters, whose goals or needs push their story along. Ransom was mostly acted upon by outside forces, which would have been okay had the character (really, all of the characters) not felt so flat. I’d say that about half of the writing was description of the new planet and its inhabitants. Of course, this is considered necessary because Lewis built this world from scratch, but it really slowed down any action. I don’t see myself reading the rest of the series, and I probably wouldn’t recommend it to anyone but die-hard sci-fi fans. I do feel the need to say that there is some Christian symbolism in the story, especially toward the end. I’ve seen some reviews elsewhere that said there is nothing Christian about this book, but that is simply not true. It’s not allegorical in the way that “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” is, but the symbolism is there.
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I will admit that this book was one of the strangest books I have ever read. It was also a work of pure literary genius. Lewis is an excellent writer who is able to describe things so that you can a vivid picture of what you are reading. In my opinion, Lewis is one of the greatest authors to live. I highly recommend this bok!
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As one of Lewis' less famous works, this novel, though first published in 1938, is surprisingly fresh and will be a great pleasure to read for any SF fan. When I finished it, I immediately purchased the second book in the series, Perelandra. You will want to do the same.
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