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Out of the Silent Planet

by C S Lewis

Harpercollins (uk) | December 15, 2005 | Trade Paperback

Out of the Silent Planet is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 2.

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...

Format: Trade Paperback

Published: December 15, 2005

Publisher: Harpercollins (uk)

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0007157150

ISBN - 13: 9780007157150

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good, but Narnia is better As a long time Narnia fan I was almost ashamed to admit I had never read C.S. Lewis' Space Trilogy. So when TLC Book Tours offered me the chance to review the new ebook I jumped at the chance. Judging by the title and the eye catching cover I was expecting an exciting science fiction adventure. What I got was a bit different, but an interesting read none the less. Out of the Silent Planet starts out with a kidnapping. Ransom stumbles across something he shouldn't see while on vacation and next thing he knows he's on a space shift on its way to the planet Malacandra. Not quite the vacation he was expecting! This is where the story takes off and the majority of my favourite scenes take place immediately following their embarkment into space. C S Lewis has a knack for describing a scene in such away that it immediately pops up crystal clear in your mind. I felt like I was in on the space ship as it hurled towards Malacandra and once on the planet I could easily picture the new world and the creatures on it. However at this point what I expected to be a science fiction novel quickly turns into a fantasy adventure. This isn't a complaint on my part, it just wasn't what I was expecting. Ransom explores a good chunk of the planet and meets a variety of characters. In this way Out of the Silent Planet sometimes felt like Narnia but with an older main character. I liked this change in direction, but would have liked a little more technical stuff mixed in - what can I say I'm a die hard Trekkie! I like my space stuff! Out of the Silent Planet is a thought provoking read and I can definitely see why it has made it into the list of sci-fi/fantasy classics. At times it's message can be a little heavy handed but it is an important one so I can forgive it's constant repitition. True to form C.S. Lewis has provided us with a fabulous fantasy novel, that's rich with morality and hope for the triumph of good over evil. Final recommendation: For those looking for your typical science fiction novel you may be a tad disappointed, but if your open to fantasy as well you'll find an enjoyable read in Out of the Silent Planet. This and other reviews at Hooked on Books (http://christashookedonbooks.blogspot.com)
Date published: 2012-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Playing Gods Mankind's arrogance is the problem. Lewis clarified humankind's presumptuous nature through his book's character. One human, in the book, believes that our race has finally evolved to a "civilized man" of great knowledge and wisdom. The god-like creature of Malacandra responded by saying, "In your world you have attained great wisdom concerning bodies and by this you have been able to make a ship that can cross the heaven; but in all other things you have the mind of an animal". Then, the creature later added, "But do you not know that all worlds will die?" It is common knowledge that for every beginning, there is always an end. No matter how hard we try to defy the laws of nature, we always arrive at the same conclusion: by relocating from one place to another, man is not ensuring his life to last forever. Rather, he is merely delaying the inevitable. It is not my intention to sound pessimistic about life, but it is simply a fact that needs to be addressed. Life is a beautiful and a miraculous thing. However, when our struggle to extend the limit of our lives results in the extermination of another life, we are clearly playing gods.
Date published: 2000-06-20

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Out of the Silent Planet

by C S Lewis

Format: Trade Paperback

Published: December 15, 2005

Publisher: Harpercollins (uk)

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0007157150

ISBN - 13: 9780007157150

From the Publisher

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...

About the Author

Clive Staples Lewis was born in Belfast in 1898. As a child, he was fascinated by the fairy tales, myths and ancient legends recounted to him by his Irish nurse. The image of a faun carrying parcels and an umbrella in a snowy wood came to him when he was 16. However, it was not until many years later as a professor at Cambridge University that the faun was joined by an evil queen and a magnificent lion. Their story became The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, one of the best-loved books of all time. Six further Chronicles of Narnia followed and the final title, The Last Battle, published in 1956, was awarded the highest mark of excellence in children?s literature - the prestigious Carnegie award.