Out of the Silent Planet
by C. S. Lewis

The first volume of a science-fiction trilogy. The hero, a British professor of philology is kidnapped by two other professors and taken in a space ship to a planet, which we later learn is Mars. The hero escapes as soon as the ship lands. He runs for his life through strange territory. The descriptions of the landscape, sky, foliage, and everything he sees are vivid and occupy most of the book. He eventually gets to meet members of each of the three intelligent species on the planet, plus their ruler and his messengers. He was afraid of them initially, but learns to trust them. The point of the book seems to be that man is the only intelligent species that cannot be trusted. The book also makes the point that other intelligent species do not make the mistake of distinguishing between reality and myth.

Year Read: 2002


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