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The Cosmic Trilogy: "Out of the Silent Planet", "Perelandra" and "That Hideous Strength" Paperback – 14 Sep 1990


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  • Paperback: 753 pages
  • Publisher: Tor; New edition edition (14 Sept. 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330313746
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330313742
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 3.8 x 11.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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CLIVE STAPLES LEWIS (1898-1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day. He was a fellow and tutor in English Literature at Oxford University until 1954 when he was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance English at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement. He wrote more than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year. His most distinguished and popular accomplishments include Mere Christianity, Out of the Silent Planet, The Great Divorce, The Screwtape Letters, and the universally acknowledged classics, the Chronicles of Narnia. To date, the Narnia books have sold over 100 million copies and been transformed into three major motion pictures.


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“This book has real splendour, compelling moments and a flowing narrative.” New York Times

“An extravagant mingling of dream and realism…excellent and thrilling reading.” Daily Telegraph

“Remarkable…a rare power of inventive imagination” Times Literary Supplement

“Adventure beyond our Earth … beautifully coloured and shaped.” The Times

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The Cosmic Trilogy is a remarkable work of fantasy, demonstrating yet again the powerful imagination of C.S Lewis.

OUT OF THE SILENT PLANET
Dr Ransom, a Cambridge academic is kidnapped and transported to another planet, Malacandra (Mars). His captors are plotting to plunder the planet’s treasures and plan to offer Ransom as a sacrifice to the rational creatures they have found there. Through the Malacandrans, spiritual truths concerning the Earth are uncovered.

PERELANDRA
On Perelandra (Venus), Dr Ransom finds himself battling to preserve a second Eden from the evil forces present in the possessed body of his enemy Dr Weston.

THAT HIDEOUS STRENGTH
Back on Earth Jane Studdock is disturbed by prophetic nightmares while her husband, Mark, is drawn into the National Institute for Co-ordinated Experiments which is engaged in a plan to recreate mankind in the image of slave robots.

These are thrilling stories with a spiritual message. Through the fantasy of other worlds, Lewis explores the issues of good and evil, God and the devil and ponders the future of the human race.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Steven R. McEvoy TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 2 April 2008
Format: Paperback
Out of the Silent Planet
C.S. Lewis

This is the first book in C.S. Lewis's amazing Space Trilogy. These books are far less known than Lewis's Narnia series or even his Mere Christianity or The Screwtape Letters, yet it is just as good as any of those writings and goes to show the versatility of Lewis as an author.

This first book begins with our hero, Dr. Ransom, out for a walking tour in the countryside, dressed in that shabby way for which professors are renowned. His foes are his former schoolmates Devine and Weston. These men believe they need a human sacrifice, and by capturing Ransom they have their victim, for they have made a spaceship and are taking Ransom to Malacandra the red planet.

Once on Mars, Ransom escapes his captors, meets many species, and finds out that on Mars there has been no `Fall' and Ransom from Earth or the Silent Planet is a bit of an oddity. People from earth are considered to be `bent' in nature, from the original sin of the fall.

Follow Ransom as he treks across a strange world, and must find the courage to risk it all to save not only an alien race, but also, possibly his own soul.

This is a first book in an amazing series. Try it - you won't be disappointed.

Perelandra
C.S. Lewis

This is the second book in C.S. Lewis's amazing Space Trilogy. This book was written as a sequel to the immensely popular Out of the Silent Planet but Lewis also wrote it so that the story can stand on its own. So if you haven't read the first you can start here.

This book takes place some time after the first, but we are not sure how long. Ransom has received a summons to Venus, a planet that is just beginning its inhabited life.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 April 2002
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This is a great book which I would recommend to anyone. At first I found Lewis' style of writing hard to grasp, but I soon tuned into it and after that I couldn't put this trilogy down.
Lewis really brings the creation story, the end times and what God thinks of mankind to life through this allegory. I can honestly say that reading these books has made me look at the world and God in a very different way.
It's a great story as well and very gripping at times. His descriptions of the landscapes and characters are brilliant.
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C. S. Lewis's series for adults (sadly, there are only three of these, not seven like THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA) combine the several elements that make of this phenomenal writer: scholar and literary critic, story teller, Christian, myth-maker, and several others. Even his friendship with Tolkien comes into play on this one.

Just like NARNIA, Lewis approaches the cosmos with a Christian mindset. Lewis wanted to give the general public, in the "guise of romance", an essentially Christian world in an imaginative universe. Lewis invokes much of his skills as a scholar by adopting a medieval mindset throughout the entire trilogy. Lewis the social commentator, which we must often encounter in his nonfiction, shows up here in THS.

Before I continue, I should address this perceptual problem the term "Space Trilogy" perpetuates. The term "Science Fiction" is rather a misnomer for this trilogy. While C. S. Lewis invokes science fiction, only the first novel OSP is a true (in the conventional sense) science fiction work. PERELANDRA and THS, while dealing with SF themes, are not really as such.

The first book, OUT OF THE SILENT PLANET, is the most SF of the three, and also the least satisfactory. The story is excellent, with Lewis using medieval influences to develop a Christian world view in a science fiction setting. Tolkien said in one of his letters (its in LETTERS OF J. R. R. TOLKIEN, one of the early ones), it is simply not long enough. It is a nice story of Ransom being kidnaped and then dealing with the Martian landscape. Yes, some of the science is dated but Lewis is more concerned with other themes to worry about "scientific credibility." Although some have said the characterization is flat, for those thirsty for SF this is the best of the three.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven R. McEvoy TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 2 April 2008
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Out of the Silent Planet
C.S. Lewis

This is the first book in C.S. Lewis's amazing Space Trilogy. These books are far less known than Lewis's Narnia series or even his Mere Christianity or The Screwtape Letters, yet it is just as good as any of those writings and goes to show the versatility of Lewis as an author.

This first book begins with our hero, Dr. Ransom, out for a walking tour in the countryside, dressed in that shabby way for which professors are renowned. His foes are his former schoolmates Devine and Weston. These men believe they need a human sacrifice, and by capturing Ransom they have their victim, for they have made a spaceship and are taking Ransom to Malacandra the red planet.

Once on Mars, Ransom escapes his captors, meets many species, and finds out that on Mars there has been no `Fall' and Ransom from Earth or the Silent Planet is a bit of an oddity. People from earth are considered to be `bent' in nature, from the original sin of the fall.

Follow Ransom as he treks across a strange world, and must find the courage to risk it all to save not only an alien race, but also, possibly his own soul.

This is a first book in an amazing series. Try it - you won't be disappointed.

Perelandra
C.S. Lewis

This is the second book in C.S. Lewis's amazing Space Trilogy. This book was written as a sequel to the immensely popular Out of the Silent Planet but Lewis also wrote it so that the story can stand on its own. So if you haven't read the first you can start here.

This book takes place some time after the first, but we are not sure how long. Ransom has received a summons to Venus, a planet that is just beginning its inhabited life.
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