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Out of the Silent Planet
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Out of the Silent Planet Paperback - 2003

by C. S. Lewis

"Out of the Silent Planet" begins the adventures of the remarkable Dr. Ransom, who is abducted by a megalomaniacal physicist and his accomplice and taken via spaceship to the red planet of Malacandra.


About this book

Out Of the Silent Planet is the first novel of C.S. Lewis's classic science fiction trilogy. Dr Ransom, a Cambridge academic, is abducted and led to a spaceship to the red planet of Malacandra, which he knows as Mars. His captors plot to plunder the planet's treasures and to offer Ransom as a sacrifice to the creatures that reside there. Ransom discovers he has come from the 'silent planet', Earth, a tragic story that is known throughout the universe.

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From C.S. Lewis, the acclaimed author of The Chronicles of Narnia, comes the first book in the classic science fiction Space Trilogy following the resourceful Dr. Ransom as he is abducted and taken by spaceship to Mars. Written during the dark hours immediately before and during World War II, C.S. Lewis's Space Trilogy, of which Out of the Silent Planet is the first volume, stands alongside such works as Albert Camus's The Plague and George Orwell's 1984 as a timeless classic, beloved by succeeding generations as much for the sheer wonder of its storytelling as for the significance of its moral concerns. While searching for a place to rest for the night, Dr. Elwin Ransom is abducted by a megalomaniacal physicist and his accomplice and taken to the red planet of Malacandra (Mars) as a human sacrifice for the alien creatures that live there. Once on the planet, however, Ransom eludes his captors, risking his life and his chances of returning to Earth, becoming a stranger in a land that is enchanting in its difference from Earth and instructive in its similarity. First published in 1943, Out of the Silent Planet remains a magnificent and suspenseful tour de force in which epic battles are fought between the forces of light and those of darkness. It is the incredible beginning to C.S. Lewis's spectacular Space Trilogy, which also includes Perelandra and That Hideous Strength.

First line

The last drops of the thundershower had hardly ceased falling when the Pedestrian stuffed his map into his pocket, settled his pack more comfortably on his tired shoulders, and stepped out from the shelter of a large chestnut-tree into the middle of the road.

First Edition Identification

The novel was first published in 1938 by John Lane, then published by The Macmillan Company in 1943.

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  • Title Out of the Silent Planet
  • Author C. S. Lewis
  • Binding Paperback
  • Edition Reprint
  • Pages 160
  • Volumes 1
  • Language ENG
  • Publisher Scribner Book Company, Old Tappan, New Jersey, U.S.A.
  • Date 2003-03-11
  • ISBN 9780743234900 / 0743234901
  • Weight 0.32 lbs (0.15 kg)
  • Dimensions 8 x 5.28 x 0.35 in (20.32 x 13.41 x 0.89 cm)
  • Reading level 1020
  • Themes
    • Theometrics: Catholic
    • Theometrics: Evangelical
    • Theometrics: Mainline
  • Library of Congress subjects College teachers, Science fiction
  • Dewey Decimal Code FIC

About the author

C.S. Lewis was a professor of medieval and Renaissance literature at Oxford and Cambridge universities who wrote more than thirty books in his lifetime, including The Screwtape Letters, The Chronicles of Narnia, and Mere Christianity. He died in 1963
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