C.S. Lewis – Out of the Silent Planet (1938)


Vintage Science Fiction
Official 2018 TBR Pile Challenge #12
TBR #140
Date Finished: December 21, 2018

A scientist is abducted by two others and taken on their secret rocket ship to a mysterious planet, where they plan to turn him over to aliens to be sacrificed. He escapes and learns about the various aliens as well as the universal force that all planets know about, other than earth.

A bit slow going at first, with much time spent on description of the aliens and environment, as is standard in much science fiction, to the detriment of the story. The more metaphysical aspects that are developed are more unusual and fit with Lewis’ interest in religion. Perhaps not the classic I expected, but still entertaining and thought provoking.

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