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Book Review: "Out of the Silent Planet"

Surprise: C.S. Lewis wrote books other than the Chronicles of Narnia.

(Originally published April 2, 2014)

 

I grew up reading the Chronicle of Narnia books. When I heard that Lewis had also written a science fiction trilogy, I knew my next three Kindle purchases were decided. I bought all three books in a bundle, and I just finished the first installment: "Out of The Silent Planet."

 

So far, the experience feels very similar to my time reading Narnia books. While the books are written for an older audience and explore darker themes, the style is still very C.S. Lewis: exploring the themes of Christianity through fantasy and fiction.

 

What makes Lewis's stuff work so well is that he is not scared to dig deep into the fantasy side of his works. Many others may experience fear at the idea of mangling parts of scripture. In an interview, Lewis said [in regards to Narnia]:

 

"I did not say to myself ‘Let us represent Jesus as He really is in our world by a Lion in Narnia’; I said, ‘Let us suppose that there were a land like Narnia and that the Son of God, as he became a Man in our world, became a Lion there, and then imagine what would happen.'"

 

The same is applicable to "Out of The Silent Planet." The work is meant to reflect themes of Christianity, but Lewis creates a piece that non-believers can consume as a solid work of science fiction.

 

Well done, Lewis. Well done indeed.

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