05/06/2004

Out of the Silent Planet

This is science-fiction from the mid-20th century by CS Lewis.

Dr Ransom is drugged and taken aboard a spaceship bound for a planet called Malacandra. His captors intend him as a sacrifice for creatures they call 'Sorns', but Ransom escapes and instead gets to know the 'hrossa', an intelligent race of poets and fisher-people. He learns their language, and also discovers that they are inherently good: caring, monogamous and without ambition or envy. Malacandra is an un-fallen world.

Very thought-provoking with an exciting climax. Highly recommended.

See 'Wisdom, Philosophy and 1930s Science Fiction' for a longer review.

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