title: Out of the Silent Planet
author: C. S. Lewis
genre: Fiction, sci-fi, space travel
suggested by: Sam B.
date read: December 7th
review: 5 out of 5 stars
summary: Dr. Elwin Ransom, trying to help a young man return home, finds himself drugged and kidnapped, waking up on a spaceship headed for a distant planet (which turns out to be Mars). His two captors, Dr. Weston and Dick Devine have been to the planet before and Ransom overhears a conversation which leads him to believe that he is going to be a sacrifice to the beings that inhabit the planet. After they land, he finds a way to escape and wonders into the wilderness, where he is found by one of the species that live there. This encounter opens up a while new world for Ransom.
personal thoughts: Sci-fi is always a little sketchy for me, which I think I’ve mentioned in other reviews. However, I thought this was an interesting story and like Dr. Ransom and the compassion he had for the planet’s inhabitants. I already love C. S. Lewis and it was cool to read something different by him. I’m always amazed by people’s imaginations. I have a vivid imagination, but it’s more grounded in things that could actually happen, rather than coming up with new worlds and species. It’s especially cool when I can get a clear picture of what is being described, which I felt happened a lot while I was reading this.
“you cannot see things till you know roughly what they are.” p. 26
“‘the best pictures are made in the hardest stone.'” p. 75