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This is the first in a very enjoyable series of books, written by C.S.Lewis, published between 1938 and 1945.
Also known as the 'Cosmic Trilogy',the 'Space Trilogy' and the 'Ransom Trilogy' the books were inspired by men of Lewis' own time , such as the author H.G.Wells, who took the idea of space travel seriously.Lewis admitted to being more than a little influenced by Wells and praised his novel 'The First Men in the Moon' as "the best of the sort I have read" on this kind of forward thinking.
Of course, because it is C.S. Lewis writing, his science fiction contains all those recognisable elements of classical mythology; an interest in languages; Christian theology and -the real bonus- that genius for storytelling that endeared him to so many generations of children.
For me, personally, reading the first two books: 'Out of the Silent Planet' and 'Perelandra' (also known as 'Voyage to Venus') recaptured the feeling I had when I first read the chronicles of Narnia. The last book in the series, 'That Hideous Strength' took a little more concentration and reflection and I would welcome comments from other readers on what they think this book is really about .I have my own theories but,somehow,I know there is more....