Booktober 16th: “The Space Trilogy” by C.S. Lewis

The Space Trilogy, 3 Volumes in 1

[This is Day 16 of #Booktober! Stay tuned for more recommendations!]

What It Is: A trilogy of science fiction novels that blend allegory and theology in a sci-fi genre setting that is more mythological than technological. The recurring character, Elwin Ransom, faces questions of moral and metaphysical reality that take on cosmic importance as he is whisked away, sometimes against his will, to far-off planets within the solar system.

Why You Should Read It: I don’t think my description did the series justice. While Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia is obviously his most famous work of fiction, his “Space Trilogy” is wildly underappreciated as a work of allegory and myth-making within a different genre. While these books may be a little slow at times, they are much deeper and more rewarding than they first appear. The sci-fi trappings are charming, reminiscent of something from Jules Verne. Lewis uses the genre elements of distant planets and alien beings to explore ideas of human nature, sin, death, and eternity. His retelling of the fall of man, set on the undulating world of Perelandra, and his descriptions of the eldila, angelic alien beings given charge over planets, capture the imagination. If you enjoy science fiction that’s more metaphysical than technical, this is right up your alley.

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