Excellent and very underrated science fiction novel!
I had heard about Out of The Silent Planet on IO9.com and did not recall reading it. I’m not a big C.S. Lewis fan, other than his Screwtape essays, but I decided to find a copy and give it a try. Definitely not disappointed, as this story is very archetypically British … a sort of combination of H.G. Wells, Dennis Wheatley, and many of the cheap British science fiction films of the sixties. It could fit into quite a few recent eras, but the first person relation of the events of Ransom on the planet Malacandra is more Wellsian than anything.
For the most part, there’s a lot of exposition about the flora and society of Malacandra, but it isn’t nearly as droll or sleep-inducing as you might expect; we get to see Ransom’s continually expanding viewpoint on this new planet and the strange creatures that inhabit it (strange to him, at least).
This book doesn’t hit you in the face with Christian theology like the Narnia books do, so I found it a very enjoyable read!