C.S. Lewis’ Out of the Silent Planet: A 10 Minute Book Talk with Brenton Dickieson

Before I ever returned to Narnia as an adult, I read C.S. LewisOut of the Silent Planet. I have always loved Science Fiction, and I enjoy stumbling upon a classic SF piece that is worth my time. As part of my 10 Minute Book Talk series, I wanted to invite readers to pick up a 1930s SciFi for the first time, or to re-discover this old C.S. Lewis classic in the 21st century. There are a good many flaws in the book, but Lewis seems to be striking at something that’s worth considering even today. Plus, it comes from a cool bet that Lewis and Tolkien made, and a letter Tolkien wrote to help Lewis out–a pretty bit of history that leads to a better bedside table reading experience for us all. And to make it all sweeter, Out of the Silent Planet has landed on a number of top 100 SF lists. It’s a book worth reading.

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About Brenton Dickieson

“A Pilgrim in Narnia” is a blog project in reading and talking about the work of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the worlds they touched. As a "Faith, Fantasy, and Fiction" blog, we cover topics like children’s literature, apologetics and philosophy, myths and mythology, fantasy, theology, cultural critique, art and writing. This blog includes my thoughts as I read through Lewis and Tolkien and reflect on my own life and culture. In this sense, I am a Pilgrim in Narnia--or Middle Earth, or Fairyland. I am often peeking inside of wardrobes, looking for magic bricks in urban alleys, or rooting through yard sale boxes for old rings. If something here captures your imagination, leave a comment, “like” a post, share with your friends, or sign up to receive Narnian Pilgrim posts in your email box. Brenton Dickieson is a father, husband, friend, university lecturer, and freelance writer from Prince Edward Island, Canada. You can follow him on Twitter, @BrentonDana.
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12 Responses to C.S. Lewis’ Out of the Silent Planet: A 10 Minute Book Talk with Brenton Dickieson

  1. hatrack4 says:

    Pardon my comment on another post. I must have clicked a link by mistake, but thank you for this review. I shall readout of the Silent Planet and Perelandra this year.


  2. successbmine says:

    I have the trilogy in one volume and read the whole book. Though I do not really like SF, I did enjoy those books. I actually bought a second-hand copy of either The Silent Planet or Perelandra, I can’t remember which. But it made me want to read all three. I will probably reread them at some point–when I get caught up with my current stack of new books. Thanks for your review.


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