This forum was closed on October 1st, 2010. However, the archives are open to the public and filled with vast amounts of good reading and information for you to enjoy. If you wish to meet some Wardrobians, please visit the Into the Wardrobe Facebook group.

C.S. Lewis and the "Space Trilogy"

Open the pod bay doors, Hnau!

C.S. Lewis and the "Space Trilogy"

Postby JDMalament » 08 May 2010, 21:33

My question is basically this: does anyone know how long has this series been referred to as the "Space Trilogy"? Was Lewis alive at the time of it's inception or was it applied posthumously?

The reason I ask is because I'm not sure that Lewis would have approved of this designation, for this reason:
C.S. Lewis wrote:"[Ransom] had read of 'Space': at the back of his thinking for years had lurked the dismal fancy of the black, cold vacuity, the utter deadness, which was supposed to separate the worlds . . . now that the very name 'Space' seemed a blasphemous libel for this empyrean ocean of radiance in which they swam . . . space was the wrong name. Older thinkers had been wiser when they named it simply the heavens." - Out of the Silent Planet, Chapter 5 [Emphasis Mine]

Assuming that Lewis agrees with the protagonist of his story, does anyone think that he would refer to his own trilogy in this way? Or is this simply a modern misnomer?

- Jared
User avatar
JDMalament
Wardrobian
 
Posts: 47
Joined: May 2010
Location: Charlotte, NC

Re: C.S. Lewis and the "Space Trilogy"

Postby Warrior 4 Jesus » 09 May 2010, 13:31

I've read a copy that referred to it as 'The Cosmic Trilogy', so I don't know any more than you.
Image

Member of The 2456317 Club
User avatar
Warrior 4 Jesus
Wardrobian
 
Posts: 532
Joined: Mar 2005
Location: Australia

Re: C.S. Lewis and the "Space Trilogy"

Postby galion » 09 May 2010, 16:26

"Space Trilogy" and "Cosmic Trilogy" are names I've only come across relatively recently; long ago I remember them being called the "Interplanetary" trilogy. I suspect that none of these were used in Lewis's lifetime. Does anybody know different?
galion
Wardrobian
 
Posts: 262
Joined: Oct 2007

Re: C.S. Lewis and the "Space Trilogy"

Postby Matthew Whaley » 09 May 2010, 16:41

I have a 1945 Macmillan copy of THS and the dust jacket says about THS; "...It concludes the Trilogy of which `Out of the Silent Planet` was the first part, and `Perelandra` the second." And " This novel is another of its author's `strange masterpieces,` continuing the vein of humor and satire which has made him so popular."
"Home is the place where, when you have to go there,
They have to take you in." -Robert Frost
User avatar
Matthew Whaley
Wardrobian
 
Posts: 381
Joined: Jan 2010
Location: Between San Francisco and Sacramento

Re: C.S. Lewis and the "Space Trilogy"

Postby Theophilus » 09 May 2010, 19:36

I don't know how Lewis would have felt but the terms "Space Trilogy" and "Interplanetary Trilogy" are inaccurate because the longest book takes place entirely on earth. I think "Cosmic Trilogy" is probably the most accurate way of describing it.
Theophilus
Wardrobian
 
Posts: 80
Joined: May 2009

Re: C.S. Lewis and the "Space Trilogy"

Postby JDMalament » 09 May 2010, 20:22

I think "Cosmic Trilogy" is certainly a better way of describing it. However, I don't think that just because That Hideous Strength is the longest book and only takes place on Thulcandra (Earth), is reason enough to discard the term "Interplanetary Trilogy." Out of the Silent Planet and Perelandra definitely fall under this category, as they both describe Ransom's travels between and interactions with beings from Malacandra and Perelandra. As for THS, while there is not really any interplanetary travel, I think this term could since apply since Thulcandra is located between the other two planets visited. Plus, the characters do still interact with the Eldila, which are somewhat otherworldly.

Either way, I think in the future, I will not personally refer to the trilogy using the term "Space."

- Jared
Member of the 2456317 Club

"It is one thing to describe an interview with a gorgon or a griffin, a creature who does not exist. It is another thing to discover that the rhinoceros does exist and then take pleasure in the fact that he looks as if he didn't."
- G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy
User avatar
JDMalament
Wardrobian
 
Posts: 47
Joined: May 2010
Location: Charlotte, NC

Re: C.S. Lewis and the "Space Trilogy"

Postby galion » 09 May 2010, 20:46

How about calling it "The Ransom Trilogy"? :toothy-grin:
galion
Wardrobian
 
Posts: 262
Joined: Oct 2007

Re: C.S. Lewis and the "Space Trilogy"

Postby JDMalament » 09 May 2010, 21:05

galion wrote:How about calling it "The Ransom Trilogy"? :toothy-grin:

I do like that! In fact, if I remember correctly, Paul Ford's Companion to Narnia mentions the trilogy in that way.

- Jared
Member of the 2456317 Club

"It is one thing to describe an interview with a gorgon or a griffin, a creature who does not exist. It is another thing to discover that the rhinoceros does exist and then take pleasure in the fact that he looks as if he didn't."
- G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy
User avatar
JDMalament
Wardrobian
 
Posts: 47
Joined: May 2010
Location: Charlotte, NC


Return to The Space Trilogy

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered members and 1 guest

cron