Lewis’s Fiction:

The Space Trilogy—A Cosmos of Old Wars and New Battles

Overview

Before he wrote Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis authored a science fiction trilogy, comprised of three books: Perelandra, Out of the Silent Planet, and That Hideous Strength. In this series, Lewis emphasizes the fact that human nature is beyond man’s will, the importance of objective truth, and the beauty of family and of distinctions between the sexes. For Lewis, space is not an empty vacuum to be explained by scientific discovery, but is instead filled with vitality and liveliness and is a beauty to behold.

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David M. Whalen is a professor of English at Hillsdale College, where he also serves as provost. Dr. Whalen obtained his Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Kansas. He has taught at the University of Kansas and Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina. He teaches courses on the great books as well as Renaissance literature, the English novel, and the history and literature of liberal education. Dr. Whalen has written articles on numerous topics, including Victorian prose, Renaissance poetry, educational philosophy, and the writings of John Henry Newman. Among other honors, he has received a Salvatori Fellowship from The Heritage Foundation and a Weaver Fellowship from the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. He is also a recipient of the Daugherty Teaching Award from Hillsdale College.