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I wrote a couple of days ago about finished reading one book about Mars. A science heavy sci-fi book. That same day I finished that book I finished another book about Mars. A more philosophical and less science based story about Mars. Out of the Silent Planet was a book C.S. Lewis wrote earlier than his some of his very famous other books. He also wrote it after he became a Christian. Some people theorize that he wrote the main character as a substitute for himself. It is said that writers often write their first protagonist as themselves and often they write themselves as a Messianic character. This is an theory I know understand much more from the inside. Of course the argument about this Lewis book could made that the main character was in fact his close friend J.R.R. Tolkien and if that was the case then the narrator would of course be Lewis himself.

I was surprised that Lewis didn’t have the main character teach the Martians about earth’s true religion but rather that the martians taught the main character about the religion of the universe and how the powers that be of the earth were corrupted and bent. I plan on reading the rest of the Lewis space trilogy to see how he wraps up this intergalactic religion and how that would compare to the Christian view point Lewis was writing from.

For my own ideas, my own works I don’t think there will be much from the book on Mars that I take for my own story that will take place on mars though.

One thing that struck me about this book is how the writing style changed of novels has changed. I could be wrong but in the last year I have read a handful of novels and I think that perhaps the modern novel for the most part took a new shape, a personal shape, somewhere between the Fitzgerald, Salinger and maybe the Beat writers like Kerouac. Before these writers and to some degree in say Fitzgerald the novels followed people but only from the outside. Like the change in acting that came from the Method, I think there was a change in writing were most novels became more personal, and examined feelings much deeper and the implications of the interactions of people. There are modern exceptions, especially in sci-fi. I read Rendezvous with Rama last year and it doesn’t even have character development. The novel wasn’t about how the people changed, it was about what happened to people and the people weren’t the important part. What happened was important. Rama in that way is a through back to the older style novels I was talking about. A through back to say Lewis. There is another possibility though. Perhaps these older novels were experienced as deeply personal to the readers of their day. Perhaps the modern context has changed. Perhaps people have always just written. Either way, from a modern point of view, I would have to say Out of the Silent planet was not a personal story, even though it exclusively followed one person through out the story and how he interacted with other beings. Red Mars followed many characters on the other hand and still told much deeper personal stories as I experienced that novel than Lewis did.

Still a good novel and the next novel I would have started right away would be the followup but something happened. A new Shadow series book was published. The shadow series is a series by Orson Scott Card that follows the life of a contemporary of Ender from the Ender’s Game series of books. One of my all time favorite novels was the sequel to Ender’s Game so the entire series of books following Ender and Bean (the shadow series) hold a special place in my heart.

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