Thursday, December 3, 2009

Mars needs women: A critique of C.S. Lewis’ 1938 novel Out of the Silent Planet

The blog Fannie’s Room has an interesting critique of Out of the Silent Planet (1938), a classic science fiction Mars novel written by British literary giant C.S. Lewis. Fannie concludes, in part: “As a visitor to Lewis' Mars, I saw a dying planet that was almost entirely devoid of female beings. They either weren't considered important enough to remark upon or, it was a planet in which male Martians enslaved 'their' female beings and then put Earthling visitors under some sort of bizarre hex so they would not notice or remark upon the utter absence of Lady Martians.”

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