A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay (1920)
Out of the Silent Planet by C. S. Lewis (1938)
Perelandra by C. S. Lewis (1943)
When I first saw this, I thought two things:
(1) What? Doesn't Geoffrey know that Lewis' Space Trilogy is a trilogy
(2) Is it possible that I know something that Geoffrey doesn't?
Then I read the rest of the post. Curses, sir, you've outdone me again.
I purposely exclude C. S. Lewis's That Hideous Strength (1945), which many consider the third of Lewis's Space Trilogy. Bah. The above is the real Space Trilogy. Lewis read A Voyage to Arcturus, was blown away by it, and then wrote Out of the Silent Planet and Perelandra under Lindsay's inspiration. That Hideous Strength fell under Charles Williams's influence, and it has a decidedly different (and non-Appendix N) vibe.
Interesting. I've not read the Space "Trilogy" for a long time. I remember not liking parts, but I'll be darned if I can recall which parts. I suspect it's That Hideous Strength
that I disliked. I'll need to go back and look again.
Also, I'm not familar with Voyage to Arcturus
and will need to track it down. I (potentially) like the way you're re-written history to redefine the trilogy. I'll have to give it a shot your way!
My current D&D games (using only about 10% of the 1974 Men & Magic D&D book--the rest made-up by yours truly) are heavily influenced by Perelandra and A Voyage to Arcturus. Crazy, crazy stuff.
Your campaigns are always rich and fertile in imagination. Nice to see where you get your inspiration!
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