Questions tagged [the-space-trilogy]

For questions about the Space Trilogy by C.S. Lewis, or about any of its constituent novels: Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, and That Hideous Strength. Use with the [c-s-lewis] tag.

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Why did the N.I.C.E. want Mark Studdock at Belbury?

Near the middle of That Hideous Strength, Wither says to the Fairy: If a mere arrest could have secured the — er — good will and collaboration of Mrs. Studdock, we should hardly have embarrassed ...
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Was the N.I.C.E. director modelled on H. G. Wells?

Wikipedia claims that the character of Horace Jules in C. S. Lewis's That Hideous Strength - ostensibly the Director and boss of the N.I.C.E. organisation, in reality a figurehead manipulated by those ...
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Why did the N.I.C.E. bother with Dr. Filostrato?

Dr. Filostrato believed (incorrectly, as it turns out) that he had preserved the head of François Alcasan. Towards the end of the book, it's revealed that the Macrobes didn't really need Filostrato's ...
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Why did the Macrobes demand another head at the end of That Hideous Strength?

Towards the end of the book, following Merlin bringing about the destruction of much of the N.I.C.E., Dr. Filostrato, John Withers, and Reverend Straik go to see the Head. The Macrobes promptly demand ...
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Why was Andrew MacPhee at St. Anne's?

In That Hideous Strength, Andrew MacPhee was an old friend of Dr. Ransom's that appeared as the "resident skeptic" at St. Anne's. Beyond that, he's never shown actually doing anything. A lot of the ...
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Do the Round Table crew in “That Hideous Strength” actually contribute anything to events?

I recently finished reading That Hideous Strength, and despite my great enjoyment of most of the story, I felt let down by the ending. It was so ... unsatisfying ... to resolve all the conflict by In ...
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What is the symbolism of Ransom's heel wound?

In Perelandra, the second book of CS Lewis's planets trilogy, the protagonist Ransom is wounded in the heel by the Un-Man/Weston. We learn in the third book, That Hideous Strength, that the wound ...
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What are “smoking-room stories”?

I recently started reading C.S. Lewis's book That Hideous Strength, the third in his Space Trilogy (and I'm devouring it - what a story!) The following passage, from when Mark first meets Miss "Fairy" ...