When and Who? This was C.S Lewis first science fiction story, and published in 1938.
What happens? A Cambridge professor is hiking in the UK when he finds himself kidnapped by an old school-mate who has developed a rocket ship and takes them both to Mars.
Whats Mars Like? A semi-medieval but highly developed culture with plentiful gold, warm rivers and thin mountains.
Why should I read it? Lewis apparently wrote the novel after a conversation with J.R.R. Tolkien after both men complained about the quality of modern books. They agreed that Lewis would write a space-travel story, and Tolkien would write a time-travel one. Tolkien's story only exists as a fragment.
Another fact? The book is the first of a trilogy of books with is sometimes called his Space Trilogy. The other volumes are Perelandra and That Hideous Strength.
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