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19th Sep '17 5:22:36 PM longWriter
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* BizarreAlienSexes: In a bizarre case overlapping with NoBiologicalSex, there are apparently ''seven'' genders in this fantasy universe, two of which correspond both to the human sexes and to the genders of the [[CelestialParagonsAndArchangels Oyarsu]] controlling Mercury, Venus, and Mars. The rulers of those three planets have ''genders'', but also have NoBiologicalSex...it's [[EldritchAbomination complicated]]. When the Oyarsu of Jupiter and Saturn show up, their genders are neither masculine or feminine, which contributes to their already-formidible case of YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm.


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* NoBiologicalSex: In these books' universe, the Oyarsa of Perelanda (Venus) is feminine, but not female. The Oyarsu of Malacandra (Mars) and Viritrilbia (Mercury) are masculine, but not male. [[EldritchAbomination It's complicated.]]
5th Sep '17 12:44:03 PM john_e
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* CigarChomper: Miss Hardcastle is usually seen chewing an unlit cigar. It's rare for her actually to light one, and when she does it's a very bad sign.
17th Aug '17 8:07:34 AM longWriter
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* OtherworldlyAndSexuallyAmbiguous: The final book, That Hideous Strength, has spirits in it that have genders, but do not have sexes in the biological sense. A quote about the Oyarsa of Jupiter and the Oyarsa of Saturn:
--> The three gods who had already met in the Blue Room were less unlike humanity than the two whom they still awaited. In [Mercury] and Venus and [Mars] were represented those two of the Seven Genders which bear a certain analogy to the biological sexes and can therefore be in some measure understood by men. It would not be so with those who were now preparing to descend. These also doubtless had their genders, but we have no clue to them.
14th Aug '17 7:57:20 AM Jeduthun
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* ExitPursuedByABear: [[spoiler: Mr. Bultitude, an actual bear, takes out several of the villains in ''That Hideous Strength'', including the Head itself.]]
5th Aug '17 8:28:50 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* AdamAndEvePlot: ''Perelandra'' is rather explicitly a rehash of the Garden Of Eden (with Ransom as a GenreSavvy observer).

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* AdamAndEvePlot: ''Perelandra'' is rather explicitly a rehash of the Garden Of Eden (with Ransom as a GenreSavvy an observer).
27th Jun '17 5:36:24 PM lakingsif
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* SciFiLGBT: 'Fairy'.
10th Jun '17 9:15:40 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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Everybody and their dog knows about [[Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia Narnia]], and has probably read it. They also probably know about the likes of ''Mere Christianity'' or ''Literature/TheScrewtapeLetters''. But if you ask them whether they realized that Creator/CSLewis wrote science fiction, they'll look at you like you're [[IncrediblyLamePun from another planet.]] ''The Space Trilogy'' is the unofficial name of his series of PlanetaryRomance and {{Fantasy}} novels, mixing space travel with Medieval cosmology and Christian theology.

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Everybody and their dog knows about [[Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia Narnia]], and has probably read it. They also probably know about the likes of ''Mere Christianity'' or ''Literature/TheScrewtapeLetters''. But if you ask them whether they realized that Creator/CSLewis wrote science fiction, they'll look at you like you're [[IncrediblyLamePun [[JustForPun from another planet.]] ''The Space Trilogy'' is the unofficial name of his series of PlanetaryRomance and {{Fantasy}} novels, mixing space travel with Medieval cosmology and Christian theology.
4th May '17 10:48:14 AM longWriter
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* ValuesDissonance: An in-universe example with Merlin, in that he has fifth-century morals and expectations, exasperating the modern-day protagonists. For instance, upon hearing that one of the protagonist's husbands is in prison for a theft (one he'd actually committed), Merlin seemed to have ideas about riding off to attack the county jail to free him. Merlin even suggests overthrowing the king of the [=U.K.=], at one point!
8th Apr '17 10:17:06 PM nombretomado
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Everybody and their dog knows about [[Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia Narnia]], and has probably read it. They also probably know about the likes of ''Mere Christianity'' or ''TheScrewtapeLetters''. But if you ask them whether they realized that Creator/CSLewis wrote science fiction, they'll look at you like you're [[IncrediblyLamePun from another planet.]] ''The Space Trilogy'' is the unofficial name of his series of PlanetaryRomance and {{Fantasy}} novels, mixing space travel with Medieval cosmology and Christian theology.

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Everybody and their dog knows about [[Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia Narnia]], and has probably read it. They also probably know about the likes of ''Mere Christianity'' or ''TheScrewtapeLetters''.''Literature/TheScrewtapeLetters''. But if you ask them whether they realized that Creator/CSLewis wrote science fiction, they'll look at you like you're [[IncrediblyLamePun from another planet.]] ''The Space Trilogy'' is the unofficial name of his series of PlanetaryRomance and {{Fantasy}} novels, mixing space travel with Medieval cosmology and Christian theology.



* TheDevilIsALoser: Or at least a disgusting sociopath. As in his earlier novel ''TheScrewtapeLetters'', Lewis was pretty intent on dissecting the idea of Satan as a suave MagnificentBastard and tried to portray him in ''Perelandra'' the way he thought a truly pure evil being would be like. Ransom comes to the realization that for demons, intelligence is a trait that they can put on or remove at will -- it's like clothes they wear rather than an innate characteristic. And based on the Un-Man's petty behavior whenever he isn't "working", it's clear he would rather be intelligent as little as possible. At one point, Ransom even specifically thinks that he would much rather face a Mephistopheles-type of demon than the thing he has to put up with.

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* TheDevilIsALoser: Or at least a disgusting sociopath. As in his earlier novel ''TheScrewtapeLetters'', ''Literature/TheScrewtapeLetters'', Lewis was pretty intent on dissecting the idea of Satan as a suave MagnificentBastard and tried to portray him in ''Perelandra'' the way he thought a truly pure evil being would be like. Ransom comes to the realization that for demons, intelligence is a trait that they can put on or remove at will -- it's like clothes they wear rather than an innate characteristic. And based on the Un-Man's petty behavior whenever he isn't "working", it's clear he would rather be intelligent as little as possible. At one point, Ransom even specifically thinks that he would much rather face a Mephistopheles-type of demon than the thing he has to put up with.
23rd Jan '17 3:06:38 AM JakesBrain
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** See also Deconstruction. Weston gives a philosophical speech in English with some very stirring rhetoric; Ransom translates it into Old Solar, but he can only get across the basic ideas, not the rhetoric. The ideas ''are'' accurately conveyed, more or less, but stripped of their high-minded vocabulary they sound banal, or outright barbaric; when Weston says that "Life itself is more valuable than any system of morality," Ransom flails around for an adequate translation before arriving at the rough equivalency, "It is better to be alive and bent than to be dead."

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** See also Deconstruction. Weston gives a philosophical speech in English with some very stirring rhetoric; Ransom translates it into Old Solar, but he can only get across the basic ideas, not the rhetoric. The ideas ''are'' accurately conveyed, more or less, but stripped of their high-minded vocabulary they sound banal, or outright barbaric; when Weston says that "Life itself is more valuable than any system of morality," Ransom admits to Oyarsa that he has literally no idea how to say this in Malacandrian, and flails around for an adequate translation before arriving at the rough equivalency, equivalency: "It is better to be alive and bent than to be dead."
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