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9th Feb '16 2:39:24 PM Gitman
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* SchizoTech: The hrossa use stone and bone tools while the seorni and pfiltriggiggi are advanced enough to produce things like oxygen masks.
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* SchizoTech: The hrossa use stone and bone tools while the seorni seroni and pfiltriggiggi pfifltriggi are advanced enough to produce things like oxygen masks.
4th Feb '16 6:44:50 PM ReaderAt2046
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** Particularly {{Averted}} on the return trip from Malacandra to Earth, where Weston and Devine have to cut inside the orbit of Venus (and possibly even Mercury) to get back to Earth in time. They very nearly cook to death before they get past the Sun and start back outwards.
26th Oct '15 12:31:09 PM Gitman
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* SelfDispoisingVillain: N.I.C.E.'s secret masters hold them in just as much contempt as they do all other human beings. [[spoiler: Once Merlin has unleashed the might of the ''oyarsa'' upon their based and ruined their plans for good, they, as Ransom aptly puts it, "break their tools," driving the humans under their close control to destroy one another, and then themselves for their own twisted amusement.]]
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* SelfDispoisingVillain: SelfDisposingVillain: N.I.C.E.'s secret masters hold them in just as much contempt as they do all other human beings. [[spoiler: Once Merlin has unleashed the might of the ''oyarsa'' upon their based and ruined their plans for good, they, as Ransom aptly puts it, "break their tools," driving the humans under their close control to destroy one another, and then themselves for their own twisted amusement.]]
20th Oct '15 9:47:44 AM BobTanaka
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* MundaneSolution: How do you stop the Devil's envoy from corrupting a planet of innocence? [[spoiler: By bashing his brains out with a rock]].
20th Oct '15 9:44:14 AM BobTanaka
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* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: When Ransom is agonizing over how to deal with the Un-Man on Perelandra, this is essentially the answer he receives: he can't beat the Un-Man in argument, but he can kill him physically.
20th Sep '15 6:58:06 AM SpectralTime
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* MessiahCreep: In the first book, Ransom is a kind of Joe Everyman having very-personal adventures on Mars. In the second book, he is tasked with saving the entire world of Perelandra from the influence of cosmic forces of evil. By the third book, he has become the Pendragon, leader of the new Round Table, suffers for the sins of the Earth, regains man's legendary authority over the animals, and leaves for another world, vowing to one day return and save humanity.
16th Sep '15 7:38:42 AM SpectralTime
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* ApocalypseHow: Thanks to the injuries dealt by the Bent One, Malacandra suffered a Class 1 (killing most multicellular life outside the ''handramits'') that is slowly inching towards a Class 6 (complete extinction of all life on the planet), and Sulva caught a Class 0 (with the "light side" of the moon being wiped almost clean of all life, populated by hideously corrupt transhumans who are waging a genocidal war against the inhabitants of the "dark side" and winning) that will eventually end in the destruction of all organic life on the planet. Then, in the last days, reinforcements from Perelandra [[DetonationMoon will blow Sulva apart in a Class X]], marking the beginning of the end of the long siege of the Earth.

** ''Out Of The Silent Planet'' is a fictionalized version of Lewis' essay "Religion and Rocketry", describing how extraterrestrial life could be reconciled with Christian theology. See also the Deconstruction note below.
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** ''Out Of The Silent Planet'' is a fictionalized version of Lewis' essay "Religion and Rocketry", describing how extraterrestrial life could be reconciled with Christian theology. See It is also a deconstruction of the Deconstruction note below.colonial ideals often found in sci-fi of the time.

* {{Deconstruction}}: In ''Out Of The Silent Planet'', Weston's motivation for the colonization of Mars is the survival of the human race, even if this means killing all the natives of Mars. Or killing any humans who stand in his way. The conversation with Oyarsa picks this philosophy to pieces. This aspect was most likely intended by Lewis as a rebuttal to Olaf Stapeldon's novel ''Last And First Men'', which (arguably) condoned the genocide of native Venusians as necessary for humanity's survival.
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* {{Deconstruction}}: In ''Out Of The Silent Planet'', Weston's motivation for the colonization of Mars is the survival of the human race, even if this means killing all the natives of Mars. Or killing any humans who stand in his way. The conversation with Oyarsa picks this philosophy to pieces. This aspect was most likely intended by Lewis as a rebuttal to Olaf Stapeldon's novel ''Last And First Men'', which (arguably) condoned the genocide of native Venusians as necessary for humanity's survival.survival, though his clownish antics earlier poke fun at colonialism generally.

* DeliberateValuesDissonance: Merlin in ''That Hideous Strength'' has a very alien mindset compared to the 20th century characters.
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* DeliberateValuesDissonance: Merlin in ''That Hideous Strength'' has a is appalled by his wakers' hospitality even though he acknowledges that their technological advancements are very alien comfortable, because they replace servants who would honor him with devices that just sit there. In this and several other ways, he comes off as barbaric, both to the reader and to other characters. In this and countless other ways, his mindset compared to is very different from that of the 20th century characters.characters. Justified, of course, in that Merlin is a superficially-Romanized Celt from hundreds of years prior.

*** Oyarsa actually remarks in the first book that if it were up to him he would simply destroy Devine, as any humanity in him died a long time ago. Conversely, he would attempt to cure Weston.
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*** ** Oyarsa actually remarks in the first book that if it were up to him he would simply destroy Devine, as any humanity in him died a long time ago. Conversely, he would attempt to cure Weston.

*** Oyarsa actually remarks in * HeavyWorlder: The Earth-based characters on Malacandra, as identified by the first book that if it were up sorns. Ransom himself, after months living among the natives, sees Weston and Devine as they must look to him he would simply destroy Devine, as any humanity in him died Malacandran eyes for a long time ago. Conversely, he would attempt to cure Weston.brief moment towards the end of the novel.

*** * LowCultureHighTech: Played with. The Malacandrans have many advanced devices, such as oxygen tanks, that they just don't use very often. In fact, [[spoiler: when their world began to die, many of them were tempted to try Weston's scheme to invade Earth and displace the natives to take it for themselves, and Oyarsa actually remarks in the first book confirms that if it were up to him he they would simply destroy Devine, as any humanity in him died a long time ago. Conversely, have been capable of it if he would attempt to cure Weston.hadn't stopped them.]]

* MoralDissonance: Curiously enough, in-universe. Merlin is appalled by his wakers' hospitality even though he acknowledges that their technological advancements are very comfortable, because they replace servants who would honor him with devices that just sit there. In this and several other ways, he comes off as barbaric, both to the reader and to other characters. Justified, of course, in that Merlin is a superficially-Romanized Celt from hundreds of years prior.

* MoralDissonance: Curiously enough, in-universe. Merlin is appalled by his wakers' hospitality even though he acknowledges that NobleSavage: Subverted. Originally, Weston and Devine consider the native Malacandrans to be primitive tribespeople, and when Ransom discovers their technological advancements highly-developed cultural achievements, he thinks they fit this trope. But he later learns that they are very comfortable, actually a great deal more advanced than they appear, and simply don't bother doing a number of things they are capable of because they replace servants who would honor him don't see any need to. (For one, their lower gravity makes them a great deal less concerned with devices the moving of weights than Earth people.) * NoBiochemicalBarriers: ''Everything'' seems to be edible on both Malacandra and Perelandra. It may be a subtle implication that just sit there. In this and several other ways, he comes off as barbaric, both to the reader and to other characters. Justified, Earth having poisonous vegetation is one result of course, in that Merlin is a superficially-Romanized Celt from hundreds of years prior.its occupation by [[OurDemonsAreDifferent evil]] ''[[OurAngelsAreDifferent eldila]].''

* NoBiochemicalBarriers: ''Everything'' seems to be edible on both Malacandra and Perelandra. It may be a subtle implication that Earth having poisonous vegetation is one result of its occupation by [[OurDemonsAreDifferent evil]] ''[[OurAngelsAreDifferent eldila]].''

** The Hrossa are warrior-poets and musicians prone to flamboyant action and speech; their humour consisting predominantly of [[JustForPun elaborate wordplays]]. They take great joy in hunting dangerous animals face to face, and composing epic poems; but are prone to overlook simple practicalities. Likely inspired by the style of the Scandanavian Literature/{{Edda}}s and [[Literature/TheIcelandicSagas Sagas]]. ** They Seroni are reserved and solitary shepherds, whose humour is described as dry and sardonic. They're the philosophers and scientists, more interested in abstract principles than in technology itself. ** The Pfiffltriggi are miners and artists; whose humour is described as "excelling in practical jokes and personal abuse". They are expert craftsmen and architects who delight in technology and the visual arts.
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** The Hrossa hrossa are warrior-poets and musicians prone to flamboyant action and speech; their humour consisting predominantly of [[JustForPun elaborate wordplays]]. They take great joy in hunting dangerous animals face to face, and composing epic poems; but are prone to overlook simple practicalities. Likely inspired by the style of the Scandanavian Literature/{{Edda}}s and [[Literature/TheIcelandicSagas Sagas]]. ** They Seroni The seroni (the proper plural of sorn) are reserved and solitary shepherds, whose humour is described as dry and sardonic. They're the philosophers and scientists, more interested in abstract principles than in technology itself. ** The Pfiffltriggi pfiffltriggi are miners and artists; whose humour is described as "excelling in practical jokes and personal abuse". They are expert craftsmen and architects who delight in technology and the visual arts.arts, though they prefer complicated things that are fun to make, and the sorns are long-since resigned to the fact that a pfiffltriggi won't make something useful if it's too easy and simple.

* RealityIsUnrealistic: Invoked by the Pfifltrigg who carves Ransom's portrait. Ransom is alarmed that the final result looks very little like an actual human being, but the artist explains that he left out all but the most basic details on purpose.
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* RealityIsUnrealistic: Invoked by the Pfifltrigg pfifltrigg who carves Ransom's portrait. Ransom is alarmed that the final result looks very little like an actual human being, but the artist explains that he left out all but the most basic details on purpose.

* ScienceIsBad: Some critics accused Lewis of arguing this, but WordOfGod clarifies that the villains are actually people who use the ''guise'' of science to promote inhuman philosophies. Notably, in ''That Hideous Strength'' the "real" scientist Hingest joined the N.I.C.E. because he believed it had something to do with science, and resigned [[spoiler: and got murdered for it]] as soon as he found it out it didn't.
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* ScienceIsBad: Some critics accused Lewis of arguing this, but WordOfGod clarifies that the villains are actually people who use the ''guise'' of science to promote inhuman philosophies. Notably, in ''That Hideous Strength'' the "real" scientist Hingest joined the N.I.C.E. because he believed it had something to do with science, and resigned [[spoiler: and got murdered for it]] as soon as he found it out it didn't. And in both books he appears in, Weston's tremendous scientific genius is always held in esteem. It is his barbaric philosophies that are attacked.
11th Sep '15 7:30:31 PM SpectralTime
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* UsefulNotes/{{Mars}}
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* UsefulNotes/{{Mars}}LossOfIdentity: The human leaders of N.I.C.E. have all experienced tremendous trauma to their personalities and, in the worst cases, their basic free will, as a direct result of their long-term exposure to the antithetical powers of the dark eldila. * UsefulNotes/{{Mars}}: The setting of the first book. It was already out of date by the time it came out, scientifically, but it made for a good story and effort was at least made to ''try'' justifying some of it.

* MyBrainIsBig: The Head of N.I.C.E. MacPhee speculates that they deliberately eased off the skullcap and applied stimulants, though he is doubtful of whether it would actually work. He's right, for a change: the Head's powers come not from its expanded brain matter but from its possession by a dark eldil.
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* MyBrainIsBig: The Head of N.I.C.E. MacPhee speculates that they deliberately eased off the skullcap and applied stimulants, though he is doubtful of whether it would actually work. work. He's right, for a change: the Head's powers come not from its expanded brain matter but from its possession by a dark eldil.

* {{Planetville}}: Averted via LampshadeHanging in ''Out Of The Silent Planet'': as Ransom leaves Malacandra, he realizes what a tiny portion of the planet he actually saw.
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* {{Planetville}}: Averted via LampshadeHanging in ''Out Of The Silent Planet'': as Ransom leaves Malacandra, he realizes what a tiny portion of the planet he actually saw.saw, and discusses the great varieties of beings he never got to see in the afterword.

* RubberyWorld: In ''Perelandra'', the eponymous planet has grasslands and forests that float on the surface of the ocean. A hill one moment is a valley another.
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* RubberyWorld: In ''Perelandra'', the eponymous planet has grasslands and forests that float on the surface of the ocean. A hill one moment is a valley another. Amusingly, the weeds and float-bladders beneath them ''are'' apparently quite rubbery.

* SceneryPorn: In ''Perelandra'', especially the mountain towards the end.
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* SceneryPorn: In ''Out of the Silent Planet'', during the long journeys across the alien and beautiful surface of Mars, and ''all the time'' in ''Perelandra'', especially the mountain towards the end.

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* SceneryPorn: In ''Perelandra'', especially SelfDispoisingVillain: N.I.C.E.'s secret masters hold them in just as much contempt as they do all other human beings. [[spoiler: Once Merlin has unleashed the mountain towards might of the end.''oyarsa'' upon their based and ruined their plans for good, they, as Ransom aptly puts it, "break their tools," driving the humans under their close control to destroy one another, and then themselves for their own twisted amusement.]] * SelfDuplication: Wither always seems to be wandering around just the right places on campus to make everyone nervous. [[spoiler: It's apparently a dark power he gained from his secret masters. Mark eventually punches one to find it's an insubstantial phantom that disappears when he touches it.]]
17th Aug '15 9:05:28 AM Jeduthun
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* SpaceIsCold: {{Averted}}. In ''Out of the Silent Planet'', all space travel is in the inner solar system (from Earth to Mars and back), so the sun is relatively near to Weston's spaceship, always visible, and makes things very hot within the ship. When Ransom comments, "I always thought space was dark and cold," he is met with scorn for his naivete. "Forgot about the Sun, did you?"
26th Jul '15 7:03:38 AM SpectralTime
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* DueToTheDead: After [[spoiler: killing Weston's body until it sticks, then incinerating the corpse so the dark eldil within it can't escape]], Ransom, despite never even liking the man, carves him a grand tombstone in the cliffs of Venus, in tribute to his genuine genius.

* HardOnSoftScience: "There ''are'' no sciences like sociology," says Hingest. And the "scientific" programs of the N.I.C.E. are depicted throughout as just a front for totalitarian scientism.
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* HardOnSoftScience: "There ''are'' no sciences like sociology," says Hingest. And the "scientific" programs of the N.I.C.E. are depicted throughout as just a front for totalitarian scientism. Then again, the protagonist is a CunningLinguist.

** Don't forget Frost and Wither, whose names reflect the effects of the N.I.C.E.'s psychological training on their personalities. Frost's mind was made cold, hard, and sharp, like ice. Wither, on the other hand, just sort of "withered" away. There's also Dr. ''Winter'' and Devine's title is Lord ''Fever''stone. Pretty much everyone at N.I.C.E. has a name that suggest the failure, absence or corruption of organic life ("Hardcastle" is possibly meant as another one).
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** Don't forget Frost and Wither, whose names reflect the effects of the N.I.C.E.'s psychological training [[spoiler: and exposure to dark eldila]] on their personalities. Frost's mind was made cold, hard, and sharp, like ice. Wither, on the other hand, just sort of "withered" away. There's also Dr. ''Winter'' and Devine's title is Lord ''Fever''stone. Pretty much everyone at N.I.C.E. has a name that suggest the failure, absence or corruption of organic life ("Hardcastle" is possibly meant as another one).
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