The author of The Screwtape Letters (you didn't miss that, did you?) takes a new path, and produces something definitely above and beyond the usual escape reading of the kind. These are extra-terrestrial adventures as philologist Random on a walking trip in England, is kidnapped aboard a space ship, by ruthless Devine and Weston. Safely arrived at a far off plant, Malacandra, Ransom escapes his captors, lives with the people and learns their ways, and then is driven away again by his kidnappers. Ultimately, under threat, the three Englishmen are permitted to attempt a return to earth, and are successful. Lewis has succeeded in conveying a sense of detachment from our own world, of identity with the speculative life of Mars (Malacandra), of reaching out for a greater, nobler intelligence. Superior writing and reasoning.