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- Full Title: Perelandra, also known as Voyage to Venus
- When Written: 1941–1942
- Where Written: England
- When Published: 1943
- Literary Period: Modernism
- Genre: Science Fiction, Christian Speculative Fiction
- Setting: England, Perelandra (Venus)
- Climax: Ransom destroys the Un-man in the cave.
- Antagonist: Weston/Weston’s body/the Un-Man; Evil and Sin
- Point of View: First Person and Third-Person Limited
Extra Credit for Perelandra
Wellsianity. In the Space Trilogy, Lewis critiqued what he referred to as “Wellsianity,” the worldview promoted by the science fiction of H. G. Wells, particularly in The War of the Worlds, which involves a Martian attack on Earth. One of Lewis’s primary critiques of Wells is that, whereas Wells sees human beings as rightfully dominant because of their evolutionary position and scientific achievements, Lewis portrays human beings as sinful and fallen—he sees people’s abuse of science and technology to dominate both other humans and other worlds as clear evidence of this fact.
Sister Penelope. The dedication of Perelandra is to “some ladies at Wantage.” This refers to a group of Anglican nuns, the Community of St. Mary the Virgin, who lived south of Oxford. Lewis had received fan mail from one of the nuns, Sister Penelope, after he wrote Out of the Silent Planet, and he even gave a talk at the convent in April, 1942, while working on Perelandra. He and Sister Penelope kept up a warm epistolary friendship for decades.