This is the first of three books in Lewis’ “space trilogy.” If you read my blog or know anything about me, you know I that love Lewis. But I also am not so much in love with science fiction, so I never really considered reading these. Then a few people told me they were really really good, even if you don’t like science fiction. So I borrowed the first one from a friend. And oh my goodness I loved it. The story starts with an English professor named Dr. Ransom who is on a hiking trip in England. While trying to find lodging for the evening he happens across a former classmate, Mr. Devine, with a Professor Weston at the estate of Professor Weston. A few situations make it clear that something not quite right about what they’re doing at this estate, but Dr. Ransom grudgingly agrees to stay for a drink. The drink actually is to drug him, and when he wakes up he finds himself on a spacecraft with Devine and Weston en route to a planet called Malacandra. And there begins the space adventure. I won’t share anymore about the plot, but trust me, it’s good. It’s a short book that is really well written. Lewis masterfully and vividly describes the planet Malacandra and its inhabitants, and I really felt like I was seeing it with my own two eyes. I look forward to reading the second and third books in this series.