Speak Out: Extraterrestrial irony
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Dec 22, 2013 | 1419 views |  0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Even if it had planned it, The Star staff could hardly have created a more delicious irony than the Nov. 27 op-ed page, where it placed Michael Gershon’s tribute to C.S. Lewis beneath Roger Stacey’s Speakout letter, “Intelligent life elsewhere.”

The connection is not through Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia, which Gershon references, but rather through his unmentioned “space trilogy,” particularly chapters 18 and 20 of the first volume, Out of the Silent Planet, initially published in 1938.

Using a somewhat different line of reasoning than Stacey, Lewis reaches an identical conclusion: that space exploration and contact with alien life elsewhere may not altogether be a good thing, because of the baggage we bring with us — our human nature.

Harry D. Nuttall
Piedmont
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