In my opinion, the real reason Out of the Silent Planet is overlooked is because it is, basically, out-of-genre. It is clearly science-fictional, and it is equally clearly not part of the traditions and lineage that is genre SF. It is as if Lewis brewed it up on his own, maybe having read Wells in his youth, but not… » 2/24/15 11:45pm 2/24/15 11:45pm

"The head of Ballentine Books" (sic) was Ian Ballantine, who almost singlehandedly was responsible for the paperback book boom in North America. As I recall, he got his start with Penguin, then helped found Bantam Books, and later breaking off to start his own house, Ballantine Books. Ballantine was a major-league… » 2/18/15 6:07pm 2/18/15 6:07pm