In post #138 I mentioned my quest to watch all of Shakespeare's plays and I tried to downplay the highbrowness of this with my quest to watch all of Star Trek, the original series. First, I think an argument for Shakespeare's not being high brow can be made. Of course, enjoying Shakespeare does take some work, but I think it is accessible to anyone willing to give it a try. Secondly, I just watched the Star Trek episode - "The Conscience of a King". This episode just happened to wed my two quests as the episode has a traveling troupe of Shakespearean players performing Macbeth and Hamlet and other plays throughout the final frontier.
What of this and Lewis? This is a Lewis site and not a personal blog. I have twice mentioned Lewis and Shakespeare (posts #138 & #94) and I did post a letter from Lewis to Arthur C. Clarke at his passing - post #35. So, 2 letters from Lewis concerning both science fiction and Shakespeare:
A letter to a I.O. Evans
Dated August 25/26, 1956 - from a momentary address in Eire
My dear Evans -
Thanks for the cuttings which I return. I haven't read the story and am, indeed, growing sick of modern science-fiction!
Before leaving home I saw the film of The Forbidden Planet, a post-civilisation version of the Tempest with a Robot for Caliban, a bitch for Miranda, and all sympathy for Alonso against Prospero. The contrast between the magnificent technical power and the deplorable level of ethics and imagination in the story was what struck me most...
A letter to a Helmut Kuhn
dated August 16 1960My Out of the Silent Planet has no factual basis and is a critique of our own age only as any Christian work is implicitly a critique of any age. I was trying to redeem for genuinely imaginative purposes the form popularly known in this country as 'science-fiction' - I think you call it 'future-romanz'; just as (si parva licet componere magnis*) Hamlet redeemed the popular revenge play.
*from Virgil, Georgics, IV, 176: 'if one may compare small things with great'.