Book jacket. Childhood's end. —Clarke, Arthur C. (Arthur Charles), EBook. From the Publisher: The Overlords appeared suddenly over every. Childhood's End (S.F. MASTERWORKS series) by Arthur C. Clarke. Read online, or download in secure EPUB format. Arthur C. Clarke's classic in which he ponders humanity's future and possible evolution. But, although the Overlords kept themselves hidden from man, they had come to unite a warring world and to offer an end to poverty and crime. Arthur C Clarke's mesmerizing tale of the.
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cover image of Childhood's End Childhood's End. by Arthur C. Clarke. ebook Their presence, rather than signaling the end of humanity, ushers in a golden. Get this from a library! Childhood's end. [Arthur C Clarke]. Childhood's End (eBook): Clarke, Arthur C.: From the Publisher: The Overlords appeared suddenly over every city-intellectually, technologically, and militarily.
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I reread this, after thirty years or so. This book is often considered a classic of Science Fiction, for the weighty themes it presents: What if humans produce a generation with which they truly have nothing in common?
I'm sure you've heard this one: They turn out to be benevolent, and usher in a Golden Age, before revealing themselves as lookalikes for The Devil. Really, as with so much of Clarke's work, amazing ideas are being pondered, but by characters who often seem like dull stand-ins for the author himself.
He tells, rather than shows, his way through a century of Man's future "Man," as in "humankind," being likely the most-used word in this story , to get to a few interesting scenes, such as the Ouija board at a party, and a human character stowing away on an alien vessel. But conflicts are understated and muted, lest they get in the way of the Big Ideas. That said, I found this short book worth a reread, and the aspects that make it a dated product of the 50's no longer matter by the end.
They remain in their ships, appointing a human liaison to hear their instructions and relay the message to the people of earth. It is useless to resist: Despite their awesome power, it seems the aliens come in peace: There is no more inequality, no wars, no crime, and a world-wide one government system that sees incredible developments in technology, medicine, and architecture.
Suddenly people have the ability to travel across the world for lunch, can go to university indefinitely to study all manner of topics, and form self-sufficient colonies following common interests. I found this book, Arthur C. It was a very quick and incredibly engaging read — only about pages, and a nice introduction to sci-fi, coming from someone who almost never reads it! Have been overwhelmed by Childhood's End since grade school--that's a very long time ago. This current version is slightly changed from the original, but without injury to the main theme.
Clarke is well-known for his prophetic scientific speculations, but his lasting legacy--as also with and The City And the Stars--is the author's astonishing explorations into the ultimate destiny of humanity.
In this respect, Childhood's End is about as far-out as is possible.
Classic science fiction alien invasion story with an unexpected twist. The new benevolent dictators of Earth seem to be creating the Utopia that everyone has always dreamed of, but all is not as it seems. Great book to get you thinking about the future of humanity. If you can find the original version, it's preferable to the revised versions he published in the s.
The original may be dated it was based on Red Scare politics but the revised versions are a bit too self-conscious. The leathery wings, the little horns, the barbed tail - all were there. The most terrible of all legends had come to life, out of the unknown past.
Yet now it stood smiling, in ebon majesty with the sunlight gleaming upon its tremendous body, and with a human child resting trustfully on either arm. The planets you may one day possess.
But the stars are not for man. Skip to main navigation Skip to main navigation Skip to search Skip to search Skip to content.
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