Childhood's End is a first-contact story full of thought-provoking ideas about what humanity can become. As relevant today as it was in 1953. Recommended by the Sci-Fi and Fantasy Team, Powells.com
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Without warning, giant silver ships from deep space appear in the skies above every major city on Earth. Manned by the Overlords, in fifty years, they eliminate ignorance, disease, and poverty. Then this golden age ends--and then the age of Mankind begins....
Arthur C. Clarke is considered to be the greatest science fiction writer of all time. He is an international treasure in many other ways: An article written by him in 1945 led to the invention of satellite technology. Books by Mr. Clarke--both fiction and nonfiction--have more than one hundred million copies in print worldwide. He lives in Sri Lanka.
DANE, November 17, 2013 (view all comments by DANE)
A true science fiction classic, Childhood's End is one of Aurthur C. Clarke's first novels. Based on a short story he wrote in the 1940's, the novel tells the story of a race of aliens called the Overlords who visit Earth and over the course of several decades, slowly improve life for everyone. All is not what it seems though and eventually, we learn their ultimate reason for being here. Typical of many of Clarke's stories, it's a utopian tale with a twist.
Anaya, September 1, 2006 (view all comments by Anaya)
From the prodigious author of "2001: A Space Odyssey" we readers get "Childhood's End." It is a novel that sparks debate as it was written in the time of the Cold War in 1953 and suitably makes many references to the end of childhood. The plot gracefully explores the concept of the end of innocence as overlords deal in war and poverty. The novel remains as relevant today as it was fifty years ago and tackles the issue of what humanity could achieve and our intentions to strive for a better end to childhood. A must read for any sci-fi and fantasy genre lover.
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