Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke

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In the near future, enormous silver spaceships appear without warning over mankind's largest cities. They belong to the Overlords, an alien race far superior to humanity in technological development-and their purpose is to dominate the Earth. Their demands, however, are surprisingly beneficial-end war, poverty, and cruelty. Their presence, rather than signaling the end of humanity, ushers in a golden age-or so it seems.

But it comes at a price. Without conflict, humanity ceases to work toward creative achievement, and culture stagnates. And as the years pass, it becomes more and more clear that the Overlords have a hidden agenda for the evolution of the human race-that may not be as beneficial as it seems.

Originally published in 1953, Childhood's End is Clarke's first successful novel-and is considered a classic of science fiction literature. Its dominating theme of transcendent evolution appears in many of Clarke's later works, including the Space Odyssey series. In 2004, the book was nominated for the Retro Hugo Award for Best Novel.

About Arthur C. Clarke

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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. "From the Trade Paperback edition.
Published November 30, 2012 by RosettaBooks. 226 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, Humor & Entertainment, Biographies & Memoirs. Fiction

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A futurama projects the end of the world when an invasion by the Overlords brings their unchallenged control of life on earth.

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Syfy’s Childhood’s End miniseries is, in theory, at once a no-brainer and a distressing, nigh-impossible prospect.

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Suite 101

If one of the traits of a Dystopian regime is stamping out all opposition, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter does a pretty decent job.

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Though the plots of the other 2 books are much more in the real of actual possibility, Childhood's End is their absolute equal in terms of insight into human nature.

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SciFi Online

As mankind began to take its first faltering steps into the vast darkness of space, huge ships appear over every city on Earth.

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Clarke tZ 2001: A Space Odyssey - unofficial magazine about the classic movie tZ Big Planet: the worlds of Jupiter in SF - by Steven Hampton

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