Childhood's End

Childhood's End

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Giant silver ships appear above every major city in the world. The Overlords have arrived. They eliminate ignorance, disease, poverty, and fear. After fifty years they also start eliminating humans.

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Publisher: New York : Harcourt, Brace & World, c1953.
ISBN: 9780151172054
0151172056
9781101967034
Characteristics: 214 p. ;,21 cm. --

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tc123bd
Nov 12, 2018

dvd =- rendezvous with rama

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4536o
Aug 06, 2018

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 2001 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.

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brontoceratops
Sep 02, 2017

My most-enjoyed book by Clarke. It's a shame that he didn't like it at the end of his life.

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wildct2003
Apr 17, 2017

Interesting read. Had hoped for a better ending. Worth a look.

Mr_Cliff Mar 21, 2017

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.

JohnK_KCMO Sep 30, 2016

If you can find the original 1953 version, it's preferable to the revised versions he published in the 1990s. The original may be dated (it was based on Red Scare politics) but the revised versions are a bit too self-conscious.

JohnK_KCMO Sep 30, 2016

If you can find the original 1953 version, it's preferable to the revised versions he published in the 1990s. The original may be dated (it was based on Red Scare politics) but the revised versions are a bit too self-conscious.

JohnK_KCMO Sep 30, 2016

If you can find the original 1953 version, it's preferable to the revised versions he published in the 1990s. The original may be dated (it was based on Red Scare politics) but the revised versions are a bit too self-conscious.

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TechWriter1
Aug 12, 2016

I first read Childhood’s End about 50 years ago. I was a teenager and in the midst of devouring any Science Fiction available. Arthur C. Clarke was a favorite author and still is. His stories contain an interesting blend of science, technology, and fantasy that appealed then and now. I was prompted to reread the novel after watching the SyFy Channel mini-series based on the book. I enjoyed the series and immediately wanted to go back to the novel to see how faithfully it had been followed. It held together well, given some changes Clarke himself made to the book during the course of his life and changes made by the screenwriter.

BostonPL_JordanD Oct 07, 2014

Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clark
Read by: Anna/Copley Teen Room
Originally posted to the Teen Blog on 6/12/2012.

This is the story of what would happen if an alien race took over Earth and it’s humans, if that race gave us peace and prosperity, but took away our children without asking. In this novel, the idea is the protagonist and antagonist, not any one character, not even something like disease is the antagonist.
I have to say I was expecting a little more action. But instead, the people accepted their fate. At first, nothing happens, people have parties, they chat about boring things, and get too used to lots of technology. One man dares to be different, he dares to escape into the stars to find the home of the alien race that controls them. But when he returns to Earth 80 years later, he finds that he’s the last man on Earth. The ending is hard to take. I kept wondering what I would do if I were in his situation, and all I could come up with is that I would go crazy insane without other people.

This was not a book I enjoyed at all. It was a hard read and I had to force myself to get through it, even as skinny as it was. Even so, this book is a classic of science fiction literature, and many people the world over love it. I guess it really depends on what you prefer to read. Just don’t expect action heroes to save the day in the end.

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Gandalf_IRL
Oct 29, 2013

"There was no mistake. 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."

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LazyNeko
Mar 22, 2012

"It is a bitter thought, but you must face it. The planets you may one day possess. But the stars are not for man."

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