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Childhood's End By Arthur C. Clarke Childhood s End 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 thi

  • Title: Childhood's End
  • Author: Arthur C. Clarke
  • ISBN: 9780345347954
  • Page: 309
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Childhood's End By Arthur C. Clarke 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.
    Childhood's End By Arthur C. Clarke

    Childhood s End TV Mini Series Dec , Written by Arthur C Clarke and hailed as a revolutionary work of science fiction since its publishing in , Childhood s End follows the peaceful alien invasion of Earth by the mysterious Overlords, whose arrival begins decades of apparent utopia, at the cost of human identity and culture. Childhood s End Childhood s End Clarke The title, Childhood s End is a metaphor for the evolution of the human race to a higher level That evolution is shepherded by an alien species called Overlords in the book. Childhood s End by Arthur C Clarke For an avowed atheist, Arthur Clarke had a great deal to say about God, and not all of it negative Childhood s End is a tale of the theological roots of politics and how religious belief simultaneously stimulates and inhibits human society Clarke s view is subtle, complex, and appropriately cosmic. Childhood s End Borderlands Wiki Guide IGN Oct , How to Unlock Childhood s End To unlock Childhood s End you need to accept this mission from the machine across the road from the bounty board Childhood s End Season Rotten Tomatoes Childhood s End is as much about the puzzling but beautiful moments along the way as it is the ultimate conclusion.

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    1. Matt on said:

      I ve done a lot of odd jobs over the years At one point, back before I got my degree and I was still working to put my wife through school, I worked as a delivery driver for a company that sold construction supplies 50 lb boxes of powdered Kool Aid, portable generators, hammers, safety harnesses, 2x4 s, circular saws It was one of those barely above minimum wage jobs generally populated by people who for whatever reason find themselves unable to get anything else and competing against a large nu [...]

    2. Lyn on said:

      Kurt Vonnegut said of Arthur C Clarke s novel Childhood s End that it is one of the few masterpieces in the science fiction genre Vonnegut went on to say that he, Vonnegut, had written all the others As humorous as that is, at least the first clause of that declaration I feel to be true Written simply but with conviction and persuasion, with an almost fable like narrative quality, Clarke has given to us that rarest of literary achievements a science fiction masterpiece The genius of Clarke s ach [...]

    3. Jeffrey Keeten on said:

      No utopia can ever give satisfaction to everyone, all the time As their material conditions improve, men raise their sights and become discontented with power and possessions that once would have seemed beyond their wildest dreams And even when the external world has granted all it can, there still remain the searchings of the mind and the longings of the heart The United States and the Soviet Union were in the midst of a military space race when large ships appeared in the skies over all the ma [...]

    4. mark monday on said:

      you think you re so fucken smart, don t you mark ha, think again all your little plans and goals, your little community of friends and family and colleagues, your whole little life what does it matter in the long run not a whole fucken lot grow up.take this book for example a classic of the genre, written by a classic author you thought you knew what you were getting into you ve read countless examples of the type you sure are a well read little scifi nerd, aren t you for the first half, maybe l [...]

    5. Petra X on said:

      I read this long ago, just when I was becoming a teenager and my tastes were changing, you might say I read it at childhood s end When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child but when I became a man, I put away childish things 1 Corinthians 13 11 But we cannot do this without the help of our parents and teachers view spoiler and politicians Well some of them A few One or two, you know hide spoiler And so it is the Aliens come.The story is essentially the [...]

    6. Samadrita on said:

      If science fiction usually treads the fine line between mere speculation and actual scientific feasibilities, then Arthur C Clarke can be accused of taking a cosmic leap of faith into the realm of highly unrealistic speculation, in this book.For at least 75% of the narrative, I remained largely clueless about where the story was heading and for the remaining 25% I couldn t help but roll my eyes at the ludicrousness of it all.Aliens, who are referred to by a fancy name like Overlords eyeroll to b [...]

    7. Megan Baxter on said:

      From my vast expertise of having read all of two, count them, two, Arthur C Clarke books, I am seeing a common theme I don t know if it extends beyond that to his other books, but here it is The universe is a very, very big place And humans might just be irrelevant to it What is going on out there is so vast that it s an immense piece of egotism to think of ourselves as central, or even incidental, to it Note The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the recent changes in policy and enfo [...]

    8. Apatt on said:

      As I write the TV adaptation of Childhood s End is being promoted by the cable channel Syfy goddam silly name Given how much I like this book I will probably watch it but before I do I want to reread the source material first, as it s been decades since I last read it Childhood s End is to my mind Clarke s best novel It is very unusual among his works in term of plot and setting Most of the book is Earthbound and the story starts in the present day year not specified Very little time is spent on [...]

    9. Duane on said:

      At one point while reading this I was reminded of astronaut Dave Bowman from 2010 Odyssey Two, when he was telling everyone, something is going to happen, something wonderful Something does happen whether it is wonderful or not is a matter of debate In 2010 the message was of new beginnings, in Childhoods End it is something quite different You can t go wrong reading Arthur C Clarke, just a brilliant writer with a wonderful imagination.

    10. David Sheppard on said:

      Warning lots of spoilers I read Arthur C Clarke s Childhood s End many years ago I also read it to my son when he was eight So why did I come back to a book that was originally published in 1953, read it yet again, and feel it necessary to write a review What got me thinking about Childhood s End again is the emergence of the Internet as force for change within the Global Community Also, my limited experience teaching university students impressed upon me the impact that the Internet is having o [...]

    11. Zigger on said:

      I always feel so terrible when I read, or attempt to read, Arthur C Clarke But I also feel terrible when I don t I like fantasy I like science fiction Arthur C Clark is a genius, a pioneering, farsighted sci fi icon I should like reading his books And so I try every once in a while, in the same spirit that I eat half a banana once or twice a year I like fruit Bananas are good for you But I have yet to finish either a banana or an Arthur C Clarke book.It s me It must be So I m giving myself the o [...]

    12. Bradley on said:

      Old SF sometimes has a kick to it that nothing modern can quite manage There s a speed and economy of words, of action progressing so quickly that I feel like I m on a roller coaster ride and it s all downhill This is what Childhood s End feels like.It s hard not to write about this book without giving away spoilers, so I ll just warn you now and get right down to business.It starts out with damn old tropes and bit of spunky adventure, but it quickly becomes obvious that all that was a lark The [...]

    13. Markus on said:

      He felt no regrets as the work of a lifetime was swept away He had labored to take man to the stars, and now the stars aloof, indifferent stars had come to him.The human race was no longer alone Out of the authors emerging from the golden age of science fiction, Isaac Asimov is undoubtedly the greatest, but after reading this, I think Arthur C Clarke might be my favourite.

    14. Shelby on said:

      I know I m a little late on reading this it was published in 1953 , but as an avid lover of science fiction, in both the literary and cinematic sense, I am so happy that I did choose to pick up this timeless story My initial motive for deciding to read Arthur C Clarke s novel was the fact that in about a month, SyFy I watch almost everything SyFy airs will be premiering a mini series based on the work bearing the same name, and I subscribe to the read the book before you see the movie belief.But [...]

    15. Elizabeth on said:

      I am a fan of science fiction, and I wanted to read Childhood s End after hearing it is supposedly one of the best novels in the sci fi genre Maybe my expectations were too high, but I just didn t enjoy it.I won t belabor this review by posting a synopsis I ll just summarize my general impression of the book SPOILERS ahead.First off, the characterization is extremely weak I understand that some science fiction is plot driven than character driven, but I still think it is important to write good [...]

    16. Manny on said:

      I see that a lot of my GR friends have read this fine book I just wondered if any of you have had the thought that s occurred to me several times over the last two or three years.One of the things I find most confusing about the current state of the world is that you can view it in two diametrically opposed ways On the one hand, there s the terrifying stuff you see most days in the paper Not only are we using up our irreplaceable natural resources, we re doing it in a way that s well on track to [...]

    17. Ahmad Sharabiani on said:

      Childhood s End, Arthur C Clarke 1983 1362 285 20 1363 336 .

    18. Jackie on said:

      Childhood s End has been sitting on my bookcase for quite a while I made a promise to my friend Jason we traded recommendations for our favorites he fulfilled his end of the bargain by reading my favorite scifi novel Dune , so I read his.In recent times, I ve shied away from scifi novels published 50 years ago as I ve been sucked into a good sounding stories only to be disappointed I don t doubt that these novels were fantastic at the time they were written It s hard to stand up to time in the s [...]

    19. Penny on said:

      I don t know why I put off reading this for so long If you ve been putting it off, don t Read it now It s an easy read and you won t want to put it down This story spans a lot of time for such a small book, but it does so effortlessly and with such an eye for human nature and development The ideas that hold this story up are brilliant and revealed at nice intervals throughout the book For me the main protagonist was mankind and I felt a deep connection there even though I d normally hold myself [...]

    20. Luffy on said:

      Childhood s End proved to be a very readable book I could assimilate the simply written ideas of the author Through humanity s last creative gasp, then its last existential one, we see how the image of the Overlords shifts from Vassal to serf So the reason for the high score is that despite the rehashing of themes, this book still can provide fun to the purist, the hardened, the uninitiated, and the indifferent, the latter category to which I thought I belonged I can totally, however understand [...]

    21. Nancy on said:

      I was expecting this book to bore me to tears Since the book is a classic, I had to give it a try Clarke s sophisticated, yet easy to read prose had me riveted While lacking to some degree in human character development, the plot, descriptions and depth of the story than compensated I wish Clarke had expanded on the details about how crime, poverty, class consciousness, religion and menial labor were eradicated The book left me feeling moved, vaguely sad, yet hopeful about the future of humanit [...]

    22. Terence on said:

      When I was in 8th grade, I wrote a story about humans evolving and becoming luminous beings similar, I suppose, to those Yoda mentions in The Empire Strikes Back , and I was reminded of this when I read the ending to Childhood s End Humanity s last generation joins a vast collective intelligence that has been assimilating civilizations for countless eons, and in the process consumes the Earth and all other life on it As I recall, my process wasn t quite so genocidal in fact, it took place around [...]

    23. Steve on said:

      Oddly, I finally got spurred into reading this great book while watching a documentary on UFOs, featuring Dan Aykroyd Aykroyd is evidently quite a UFO buff, and during the documentary the discussion What do UFOs want touched upon Clarke s book, Childhood s End Well, I m into UFOs Saw one at close range when I was 13 or so So I went and dug this puppy out of my large To Read box downstairs My wife says there s than one box I m glad I did, though the book is one of the most profoundly sad books I [...]

    24. Stephen on said:

      5.0 Stars One of Arthur C Clarke s best novels and one of my personal favorites This novel is one of the best ever written concerning the evolution of man into a higher order of being Brilliantly conceived and poignantly executed, this is classic SF at its best Nominee Retro Hugo Award for best SF Novel of 1953.

    25. Amar on said:

      Whoa kakva knjiga Justwow Moja prva SF knjiga i pogodio sam sa kojom da po nem Ne znam da li je ijedna knjiga ostavila ovakav utisak na mene Mozak je radio itavo vrijeme i evo i sad znam da u imat narednih dana o ne emu razmi ljat.Sjajno trenutno sam nesposoban da vi e napi em osim wow

    26. Stuart on said:

      Childhood s End The Overlords have a plan for usOriginally posted at Fantasy LiteratureThere s something very comforting in the SF novels of Arthur C Clarke, my favorite of the Big Three SF writers of the Golden Age the other two being Robert Heinlein and Isaac Asimov His stories are clearly written, unembellished, precise, and focus on the science, ideas, and plot Though some claim his characters are fairly wooden, I don t see it that way They tend to be fairly level headed and logical, and foc [...]

    27. Keely on said:

      My words in this review would continue to remain insufficient to fully describe the phenomena within the pages of this book, and the breadth of literary experiences that Arthur C Clarke had given me when he wrote Childhood s End This is a science fiction novel that explored the complex relationship between beginnings and endings, and the unfathomable scale of the evolution process Clarke, however, tried to capture the essence of such bold concepts in his story, and so I feel that I also have a d [...]

    28. Joshua on said:

      I ve always felt a bit mixed aboutChildhood s End While at times the writing felt bogged down and a little sluggish, the ideas and concepts Clarke comes up with are astounding and thought provoking This is a story not just about man s first contact with an alien species and creating a utopia, but also about man s eventual evolution and transformation, by breaking off the shackles of its previous existence Clarke has always been intrigued by the idea of transcending ones body and achieving a grea [...]

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