Childhood's End

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Gollancz, 2010 - Human-alien encounters - 242 pages
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When the silent spacecraft arrived and took the light from the world, no one knew what to expect. 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. When they finally showed themselves it was a shock, but one that humankind could now cope with, and an era of peace, prosperity and endless leisure began. But the children of this utopia dream strange dreams of distant suns and alien planets, and begin to evolve into something incomprehensible to their parents, and soon they will be ready to join the Overmind . . . and, in a grand and thrilling metaphysical climax, leave the Earth behind.

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I enjoyed this book despite the flat ending. - LibraryThing
The writing is choppy and a bit sloppy. - LibraryThing
He does this within the exciting structure of the plot. - LibraryThing
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A little bit more plot shenanigans. - LibraryThing
It was a pretty good read but I prefer happier endings. - LibraryThing

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Looking at the short version of the long (not so much) story first... Sir Arthur C. Clarke is one of the acknowledged master craftsmen of the literary genre we fans call "sci-fi." What the astute ... Read full review

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User Review  - Stuart - Goodreads

There'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 ... Read full review

About the author (2010)

Arthur C. Clarke was born in Minehead in 1917. During the Second World War he served as an RAF radar instructor, rising to the rank of Flight-Lieutenant. After the war he won a BSc in physics and mathematics with first class honours from King's College, London. One of the most respected of all science-fiction writers, he also won the KALINGA PRIZE, the AVIATION SPACE-WRITERS PRIZE,and the WESTINGHOUSE SCIENCE WRITING PRIZE. He also shared an OSCAR nomination with Stanley Kubrick for the screenplay of 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, which was based on his story, 'The Sentinel'. He lived in Sri Lanka from 1956 until his death in 2008.

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