Childhood's End

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Ballantine Books, 1990 - Fiction - 212 pages
1336 Reviews
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....

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Intelligent and unexpected plot twists and ending. - Goodreads
It felt chopped up and uneven in pace. - Goodreads
I loved Clarke's prose. - Goodreads
Impressive forecasting, deft writing. - Goodreads
Cosmic ideas, vapid characterizations. - Goodreads
Interesting premise. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Hypatia - Goodreads

This was a really interesting story, but I just didn't enjoy it that much. I found some aspects very dated, and of course since it was written 50 years ago, some of the predictions of the future were just funny. Clarke is an excellent writer of course. Read full review

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User Review  - Steven - Goodreads

A fantastical journey full of mystery and suspense, with some silly things and full of science fiction woobly-dubly (great stuff). Highly recommended. I would say 4.5/5! Read full review

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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.


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