Childhood's End

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Gollancz, 2010 - Human-alien encounters - 242 pages
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Arthur C. Clarke's classic in which he ponders humanity's future and possible evolution

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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User Review  - meandmybooks - LibraryThing

Interesting from a "history of sf/how the future looked from the 1950's" perspective. This really does have some interesting and prescient ideas, but also some eye-roll-inducing sexism. And I never ... Read full review

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User Review  - alaudacorax - LibraryThing

I read this on a wave of enthusiasm for Arthur C. Clarke, having just read Rendezvous With Rama and been very impressed with it. I wasn't overly impressed with this. In my review of the latter book I ... Read full review

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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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