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Childhood's End (original 1953; edition 1953)

by Arthur C. Clarke

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Title:Childhood's End
Authors:Arthur C. Clarke
Info:Del Rey (1987), Edition: Reprint, Mass Market Paperback, 224 pages
Collections:Read, Owned, Want hardcover
Rating:****1/2
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Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke (1953)

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I read this about 35 years ago and I'm pretty sure I liked it then. Less so now. I had forgotten Clarke's fascination with paranormal silliness. As science fiction, it sets itself apart from its contemporaries with some good technological foresight. As human commentary...well, it was an early novel of his. ( )
  Razinha | May 23, 2017 |
At the time of of publication this was considered one of SFs great books. It has not aged well. Still an interesting read.

I'm a Clark fan but I don't consider this to be his best by far. ( )
  ikeman100 | May 20, 2017 |
Rather disjointed. The book doesn't seem to say much. It was entertaining, but the I was not lost in its themes. If there was a central idea, it did not grab me at all. Clarke seems to be religiously obsessed with the paranormal and a Nirvana-like way. ( )
  cambernard90 | Apr 12, 2017 |
Fascinating. Mankind's purpose and fate imagined. ( )
  EvaW | Apr 8, 2017 |
Alien ships show up at Earth, hovering about over major world cities, and then things happen. I enjoyed the SyFy series based on this book, and was interested to read it. I had a little trouble getting into it though, partly because I kept trying to remember exactly how it was differing from the show but also because Clarke was less interested in his characters than in his ideas, and that is always a hard sell for me. Still, I'm glad I read it. ( )
  lycomayflower | Mar 27, 2017 |
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I'm not sure Childhood's End is the first book my dad gave me, but it was one of the first, and it's certainly the one I remember most vividly. And it's probably a book that changed my life.
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Arthur C. Clarkeprimary authorall editionscalculated
Bacon, C.W.Cover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bing, JonForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bringsværd, Tor ÅgeForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Csernus, TiborCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Deutsch, MichelTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ellis, DeanCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fernandes, StanislawCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Haars, PeterCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kempen, BernhardTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Powers, Richard M.Cover Artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sawyer, Robert J.Narratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schjelderup, DaisyTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stevenson, DavidCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Summerer, Eric MichaelNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The volcano that had reared Taratua up from the Pacific depths had been sleeping now for half a million years. (Original)
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This was the moment when history held its breath, and the present sheared asunder from the past as an iceberg splits from its parent cliffs, and goes sailing out to sea in lonely pride. All that the past ages had achieved was as nothing now; only one thought echoed and re-echoed through Mohan's brain: The human race was no longer alone.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0345347951, Mass Market Paperback)

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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The author questions the survival of mankind in this science fiction tale about Overlords from outer space who dominate the world.

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