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Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke

Childhood's End (1953)

by Arthur C. Clarke

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I cannot put this down or put it away. Something about it compels me to read and reread, enjoying the way Clarke builds the story. The Prologue, the first chapter, is one of the most riveting intros I've ever read. But maybe that's just me. ( )
1 vote luskwater | Feb 11, 2019 |
Un clásico totalmente recomendable ( )
  maxtrek | Jan 30, 2019 |
Science fiction on a huge scale. As Clarke himself admits at the end, it is overly mystical; apparently it was written when "paraphysics" studies were taken more seriously. Worse than that, the story suffers from long info-dumps. In fact, there is hardly any story or characters. To his credit, Clarke's vision of a grand universe, with alien overlords (and their own overlords) looking over the destiny of all humanity, still sustains interest. ( )
1 vote breic | Jan 12, 2019 |
Loved the story, but didn't love the politics. I guess that comes with the territory of '50s white guy sci-fi. I almost want to give it a 3, but some of the little twists are just SO delightful.

Aside from the sporadic cringing, it kept a grin on my face and made me think. 👍 ( )
1 vote pnppl | Jan 10, 2019 |
This novel was nominated for Retro-Hugo Awards for 1954, but lost to [b:Fahrenheit 451|4381|Fahrenheit 451|Ray Bradbury|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1351643740s/4381.jpg|1272463]. This is classic Clarke – hard SF, a bit dry and lacking character development or feelings, at the same time with wonderful, almost trippy ideas.

The humanity is ready to go to space (the book was written before the first artificial satellite) but aliens came and block this path. They seem benevolent, stopping wars and injustice, uniting the world under a single government. What are their true goals, about which they are so evasive? Why they don’t want to show themselves?

This story spans for more than a century and combines ideas, which were covered earlier (first contact, utopia, evolution of humanity) by other authors ([a:H.G. Wells|880695|H.G. Wells|https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1515507862p2/880695.jpg], [a:Olaf Stapledon|64177|Olaf Stapledon|https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1277189498p2/64177.jpg] among others), but never in such a strong and beautiful mix. Definitely a worthy read for every SF fan. ( )
  Oleksandr_Zholud | Jan 9, 2019 |
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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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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Clarke, Arthur C.Authorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
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
Hollander-Lossow, Else vonTranslatorsecondary 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)
Before she flew to the launch site, Helena Lyakhov always went through the same ritual.  (1989 Updated Version)
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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Fine del XX secolo: misteriosi alieni detti "i Superni" impongono la fine di ogni ostilità sulla Terra, che inizia una vera e propria Età dell'oro. Ma Ian Rodricks, inquieto astrofisico, riesce a giungere clandestinamente il pianeta di origine dei Superni e scopre un'amara verità sul loro mondo e sulla loro civiltà che coinvolge anche il destino della Terra...
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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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