Childhoods End Hardcover – January 1, 1953
by Arthur C. Clarke (Author)
Original 1953 Book Club Edition! In the near future, enormous silver spaceships appear without warning over mankind's largest cities. They belong to the Overlords, an alien race far superior to humanity in technological development-and their purpose is to dominate the Earth. Their demands, however, are surprisingly beneficial-end war, poverty, and cruelty. Their presence, rather than signaling the end of humanity, ushers in a golden age-or so it seems. But it comes at a price. Without conflict, humanity ceases to work toward creative achievement, and culture stagnates. And as the years pass, it becomes more and more clear that the Overlords have a hidden agenda for the evolution of the human race-that may not be as beneficial as it seems. Originally published in 1953, Childhood's End is Clarke's first successful novel-and is considered a classic of science fiction literature.
The inspiration for the Syfy miniseries.
Childhood’s End is one of the defining legacies of Arthur C. Clarke, the author of 2001: A Space Odyssey and many other groundbreaking works. Since its publication in 1953, this prescient novel about first contact gone wrong has come to be regarded not only as a science fiction classic but as a literary thriller of the highest order.
Spaceships have suddenly appeared in the skies above every city on the planet. Inside is an intellectually, technologically, and militarily superior alien race known as the Overlords. At first, their demands seem benevolent: unify Earth, eliminate poverty, end war. But at what cost? To those who resist, it’s clear that the Overlords have an agenda of their own. Has their arrival marked the end of humankind . . . or the beginning?
Praise for Childhood’s End
“A first-rate tour de force.”—The New York Times
“Frighteningly logical, believable, and grimly prophetic . . . Clarke is a master.”—Los Angeles Times
“There has been nothing like it for years; partly for the actual invention, but partly because here we meet a modern author who understands that there may be things that have a higher claim on humanity than its own ‘survival.’ ”—C. S. Lewis
“As a science fiction writer, Clarke has all the essentials.”—Jeremy Bernstein, The New Yorker
Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke
- ASIN : B000UFTTAM
- Publisher : Harcourt, Brace & World; Book Club Edition (January 1, 1953)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 220 pages
- Item Weight : 12.2 ounces