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If we accept the conclusions of Childhood's End, instead of a nuclear holocaust we The beginning of the end is heralded by the Overlords, mysterious aliens in . Get this from a library! Childhood's end. [Arthur C Clarke]. Childhood's End is a science fiction novel by the British author Arthur C. Clarke. The story follows the peaceful alien invasion of Earth by the mysterious.

Plot summary The novel is divided into three parts, following a third-person omniscient narrative with no main character. However, when vast alien spaceships suddenly position themselves above Earth's principal cities, the space race is halted forever. After one week, the aliens announce they are assuming supervision of international affairs to prevent humanity's extinction. As the Overlords, they bring peace, and they claim that interference will be limited. They interfere only twice with human affairs: in South Africa , where sometime before their arrival Apartheid had collapsed and was replaced with savage persecution of the white minority; and in Spain, where they put an end to bull fighting. Some humans are suspicious of the Overlords' benign intent, as they never appear in physical form. Karellen tells Stormgren that the Overlords will reveal themselves in 50 years, when humanity will have become used to their presence. Stormgren smuggles a device onto Karellen's ship in an attempt to see Karellen's true form. He succeeds, is shocked and chooses to keep silent. The Golden Age They had come from outer space— they had brought peace But then the change began. It appeared first in the children —frightening, incomprehensible. Now the Overlords made their announcement: This was to be the first step in the elimination of the human race and the beginning of—What? As promised, five decades after their arrival the Overlords appear for the first time; they resemble the traditional human folk images of light-years to their home planet. Due to the time dilation of special relativity at near-light speeds, the elapsed time on the ship is only a few weeks, and he arranges to endure it in drug-induced suspended animation. The Last Generation Although humanity and the Overlords have peaceful relations, some believe human innovation is being suppressed and that culture is becoming stagnant.

If I had had any doubts about Karellen before, that banished them!

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Yet there could have been fewer still, anywhere in the world, who did not feel the ancient terror brush for one awful instant against their minds before reason banished it forever. There was no mistake. The leathery wings, the little horns, the barbed tail—all were there.

The most terrible of all legends had come to life, out of the unknown past. Yet now it stood smiling, in ebon majesty, with the sunlight gleaming upon its tremendous body, and with a human child resting trustfully on either arm. All that I'd required for the task are a sound knowledge of social engineering, a clear sight of the intended goal- and power Ch. It had become unnecessary and impossible. When no one lacks anything there is no point in stealing. Almost the whole of human history for the past five thousand years became accessible in an instant.

Beneath the fierce passionless light of truth, faiths that had sustained millions for twice a thousand years vanished like morning dew. All the good and all the evil they had wrought were swept suddenly into the past, and could touch the minds of men no more. Humanity had lost its ancient gods: now it was old enough to have no need for new ones. All the rest of his life would be spent in vain regrets—and nothing could be worse than that.

But gold was also the color of sunset, of autumn. There was the team working on "total identification. First sound, then color, then stereoscopy, then cinerama, had made the old "moving pictures" more and more like reality itself. Where was the end of the story? Surely, the final stage would be reached when the audience forgot it was an audience and became part of the action.

When the goal was attained, there would be an enormous enrichment of human experience. A man could become --for a while, at least-- any other person, and could take part in any conceivable adventure, real or imaginary. He could even be a plant or an animal, if it proved possible to capture and record the sense impressions of other living creatures. And when the "program" was over, he would have acquired a memory as vivid as any experience in his actual life --indeed, indistinguishable from reality itself.

They were spaced with perfect precision along the rim of the planet—too huge to be artificial, yet too regular to be natural. I do not believe that anyone would deny that fact—but what that self-destruction was, you never guessed.

Few races, unaided, have ever found it. Some have turned back while there was still time, avoiding both the danger and the achievement. Their worlds have become Elysian islands of effortless content, playing no further part in the story of the universe.

That would never have been your fate—or your fortune. Your race was too vital for that. After Lighthill received a go-ahead from BBC Radio in , he commissioned a script from Tony Mulholland, resulting in a new, two-part adaptation. On October 28, , Audible. An AudioFile review commended Summerer's narration as "smoothly presented and fully credible". Filming is set to begin in Melbourne in December, My Dashboard Get Published. Sign in with your eLibrary Card close. Flag as Inappropriate.

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Childhood's End Cover of first edition hardcover. Clarke observed balloons like these floating over the city in He recalls that his earliest idea for the story may have originated with this scene, with the giant balloons becoming alien ships in the novel.

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