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Childhood's End

by Arthur C. Clarke

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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. Its dominating theme of transcendent evolution appears in many of Clarke's later works, including the Space Odyssey series. In 2004, the book was nominated for the Retro Hugo Award for Best Novel.


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Publisher: RosettaBooks

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  • Release date: November 30, 2012

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  • ISBN: 9780795324970
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  • ISBN: 9780795324970
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  • Release date: November 30, 2012

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  • ISBN: 9780795324963
  • File size: 2337 KB
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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. Its dominating theme of transcendent evolution appears in many of Clarke's later works, including the Space Odyssey series. In 2004, the book was nominated for the Retro Hugo Award for Best Novel.


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  • Details

    Publisher:
    RosettaBooks

    Kindle Book
    Release date: November 30, 2012

    OverDrive Read
    ISBN: 9780795324970
    Release date: November 30, 2012

    EPUB eBook
    ISBN: 9780795324970
    File size: 1828 KB
    Release date: November 30, 2012

    PDF eBook
    ISBN: 9780795324963
    File size: 2337 KB
    Release date: November 30, 2012

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    Kindle Book
    OverDrive Read
    EPUB eBook
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  • Languages
    English