Childhood's End Author:Arthur C. Clarke When the Atlantic Monthly reviewed the original edition of this remarkable book it said, "This is a highy stimulating novel, wildly fantastic, but far from frivolous." In les than a decade, this outstanding example of science fiction has established itself as a modern classic, and many of the ingredients of the plot, which seemed so fantastic t... more »hen, are now reported as commonplace events in our daily newspapers.
This is the story of the last generation of mankind on earth. In 1975 man's international armaments race is halted abruptly by ships from outer space which suddenly appear above every major city of the earth. They are manned by Overlords, mysterious creatures from another race, who take over control of the world. Within fifty years, these brilliant rulers have eliminated ignorance, disease, poverty, and fear. But this golden age ends suddenly for mankind when their guardians bow to the will of a superior intelligence and death comes to the planet.
Brilliantly conceived and written, Childhood's End demonstrates the excitement, exhilerating imagination, and masterful storytelling that have made Arthur C. Clarke widely regarded as the master of contemporary science fiction. "It is as readable a book from the point of view of pure narrative as you are likely to find among today's straight novels..." said Basil Davenport in The new York Times.« less