Childhood's End Author:Arthur C Clarke Dust cover is missing.Childhood's End is an sf novel by Sir Arthur C. Clarke, which narrates a fictional evolution of the human species. It was originally published in 1953 but 1st appeared as a 1950 short story titled "Guardian Angel" in Famous Fantastic Mysteries magazine. The original publication is the novel after the prologue, Earth & the O... more »verlords, with some different text in certain places. A new 1st chapter was substituted in 1990 when the Cold War ended, making the original version anachronistic. Editions since have appeared with the original opening or including both alternatives.
Giant silver ships appear above every major city in the world. The Overlords have arrived. They eliminate ignorance, disease, poverty & fear. After fifty years they also start eliminating humans.« less