Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Commentary (novels not included). Pages: 37. Chapters: 2010: Odyssey Two, The Fountains of Paradise, Childhood's End, Rendezvous with Rama, Imperial Earth, Rama II, The Songs of Distant Earth, The Last Theorem, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The City and the Stars, 3001: The Final Odyssey, 2061: Odyssey Three, Against the Fall of Night, A Fall of Moondust, Time's Eye, Earthlight, Firstborn, The Sands of Mars, The Light of Other Days, Richter 10, Cradle, The Hammer of God, The Garden of Rama, Prelude to Space, Sunstorm, Rama Revealed, A Time Odyssey, Islands in the Sky, Beyond the Fall of Night, Dolphin Island, The Trigger, The Deep Range, The Ghost from the Grand Banks, Glide Path. Excerpt: Childhood's End is a 1953 science fiction novel by the British author Arthur C. Clarke. The story follows the peaceful alien invasion of Earth by the mysterious Overlords, whose arrival ends all war, helps form a world government, and turns the planet into a near-utopia. Many questions are asked about the origins and mission of the aliens, but they avoid answering, preferring to remain in their space ships, governing through indirect rule. Decades later, the Overlords eventually show themselves, and their impact on human culture leads to a Golden Age. However, the last generation of children on Earth begins to display powerful psychic abilities, heralding their evolution into a group mind, a transcendent form of life. Clarke's idea for the book began with his short story "Guardian Angel" (1946), which he expanded into a novel in 1952, incorporating it as the first part of the book, "Earth and the Overlords". Completed and published in 1953, Childhood's End sold out its first printing and received good reviews, becoming Clarke's first successful novel of his career. The book is regarded as Clarke's best novel by both readers and critics, and is described as "...
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