Childhoods End Arthur C. Clarke Del Ray ISBN: EARTH AND THE OVERLORDS THE volcano that had reared Taratua u. 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. Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke. Del Rey | MM | | pp. | $/$ Can. Also available as a trade paperback. Reading Level:
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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. These groups establish "New Athens," an island colony devoted to the creative arts, which George and Jean Greggson join.
The Overlords conceal a special interest in the Greggsons' children, Jeffrey and Jennifer Anne, and intervene to save Jeffrey's life when a tsunami strikes the island.
The Overlords have been watching them since the incident with the Ouija board, which revealed the seed of the coming transformation hidden within Jean. Sixty years after the Overlords' arrival, human children, including the Greggsons', begin to display telekinetic powers. Karellen reveals the Overlords' purpose; they serve the Overmind, a vast cosmic intelligence, born of amalgamated ancient civilizations, and freed from the limitations of material existence.
Yet the Overlords themselves are strangely unable to join the Overmind, but serve it as a bridge species, charged with fostering other races' eventual merger with it.
Because of this, Karellen expresses his envy of humanity. For the transformed children's safety, they are segregated on a continent of their own. No more human children are born, and many parents find their lives stripped of meaning, and die or commit suicide.
New Athens is destroyed by its members with a nuclear bomb. Jan Rodricks emerges from hibernation on the Overlord supply ship and arrives on their planet. The Overlords permit him a glimpse of how the Overmind communicates with them. When Jan returns to Earth approximately 80 years after his departure by Earth time he finds an unexpectedly altered planet.
Humanity has effectively become extinct, and he is now the last man alive. Hundreds of millions of children — no longer fitting with what Rodricks defines as "human" — remain on the quarantined continent. Barely moving, with eyes closed and communicating by telepathy, they are the penultimate form of human evolution, having become a single group mind readying themselves to join the Overmind.
Some Overlords remain on Earth to study the children from a safe distance. No more human children are born and many parents die or commit suicide. The members of New Athens destroy themselves with an atomic bomb.
Jan Rodricks emerges from hibernation on the Overlord supply ship and arrives on their planet. The Overlords permit him a glimpse of how the Overmind communicates with them. When Jan returns to Earth approximately 80 years after his departure by Earth time he finds an unexpectedly altered planet. Humanity has effectively become extinct and he is now the last man alive. Hundreds of millions of children — no longer fitting what Rodricks defines as "human" — remain on the quarantined continent, having become a single intelligence readying themselves to join the Overmind.
Some Overlords remain on Earth to study the children from a safe distance. When the evolved children mentally alter the Moon's rotation and make other planetary manipulations, it becomes too dangerous to remain. The departing Overlords offer to take Rodricks with them, but he chooses to stay to witness Earth's end and transmit a report of what he sees.
Before they depart, Rodricks asks Rashaverak what encounter the Overlords had with humanity in the past, according to an assumption that the fear that humans had of their "demonic" form was due to a traumatic encounter with them in the distant past; but Rashaverak explains that the primal fear experienced by humans was not due to a racial memory, but a racial premonition of the Overlords' role in their metamorphosis.
The Overlords are eager to escape from their own evolutionary dead end by studying the Overmind, so Rodricks's information is potentially of great value to them. By radio, Rodricks describes a vast burning column ascending from the planet.
As the column disappears, Rodricks experiences a profound sense of emptiness when the children have gone. Then material objects and the Earth itself begin to dissolve into transparency. Rodricks reports no fear, but a powerful sense of fulfillment. The Earth evaporates in a flash of light.
Karellen looks back at the receding Solar System and gives a final salute to the human species. 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.
Clarke's portrayal of the Overlords as devils was influenced by John W. Campbell 's depiction of the devilish Teff-Hellani species in The Mightiest Machine ,  first serialized in Astounding Stories in After finishing "Guardian Angel", Clarke enrolled at King's College London and served as the chairman of the British Interplanetary Society from to , and later from to He earned a first-class degree in mathematics and physics from King's in , after which he worked as an assistant editor for Science Abstracts.
At the request of Clarke's agent and unbeknown to Clarke, the story was edited by James Blish , who rewrote the ending. Blish's version of the story was accepted for publication in April by Famous Fantastic Mysteries magazine.
Most of the short story is word by word the same as the first part as the novel, but there are also a number of differences. Some are trivial revisions with no obvious narrative motivation for instance, in the short story, Karellen first spoke on radio to the world on the eighth day after the arrival of the alien ships, in the novel, on the sixth day. Other differences are more significant, and some changes were necessitated by the full-length novel Clarke would write later, the author taking the story in a different direction from the outcome he had seemingly envisioned in the short story.
The plot of the short story is mainly built around the one mystery of what the Overlords look like. As in the later novel, they promise to show themselves after fifty years, but the story ends when there are still twenty years to go. Rikki Stormgren, former UN General Secretary and the one human who had been physically close to Karellen, reflects on the one glimpse he got of him; he saw a black "barbed tail" disappear behind a closing door.
It is thus strongly hinted that the Overlords look like the pop-cultural version of devils. The corresponding section in the novel only has Stormgren reflecting on what he saw and agreeing that the world was not ready to meet the Overlords face to face.
The reader does not learn what it was Stormgren glimpsed, since this revelation is now withheld until the next chapter, describing how the Overlords finally showed themselves after fifty years. In the short story, Karellen has indicated to Stormgren that he came from a world called Skyrondel, where he was "professor of astropolitics" and supposedly accepted the assignment to supervise earth only after putting up a great fight though Stormgren suspects that Karellen has come to greatly enjoy his position.
In the novel, Karellen never names his homeworld. In the book version, Stormgren believes the Supervisor's original field of work has something to do with mathematics, and that he only rules earth with a small portion of his vast mind. However, nothing is any longer said about Karellen having actively resisted the assignment, nor that he was a "professor" on his own planet, although he implies that he will be glad to return to his mathematical work once his duty on the world of humanity is done.
In the short story, Karellen is dictating the establishing of a European federation, though it is foreseen that other states will eventually join it. In the novel, he is forming a world federation very early in his rule, and it is said that a European federation was already in existence when the Overlords arrived ca. Later in the short story and novel alike, Karellen however speaks of the "foundation of the World State" as a "first step", making the short story potentially self-contradictory on this point.
Some other quick thoughts: I didn't quite understand why hell and Satan seem to be alluded to in the book.
Obviously there is the form of the Overlords. Then for example Lucifer is the name of someone's pet in the book. The light of the Overlord city is red and the manifestation of the Overmind is a volcano. I'm pretty sure the city is also built into the ground. There even is the Miltonic parallel of the Overlords having conquered their current world after having moved from the original world.
I'm not saying that city is Hell-like as it is a very technologically advanced city that seems to be built on the principles of order and functionalism, however one cannot help but think of Hell due to the way Arthur C Clarke writes about it. I find it curious why he wants the reader to make this comparison. Also the book is a lie.
It's tries to sell you on utopia when it's really about the apocalypse. The aliens use utopia to bait and trap mankind, and I would hardly call it a utopia because it doesn't enlighten mankind, in fact nearly all the humans portrayed as naive.
The only man portrayed in a heroic fashion is Jan, could be a stand-in for the author. Arthur C Clark comes off as a misanthropic- I wonder why he writes the stars aren't for man when in real life he was a strong proponent of space travel. The book seems to be mislabeled as a transhumanist work.