Today’s post is about a book I read: “Childhood’s End” by Arthur C. Clarke. I’m sure most of you know Clarke, he was one of the Big Four in Sci Fi writers circles, and who recently passed away earlier this year.
Childhood’s End, which was originally published in 1953, tells a story of an Earth visited by aliens, ending all war and strife amongst mankind and imposing a peaceful yet iron fisted rule. Under the supervision of these aliens, who are named the Overlords in the book, mankind flourished and his civilization reached an almost utopian stage. However throughout the book, we get this sinister foreboding feeling of things to come.
The story itself is seperated into 3 main parts. The first part deals with the Overlord’s arrival to Earth and how mankind deals with their new visitors. The second part deals with humanity’s advancement and the curiosity of one man regarding his alien benefactors. The third and final part is well… the most disturbing part i.e. the true agenda of the aliens are revealed, a secret objective that is horryfing and amazing at the same time.
I would like to tell you more of this book, but I’m afraid that I will spoil it for you. I really recommend sci fi fans to read this. And even if you are not a sci fi fan, you should read it too, as you would find Clarke’s view on humanity to be most interesting and insightful. So go to a bookstore and look for one now!