If aliens would come to Earth to unify the human race and teach us how to create better technologies, would they be doing this for us or for them?
Childhood’s End was written by the British author Arthur C. Clarke, a legend amongst the science fiction writing community. The book was first published in 1953 by Ballantine Books and was an instant hit. Childhood’s End became Clarke’s first successful novel as it received good critics and sold out on its original print. This book is most likely one of the first blueprints for many alien invasion books and movies.
Upon the arrival of the Overlords spaceships over every city of Earth, humankind is faced with some unusual invaders. The Overlords transformed human civilization by ending all wars, curing all diseases, and improved human technologies to the point where working is not required anymore. Humankind is slowly losing its identity while this standardizes utopia is taking over. It’s been many decades since their arrival, but the Overlords still remain secretive about their benevolence and why they are helping humans. Did they truly come to help or do they have a secret agenda?
Praises and critiques:
I will begin by saying that this book exceeded all of my expectations. It is one of those books that you just can’t stop reading and keeps you up way past midnight. Furthermore, the story is highly intriguing and the way the plot unfolds at the end is unexpected. The writing quality is excellent and the book is relatively easy to read. The chapters are long but not too extensive. Overall, the book was a great read. In my opinion, Childhood’s End will always be a staple of science fiction.
If you are a fan of science fiction, this book is one that needs to be on your ”to-read list”. I don’t think it’s only for sci-fi fans thought, but if you like realistic stories this book is probably not for you.
Quotes from the book:
”No utopia can ever give satisfaction to everyone, all the time. As their material conditions improve, men raise their sights and become discontented with power and possessions that once would have seemed beyond their wildest dreams. And even when the external world has granted all it can, there still remain the searchings of the mind and the longings of the heart.”
”There were some things that only time could cure. Evil men could be destroyed, but nothing could be done with good men who were deluded.”
”Man’s beliefs were his own affair, so long as they did not interfere with the liberty of others.”
I believe that Childhood’s End deserves a rating of five stars out of five because it was a great read that made me fall in love with science fiction genre, also there is the fact that alien invasion plots are one of my favorite themes.