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Book æ Childhood's End Ê 224 pages ë Moneyexpresscard ✓ The Overlords appeared suddenly over every city intellectually technologically and militarily superior to humankind Benevolent they made few demands unify earth eliminate poverty and end war With little rebellion humankind agreed and a golden age beThe Overlords appeared suddenly over every city intellectually technologically and militarily superior to humankind Benevolent they made few demands unify earth eliminate poverty and end war Kurt Vonnegut said of Arthur C Clarke’s novel Childhood’s End that it is one of the few masterpieces in the science fiction genre Vonnegut went on to say that he Vonnegut had written all the others As humorous as that is at least the first clause of that declaration I feel to be true Written simply but with conviction and persuasion with an almost fable like narrative uality Clarke has given to us that rarest of literary achievements a science fiction masterpiece The genius of Clarke’s achievement is compounded by the fact that his accomplishment remains so uniue how have later artists failed to match or even make an attempt at duplication? I especially liked the racial memory or racial premonition ideas and the ideas of collective consciousness Interestingly Clarke’s concepts could be seen as having a theological transcendent theme perhaps even an allegory for awakening to a collective ego Clarke’s ingenuity remains untouched and this work stands atop the science fiction canon comparable to only a handful of other science fiction classics including the novel that won the Hugo Award in 1954 the same year Childhood’s End was nominated for that award Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451

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With little rebellion humankind agreed and a golden age beganBut at what cost? With the advent of peace man ceases to strive for creative greatness and a malaise settles over the human race T Theological PoliticsFor an avowed atheist Arthur Clarke had a great deal to say about God and not all of it negative Childhood’s End is a tale of the theological roots of politics and how religious belief simultaneously stimulates and inhibits human society Clarke’s view is subtle complex and appropriately ‘cosmic’ As a commentary on the centrality of religion to human existence for its opponents as well as its adherents Childhood’s End is hard to beatIf I read Clarke correctly his view is that God is not the product of frightening illusion but of loving emotion God is the idea we use to describe the wholly irrational but irresistibly compelling force of human affection Fear is merely a derivative emotion brought about by the threat of loss of affection not something positive therefore but an absence of love The force of love is invisible immaterial unmeasurable enacted everywhere and at all times; but it is without any doubt real What Clarke does in Childhood’s End is provide a voice for such philosophical realismLove in all its forms sexual familial communal special and inter special is only minimally an instinct that is a motivation or drive Rather it is a learned ability a capacity which increases with experience and practice Childhood’s End opens with conflict; moves to feelings of trust and friendship by one individual towards a powerful alien; and develops under alien direction which is effectively omniscient and omnipotent into general peace and harmony among all of humanity The capacity to love evolves over a century such that personal jealousy has disappeared crime is almost unknown involuntary or oppressive human toil has been eliminated economic abundance and euality have been substantially achieved In other words paradise has arrivedLove is also a metaphysical condition That is it cannot be demonstrated to be beneficial or even to be at all except through a commitment to it It is self validating just as its antithesis fear is self validating Love and the world is loving; fear and the world is fearsome The alien Overlords bring the whole of humanity to the metaphysical revelation of love through their tutelage and discipline Only when love has been created as a reality can it be perceived and appreciated as a reality This is a metaphysical paradox which is known to the Overlords but must be demonstrated by human beings to themselves “But the stars are not for man” the Overlord Supervisor proclaims Human beings are not sufficiently competent in the skills of love to include anything outside their rather insignificant world They may never be They are therefore denied by the Overlords in the name of love the knowledge which would allow them to travel to distant worlds This constraint is annoying and incomprehensible to many mainly scientific types not unlike the prohibition of eating from the Tree in the Garden And the Supervisor could foresee the conseuences just as the book of Genesis had described a loss of the Golden Age of innocenceview spoilerBut it is not the scientists who are the first to rebel The trouble starts among creative types artists actors film producers writers musicians They feel cheated because they have nothing to struggle against Without an ‘other’ they say that society has lost the ability to be creatively imaginative So they club together in an isolated sub culture to reverse the trend as they see it of people becoming “passive sponges” absorbing banal popular culture Led by a Moses like figure the artistic inhabitants appreciate the peace and ease of their world but still feel it is inadeuateSo according to Clarke’s story the half life of metaphysical appreciation is extremely limited Love and its effects are easily taken for granted We are a thankless species in our search for better adventure or just something different The skills of love can be lost within a generation The absence of love spreads like a virus among a society’s children creating a new species through a sort of Lamarckian mutation The conseuences are catastrophic “It was the end of civilization the end of all that men had striven for since the beginning of time In the space of a few days humanity had lost its future” hide spoiler

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Childhood's EndO those who resist it becomes evident that the Overlords have an agenda of their own As civilization approaches the crossroads will the Overlords spell the end for humankind or the beginning? If you're into stuff like this you can read the full reviewThe Silent Ships Childhood's End by Arthur C Clarke“No one of intelligence resents the inevitable”In “Childhood’s End” by Arthur C ClarkeOne of my favourite long novel is `Childhoods End` but commenting on it without revealing the ending is difficult That is the whole point after all but still think the early 80`s TV mini seriesseries of `V` with Jane Badler as a seriously sexy sociopathic alien think they really were benevolent and took humanity to generations of peace and prosperity Well not exactly many `generations`