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“A first-rate tour de force.”—The New York Times
“Frighteningly logical, believable, and grimly prophetic . . . [Arthur C.] Clarke is a master.”—Los Angeles Times
“There has been nothing like it for years; partly for the actual invention, but partly because here we meet a modern author who understands that there may be things that have a higher claim on humanity than its own ‘survival.’ ”—C. S. Lewis
“As a science fiction writer, Clarke has all the essentials.”—Jeremy Bernstein, The New Yorker
From the Trade Paperback edition.
CHILDHOOD'S END and 3001: FINAL ODYSSEY
A couple of years ago, at the national television syndication convention, I was chatting with Stan Lee (of Marvel Comics). He was asking me what was up at Del Rey, and I mentioned 3001: FINAL ODYSSEY, as well as the new mass market edition we'd just done of CHILDHOOD'S END. Stan stated enthusiastically that, if there was one thing he most wanted to do in this world, it was make a movie of CHILDHOOD'S END, one of his favorite novels. He apparently loves Clarke's work.
So when I got back to the office, I dropped a copy of the two books into the mail. About a week later I was listening to my lunchtime voice mail messages, and there were Stan's unmistakeable tones, sincerely thanking me for the books. This guy deals with the James Cameron's of the world, yet a gift of Arthur C. Clarke causes him to make the time to express his gratitude.
--Steve Saffel, Senior EditorSee all Editorial Reviews
Good read. A bit lengthy on ending of story. But, good writing and a good book.Published 6 hours ago by Daniel Holt
An excellent science fiction novel as the genre was meant to be. Thought provoking and well written. Exactly what you'd expect of Arthur C. Clarke.Published 2 days ago by TheAncientBahu
I first read this book almost 50 years ago and decided to read it again when I heard that it was going to be made into a four part mini-series on the SyFy channel this coming... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Bill O
Having read this some 40 years ago I was not sure what to expect. But the wonder and astonishment the vision Clarke revealed over the hundreds of years covered in just a few pages... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Andrew Wong
I tend to split my views on Arthur Clarke sci-fi tales two ways - the actual science, and the accompanying sociological/religious aspects. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Atom Ant
A fantastic story about the future of man entwined with the philosophical idea of impermanence. May be a tough read for the religious as it challenges many ideals.Published 12 days ago by Evan