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Childhood's End Mass Market Paperback – May 12, 1987
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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
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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 Editor
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Every page is full of tremendous insight, far-sight, hindsight, psychological insight.
So many ideas are mind-bending.
How he thinks and writes is amazing.
I was astounded by his ability as a writer of fiction. Dialogue, plot development, leaving things for later, etc.
The book has settings and characters, but they strike me as throw-aways that serve only as vehicles for conveying the "big picture".
Clarke spends some effort defending/promoting his skepticism about religion and God. Ironically, he also devotes considerable effort trying to construct a Supreme Cosmic Being of his own. Quite paradoxical.
Not my favorite Clarke. I'd recommend the "Rendezvous with Rama".
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“Now I understand,” said the last man.”