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Childhood's End (Del Rey Impact) Paperback – July 3, 2001
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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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s 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 began.
But at what cost? With the advent of peace, man ceases to strive for creative greatness, and a malaise settles over the human race. To 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?
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The library binding version of Childhood's End includes revised first chapter that has been updated by the author to reflect the achievements human space exploration between the time of the books writing and the reprinting. This chapter's use of technology does not coincide with the other technologies referenced in the book. While there is no direct conflicting information, the revised chapter lacks the compelling nature of the original.
My version of the library binding was missing the last two pages.