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Childhood's End

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An all-time Science Fiction classic with a new Millennial Introduction and revised 1990 first chapter as an appendix. Silent spacecraft take the ... Show synopsis

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Dizzy

Childhood's End

by Dizzy on Apr 21, 2011

This is a great book with the tension mounting right from the start. The premise of the book changes as you read it and the words flow freely and is a great buy for yourself or as a present.

ACCTuary

Full of Interesting Ideas

by ACCTuary on Apr 8, 2007

*** Contains Spoilers *** The best way to describe this effort is as three Utopian Essays loosely connected by a plot. In no particular order as it appears in the novel, they are as follows: The one that strikes me as the most interesting concerns the social engineering of a model artists colony. Clarke goes into quite a bit of detail regarding the thinking that must go into the planning of an isolated, self sustaining community of very intelligent people. For me, what makes Clarke's works more interesting is the degree of careful thought involved in every maneuver. People don't just shoot off into space unless Clarke has thought through how they would plam their journey. That brings us to the second theme - on which ACC gives several carefulliy thought out pages - that we may conquer the planets, but the stars are not for man. A third mini-essay is written on how the Overlords rule the earth. ACC seems to view this as the model application of power and the critical importance of using power carefully. One of my favorite passages is neither political or scientific. He waxes poetic on the variety of life that we may find on other planets. In this regard he is highly imaginative. In order to weave several ambitious goals, the plot turns out a bit thin and farfetched. It relies on the paranormal, an oddity for a "hard" sci-fi writer like Clarke. However, this flaw is forgiveable, as he gives his readers a fantastic ride.

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oursaladbowl

who is it?? is it really???

by oursaladbowl on Apr 4, 2007

Clarke has a way with making words flow into the makings of a story. As soon as you read a little bit into the book, you are suddenly able to pick up and put it down with ease because the story line sticks in your head. A well designed science fiction that is intended to surprise the readers, but not too much. Once again, as in all things, we learn not to assume to much or judge too early. Overall it is a good book that holds the reader's interest from beginning to end. It is easy to read and may offer a starting point for young reader's as they begin to delve into the world of morality and the higher mental states available to those who want to find them.

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