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Childhood's End

    Without warning, giant silver ships from deep space appear in the skies above every major city on Earth. Manned by the Overlords, in fifty years, they eliminate ignorance, disease, and poverty. Then this golden age ends--and then the age of Mankind begins....

Author:Arthur C. Clarke
Published:1953
Genre:Science Fiction
Tags:Publication, Book, Novel, Alien Invasion, Alien Conquest, Read as Audiobook
Read:2014
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I liked Childhood's End well enough, but I didn't buy one of the main plot points (and is the reason that I'm not making Childhood's End a Novel Pick (category) (e)), namely that once the children started to transform into the super-mind and all the adults just gave up and choose to have no more children. I know that humanity had matured after the Overlords had arrived, but I just couldn't believe that everyone, absolutely every adult on the planet, would simply choose to die (either directly or indirectly) and that no one would try to have more children. But that's the decision / plot point that had to be to make it to the ending that Clarke wanted. (e)
Viewpoint:Third Person
Library:Titles C (Library Box Cross Ref)
Box:B14 (e), E2 (e)
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