Childhood's End

Arthur C. Clarke
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A Classic


Childhood's End is undoubtedly and deservedly a classic novel of science fiction. Despite having been written over half a century ago, some of Clarke's predictions of the future are surprisingly accurate. Though he does tend to assume humans are much more rational than I believe, he is incredibly thorough in describing his vision of a Golden Age society and the sociological changes that might arise from the presence of benefactor aliens. I think that this wealth of detail is the main strength of the book. I thought that the handful of characters lacked depth, and I was irritated by the inability of humanity to play an active role in its own story. Overall, I think Childhood's End is still worth reading today for anyone interested in science fiction literature.

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