When the silent spacecraft arrived and took the light from the world, no one knew what to expect. When the Overlords finally showed themselves it was a shock but one that humankind could now cope with, and an era of peace, prosperity and endless leisure began. But the children of this utopia dream strange dreams of distant suns and alien planets, and soon they will be ready to join the Overmind...and, in a grand and thrilling metaphysical climax, leave Earth behind.
©1954, 1990 Arthur C. Clarke (P)2016 W F Howes Ltd
"There has been nothing like it for years." (C. S. Lewis)
"The Colossus of Science Fiction." (New York Times)
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I have read so many books. So many. That such a book evaded me all these years is a great pleasure.
This is my first Arthur C. Clarke book, I became interested after watching the mini series on Sky as with the book it was brilliant, and for one that normally believes the book is better I downloaded this one and wasn't disappointed.
The old references to technology are funny in this day and age but the fact it was written in the 50s I glossed over these details.
I would recommend this book to every Si-Fi fan I know.
"incredible classic sci fi - brilliantly read!"
fantastic story which will keep you guessing until the very end.
somewhere between HP Lovecraft in story and content, more like Asimov in terms of epic Sci Fi...
For saying this book was written at almost the beginning of science fiction it is a ultimately a chilling tail. It provides a new insight into one scenario , taking use thought c. 100 years ... And leaves so many open questions ...
"What a film this would make!"
Combining the physical wonder of aliens and technology with the physycological mystery of the mind, where do we come from and where will we go this book hits the spot. A blockbuster in waiting.
"Amazing story. Respect for the mind behind this."
What a great story. amazed at the scale. when I thought I understood the direction it surprised me again.
astounded that this was written over 60 years ago and apart from a few tell tale signs (camera .. ), this could have been written today
what an amazing mind Arthur C Clarke has. Big respect.
Loved it and considering it was written when you could still use the N word when describing black people it still is an amazing science fiction story. Better than the great TV adaptation.
"Arthur Clark Childhoods End"
Clark as ever the master story creator
A well presented tail which I really enjoyed
"Great Story, Great Narration."
It lags a bit in the middle, but picks back up quickly as you start to lose interest.
"Great story let down by poor narration"
It's an outstanding story, particularly taking into account when it was written. And absolute must for any sci-fi lovers.
Unfortunately, it was let down by intrusively irritating narration. Often there is a period of adjustment when getting used to a new narrator and, by the end, you wouldn't swap them for the world. Unfortunately, in this instance the narration style grated from The first word to the last. One of the reviewers below made the point that to every accent sounds South African and that's right. They really are very poor and the inflection is in all the wrong places and, generally, it is narrated like a children's story so I struggled to get past that although I would still recommend the bookbecause of the outstanding story.
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