|Plot Summary of Childhood's End|
|"After the Overlords come to Earth, humanity realizes it is not alone. Then irreversible changes start to occur, preparing human beings for what is next to come. We, becoming a part of the overall universe."
Mario De Leo, Resident Scholar
|"One day the Ovelords came and the world became a peaceful, Utopian world. However it doesn't know what awaits it. For the humans as they exist will last only for a little more than a century. "
irina, Resident Scholar
|"In the late 20th century, giant spaceships station themselves over Earth's great cities, and an alien spokesperson named Karellen begins to deal with the UN Secretary General about dismantling the various countries' aggressive weaponry. Peace comes uneasily to the planet and a century passes before the visiting Overlords' role becomes clear. A human being stows away on an Overlord supply vessel to find out where they come from, while a new generation of ostensibly human children begins to display wholly new mental capabilities and the human race as it has known itself learns that it is on the way out. Clarke's classic 1953 novel of "punctuated evolution" midwived by more powerful forces that are still subservient to a greater power is a bit dated, but still rings very true."
David Loftus, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Childhood's End|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 43.3%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 36.7%
Tone of book
- sensitive (sigh....)
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- science fiction story
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Cultural problems, alien culture
- one culture tries to impose its culture on another group
- Male Alien
- long lived adults
Has magical/special powers?
Magical/mental powers of main character:
- can fly
How sensitive is this character?
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Very much smarter than other characters
- near future (later in 21st century)
- medium future 22-24th century
- alien spaceship
Takes place on Earth?
Takes place in spaceship?
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
scientific jargon? (SF only)
- a moderate amount of scientific explanation
Sex in book?
How much dialogue?
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
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