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Childhood's End (Del Rey Impact) (英語) ペーパーバック – 2001/7/3
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Soon to be a Syfy miniseries event
Childhood’s End is one of the defining legacies of Arthur C. Clarke, the author of 2001: A Space Odyssey and many other groundbreaking works. Since its publication in 1953, this prescient novel about first contact gone wrong has come to be regarded not only as a science fiction classic but as a literary thriller of the highest order.
Spaceships have suddenly appeared in the skies above every city on the planet. Inside is an intellectually, technologically, and militarily superior alien race known as the Overlords. At first, their demands seem benevolent: unify Earth, eliminate poverty, end war. But at what cost? To those who resist, it’s clear that the Overlords have an agenda of their own. Has their arrival marked the end of humankind . . . or the beginning?
Praise for Childhood’s End
“A first-rate tour de force.”—The New York Times
“Frighteningly logical, believable, and grimly prophetic . . . Clarke is a master.”—Los Angeles Times
“There has been nothing like it for years; partly for the actual invention, but partly because here we meet a modern author who understands that there may be things that have a higher claim on humanity than its own ‘survival.’ ”—C. S. Lewis
“As a science fiction writer, Clarke has all the essentials.”—Jeremy Bernstein, The New Yorker
From the Paperback edition.
CHILDHOOD'S END and 3001: FINAL ODYSSEY
A couple of years ago, at the national television syndication convention, I was chatting with Stan Lee (of Marvel Comics). He was asking me what was up at Del Rey, and I mentioned 3001: FINAL ODYSSEY, as well as the new mass market edition we'd just done of CHILDHOOD'S END. Stan stated enthusiastically that, if there was one thing he most wanted to do in this world, it was make a movie of CHILDHOOD'S END, one of his favorite novels. He apparently loves Clarke's work.
So when I got back to the office, I dropped a copy of the two books into the mail. About a week later I was listening to my lunchtime voice mail messages, and there were Stan's unmistakeable tones, sincerely thanking me for the books. This guy deals with the James Cameron's of the world, yet a gift of Arthur C. Clarke causes him to make the time to express his gratitude.
--Steve Saffel, Senior Editor
I really liked it. Yes, sometimes the characters were a bit wooden and cliched, but the plot and the ideas present were pretty awesome, so I overlooked the minor flaws.
Their motives and methods are mysterious, and the reason that they stay hidden for 50 years is unknown. The story covers a 150 years and is a very entertaining read.
Childhood's End is possibly the finest, most entertaining science fiction book ever written. I've read and reread this book a dozen times and thoroughly enjoyed it each time. In some ways reminiscent of Clarke's 2001: A Space Odyssey, this easy-reading book spans decades and presents a future for the human race that is both terrifying and fulfilling.