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Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke
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Nov 01, 11

bookshelves: to-get-lost-in-the-head
Recommended for: sci-fi classic must-read
Read in October, 2011

Childhood's End got to me. It was slow at first, and those who comment that there was not much characterization are correct--there really isn't much there. You don't get a sense of humanity from any of the human characters, but more from the juxtaposition of the Overlords, the alien race that invades Earth.

This book puts a question mark on the idea of human progress. What are we evolving for? Where does our progress lead us? To what ultimate circumstance are we trying to adapt? There's a great deal of thoughtful sentiment on the nature of change, and I'd recommend the book on that merit alone. But more than that, it's a book that dodges a lot science fiction cliches about aliens or glib conclusions about humanity.
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