|Plot Summary of Childhood's End|
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.
This synopsis report prepared by David Loftus
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.
This synopsis report prepared by irina
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.
This synopsis report prepared by Mario De Leo
|Chapter Analysis of Childhood's End|
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
If magical mental powers:
- can fly
- near future (later in 21st century)
- medium future 22-24th century
- alien spaceship
Takes place on Earth?
Takes place in spaceship?
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
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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