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Childhood's End Summary
Arthur C. Clarke

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Childhood's End Summary

Plot Summary

The science-fiction novel, published in 1953, is a tale about the extinction of the human race. Beginning in the year 1975, the Americans are competing with Russians to be the first in space travel. The hopes of both countries are dashed, when invaders from another planet occupy Earth. The ships, operated by enigmatic creatures referred to as the Overlords, hover over every major world city.

Five years later, the Overlords become rulers of Earth, turning it into a Utopian paradise. While most humans are happy about the peaceful state of the world, some are discontented about having their personal liberties stripped from them. One such group, the Freedom League, is lead by Alexander Wainwright.

Karellen, also known as the Supervisor of the Overlords, is very secretive about his appearance, and will at first only speak to Rikki Stormgren, Secretary General of the United Nations. Fifty years after Stormgren's retirement, Karellen...

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