Childhood's End Setting & Symbolism

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Taratua is a pacific island, where Americans are attempting to launch the space shuttle Columbus. A former volcano, it is only mentioned in the first chapter of the novel. Taratua is important, because it is the first place that the Overlords' ship is seen.

Stormgren's office is located several floors up in a skyscraper in New York City. It is here that Stormgren meets with Alexander Wainwright to discuss the Overlords' activities, and where Pieter Van Ryberg works while Stormgren is held hostage.

The sphere is a silver-shaped orb that the Overlords use to transport Stormgren to the mother ship. The inside is dimly lit and soundproof. It has no visible doorway, but the surface puckers open, creating an entrance. The sphere travels quickly, taking Stormgren several miles in five minutes time, all while no motion is sensed in the interior.

The Conference Room is the area in the mother...

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