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Childhood's End

Arthur C. Clarke

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Clarke, Arthur Charles. Astounding Days : A Science Fictional Autobiography. London: V. Gollancz, 1989.

Hollow, John. Against the Night, the Stars : The Science Fiction of Arthur C. Clarke. San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1983.

McAleer, Neil. Odyssey: The Authorized Biography of Arthur C. Clarke. London: Victor Gollancz, 1992.

Olander, Joseph D. (Ed). Arthur C. Clarke. New York: Taplinger Pub. Co., 1977.

Reid, Robin Anne. Arthur C. Clarke : A Critical Companion. Westport: Greenwood Press, 1997.

Samuelson, David N. Arthur C. Clarke : A Primary and Secondary Bibliography . Boston: G.K. Hall, 1984.

Slusser, George Edgar. The Space Odysseys of Arthur C. Clarke. San Bernardino: Borgo Press, 1978.

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My remembrance of reading the story in 1957

by AlofACC, December 17, 2015

Karellan comes from behind the screen to the shock of the main character and explains that their race has been visiting earth for centuries - sent whenever we are in danger of extinction to use their powers to alleviate the issue so are often seen, causing humans to mistakenly associate them with causing the problems - hence devils, but a bum rap.

At the end the children coalesce into a single life form and suck up the resources of the earth to be their energy source, and sail out into the universe as their new playground. The actual ... Read more