Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke

Aliens take over the world with nothing but benevolence and peace, but are the changes they bring ultimately good for the human race?

I listened to the audio version of Childhood’s End thanks to a sale on Audible. I was really hooked the whole time, despite Clarke’s detached style. I felt the story held up mostly well, some 60 years after publication. However, Clarke was unable to imagine how radically sexual and gender politics would change in that time, and so the personal relationships between the characters felt dated and hard to connect with. I felt he tied everything together well and I’ll be mulling on it for a while.

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