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Earlier this year, when I would tell people that my Intro to Lit class was reading Arthur C. Clarke’s Childhood’s End, they would react with smiles and nods of recognition.
Many said, “Yes, I read that long ago—it’s about spaceships coming to earth, right?”
Indeed it is, and more.
It was the first Clarke book I had read (several years ago for some forgotten reason), but when I finished the book I felt that Clarke had conveyed something of importance, even if in the form of science fiction. There was a gravitas to it I hadn’t expected. I read several of his other books to see if they had the same heft, but none of them did, even the Space Odyssey books.
©2008 Bill Koch
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"Arthur C. Clarke’s Childhood’s End: A Prescription for Producing Humanity’s Psychological Maturity,"
UNIversitas: Journal of Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity: Vol. 4:
1, Article 8.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/universitas/vol4/iss1/8