Childhood's End (presentation copy from the author).

By: Clarke, Arthur C.

Price: £1,950.00

Quantity: 1 available

Grading: Page edges a little browned, a near fine copy in a good dustjacket with shallow chipping along spine edges, fading to title spine lettering, and light dust-soiling to rear panel [+ mint facsimile dj].


Classic sf novel. In Pringle, Science Fiction: The 100 Best Novels no 9. PRESENTATION COPY FROM THE AUTHOR, SIGNED AND DATED TO HIS UK AGENT LES FLOOD/''to Les Flood with all good wishes, Arthur C. Clarke, 15 July 1954''. With the original dustjacket + a mint facsimile dustjacket.

''although the intertwining of religion and evolutionary transcendence was evident in ''The Sentinel'', and even clearer in the iconography of the film 2001: A Space Odyssey, at the end of which mankind is seen literally as a foetus, Clarke gave it its most potent literary expression in two more books from 1953 which are still considered by many critics to be his finest, and in which he comes close to bringing the tradition of the UK Scientific Romance to its natural climax. They are Against the Fall of Night (November 1948 Startling; 1953; exp and much rev vt The City and the Stars 1956) - also assembled with ''The Lion of Comarre'' (August 1949 Thrilling Wonder) as The Lion of Comarre and Against the Fall of Night (coll 1968) - and CHILDHOOD'S END (April 1950 Famous Fantastic Mysteries as ''Guardian Angel''; much exp 1953; rev 1990). In CHILDHOOD'S END, the children of humankind's last generation reach transcendence under the tutelage of satanic-seeming aliens, eventually to fuse with a cosmic overmind - an apotheosis which is forever to be denied both to their ordinary human parents and to the alien tutors'' (John Clute & Peter Nichols/Encyclopedia of SF, 3rd Edition).

Title: Childhood's End (presentation copy from the author).

Author Name: Clarke, Arthur C.

Categories: Other,

Edition: First edition (& 1st printing).

Publisher: Ballantine Books: NY.: 1953.

Binding: Hardcover.

Grading: Page edges a little browned, a near fine copy in a good dustjacket with shallow chipping along spine edges, fading to title spine lettering, and light dust-soiling to rear panel [+ mint facsimile dj].

Seller ID: 47272