|aClarke, Arthur C.|q(Arthur Charles),|d1917-2008.
|aChildhood's end|cArthur C. Clarke.
|aNew York|bDel Rey|c1990
|aviii, 212 p.|c18 cm.
|aThis edition, with forward and new first chaptor by the author, first published 1990 by Pan Books Ltd.
|a"The Overlords appeared suddenly over every city - intellectually, technologically, and militarily superior to humankind. Benevolent, they made few demands: unify earth, eliminate poverty, and end war. With little rebellion, humankind agreed, and a golden age began." "But at what cost? With the advent of peace, man ceases to strive for creative greatness, and a malaise settles over the human race. To those who resist, it becomes evident that the Overlords have an agenda of their own. As civilization approaches the crossroads, will the Overlords spell the end for humankind...or the beginning?"--BOOK JACKET.