Childhood's End

by Arthur C. Clarke


Without warning, giant silver ships from deep space appear in the skies above every major city on Earth. Manned by the Overlords, in fifty years, they eliminate ignorance, disease, and poverty. Then this golden age ends–and then the age of Mankind begins….

“man’s beliefs were his own affair, so long as they did not interfere with the liberty of others.”

Arthur C. Clarke, Childhood's End