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EYES WIDE OPEN
11th April 2013, 09:07
This is an amazing book and I always thought it would make a great film or series.

The ideas within it are heavily linked with disclosure and its effects.

http://insidetv.ew.com/2013/04/10/ringworld-syfy/

EYES WIDE OPEN
11th April 2013, 09:15
Here is the book on amazon:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Childhoods-End-Arthur-C-Clarke/dp/0330514016/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1365671655&sr=8-1&keywords=childhoods+end


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?

golden lady
11th April 2013, 10:00
Ooh will look forward to that. Have just bought Childhoods end (plus Rendezvous with Rama and The city and the stars) from my local bookshop. Can't believe I hadn't read it before!!

childs hood end
11th April 2013, 14:00
a golden oldie... think im gonna read it again...

Peace.

Ellisa
12th April 2013, 00:11
Fantastic news! One of my favourite SF novels with one of the best 'twists' ever!

Rahkyt
12th April 2013, 03:14
I'm looking forward to this as well. Love Clarke's work, he was one of the authors that were my constant companions during young adulthood.

Etherios
13th April 2013, 23:24
Here is the book on amazon:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Childhoods-End-Arthur-C-Clarke/dp/0330514016/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1365671655&sr=8-1&keywords=childhoods+end


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?


I dont believe man only creates for war or for conflict in general. We are being trained to think like that ...

Man creates and discovers cause he is always looking for new adventures ... and living is the biggest adventure of them all ... only the sick twisted minds of the "ptb" think that only war bring greatness ...

If you look in the history of man ... it seem we grow faster during war times ... But its only cause the people with the money spend more on those times, not because war stirs up creativeness. If humans were not restrained by this debt economic system we would had made earth a paradise already and we would had been in the stars with all the brothers and sisters of this universe.


p.s. ill have to read that book :-P

edina
4th December 2015, 16:13
A friend sent this book and asked me to read it last year. Childhood's End by Arthur C Clarke. (http://www.amazon.com/Childhoods-S-F-MASTERWORKS-Arthur-Clarke-ebook/dp/B003G4W4CY)

Evidently it was the first book he wrote.

I just stumbled across an ad of the trailer for the series talked about here, while I was watching a clip from the movie Noah's Ark, that another person here had linked in their sig.

Curious synchronities abounding all about ... :)

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The way events are portrayed in these trailers is slightly different than as described in the book.

raregem
4th December 2015, 16:32
I get the impression- without knowing this story -that it ends as ANOTHER MANIPULATION AND LIES on a grand scale.. I probably will not watch this ...

edina
4th December 2015, 17:50
Since I've read the book, I know the ending ... it's different and disturbing in a way that goes beyond ideas of manipulation and lies, and the scale is cosmic.

It's interesting to me that it is being made into a mini-series, also, the timing of when the series will be aired is curious.

A lot of threads being pulled in many apparent directions.

In January the movie the Fifth Wave (https://youtu.be/kmxLybfGNC4), based on the novel (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_5th_Wave_%28novel%29), is coming out.

Our imagination is extra-ordinarily and powerfully creative. And through it we can and often do tap into truth, I sometimes wonder if this first novel by Arthur C Clarke was what put him on the radar of the elite???

edina
4th December 2015, 18:14
That said, at times, our imagination is used to steer us certain ways, too

EWO
15th December 2015, 06:07
******SPOILER ALERT************


I just watched a new TV show which aired tonight.
CHILDHOODS END
https://vekinnotebook.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/childhoodsend.jpg

I had no idea there was a book from Arthur C. Clarke based on this story.
I was blown away by the first episode and the blunt way they tell it.
Basically all the things conspiracy theorists have been warning us about, the alien overlords coming to save us, giving us peace, only to turn on us and enslave us by no other than the devil him self, it all gets depicted in the 1st episode.

I fully expected the alien to be some sort of giant reptilian alien with wings, but I had no idea they would depict him in a classical red devil with horns look.

The show also has the same vibe as another show V (Visitors), and also Independence Day. All these shows seem to be repeating the same basic story but in a different way.

I hope that the first contact doesn't end up anything like this.

apokalypse
15th December 2015, 10:55
checking out now...
http://thewatchseries.to/serie/childhood_s_end

Bill Ryan
15th December 2015, 12:34
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Here's the audio book: (8 hrs 40 mins, 170 Mb)

http://projectavalon.net/Childhoods_End_audio_book_Arthur_C_Clarke.mp3

seah
15th December 2015, 14:42
why is it important that we buy into this scenario, is it to acclimate us, or simply disinfo?

Bill Ryan
15th December 2015, 15:18
why is it important that we buy into this scenario, is it to acclimate us, or simply disinfo?

That's a most excellent question. My personal guess is that Clarke was warning us that not all advanced ET races might be altruistic, instead having agendas of their own that we might not find easy to understand.

Cidersomerset
15th December 2015, 20:44
I just watched the first double episode , I think I know how
the book ends , from an old Twilight show . But I do not
want to spoil anyone or myself ...LOL

I was going to listen to the audio book about year ago,
and I'm glad I did not as the show did remind me a
bit of 'V' playing the long game.I was not expecting the
last scene to look like that , that's all I can say for now........

I have not read any other repies above yet either ...LOL

edina
16th December 2015, 02:19
I'm watching Childhood's End right now. Part 1, The Overlords. I'm able to watch it on Syfy.
http://www.syfy.com/childhood039send/videos/201501-the-overlords (http://www.syfy.com/childhood039send/videos/201501-the-overlords)

edina
16th December 2015, 03:18
here the actors talk about the difference between the book and the mini-series adaption of the book.

http://www.syfy.com/childhoodsend/videos/childhoods-end-sdcc-book-vs-show

So far, the plot stays synced with the general storyline I remember from the book.

Etherios
11th January 2016, 04:06
For those that missed this ...
Childhood's End (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4146128/?ref_=nv_sr_1)


I am amazed and this ... i am sure there will be alot of people that can spot huge amounts of weirdness ...

It feels so wrong watching this series ... and I only saw the first episode. (That alien was omg ... cant be coicidence)

what you guys think?

Themis

KiwiElf
11th January 2016, 05:25
That perhaps we shouldn't judge some"one" by how they "look"?
(If I was "the Devil," I wouldn't appear looking like "The Devil" - I'd look like Jesus Christ!) ;)

BTW - I hope you get to see the other two episodes - the story changes... quite a bit from the first episode's end cliffhanger :)

Etherios
11th January 2016, 05:29
Its like the antichrist with an alien twist ... they are what they look like ...

leavesoftrees
11th January 2016, 08:12
For those that missed this ...
Childhood's End (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4146128/?ref_=nv_sr_1)


I am amazed and this ... i am sure there will be alot of people that can spot huge amounts of weirdness ...

It feels so wrong watching this series ... and I only saw the first episode. (That alien was omg ... cant be coicidence)

what you guys think?

Themis


Don't bother watching the other 2 episodes. A huge disappointment. There is very little resemblance to A C Clarke's book. Episode 3 spends half its time focusing on this tedious love story. The conclusion on the TV series is a complete let down and completely misses the novel's point. Read the book again don't waste your time watching this crap

Etherios
11th January 2016, 19:44
too late ... i saw all 3 episodes and ,... it was a waste of time.

They have included everything. Spirituality, Love, aliens, god, consciousness, prophecies etc etc ...

there are so many things wrong in this that I am not sure if the novel had any connection to this.

Cidersomerset
11th January 2016, 20:57
I thought the first episode quite good , though I have not read the book and
did get it mixed up before hand with Damon Knights book ' To Serve Man',
so I am not as critical , though not many adaptions of this kind seem to
express the full intentions of the author. I had mean't to listen to a audio version
so I am going to now...LOL


Audio book - Arthur C. Clarke “Childhood's End” 1953 AD

Arthur C. Clarke “Childhood's End” 1953 AD has it all; it has obviously been very
influential as it includes giant alien spacecraft being stationed over Earthly cities (as
in the new War of the Worlds, District 9, the new V series, etc.), it contains ancient
alien astronauts themes, it contains mystic-mythological-theology as the ancient
aliens had been confused with being gods, demons, etc. and takes us on a journey
long into the future.


https://archive.org/details/Audio-Book-Arthur-C-Clarke-Childhoods-End


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A couple posts from other threads.....


The Next Fifteen Years And The False Flag Alien Threat

I have been commenting on this on other threads and with the on going 'war on
terror' and 'Rogue states' for the past 20 yrs, although the US neo -cons has raised
the scales and escalated it to the level we are in now. ( There has always been
terrorists/ freedom fighters) in various forms . At some stage it will be scaled down
and a new 'threat' to world peace and the corporate profit machines must be found
and the next logical threat as Carol Rosin said are asteroids or ET's , and both are
in our psyche due to the many films , tv shows and docs both from the mainstream
and in the last decade or so the alternate community.

I just watched the mini series Childhoods end ,which I recommend and its
highlights several points from the devil , religion , ET's to ascension and with other
technology like 'Blue Beam' the Secret Space fleet and still a very strong Corporate
media a 'false flag ' alien contact, visit or invasion is certainly possible . Also
the discovery of hundreds of Exo planets and even the Vatican talking about
our 'space brothers' these agenda's may well happen?

Astoriods may well come first and there could be a scenario where we saved from
destruction by ET intervention real or simulated. I think the next big 'disaster'
meme after 'terror' may not be that far away.


http://www.syfy.com/sites/syfy/files/styles/syfy_hero_breakpoints_theme_syfy_tablet_wide_1x/public/ChildhoodsEnd_hero_Karellen.jpg?itok=4j8pVRBX


Soviets - Terrorists- Rogues States - Asteroids - ET threat...

8Fd-62Gk7BU


http://projectavalon.net/forum4/showthread.php?87658-The-Next-Fifteen-Years-And-The-False-Flag-Alien-Threat&p=1030887#post1030887

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Cidersomerset
13th January 2016, 21:29
Just finished the audio book and definitely better than the TV
adaptation. The story seemed perfectly fine as it was written,
even if some of it was done as a narrative overview. The
love affair , hotel reconstruction and other added bits were
designed to please a non sci - fi audience and appeal to the
soap crowd and they missed out the nuances of the book
by and large especially the visit to the overlords planet.


They are not all in the right order follow the part numbers on the right,
they do run consecutive after you get past part one and jump to pt 2.
You will see what I mean.....

https://archive.org/details/Audio-Book-Arthur-C-Clarke-Childhoods-End

TigaHawk
13th January 2016, 23:09
Having watched it... What i can see is...

The devil / Aliens came here a loooooooooong time ago and told us what we had coming for us. We could either live together in peace and prosperity - or we could go down the bad path.

Karellin? Mentions at the event where Mylo was questioning him that humanity was on the verge of a technological discovery that would have destroyed us all. A repeat of when we invented the nuclear bomb - but this time we'd have wiped ourselves out with it. This is why they came at that specific time - Their appearance effectively stopped this from happening.

The girl Jennifer is the spirit of Planet Earth - incarnated into human form. What was very interesting about this is when he got her into the room with the weegie board to have the conversation. He was telling her she needed to grow up. She knew what she was and what she has to do, and was also communicating with the overmind at the same time. This would be in reference to the fate of the planet (we would have killed her too!) and how she is mother earth. A mother loves her children and does everything to protect them - but at the same time there is a point where you can not do this - and need to step back and let things pan out as they will. I also took note of how she agreed and consented to this outcome.

Karellin?'s home planet is Hell. The Overmind is Heaven. Where the two connect on his planet is literally the definition of heaven and hell. Heaven is above, Hell is below.

The reason Karellin's race cannot join the overmind is because they did not "**** up". They were able to naturally evolve to a point where they no longer needed to - without destroying themselves. Well done!

It's hinted that they have done this before on our planet. Probably the floods. A prior stage of our advancement, but not ready for the final transition. This due to the ark and noah comments.

I think they did really well with how they portrayed the aliens. It also makes sense to me. For people to intervene (if they had of saved us - like really saved us rather than that ending) we would not have learnt. we only learn when we do things ourselves - when we come to the conclusion on our own. Having someone step in teaches us nothing. It was made clear that regardless of their intentions our reaction would be (and i believe this is true because we are stupid - if the current people in power and people like them continue to remain in power...) to wage war / shoot. The only reason they did not was the realization that the aliens had 30,000 years worth of advanced technology - they referenced it to be similar to throwing rocks at a tank.

They linked a peaceful future with people being bored and the death of science and creativity. The death of creativity / arts seems complete bull****. The same with science - tho i guess with the scenario in this series it is everything they wanted to know had been provided to them - up to a certain point (that line that humanity supposedly crosses that wipes them out) I am sure that our thirst for knowledge will never be quenched. People would still have jobs - just we would not have to work anywhere near as much. New jobs would be created as well if society were to change that much - it's just that we do not sit down and think about these things so at first thought - we'd agree with it out of ignorance.

Am still missing the connection with Angels and how they became seen as demons in this series. Possibly due to them telling us what they'd be doing to us and our planet should we stuff up. With his comments to the religious woman - All the worlds religions cannot be correct - and that we deluded ourselves. This is very true. The episodes with the cross and the religious woman do not make too much sense at all considering the lengths they went to make the aliens benevolent (At the end - how they treated Mylo)

Ending was horrible. I'd have gone hell yes to staying with them and being able to learn all that i could about the universe. Remember the Menagerie - and all the worlds they have been to - thus how detailed they knew the worlds occupants, to the point where they even used slang in conversations and knew how best to approach and handle us. That would be amazing.

KiwiElf
14th January 2016, 07:32
I haven't read the original book, but from what I gathered in the mini-series, Karellin (or his race) was not responsible for the destruction of the Earth (at least that isn't the way I interpreted it!) ;)

leavesoftrees
14th January 2016, 09:22
Just finished the audio book and definitely better than the TV
adaptation. The story seemed perfectly fine as it was written,
even if some of it was done as a narrative overview. The
love affair , hotel reconstruction and other added bits were
designed to please a non sci - fi audience and appeal to the
soap crowd and they missed out the nuances of the book
by and large especially the visit to the overlords planet.


They are not all in the right order follow the part numbers on the right,
they do run consecutive after you get past part one and jump to pt 2.
You will see what I mean.....

https://archive.org/details/Audio-Book-Arthur-C-Clarke-Childhoods-End


arthur c clarke wasn't the world's greatest novelist, but he did have some good ideas. Yes the book is much better than this TV adaptation. (though I did like Charles Dance as Karellin) I can't understand why they would want to appeal to a non sci fi audience. It was produced by the Scy fy channel!

Bill Ryan
14th January 2016, 13:39
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A quick note:


I've merged two threads on the same topic of the new series, and
When I uploaded the audio book a month ago, I've since listened to it in full (it's excellent) but there were a number of gaps and also overlaps/repeats between merged sections... all now corrected. The whole thing is now an hour shorter (7 hrs 34 mins), and a slightly smaller file.


Here's the audio book:

http://projectavalon.net/Childhoods_End_audio_book_Arthur_C_Clarke.mp3