Monday, September 13, 2021

Micro Mention "Childhood’s End"

Arthur C. Clarke

"Childhood's End" by Arthur C Clarke is one of those classic sci-fi novels that everyone whose a fan of the genre has probably at least heard of, but in case you haven't, do yourself a favor and give it a read. The last third of the book blew me away.

It's a book that plays with our expectations of the first contact with alien life and what the future would actually look like. I believe Clarke's point is that the future will not be anything like we imagine and will likely be infinitely stranger. As a species, we tend to have an incredibly high opinion of our "importance" concerning the rest of creation. We imagine ourselves as somehow being the zenith of all that is in the universe. Clarke points out that beliefalong with many other notionsis childish and will soon need to be put away if we are to advance.

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