Saturday, November 2, 2013

Back From Midterms & Some Thoughts on Childhood's End (Clarke) and A Canticle for Leibowitz (Miller)

Hey all, sorry for my absence this week. I've had midterms and papers due, along with this is the worst reading record I've ever done - I didn't finish reading a book for fun for two weeks! 

I did finish some books for my classes (mostly sci-fi): 

Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke 

A giant alien spaceship hovers above Earth just as humans are on the brink of destroying themselves through wars. Within 50 years, it changes human society by ending crime, violence, and wars. However, along with the end of conflict is also the end of creativity and innovation. But why are the aliens doing this for the humans? Instead of being the colonizers of planets, the human race finds itself colonized by powerful aliens with more advance technology. And later on, worse than colonized. 

Deals with the cyclical nature of humankind as it progresses from a dark age, middle age, renaissance, and high-tech age before it destroys itself and re-enters the dark ages again. We begin in the second dark age, a thousand years after the end of the total war that wiped out major cities and threw the survivors back into the dark ages. This was published during the early years of the Cold War, with the memory of the atomic devastation of Hiroshima still fresh in the minds of many. 

Now I'm back and happy to get back to blogging. Coming up will be a review on The Woodlands by Lauren Nicolle Taylor. Thanks for stopping by!

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