History Literature / ChildhoodsEnd

19th Oct '17 9:06:03 AM HTD
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* CrapsaccharineWorld: Thanks to the Overlords' technology, poverty is a thing of the past, crime is way down, and people don't have to work at jobs that they don't want to do. Yet as things get better and better, things get less and less Utopian. Instead, characters like Jan Rodricks and Ben Salomon have to deal with 'the supreme enemy of all Utopiasóboredom'. Although only noticed by a few, it leads to stagnation in art and culture.



* HeWhoMustNotBeSeen: The Overlords invoke this trope, refusing to show themselves to the people of Earth during the first 50 years of their rule, before humanity is ready.



* MrExposition: Rikki Stormgren in the first act and George Greggson in the second act are the characters to either think or receive the story's background information, thereby hooking the reader up with it as well.



* PatrioticFervor: {{Downplayed}} with the Jewish leader of the HiddenElfVillage above. While he doesn't really bear any grudges against the Overlords, he does regret having his homeland of Israel lose its national independence so soon after his people attained it, let alone having his religion discredited.

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* PatrioticFervor: {{Downplayed}} with the Jewish leader founder of the HiddenElfVillage above.of New Athens. While he doesn't really bear any grudges against the Overlords, he does regret having his homeland of Israel lose its national independence so soon after his people attained it, let alone having his religion discredited.



* SecretKeeper: During his final meeting with Karellen, Rikki Stormgren uses a device to let him become the first person to know how an Overlord looks like before they're supposed to reveal themselves to humanity. Thirty years later, he is interviewed by a reporter. Stormgren doesn't betray Karellen's trust and tells the man nothing of importance.
* ServantRace: The Overlords turn out to be servants to an even greater alien entity they call the Overmind. They were sent to mankind to prepare the human species for entrance into the Overmind.



* TheSpock: All the four Overlords that exist as characters (Karellen, Rashaverak, Thanthalteresco and Vindarten) can be characterised as rational, scientific, and reason without emotion.



* UnitedNationsIsASuperpower: The UN, under the "guidance" of the Overlords becomes this in the immediate years after their arrival. Eventually, it becomes a OneWorldOrder.

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* UncertainDoom: [[spoiler:Does Jan Rodricks die at the end of the story or does he transcend into the Overmind? We'll never know the answer for sure.]]
* UnitedNationsIsASuperpower: The UN, under the "guidance" of the Overlords becomes this in the immediate years after their arrival. Eventually, it becomes a OneWorldOrder.
18th Mar '17 4:16:19 AM SorPepita
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* TheSingularity: [[spoiler: What the Overlords are helping humanity achieve, which the end result being that humanity AscendsToAHigherPlaneOfExistence an becomes a HiveMind]]
* SpaceWhaleAesop: Stop killing animals and ruining earth's environment because [[spoiler:you're evolving into a new galactic form that will ''eventually'' ruin the Earth anyway!]]

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* TheSingularity: [[spoiler: What the Overlords are helping humanity achieve, which the end result being that humanity AscendsToAHigherPlaneOfExistence an and becomes a HiveMind]]
* SpaceWhaleAesop: Stop killing animals and ruining earth's Earth's environment because [[spoiler:you're evolving into a new galactic form that will ''eventually'' ruin the Earth anyway!]]
18th Mar '17 4:14:39 AM SorPepita
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* HumansAreCthulhu: [[spoiler:It's revealed by the Overlords that part of reason why they're helping mankind join the Overmind is that either humans would destroy their own successors...or unleash ''something'' that would threaten the cosmos.]]

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* HumansAreCthulhu: [[spoiler:It's revealed by the Overlords that part of reason why they're helping mankind join the Overmind is that either humans would destroy their own successors... or unleash ''something'' that would threaten the cosmos.]]
23rd Nov '16 4:36:32 AM Morgenthaler
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[[caption-width-right:215:First edition cover]] '''Childhood's End''' is a novel by Creator/ArthurCClarke, originally published in 1953 (but based off of a 1950 short story of his). The plot concerns the BenevolentAlienInvasion of an alien race called the Overlords. After stopping the UsefulNotes/ColdWar and establishing a world government, they start to maintain peace on Earth, but refuse to show any images of themselves for fifty years. Humanity enters a golden age, before spoilery events happen. Yeah, you can't read much more than that without the ''entire'' plot being given away.

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[[caption-width-right:215:First edition cover]] '''Childhood's End''' cover]]

''Childhood's End''
is a novel by Creator/ArthurCClarke, originally published in 1953 (but based off of a 1950 short story of his). The plot concerns the BenevolentAlienInvasion of an alien race called the Overlords. After stopping the UsefulNotes/ColdWar and establishing a world government, they start to maintain peace on Earth, but refuse to show any images of themselves for fifty years. Humanity enters a golden age, before spoilery events happen. Yeah, you can't read much more than that without the ''entire'' plot being given away.
23rd Nov '16 4:35:46 AM Morgenthaler
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* AngelicAliens: Inverted with the red devil look of the aliens. It's explained that the idea of the red devil is actually a sort of reverse species memory.
18th Aug '16 5:32:19 PM Tre
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For tropes from the Creator/SciFiChannel miniseries, [[Series/ChildhoodsEnd click here]].

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For tropes from the Creator/SciFiChannel Creator/{{Syfy}} miniseries, [[Series/ChildhoodsEnd click here]].
5th May '16 11:22:19 AM morenohijazo
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* SpoilerCover: The cover illustration for at least one edition spoils what the Overlords (aliens) look like, which is supposed to be a source of tension for a good one third of the book.
8th Mar '16 6:48:04 PM gallium
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* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: [[spoiler:Earth and ''everything'' on its surface become pure energy for the new generation's journey to join the Overmind]]



* TheGodsMustBeLazy: [[spoiler:They'll just send another alien race to do their bidding]]. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], as it's stated that [[spoiler: the Overmind]] has tried to directly interact with other species' development in the past only to fail spectacularly.



* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: [[spoiler:Earth and ''everything'' on its surface become pure energy for the new generation's journey to join the Overmind]]



* TheGodsMustBeLazy: [[spoiler:They'll just send another alien race to do their bidding]]. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], as it's stated that [[spoiler: the Overmind]] has tried to directly interact with other species' development in the past only to fail spectacularly.
16th Dec '15 9:38:25 PM pittsburghmuggle
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* OurDemonsAreDifferent: An interesting example. The reason mankind "made up" demons looking like they do in mythology is because of a pre-memory of the fact that they will eventually arrive and take the children.
15th Dec '15 1:18:53 PM Fireblood
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For tropes from the Creator/SciFiChannel miniseries, [[Series/ChildhoodsEnd Click here]]

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For tropes from the Creator/SciFiChannel miniseries, [[Series/ChildhoodsEnd Click here]]
click here]].



* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: [[spoiler:The current generation of humans will be the last one - and with them, human civilization will cease to exist. As all their children born from that moment on were no longer human and will then mind-meld and ascend into a higher form of consciousness that transcends material bodies. Ultimately, that is the fate of ''all'' sentient races, except those that are "stuck" like the Overlords themselves.]]

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* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: [[spoiler:The current generation of humans will be the last one - and with them, human civilization will cease to exist. As exist as all their children born from that moment on were no longer human and will then mind-meld and ascend into a higher form of consciousness that transcends material bodies. Ultimately, that is the fate of ''all'' sentient races, except those that are "stuck" like the Overlords themselves.]]



* CreativeSterility: A side-effect of the Overlords' control is the decline of the arts. Some communities take to deliberately isolating themselves from the conveniences of futuristic technology to recapture their creative spark; the Overlords allow them to since, in the grand scheme of things, these movements are essentially harmless and not obstructing their plans.

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* CreativeSterility: A side-effect side effect of the Overlords' control is the decline of the arts. Some communities take to deliberately isolating themselves from the conveniences of futuristic technology to recapture their creative spark; the Overlords allow them to since, in the grand scheme of things, these movements are essentially harmless and not obstructing their plans.



* EndOfAnAge: Following a variation on the theme, setting is pure ScienceFiction instead of the usual fantasy. The age in question is [[spoiler:the Age of Mankind as a separate existence from the Overmind.]]
* ExactWords: The Overlords' announcement to an assembly of journalists that "the stars are not for Man" proves to be rather literal [[spoiler: given that the stars are instead for Man's evolutionary descendants as they joining the Overmind.]]

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* EndOfAnAge: Following a variation on the theme, the setting is pure ScienceFiction instead of the usual fantasy. The age in question is [[spoiler:the Age of Mankind as a separate existence from the Overmind.]]
* ExactWords: The Overlords' announcement to an assembly of journalists that "the stars are not for Man" proves to be rather literal [[spoiler: given that the stars are instead for Man's evolutionary descendants as they joining join the Overmind.]]



* GeneticMemory: Discussed then inverted. [[spoiler:Our mental image of TheDevil and his minions comes from the psychic backlash of the Earth's end and the Overlords' role in it resonating backwards through time.]]

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* GeneticMemory: Discussed {{Discussed}}, then inverted.{{inverted}}. [[spoiler:Our mental image of TheDevil and his minions comes from the psychic backlash of the Earth's end and the Overlords' role in it resonating backwards through time.]]



* OminousFloatingSpaceship most likely the TropeMaker, certainly a contender for the UrExample.

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* OminousFloatingSpaceship most OminousFloatingSpaceship: Most likely the TropeMaker, certainly a contender for the UrExample.



* PatrioticFervor: Downplayed with the Jewish leader of the HiddenElfVillage above. While he doesn't really bear any grudges against the Overlords, he does regret having his homeland of Israel lose its national independence so soon after his people attained it, let alone his faith discredited.

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* PatrioticFervor: Downplayed {{Downplayed}} with the Jewish leader of the HiddenElfVillage above. While he doesn't really bear any grudges against the Overlords, he does regret having his homeland of Israel lose its national independence so soon after his people attained it, let alone having his faith religion discredited.
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