History Literature / ChildhoodsEnd

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]]
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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 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.
14th Dec '15 12:30:01 PM pittsburghmuggle
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'''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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'''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.
14th Dec '15 12:23:17 PM pittsburghmuggle
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For tropes from the SyFy miniseries, [[Series/ChildhoodsEnd Click here]]

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For tropes from the SyFy Creator/SciFiChannel miniseries, [[Series/ChildhoodsEnd Click here]]
14th Dec '15 12:08:49 PM pittsburghmuggle
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A miniseries is being produced for the Creator/SyFy network, to be aired in December 2015.

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A miniseries is being produced for For tropes from the Creator/SyFy network, to be aired in December 2015.
SyFy miniseries, [[Series/ChildhoodsEnd Click here]]
4th Dec '15 2:01:59 AM msq
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* FaceDeathWithDignity: [[spoiler:The Overlords inform Jan Rodricks about how humanity's last days were filled with both honor and savagery. Jan himself opts to stay on Earth rather than travel on with the Overlords even as mankind's "descendants" transcend to join the Overmind.]]



* LastOfHisKind: {{Lampshaded}}. "He had always been a good piano player, and now he was the best in the world."

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* LastOfHisKind: {{Lampshaded}}. "He had [[spoiler:Jan Rodricks]] "had always been a good piano player, and now he was the best in the world."


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* TimeSkip: The plot unfolds over a span of several generations. [[spoiler:The most significant being the timeframe between Jan Rodricks' adventure to the Overlords' homeworld and his bittersweet return to Earth.]]
25th Nov '15 8:31:21 AM pittsburghmuggle
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* OminousFloatingSpaceship most likely the TropeMaker, certainly a contender for the UrExample, were it not for Clarke's own comments that the Trope is older.

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* OminousFloatingSpaceship most likely the TropeMaker, certainly a contender for the UrExample, were it not for Clarke's own comments that the Trope is older.UrExample.
25th Nov '15 6:46:21 AM Temmere
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* WatchTheWorldDie: [[spoiler:When the Overlords depart the Earth because it's becoming too unstable, they offer to take Jan Rodricks with them, but he decides to stay. They ask him to transmit what he sees as the world is destroyed, and he agrees.]]
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