Билингвы и книги на иностранных языках. But at what cost? Childhoods End is one of the defining legacies of Arthur C. Inside is an intellectually, technologically, and militarily superior alien race known as the Overlords. At first, their demands seem benevolent: unify Earth, eliminate poverty, end war. Has their arrival marked the end of humankind... Since its publication in 1953, this prescient novel about first contact gone wrong has come to be regarded not only as a science fiction classic but as a literary thriller of the highest order.Spaceships have suddenly appeared in the skies above every city on the planet. or the beginning? To those who resist, its clear that the Overlords have an agenda of their own. Clarke, the author of 2001: A Space Odyssey and many other groundbreaking works.