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When the silent spacecraft arrived and took the light from the world, no one knew what to expect. When the Overlords finally showed themselves it was a shock but one that humankind could now cope with, and an era of peace, prosperity and endless leisure began. But the children of this utopia dream strange dreams of distant suns and alien planets, and soon they will be ready to join the Overmind...and, in a grand and thrilling metaphysical climax, leave Earth behind.
©1954, 1990 Arthur C. Clarke (P)2016 W F Howes Ltd
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"There has been nothing like it for years." (C. S. Lewis)
"The Colossus of Science Fiction." (New York Times)
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By Darren on 08-05-16

Brilliant Story

This is my first Arthur C. Clarke book, I became interested after watching the mini series on Sky as with the book it was brilliant, and for one that normally believes the book is better I downloaded this one and wasn't disappointed.

The old references to technology are funny in this day and age but the fact it was written in the 50s I glossed over these details.

I would recommend this book to every Si-Fi fan I know.

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By Basho on 04-20-16

Masterpiece

I have read so many books. So many. That such a book evaded me all these years is a great pleasure.

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By Patrick on 02-24-17

one hell of a good listen

To all who care about science fiction and world's beyond our dreams, I promise that this book is worth every second of your time.

the story will blow you away and stay with you long after the Audible man hopes that you've enjoyed this programme. And Greg Wagland (who also did a HG Wells title or two, look it up) is just perfect at describing the contemplative nature of the aliens, and at capturing the emotion in each scene.

Absolutely loved this book

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By Anonymous User on 05-07-17

Absolutely breathtaking

Occasionally , not very often, a book comes along which just floors you completely. This is without a doubt one of the very best of that flavour of story.

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