Childhood’s End: Part Two

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MAJOR SPOILERS PAST HERE.

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So, in his novel (which I again remind everyone I haven’t read; yet), Clarke pulled out all the Biblical stops?

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And yet, um …

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… I have just no idea.

If this is in Clarke’s novel, he was really pushing all the Bible buttons:

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I have my doubts, however …

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… that a hematological carcinoma happens like that!

And this brings up a problem with adapting something from 1953. Blood cancers have become one of the most treatable forms of the disease. Cures are scientific today, not miraculous. And we don’t need rare, hard-to-make cures from Satan, or Karellen, or aliens, or whatever. We stupid humans are getting there on our own.

Was this in Clarke’s novel:

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If so, then another TV venture that ripped off the book was The Greatest American Hero!

The one question never asked in this series …

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… is, “Karellen, why the hell do you look like that?” Is it ever asked in Clarke’s novel? I have to wonder how Clarke scientifically explained that appearance.

Well …

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… now we know where that came from in the first part …

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… and that she’ll probably die in part three.

Another question never asked in this series …

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… is, “Karellen, why are you naked?” Because since the Earth’s been turned into an alleged Utopia, I’m not seeing human beings frolicking au naturel.

Human ingratitude …

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… and human mercy …

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… and I have no idea which of those two people was the delusional one.

Although …

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… but who didn’t see that coming?

And I did see this coming …

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… which means that something else from TV ripped off Clarke’s novel: 1983’s V!

And, heh, I see:

The introduction, featuring large ‘mother ships’ over major Earth cities, is nearly identical to Arthur C. Clarke’s novel Childhood’s End.

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I’m not touching this issue further. Just let me say I’d like to know if Clarke was pleased or miffed by all of it.

I have no idea what’s going to happen in part three, the conclusion. I hope it’ll still be, even though from 1953, fresh, original, and surprising.

Previously here:

Childhood’s End: Part One

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