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Childhood’s End & The Sci-Fi Classics it Raised

Arthur C. Clarke’s 1953 novel, Childhood's End, influenced a handful of iconic television series and movies. Maybe you've heard of them?


In 1953, Arthur C. Clarke planted a seed and what grew from it includes: Village of the Damned, Independence Day, 2001: A Space Odyssey and V: The Original Miniseries, just to name a few. Don’t believe us? Just watch (well, read)'s full run down of all the films and series that were undoubtedly inspired by Childhood’s End.

Oh, and there's another television series that Clarke's novel inspired - the three day miniseries airing on Syfy, duh. See the novel play out on TV starting December 14 at 8/7c.