Celebrate Syfy's Childhood's End with 60 years of classic book covers

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Apr 29, 2019, 6:23 AM EDT (Updated)

The Overlords are arriving tonight at 8/7c in Syfy's Childhood's End, the new six-hour, three-night miniseries adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke's futuristic novel that chronicled Earth's peaceful alien integration and the perils of living in Utopia. The book, which first invaded the planet in 1953, was a sensation straight out of the gate, selling out its first printing of 210,000 copies in a matter of months and earning enthusiastic reviews. 

Originally based on a 1946 short story called Guardian Angel, it was later expanded into a full humanistic epic, becoming Clarke's third and most acclaimed novel, published in between Prelude to Space and The City and the Stars. Childhood's End has more than 100 million copies in print over the decades and has been translated into multiple languages, making it one of the most widely read works of the genre, found everywhere from local yard sales and Ebay to valuable bibliophile collections, small-town libraries, worldwide museums, thrift stores, university classrooms and an infinity of home bookshelves. Clarke always considered it one of his favorite novels, and it stands firmly as a seminal work of fine science fiction literature.

Have a look at this retrospective gallery of amazing hardback, mass market paperback and special book club editions of Clarke's Childhood's End spanning nearly seven decades, packed with 21 mid-expanding covers from famous pulp and sci-fi artists, including Richard M. Powers, S.R. Boldero, Dean Ellis, W.F. Phillips, Vincent DiFate, Stanislaw Fernandes, Gerard Quinn and many more. It's a showcase of incredible visionary styles inspired by Clarke's indelible storytelling.  

Indulge yourself with this awesome art, and tell us the titles of your favorite Clarke novels or short stories.