Study Guide

Childhood's End Allusions

By Arthur C. Clarke

Allusions

Literary and Philosophical References

Historical References

Religion and Mythology References

Science References

  • Mare Imbrium "Sea of Showers" (1.2)
  • Konstantin Tsiolkovsky (1.5)
  • Olympus Mons (1.8)
  • Kilauea (1.8)
  • Lagrange Points (1.12)
  • The Southern Cross, a.k.a. Crux, Constellation (7.107)
  • Eridanus Constellation (8.16)
  • Carina Constellation (8.20; 9.59; 12.11)
  • Solar System (8.20)
  • Morse code sender (9.2)
  • Royal Astronomical Society (9.53)
  • London Science Center (9.63)
  • Cobalt bomb (12.9)
  • Albert Einstein (12.15-16)
  • Andes Mountains (12.32)
  • The Theory of Relativity (12.16)
  • Norbert Weiner (15.52)
  • Nicolas Rashevsky (15.52)
  • Tycho Brahe (24.5)
  • Mare Crisium (24.5)
  • Aurora Borealis (24.40)
  • Pluto (24.56)

Pop Culture References

  • Chicago Tribune (2.71)
  • Time (3.63; 14.6, 14.8)
  • Herald Tribune (14.21)
  • Reuters (14.22)
  • British Broadcasting Company (14.22)
  • Plaza de Toros a.k.a. a bullring (3.124)
  • 3D Chess (4.130)
  • Ouija Board (8.34) 
  • Burning their boats idiom (15.28)
  • Andrew Carson (15.56)
  • Walt Disney (15.58)