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Childhood's End Chapter 14

By Arthur C. Clarke

Chapter 14

  • Karellen holds a press conference to inform the world that a stowaway has been found on board a supply ship—he tells everyone it was Jan and assures them it won't happen again.
  • Karellen says the Overlords' rules against humanity exploring space are for the protection of Earth, comparing the difference between Earth and the universe like that between the Stone Age and modern times.
  • Showing the press room a holographic display of the universe, the Overlord notes that the human race could hardly handle the politics of such a small world. How do they think they can manage the vast complexities of the universe?
  • He leaves, stating man cannot have the stars.
  • Karellen looks down on Earth from his ship. Only he knows the golden age is drawing to a close.