Soundscape 2.25: Childhood's End

In this single galaxy of ours there are eighty-seven thousand million suns. [...] In challenging it, you would be like ants attempting to label and classify all the grains of sand in all the deserts of the world. [...] It is a bitter thought, but you must face it. The planets you may one day possess. But the stars are not for man.
― Arthur C. Clarke, Childhood's End

I am not sure if the idea was in the air as a sort of zeitgeist or if I was aware that Syfy was releasing a mini-series but Childhood's End had some gravity that pulled me in. The story in many ways pointed out the folly of our present condition, regardless of how far fetched the story became in the end. Arthur C. Clarke knew how to write incredible science fiction. He spent very little time on what we might call character development and instead often turned his eyes to the meet of the matter. Sci-fi is the best genre for exploring what if's and often for forcing us into a re-evaluation of our place in the universe. To that end, we here today offer a musical exploration of Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke.

A warning to listeners, there are spoilers throughout this episode. If you wish to read the book or see the mini-series with surprise in your heart, wait for this episode. I did not give all of the details, but I did skim through a great many ideas and plot points in putting this set of music together. This episode is a pure book club episode in that there is nothing extraneous in the setlist. While I did manage to get a couple of new tracks in, I tried to stay true to the story and use music that only supported the story. I hope you enjoy this journey but I highly recommend that you read the story at hand before taking this musical journey.

We are again without a PAS in this episode. We may let it go for a few episodes as the next episode will be packed with music. Not only will we be celebrating Christmas in song, but we will also pay homage to the most anticipated event of the season, the awakening of the force. That episode will air on the 20th and we will double up on the 27th in order to catch up to our regular schedule and to celebrate the 9th season of Doctor Who. So you Sci-fi fans are in for a treat on Soundscape in the next few weeks. Happy Holidays from Suzi and I. See you soon!

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