Ross MacDonald
Childhood's End

Tonight is the season finale of Childhood’s End, the Syfy Channel 3-part adaptation of the Arthur C. Clarke’s 1953 novel of the same name, arguably his best. It’s a tale of the near future, when giant spaceships appear in the sky over earth, and the Overlords quickly eradicate all war, hunger, disease and want. They replace it all with a golden age of peace and prosperity for all, but of course it comes with a hefty price tag attached.  I won’t spoil it for you – if you haven’t seen it, it’s worth a watch.
The Syfy Channel asked me to work on a piece for web and social media promotion for the series. It’s a faux 1950’s children’s book called Children’s Guide to Utopia. It shows an ideal Dick and Jane style world that is perfect in every way, and yet somehow subtly, creepily  This illustration sums it up – the children enjoying a bounteous picnic under the ever-watchful shadow of the Overlord’s huge ship.

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