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 ...off
. This illustration sums it up – the children enjoying a bounteous picnic under the ever-watchful shadow of the Overlord’s huge ship.