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Arthur C. Clarke – Childhood’s End Does Childhood’s End view the end of human existence as a cataclysmic tragedy or as a triumph of transcendence? Answer should include clear arguments, representative examples, and use at least two (2) relevant secondary sources. You must engage critically with your chosen examples in relation to your specific argument and the novel as a whole. Answer must be 1250 words in length. 10% word limit margin applies for each answer (10% margin: min. 1125 – 1375 max). The word count includes the main text, including all in-text references and quotations (short and long/block), but not the cover page and the list of works cited. The word count is taken from the first word of the introduction to the last word of the conclusion of each answer. Marking Criteria Present a cogent, well-argued, and relevant answer to the question. Demonstrated ability to identify narrative methods (e.g., the elements of the genre, plot, style, characterisation, setting, language, imagery, motifs, etc.) and central themes of the chosen text (e.g., alien encounter, shift in perspective, technology, scientific experimentation, the notion of humanity, artificial intelligence, etc.) in relation to the question. Knowledge and understanding of broad unit content as evidenced in specific textual analysis of the key literary, cultural and social concepts relevant to the study of Science Fiction (e.g., the history and characteristics of science fiction and its sub-genres, the treatment of the notions of alien contact, social and cultural issues related to human and technological interaction, space and time travel, the environment, etc.) Demonstrated ability to develop and support critical arguments with detailed analysis of textual evidence. Ability to critically identify, analyse and synthesise secondary scholarly sources in order to support arguments relevant to the assignment question and adhere to academic integrity as outlined in UNE policy and procedure documents on plagiarism. Quality of communication (written expression, punctuation, academic style, paragraphs structure, MLA referencing, logic and coherence) and ability to work effectively within the word limits. REFERENCES Candelaria, Matthew. “The Overlord’s Burden. the Source of Sorrow in Childhood’s End.” ARIEL, vol. 33, no. 1, 2002, pp. 37–58. Goldman, Stephen H. “Wandering in Mazes Lost, Or the Unhappy Life of Arthur C. Clarke’s Childhood’s End in Academia.” Foundation, Winter 1987, pp. 21-29. Hillegas, Mark R. “Dystopian Science Fiction. New Index to the Human Situation.” New Mexico Quarterly, vol. 31. no. 3, 1961, pp. 238-249. Huntington, John. “The Unity of Childhood’s End.” Science Fiction Studies, vol. 1, no. 3, 1974, pp. 154-164. James, Edward. “Arthur C. Clarke.” A Companion to Science Fiction, Wiley, 2007, pp. 431–440. James, Edward. “Utopias and Anti-Utopias.” The Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction, Cambridge UP, 2003, pp. 219–229. Lewis, Mitchell. R. “Science Fiction and Fantasy after 1945. Beyond Pulp Fiction”. A Companion to the British and Irish Short Story 1945-Present. Edited by Cheryl Alexander Malcolm and David Malcolm, Wiley-Blackwell, 2009, pp. 372–383. Malmgren, Carl D. “Self and Other in SF. Alien Encounters.” Science Fiction Studies, vol. 20, no, 1, 1993, pp. 15-33. Rieder, John. “Colonialism and Postcolonialism.” The Oxford Handbook of Science Fiction, Edited by Rob Latham, Oxford UP, 2014, pp. 486-497. Ruddick, Nicholas. “The World Turned inside out. Decoding Clarke’s Randevouz with Rama.” Science Fiction Studies, vol. 12, no. 1, 1985, pp.42-55. Samuelson, David N. “Childhood’s End. A Median Stage of Adolescence?” Science Fiction Studies, vol. 1, no.1, 1973, pp. 4-17. Sedehi, Kamelia Talebian, and Kaur, Hardev. “Aliens’ Arrival and the End of the World–an Apocalyptic Reading of Childhood’s End.” Theory and Practice in Language Studies, vol. 5, no. 5, 2015, pp. 947–951. Vinge, Vernor. “The Coming Technological Singularity. How to Survive in the Post-Human Era.” NASA. Lewis Research Center, Vision 21. Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering in the Era of Cyberspace, 1993, pp. 11–22. Živkovic, Zoran. “The Fourfold Library (3). Utopia in Childhood’s End.” Foundation. The International Review of Science Fiction, vol. 42, no. 124 , 2016, pp. 85–91.