For the most part, the possibility of aliens coming to Earth and guiding man to a prosperous future seems plausible. Other aspects were not so believable, and no basis for their occurrence appears to be evident. Specifically, how was famine eliminated? Did the aliens just hand over new technologies that changed climates worldwide to sustain life, and if man didn’t follow science for advancement anymore, which handled and worked with all that new technology? So many questions, so few answers…
The time passage during each of three periods; arrival, direct contact, and finally leaving, wasn’t clearly outlined and left us with a feeling that too much took place in too short a time span. Then suddenly we’re told months had passed. Time didn’t flow smoothly, and there were a few distinct jerks that made it hard to accept.
The overall nod goes to this being an interesting concept and a good read, especially since it was written in the mid-50’s. It’s a clear classic, and you can see several of the ideas from this novel in contemporary novels and movies.
The character development by the author was well-detailed and gives them a sense of life, and allows you to relate with them on some level.
New technologies are introduced by the author regularly, but he doesn’t leave you wondering about it as he gives enough detail and background information about it to make it a real possibility.
The story spans over 100 years, but you do not feel as though you missed what happens in between the 50 year jumps. The author describes what should take place, then after the jump, refers back to what actually did. Continuity was excellent.
The aliens that arrive have a plan, spottily laid out; to help mankind on the surface only a fragment can be understood. But when and how does the research and new technologies arrive from the Overlords? It doesn’t seem to be clear how man’s creativity is being stifled to prevent him from seeking new levels of insight and technology.
The story is basically told in three parts: Alien arrival; Fifty years later; and a Hundred years later. The issue of time appears flagrant in part one as there is no concept of time understood by the reader. A lot of events seem to take place in a very short period of time, but it left us somewhat confused as to what happened and when it happened.
The remaining sections suffer the same problem, but especially the third section where it seems only a few days may have passed, but apparently many, many months passed.
The thought of mankind settling for the passive rule of Aliens is a little hard to accept, and the light resistance presented didn’t seem to be what human nature would ever stop at. Historically, prior to the time this was written, mankind rarely accepted even passive control as acceptable without outright rebellion. To us, that made the subservient attitudes towards the Overlords hard to accept.
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