Good aliens or bad aliens?

“Childhood’s End”, based on one of Arthur C. Clarke’s best novels, is coming to the SYFY television network on December 14, 2015.  But are the visitors good aliens or bad aliens?

In the movie “Independence Day”, the world’s largest cities are visited by huge spaceships.  No one knows whether they are good aliens or bad aliens.  Of course, everyone knows they will find out soon enough.  The movie “The Day the Earth Stood Still” depicts an alien visit with a particularly now-famous robot.  Good alien or bad alien?

In “The Last Mimzy”, children are affected by very advanced toys.  Are the toys provided by aliens or someone else?  Are they good or bad?  In the movie “2001”, a strange obelisk appears at multiple times on Earth and in space.  Is it alien?  Are they good aliens or bad aliens?

“Remorse Above Enceladus” in my new science fiction anthology, “Science Fiction: Time Travel and Robots 2”, involves the sudden arrival of aliens.  Are they good aliens or bad aliens?

Good aliens or bad aliens?  So often in science fiction, when aliens or some unknown forces are involved, this is the question.  I, for one, am very excited to find out whether the aliens in “Childhood’s End” are good aliens or bad aliens.  Of course, if you read the book, you probably think you already know the answer.  But television and movies have been known to change the ending of a book.  I don’t know if that has been done here or not.  So I’ll be wondering right from the start, good aliens or bad aliens?

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