Childhood's End | Study Guide

Arthur C. Clarke

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Childhood's End | Characters

Character Description
Karellen Karellen is an Overlord and one of the protagonists. He is the liaison between Earth and the Overlords. Read More
Rikki Stormgren Rikki Stormgren is the Secretary-General of the United Nations. He meets with Karellen early in the book. Read More
Jan Rodricks Jan is a trained mathematician and physicist who wants to pursue space travel and exploration. He becomes the first person to go to space since the arrival of the Overlords. Read More
George Greggson George is a playwright. He appears later in the book when he and his family move to New Athens to pursue creativity. Read More
Jean Morrel Jean is the wife of George. She appears later in the book when she moves to New Athens with her family. Read More
Alexander Wainwright Alexander Wainwright is the leader of the Freedom League, a resistance movement that protests the Overlords.
Charles Yan Sen Charles Yan Sen is the council chairman of New Athens and shows the Inspector around the islands.
Jeffrey Greggson Jeffrey is the son of Jean and George Greggson. He is one of the first to show signs of the psychic changes the Overlords are watching for.
Jennifer Anne Greggson Jennifer is the daughter of Jean and George Greggson. She shows early signs of psychic ability, which manifests before her brother begins showing signs of change.
Joe Joe is a member of the resistance movement that kidnaps Rikki Stormgren.
Maia Boyce Maia is Jan Rodrick's sister and Rupert Boyce's wife.
Pierre Duval Pierre Duval is a friend of Rikki Stormgren. Pierre helps Rikki find ways to more closely observe the Overlords.
Pieter Van Ryberg Pieter Van Ryberg is deputy-general of the United Nations.
Professor Sullivan Professor Sullivan is a scientist who helps Jan Rodricks stow away on an Overlord ship.
Rashaverak Rashaverak is an Overlord. He investigates links to paranormal activity and works closely with Karellen.
Rupert Boyce Rupert Boyce is a wealthy animal preserve caretaker who hosts a party where Jan Rodricks and others meet Rashaverak.
The Inspector The Inspector is an Overlord who tours a school on New Athens to assess any potential threats the colony poses to Overlord rule.
The Welshman The Welshman is the leader of the resistance movement that kidnaps Rikki Stormgren.
Vindarten Vindarten is an Overlord who shows Jan their planet.
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