Damien Broderick wrote:
> I cited Arthur C. Clarke's 1959 story `Out of the Cradle, Endlessly
> Orbiting', reprinted in the collection, TALES OF TEN WORLDS, 1963...
> ...it's a reference to Walt Whitman's poem `Out of the Cradle Endlessly
> Rocking' (in LEAVES OF GRASS, 1881 edition), which opens with that line.
> Its second line, eerily predictive in its own way, perhaps, is `Out of the
> mocking-bird's throat, the musical shuttle'.
I thought immediately of "Childhood's End" about which C.S. Lewis made this transhumanist, if not exactly extropian, remark:
"...here we meet a modern author who understands that there may be things that have a higher claim on humanity than its own 'survival'." =======================