Re: Out of the cradle and into the sky

Robert Owen (
Sun, 07 Nov 1999 16:40:43 -0500

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...
> =--=--=--=--=--=--
>'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:

             " we meet a modern author who understands
             that there may be things that have a higher claim
             on humanity than its own 'survival'."


Robert M. Owen
The Orion Institute
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Brevard, NC 28712-3659 USA