Arthur C. Clarke –Childhood’s End
This book has never been made into a movie, though the opening scene clearly inspired Independence Day. From there Clarke takes a very different path from Will Smith and company. The storyline serves as a vehicle to ponder humankind’s place in the universe,and what interspecies personal, political, and hierarchical relations might be like. The book also contains a bit of the paranormal, such as telepathy, premonitions, and collective memories. Years later Clarke was quick to disavow these aspects of the story, reminding readers that this is, after all, a work of fiction.