From Arthur C. Clarke – Childhoods end
The Overlords - The Overlords are an alien race. They come to Earth in the late twentieth century and take control of the planet. They eliminate disease, war and hatred, and create a world government that broadens into a utopia. This peaceful mission is overseen by Karellen. Physically, the average Overlord is much taller and more built than a human, with large wings, horns on its head, and a barbed tail.
Here's a good synopsis of Childhood's End:
Aliens come to our planet in gigantic spaceships that blot out the Sun over all the major cities. If you've seen V or Independence Day you've seen this ripped off. The Overlords, as the visitors are called, take over the world without a shot being fired and set about reforming Earth society into a utopia. They keep themselves hidden for the first fifty years of their rule because of they just happen to have horns, bat wings, and barbed tails; but that's no problem because humans have "progressed" so far under the Overlords' rule that they quickly get used to their masters' devilish appearance. What man doesn't realize is that the Overlords are not there to help Earth become a perfect world, but to act as midwives as the children of Earth spontaneously mutate into superbeings who will ultimately merge with an entity called the Overmind and destroy the planet in the process

Feb 16, 2013

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