Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood is a graphic novel memoir that follows author Marjane Satrapi's experiences during the Islamic Revolution and the Iran-Iraq War of the 1980s. Through her eyes the reader glimpses the political machinations that threaten Marjane's family and the stability of her country. As Marjane grows from a child into a teenager, she recounts her personal growth as she witnesses the persecution and violence that war brings.
Childhood's End is a science fiction novel told in an omniscient third-person narrative. It records the arrival of transcendent aliens called Overlords who work over the course of decades to prepare humanity for entry into the Overmind, a cosmic intelligence free of physical constraints. Humans, experiencing a golden age of peace and prosperity but concerned that the Overlords have pressed them into stagnation and afraid of sacrificing individuality, experience intense anxiety at this prospect before finally succumbing.