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Isaac Asimov
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Le Retour des Ténèbres

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Avec la complicité de Silverberg, Asimov tire un roman de sa nouvelle intitulée "Nightfall". Il y décrit une humanité confrontée au retour des ténèbres et à la fin des temps. Traduction révisée et augmentée.
377 pages
Published (first published November 1st 1970)
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Nov 13, 2016 Apatt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
“My god, it's full of stars!”

This famous phrase from 2001: A Space Odyssey is also applicable to Nightfall, but with an entirely opposite connotation.

Nightfall was originally a short story by Isaac Asimov, first published in 1941. It is considered a classic sci-fi short story, and often cited as one of the all-time greats (example “best” list). The book being reviewed here is an expansion of this short story, in collaboration of the great Robert Silverberg, a legend among veteran sci-fi reade
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Jan 17, 2013 Josh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Asimov and post-apocalyptic stories
To start with, I thought the original 1941 novelette was absolutely fascinating. People experiencing a world-wide event that had never occurred before in their entire history, trying to prepare for it and being horrified as it actually occurs. The end is an absolutely masterful span of writing, ever-increasing suspense and dark madness as a mob descends, cut off so abruptly, it's almost certainly the reason the story is so popular.

And then Silverberg brings us to the new world, and spends a hund
Janne Järvinen
Oct 24, 2010 Janne Järvinen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
Nightfall isn't that bad. The plot advances at a nice pace. It all breaks down in the end, though. At points I was close to giving Nightfall three stars. The bad delivery of the ending, and the overall pulpiness of the story, are what drop the rating.

The story is fun, but has a full time job holding itself together just on the surface level. This leaves no room for any depth.

The final resolution of the story is not that bad in itself, but the way it is told is anti-climactic. Some people say the
Apr 23, 2013 julio rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
been a long time, esse.

i see you, central park east secondary school library reading nook circa 1991.

i see you.
An amazing short story, rewritten as a novel by popular demand. Or maybe just Asimov's determination to keep 'improving' perfectly good work. Sadly, this is exactly the same short story as the original Nightfall, just with more words to slow it down a bit and the 'assistance' of another author who isn't Asimov anyway...
Apr 04, 2010 iffi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
Много увлекателна история за планета, която е огряна денонощно от няколко слънца и на която веднъж на 2000 години се случва катаклизъм (слънчевата светлина изчезва и се появяват Звездите), което кара всички жители буквално да полудеят.
Чудесно описан е сблъсъкът на фанатизма и лудостта с науката.
Книгата е разширение на разказа "Падането на нощта", който си струва да се прочете преди това.
Oct 12, 2016 Brienna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The people of Kalgash, although aliens, are very human in nature, so I liked the approach of a sci-fi story to address the issue of how we humans respond to change, especially abrupt change in daily things whose stability we take for granted.

Kalgashians live in a world where darkness is unnatural, where there is always light, the light of many suns. They are so used to light that they cannot imagine life without it. I chuckled when I read this passage in which a Kalgash astronomer discusses the
Feb 03, 2013 Jacquie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
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Andre T
I was and still am a big Isaac Asimov fan, both of his fiction and his non-fiction. I was in particular a big fan of his short stories and I loved the original short story version of Nightfall, however when I read the long extended version that was made into a book, I wasn't as thrilled.

I was, however, only 8-years-old, when I read the book version, but I still remember thinking this is too long, too wordy and that Isaac Asimov is right in the assessment that Golden Age science fiction writers w
I just read the novella written by Isaac Asimov (not the full length novel which expanded this story later). I am not so interested in reading a book which was written by another author based on this story or maybe I will read it someday. But reading this story made me realize why Asimov is my favorite sci-fi author. Nobody can write science fiction like him. No other author can describe something so brilliantly. (At least for me)
This story is about a planet which has six suns so there is no tim
Es una historia que funciona mejor como relato que como libro. La verdad es que aunque no deja de ser una premisa interesante, Silverberg no consigue aportar nada nuevo a la historia creada por Asimov.
Sep 17, 2011 Richard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of sci-fi and non-fiction space stories alike
Shelves: classic-sci-fi
One of Asimov's greatest works. Written in his dry, pre-WWII classic American sci-fi style, very matter-of-fact and reverent of science. Brings excellent ideas of how a different society would be in a different solar system, and the psychology of beings living on a world where night never comes. Asimov gradually introduces his ideas to us through his character's scientific processes. He also writes the end of a world very well, how society may very well break apart when the sanity of humanity is ...more
Lara Ramos
Meu primeiro Asimov vem em forma de um cenário pós-apocalíptico onde a noite surge pela primeira vez em milênios e, fácil de imaginar, pega todo mundo de surpresa (pra dizer o mínimo). Vários personagens se cruzam durante a história para a montagem do grande 'boom' do livro de um modo tão bem feito que deu gosto de ler - porém não posso dizer que minha empolgação não tenha a ver com meu trauma de certa trilogia que tinha acabado de ler e que fez exatamente o contrário disso.

Continua aí a torcida
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
The original short story Nightfall is brilliant and deserves five stars. This novel, based on that short story, only gets 2 stars. It was bloated and forgettable. Don't bother with it unless you're an Asimov completist. If you've never read the short story, you need to go find it. It's in a lot of SF collections and should be readily available.
Jan 30, 2012 Aaron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Aaron King
Per. 6
Book Review: Nightfall by Isaac Asimov
Reading has always been a seminal part of the human experience. It keeps the mind sharp and open to new ideas. Reading also maintains one’s vocabulary. If one never reads, he or she is more susceptible to the same “rusting” that an adolescent’s brain suffers over a long summer. On the other end of the literary spectrum, reading also helps the writers. Authors can use their writing to express emotions and ideas and, in a sense, “trans
Do not read this later book-length version; stick with the short story, anthologized in many collections. The original made Asimov an overnight sensation, rocketing him to the top three of 20th Century SF writers (Heinlein, Clarke, Asimov). It did so on the strength of an imaginative concept (possibly suggested by Joseph Campbell) and the story's final, breathtaking paragraph.
This is a review of the short story alone, since I can't seem to find a page dedicated to it.
Imagine living in a world of perpetual daylight, thanks to the six suns surrounding your planet. Now imagine each sun setting, leaving only a single one in the sky, and at such a distance, it can be blocked by an almost invisible planet - creating what is essentially a world-wide eclipse that will plunge civilization into darkness for one whole night. It is an event that only comes every 2000-something y
Sep 06, 2009 Joe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a sci-fi novel about the end of the world. Sort of.

Isaac Asimov is the master of sci-fi short stories. He's a little-known author that has written one or two books. One of his stories is called "Nightfall", and is well worth reading. You should probably get a collection of his that includes that story, but if you search around enough, you can find the text online.

Asimov works the short story perfectly. Many sci-fi books have to present an idea or explanation for some technology of phenom
Dec 12, 2014 Crystal rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Meh. -_-"


A complete waste of my precious time! Apart from a few deep thoughts at the end, the book had nothing, absolutely NOTHING to offer. "The dazzling brightness of the stars was terrifying! Eek!" How lame. :P Like seriously, why would everyone turn crazy if they went through darkness?!! Okay, it is kinda believable since the planet Kalgash is lit up by four or six suns all day and there's nothing called night. God I can't believe I'm even narrating this. I'm so lame. Pfft. But seriously, h
La Stamberga dei Lettori
Quando ho iniziato a leggere Notturno di Asimov e Silverberg, conservava ancora una salda consistenza granitica la convinzione assoluta che, nel migliore dei casi, quanto mi accingevo a leggere non sarebbe stato più che un semplice annacquamento del racconto originale di Asimov. Poco a poco, però, la convinzione è venuta meno, e per quanto il racconto mi sembri ancora superiore, soprattutto stilisticamente, non posso dare a questo romanzo meno di cinque stelle.
Se è vero che il sapore romantico-s
Jeff Brateman
I read the explanation on the cover detailing how this was a short story adopted into a longer novel, but proceeded expecting a fully hashed book. However, I was greeted with a silly portrayal of the same short story, just with different characters and their points of view. This may have worked before, and it may work again, but that writing style does work for Nightfall. Many times I felt like yelling "get on with it already!" and "okayyyyy" when the characters would start two-page explanations ...more
Aug 10, 2012 Keith rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Reread this after many years. The original short story by Asimov stayed with me for a long time as one of the most thought provoking scenarios that had been presented to me. For the first time the idea that sentient beings could be so radically different from us sank home (I was young and foolish). This was an important lesson that many writers of science fiction and fantasy could do with learning.
I read the expanded version when it was releeased and felt oddly dissatisfied with it. Some of the
Thaís Mello
May 10, 2012 Thaís Mello rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, have
A cada vez que eu leio uma obra de Asimov eu me surpreendo com a sua facilidade de falar sobre mundos diferentes do nosso, mas que se você prestar atenção são apenas metáforas sobre a vida na Terra. Nesse livro ele nos mostra um mundo onde as pessoas desconhecem as estrelas, um lugar onde só conhecem o dia. E com o cair da noite elas perdem a razão e, mesmo os intelectuais que desprezavam o misticismo da religião, precisam se submeter aos Apóstolos. O constante conflito entre religião e ciência ...more
Steve LaForest
Read the original story by Asimov, instead of this rewrite / novelization, essentially all by Robert Silverberg. The original is remarkable - like the good doctor himself. Accept no substitutes. The original is well-paced and gripping, typical Asimov. The novelization stretches the story out far too much. As is often the case, a fantastic short story may not make a good novel at all.

See also The Ugly Little Boy and The Bicentennial Man, by Robert Silverberg (and ~~~Isaac Asimov~~~). You definite
Marts  (Thinker)
Mar 25, 2010 Marts (Thinker) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Nightfall tells the story of a fictional planet Lagash which has six stars like suns keeping it illuminated all the time so the people there don't know anything about darkness and night. Well over time some scientists from Saro University including a psychologist, an archaeologist, and an astronomer, make some discoveries with show that there have been these collapses in civilizaion in the past, a sort of cycle that occurs. So the scientists try to find out what causes these anomalies. Well one ...more
Samuel Viana
Jul 19, 2011 Samuel Viana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
One of the greatest Asimov's short novels I had the pleasure of reading. Can you imagine what happenned to us if we've at night, and in one entire continnent, the electricity were ran out !? And what in one entire planet. It is true, being us, humans, able, as species that lives under the light of the Sun, were able to conquer the Night after the invention of the electric lamp, but what can happend if those things where gone suddenly !? This way, you can start to feel how the inhabitants of this ...more
Steven Peterson
This represents an expanded version of the 1941 short story by Isaac Asimov, this time with Robert Silverberg as co-author. Whether the book-length version works as well as the short story is a key question. This version does not seem as "taut."

Nonetheless, it is still a nice piece of work. The premise: The planet Kalgash is normally in sunlight. It has six suns circling it, and for an extended period of time, at least one sun has been in the sky. In cuycles of over 2000 years, though, all suns
I consider the original 1941 story to be one of the best, but this almost makes it seem ridiculous. Instead of carefully crafted reveals, we get lots of details repeated so that by the time Nightfall comes I'm tired of hearing about it. Worse, by that time the story's been so diluted that something I thought was one key aspect of the original is completely lost.

Okay, that was my rant and I know it sounds like I hated this, but I didn't. I didn't like it anywhere near as much as the original, but
Oct 04, 2011 John rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The change from Asimov's original short story, which was evocative, poetic, and ended on a bang, and this extended version is remarkable. Asimov's relatable if doomed character sketches are replaced with a mess of tedious lovers and flat academics constantly turning over the same moral debate. The dialogue is hideous and the human interactions feel dutiful and by-the-numbers.

The worst sin is the lack of awe. Asimov's original was stricken with awe and fear, this is as emotionless as a VCR manual
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Isaac Asimov was a Russian-born, American author, a professor of biochemistry, and a highly successful writer, best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books.

Professor Asimov is generally considered the most prolific writer of all time, having written or edited more than 500 books and an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards. He has works published in nine of the te
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“Life would be impossible on such a planet. It wouldn't get enough heat and light, and if it rotated there would be total darkness half of every day. There wouldn't be any native inhabitants. You couldn't expect life---which is fundamentally dependent on light---to develop under such extreme conditions of light deprivation. Half of every axial rotation spent in Darkness! No, nothing could exist under conditions like that.” 17 likes
“It was a long time since he'd done any actual clinical work, and obviously his sojourn among the academics at Saro University had attenuated the professional detachment that allows members of the healing arts to confront the ill without being overwhelmed by compassion and sorrow. He was surprised at that, how tenderhearted he seemed to have become, how thin-skinned.” 6 likes
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