Imagine living on a planet with six suns that never experiences Darkness. Imagine never having seen the Stars. Then, one by one your suns start to set, gradually leading you into Darkness for the first time ever. Image the terror of such a Nightfall.
Scientists on the planet Kalgash discover that an eclipse - an event that occurs only every 2049 years - is imminent, and tha
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 ...more
چون هميشه روزه، مردم هيچ اطلاعى از ستاره ها ندارن، و فكر مى كنن دنيا منحصر در سياره ى خودشون و خورشيدهاشه.
فقط اديان و اسطوره هاى قديمى (مربوط به چند هزار سال قبل كه شب شده بوده) از رخ دادن يك "شب" خبر ميدن، روزى كه آسمان تاريك ميشه، و مردم وحشت مى كنن (شبيه قيامت) و ستاره ها و خورشيدهاى ديگه آشكار ميشن.
اما مردم فكر مى كنن اين ها افسانه است، و خورشي ...more
And then Silverberg brings us to the new world, and spends a hund ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
This story is about a planet which has six suns so there is no tim ...more
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 ...more
Continua aí a torcida ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Se è vero che il sapore romantico-s ...more
I read the expanded version when it was releeased and felt oddly dissatisfied with it. Some of the ...more
See also The Ugly Little Boy and The Bicentennial Man, by Robert Silverberg (and ~~~Isaac Asimov~~~). You definite ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
I love this kind of book. It introduces us to a world and characters before the disaster, follows them through it, and shows us the aftermath. It's very character-driven. It's surprising to read a book with so many characters that are being followed, and yet have them all fleshed out and three-dimensional so that you can actually care about them.
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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 ...more