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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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 sci-fi books, especially those that have themes of a post-apocalyptic nature. Nightfall touches on just that, although not immediately. I suspect the reason why is that Asimov and ...more
It's not a bad book. It's very very short though, and I found it a little difficult to read with a 'modern understanding' (e.g. it focuses a lot on a group of scientists and their research, and seems to be set on a highly advanced earth-like world, but since it was written in the 1940s it comes across a little dated).
The overall concept i ...more
The second part goes on to describe the actual events that ...more
By Issac Asimov and Robert Silverberg
Published In: New York, NY, USA
REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS
On a world with 6 suns, fear of the Dark is an instinctual, religious experience. Twilight is gathering. Scientists are warning that it is coming. But no one believes them. The 6 suns are setting in tandem for the first time in 2000 years. An archaeologist has discovered a cycle of destruction where their civilization razes itself to the ground, a ...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.
Now, nearly a couple of decades later, I decided to read the book I had left alone, and I'm glad I did. What would happen when a world that has n ...more
The hard science isn't really that hard, but it's still fun. The plot ...more
In this collection, which is relatively early in his writing career, he explored the rarified interspersing area of science, philosophy, ethics, morality and psychology. Most stories ask a p ...more
See also The Ugly Little Boy and The Bicentennial Man, by Robert Silverberg (and ~~~Isaac Asimov~~~). You definite ...more
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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