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Nightfall

3.99  ·  Rating Details  ·  18,514 Ratings  ·  462 Reviews

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

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Paperback, Spectra, 339 pages
Published January 27th 2012 by Bantam Books (first published November 1st 1970)
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Josh
Jan 18, 2013 Josh rated it liked it
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
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Janne Järvinen
Feb 24, 2011 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
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julio
Aug 04, 2014 julio rated it liked it
been a long time, esse.

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

i see you.
James
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...
Andre T
Jan 09, 2012 Andre T rated it liked it
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
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iffi
Apr 20, 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.
Richard
Nov 11, 2011 Richard rated it it was amazing
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
Jacquie
Feb 03, 2013 Jacquie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
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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.
Brenda
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
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Crystal
May 01, 2015 Crystal rated it it was ok
Meh. -_-"

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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
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Aaron
Jan 30, 2012 Aaron rated it it was amazing
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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
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Joe
Sep 06, 2009 Joe rated it really liked it
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
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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
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Jeff Brateman
May 03, 2011 Jeff Brateman rated it liked it
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
Keith
Aug 10, 2012 Keith rated it liked it
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
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Brian
Jul 31, 2014 Brian rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, apocalyptic
This book began as a wonderful short story. Unfortunately, the quality of this short story did not hold up as an extended novel. Like many of Asimov's novels, it deals with simple questions of an altered world and the ramifications of it. In this case, the slight change is a world like ours with the change of having 6 suns instead of 1, leaving a world without darkness. The psychological questions within this book are intriguing. Unfortunately, the story telling is tremendously dry and predictab ...more
Thaís Mello
Jul 27, 2014 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
Sam
Aug 03, 2015 Sam rated it really liked it
I gave this book four stars, but heed this warning- this book dragged. The concept of the book was interesting and thoughtful, but in going from a novella (which I have not read yet) to a book I feel that it stalled. I do like in this book that Siferria, an archeologist, wasn't portrayed as some romantic partner as many female characters are now. She was portrayed as a character with a lot of depth and I was very appreciative of that.
Steve LaForest
Apr 06, 2015 Steve LaForest rated it it was ok
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
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Samuel Viana
Jul 19, 2011 Samuel Viana rated it it was amazing
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
Phil
Jan 23, 2015 Phil rated it really liked it
This book was in my father in law's collection and came to us after his passing. I'm always down for a good disaster, it makes me feel like ordinary life is a gift. This book is surprisingly awesome and rated shelf space in the good bookcases. Well worth the time it took to read it. Don't pass it up!
Marts  (Thinker)
Mar 30, 2010 Marts (Thinker) rated it it was amazing
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
sahar salman
Jan 04, 2016 sahar salman rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
I didn't read many science-fiction books before, which they called "Literature of ideas". My first was in a very young age with Edgar Rice Burroughs's novel "A princess of Mars" I liked it as much as I imagined myself the princess Dejah Thoris! Asimov's story for sure, was quite different..
Steven Peterson
Mar 31, 2010 Steven Peterson rated it liked it
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
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spencer wolf
Jun 18, 2015 spencer wolf rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Solid book

I loved the short story, was excited to see a fleshed out book, and am not disappointed with the result in the slightest.
John
Jul 09, 2013 John rated it it was ok
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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Dr.J.G.
Feb 05, 2016 Dr.J.G. rated it really liked it
Nightfall is by far the most famous and perhaps even most popular story of Asimov, and perhaps rivals 2001 A Space Odyssey by Arthur Clark as far as readers and science fiction afficionados go.

A story of a primal and primitive terror that takes over in spite of all progress of science and knowledge.

All it takes is a night of dark, even when it is expected with scientific progress informing people that it will happen occassionally, and will be only a short while before light does shine again. Suc
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Leo Lin
Feb 02, 2016 Leo Lin rated it really liked it
Everyone has their personal fears. One of the most common fears is the horror of darkness and destruction. In “Nightfall” by Isaac Asimov, a universal darkness clouded people’s minds. People started to go insane and turned on each other, setting fire to everything that they could see. The scientists in the laboratory, however, were protected from this universal darkness, but were not protected from the crazy mob charging toward the laboratory. This battle between the scientists and the mob, and ...more
Cameron Sagheb
Feb 02, 2016 Cameron Sagheb rated it really liked it
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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.” 15 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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