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Nightfall by Isaac Asimov
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Nov 11, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: classic-sci-fi
Recommended for: fans of sci-fi and non-fiction space stories alike
Read from September 10 to November 11, 2011 — I own a copy

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 reduced to nil. Most interesting of all is the last act, of the world after the end. Surprisingly fresh and still sobering even in the face of dreary post-apocalyptic tales everywhere in the media. Shades of the Foundation trilogy. The ending is a bit disappointing- it jumps out, but it satisfactorily concludes the narrative. The characters are one-dimensional and their dialogue wooden, but it's to be expected. The ideas are where it shines, and there are a surprising amount of set pieces in the story interspersed with novel astronomical and psychological concepts.
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