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
The best science fiction looks backwards into the past as well as speculating forward into the future, linking things we think (or thought) we’re sure of with things that don’t exist. Comparing the two can be sobering as well as enlightening.
Asimov writes just this kind of inter-temporal story in Nightfall. On the one hand it anticipates things like the debates about climate change and dark matter that wouldn’t emerge more articulately for decades. On the other, it co ...more
Now I really enjoy Asimov books, in fact he's probably my favourite author, even if he didn't write my favourite book, all of which is besides the point really as unfortunately I did not find this the best of Asimov's books.
The short story he wrote on which this is based, is a masterpiece, this not so much so. Parts of the book are true Asimov, the characters the settings and a lot of the story driven conversati ...more
I absolutely adore this story. It's my favorite Asimov story or book. I was delighted to learn that the ancient radio drama, X Minus One, recorded a half-hour dramatization of it. I just can't express the degree to which I love the Asimovian take on relativism's simultaneous necessity and vicissitudes are played out in a hugely amusing manner.
A planet inhabited by intelligent technological species that's lit by five stars is about to experience, for the first time in 2,5 ...more
Sextuple star system: "Nightfall" by Isaac Asimov, Robert Silverberg
"If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore, and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God which had been shown!"
In "Nightfall" by Isaac Asimov, Robert Silverberg
The story, of course, being about how it doesn't quite work out like that.
When I think about “Nightfall”, Byron’s “Darkness” comes to mind, ...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
Whilst at first it took a small while for me to slowly warm up to the slow paced narrative that was Twilight, about halfway through I was completely engaged. The build up was amazing. The science used to back up the storyline was fascinating and highly believable. I would give Twilight a rating of 4/5.
Nightfall was fast paced, incredible, addictive and thrilling. It ha ...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
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
The story's framework relies upon an indispensable notion that an entire planet's human population harbors a critical psychological vulnerability to any exposure to darkness; however, it is never sufficiently explained how this problem could be compatible ...more
This story is about a planet which has six suns so there is no tim ...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
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, ...more
I read the expanded version when it was releeased and felt oddly dissatisfied with it. Some of the ...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
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.
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
The blurb on the back of the book reads: Isaac Asimov's short story "Nightfall" first appeared in 1 ...more
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Professor Asimov is generally considered one of the most prolific writers 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 o ...more