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Nightfall ➳ [Reading] ➶ Nightfall By Isaac Asimov ➩ – Thomashillier.co.uk 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 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 NightfallScientists on the planet Kalgash discover that an eclipse an event that occurs only everyyears is imminent, and that a society unfamiliar with Darkness will be plunged into madness and chaos They realize that their civilization will end, for the people of Kalgash have a proven fear of Darkness, but they are unable to predict the insanity and destruction that will accompany the awesome splendor of Nightfall.


10 thoughts on “Nightfall

  1. BlackOxford BlackOxford says:

    Fifteen Minutes in the DarkThe 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 emergearticulately for decades On the other, it co Fifteen Minutes in the DarkThe 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 emergearticulately for decades On the other, it contains historical echoes of philosophical and theological issues from Pascale s Wager to Galileo s condemnation by the Church, to the impact of Kantian categories of perception The story then mixes the anticipatory and the completed into a sort of a theory of Mind and explores the delicate dependency of Mind upon expectations as well as memory specifically the dependency on light among a species unfamiliar with darkness As one of Asimov s characters says,Your brain wasn t built for the conception of total darkness anythan it was built for the conception of infinity or of eternity You can only talk about it A fraction of the reality upsets you, and when the real thing comes, your brain is going to be presented with the phenomenon outside its limits of comprehensionA very interesting premise What then


  2. Apatt Apatt says:

    My god, it s full of stars 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 readeMy god, it s full of stars 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 readers When this novelized version of Nightfall came out in 1990 I was not interested in reading it, as I thought the original story is perfect as it is and I could not imagine how expanding or padding it out can improve on it In a way I was right, this Nightfall novel is not an improvement of the story but I was wrong to assume that it would not be worth reading The novel, in and of itself, is a very good read.A view of Nightfall solar eclipse on Kalgash.The main original storyline is quite straightforward set on a planet called Kalgash which has six suns, with normally up to four appearing in the sky at any one time five rarely, all six never With this setup it is always daytime on this planet, some hours are dimmer than others as the suns are of different sizes or distances from the planet The inhabitants of this planet have no experience of night and have never seen stars in the sky They even believe that the universe has only six stars and is quite limited in size Unfortunately for them, exactly every two thousand and forty nine years the stars align with the planet s moon in such a way that only one sun appears in the sky and it is blotted out for hours by the shadow of the planet s moon, causing a lengthy total solar eclipse, the planet is then plunged into night and the stars are visible This does not seem like much for us Earthlings but the Kalgash people cannot cope with such extreme weirdness , it is too terrifying and cracks their brains, permanently in many cases.The original story is only concerned with the impending night and the immediate impact on the people when night and the stars appear With this novel Robert Silverberg have added on bolted on the detractors say a section leading up to the Nightfall called Twilight , and another section which follows after the Nightfall event called Daybreak So it is a novel of three parts 1 TwilightThis is basically the prequel to the original short story, it takes place about one month prior to the Nightfall event Twilight is interesting enough with some good characterization I like that a psychologist is investigating mental illness caused by 15 minutes exposure to darkness in a theme park ride It adds to the believability of the main premise The tension slowly builds toward the cataclysmic Nightfall I was, however, impatient to get to the main event myself 2 Nightfall The main event, the cataclysmic Nightfall solar eclipse This is basically the original classic short story with some minor alterations to make it consistent with the other two parts but the story remains intact Not surprisingly, this middle part of the book is the most powerful, it really is absolutely riveting.3 DaybreakClearly the sequel to Nightfall This final part is basically a post apocalyptic story, or post eclipse barbarism as one of the characters puts it In some respect it reminds me a little of the movie 28 Days Later with zombies homicidal maniacs running around attacking people It lacks the raw power of the classic Nightfall part but isexciting than the Twilight part I feel the post apocalyptic framework is too commonplace for Silverberg His best solo books tend to have muchoutr plots There is only so much you can do with this kind of post apocalyptic setting, I think Still, Daybreak is a compelling read because Silverberg is a great storyteller it also has a nice little twist that I did not expect.I suppose you could call the additions a prologue and an epilogue, but they are really too long for thatof a prequel and a sequel to the original story I disagree with the detractors that Twilight and Daybreak are clunky bolted on things The book, viewed as a whole, is quite cohesive and very readable I tend to mention Silverbergthan Asimov in this review because the former did all of the writing of the additional parts, Asimov wrote the original version of the middle Nightfall part but Silverberg made some minor alterations to ensure consistency with the other two parts Asimov had the final say in the content of the whole book, anything Silverberg wrote which he did not like was excised.The prose style is mostly that of Silverberg s, which means it can be quite eloquent and even fanciful That said, he seems to be channeling Asimov sclear cut minimalist style at times also The central characters are well developed but they are dwarfed by the setting and the plot, and they are basically there to move the storyline forward, Nightfall is definitely not about the characters The two authors seem to have worked very well together and I look forward to reading the other two collaborations from them, namely The Ugly Little Boy and The Positronic Man.If you have not read the original Nightfall story I urge you to hunt it down and read it post haste , it is an unforgettable experience This novel is also well worth reading for its own sake.QuotesWe ve evolved under conditions of perpetual sunlight, every hour of the day, all year round If Onos isn t in the sky, Tano and Sitha and Dovim are, or Patru and Trey, and so forth Our minds, even the physiologies of our bodies, are accustomed to constant brightness We don t like even a brief moment without it There s a psychological term for mankind s instinctive fear of the absence of light We call it claustrophobia, because the lack of light is always tied up with enclosed places, so that the fear of one is fear of the other Millions of years of evolution shaping us to be what we are Darkness is the most unnatural thing in the world Imagine, if you can, a world that has only one sun As that world rotates on its axis, each hemisphere will receive light for half the day and will be entirely dark for the other half They hammered at the roots of his being They beat like flails against his brain Their icy monstrous light was like a million great gongs going off at once Notes There s an audiobook of the short story on Youtube Degree of collaboration between Asimov and Silverberg on Nightfall


  3. Manuel Antão Manuel Antão says:

    If you re into stuff like this, you can read the full review.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 SilverbergThe 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, If you re into stuff like this, you can read the full review.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 SilverbergThe 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, always I had a dream, which was not all a dream,The bright sun was extinguish d, and the starsDid wander darkling in the eternal space,Rayless, and pathless and the icy earthSwung blind and blackening in the moonless air.Morn came and went and came, and brought no day,And men forgot their passions in the dreadOf this their desolation and all heartsWere chill d into a selfish prayer for light And they did live by watchfires and the thrones,The palaces of crowned kings the huts,The habitations of all things which dwell,Were burnt for beacons cities were consumed,And men were gathered round their blazing homesTo look onceinto each other s face More stuff on the other side of the fence


  4. Richard Derus Richard Derus says:

    Real Rating 4.5 of fiveI 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 Real Rating 4.5 of fiveI 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 2,500 years, a total absence of sunlight All the suns will be in eclipse at the same time And, quite naturally, a super daffy religion has sprung up sometime in the past 2,500 years that interval is not accidental to predict The End of Days when this utter, total eclipse occurs Then the psychologists start explaining what s going on then there is the eclipse.Let There Be Light.Just marvelous And as of the COVID 19 plague of 2020, eerily timely


  5. Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ says:

    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.


  6. Emily Emily says:

    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 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 hundred pages detailing the hopelessness of the post apocalyptic world and the self pity the protagonists wallow in It s very unfortunate that he decided to expand the novel, because his verbose meandering is so jarring compared to Asimov s succinct prose The original short story is included almost whole as the middle third, with a few obvious and unnecessary interjections by Silverberg, providing a unique contrast on the power of a short versus a novel.The characters are what drive this story, muchthan in the original The pacing is slow and drawn out, letting them discover, ponder, agonize, reflect, and discuss Much of the mundane could have been left out, included either to hammer home the idea that these people are identical to us or just that Silverberg didn t have the skill to create an approachable alien, and the writing desperately needed an editor s judicious efforts Still, the only truly jarring parts were the long flashbacks stitched into the beginning of the short.Although the plot has a definite fluff feel, the masterful writing and ideas of Asimov keep it from becoming stale Silverberg manages to paint a very convincing picture of a fresh post apocalyptic world, full of fire and distrust and petty warlords and above all, ever increasing despair and loss By the end, the heros failure is absolute, and even the twist but not so surprising ending can t eliminate the sense that the survivors are doomed That kind of emotional downer is rare in science fiction.I kind of liked it I don t think it s nearly as rereadable as the short story, when nearly all of the forward motion hinges on the original, but the character interaction and explorations of an old culture clashing and morphing into new provide a passtime for an afternoon


  7. Janne Järvinen Janne Järvinen says:

    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 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 there is not enough here for a novel, that Asimov should ve kept it a short story, but I disgree If anything, the book should have been longer, to let the ending play out in adramatic fashion


  8. Julio Genao Julio Genao says:

    been a long time, esse.i see you, central park east secondary school library reading nook circa 1991.i see you.


  9. James James says:

    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 withwords to slow it down a bit and the assistance of another author who isn t Asimov anyway


  10. Sarah Mazza Sarah Mazza says:

    Nightfall contained three parts Twilight, Nightfall and Daybreak, therefore I feel compelled to rate and review them separately.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 Nightfall contained three parts Twilight, Nightfall and Daybreak, therefore I feel compelled to rate and review them separately.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 had me wantingand it blew my mind So much was happening at once and all of the storylines converged perfectly It was pure chaos, in a most ordered sort of way A rating of 5 5 would be appropriate for Nightfall.Daybreak started off strong and stroked my curiosity, but it quickly meandered off to nothingness Certain characters were almost forgotten about, whilst others acted in ways that seemed to go against the personality that had been developed for them The ending was incredibly anticlimactic, considering just how engaging the middle of the novel had been Daybreak would get a rating of 2 5 from me


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