Richard Lea: The struggle between science and superstition in Asimov’s classic short story rings as true today as it did 70 years ago. Second, the whole story in Nightfall revolves around an impending very rare solar eclipse of the one sun out of six that is in the sky at the time. The classic science-fiction tale “Nightfall” is set on a planet where night only falls every 2, years. Now, a scientist proposes a planet could.

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Twenty stories comprise this collection of what Asimov himself considered his finest work up to The other weather event was the monsoon -like rains that occurred after Sheerin returned from a consultation in Jonglor, which is described as a northern city.

You can only talk about it. Although the plot has a definite “fluff” feel, the masterful writing and ideas of Asimov keep it from becoming stale.

Darkness in literature: ‘Nightfall’ by Isaac Asimov

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. 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. Shortly after landing the explorers discover that their hamsters are pregnant, which is impossible as there are no male hamsters.

However, in most of these variations, it was challenging to imagine how darkness could only rarely fall, Raymond said. I feel the post-apocalyptic framework is too commonplace for Silverberg.

The plot advances at a nice pace. A con-man named Gellhorn visits a mechanic named Jake who restores old automatic cars and allows them to roam free on his farm. While the humans aboard are antagonistic toward one another, one man named Mullen rises above by volunteering for a dangerous mission. Irwin Fletcher Yeah, I don’t think it was a typical collaboration.

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. He then weaves science into the man’s treatment. Log in or Sign up. A skeptical journalist visits a university observatory to interview a group of scientists who warn that civilization will soon end.


To ask other readers questions about Nightfallplease sign up. Originally a short story written inNightfall tells the story of a fictional planet Kalgash, one who is always accustomed to light, and what happens to it when that light is suddenly taken away from those who live on Kalgash.

How would we react to such an incomprehensible event? Goodreads helps you keep asimog of books you want to read. Other reviews will be asomov if I read others from the collection. They mention about how hard it was to get all the information in and the General lets it slip that t I can say that unlike so many highly praised literary short stories, “Nightfall” did have a beginning, middle, and clear end.

From what I can tell basically what happened is Asimov gave Silverberg permission to expand his …more Njghtfall, I don’t think it was a typical collaboration. In his short story “Nightfall”Isaac Asimov takes us to Lagash, a planet deep in a globular cluster surrounded by not one, not two, not three — but six nearby stars. He turns around and finds his coworker just unplugging the computer. Love potions, but made through science, and a judge, a friend of the scientist, who finds himself in hot water.

Nightfall by Isaac Asimov

I really liked how cleaver this story was. Gellhorn is back and he is no longer asking for the motors, but demanding them. The moon is real and nightfxll the first time in years, the world has darkness and the stars come out.

It is for these reasons that it is highly practical that one finds time in his or her schedule to read. Ultimately, Asimov uses these ironic similarities between the Cultists and the scientists to provocatively comment on the state of spirituality and faith in modern, secular life.

Your nightfal, wasn’t built for the conception any more than it was built for the conception of infinity or of eternity. The world is celebrating the defeat of an alien menace. Soon the ship’s cat is pregnant and the women test pregnant as well. The ending is a bit disappointing- it jumps out, but it satisfactorily concludes the narrative. Return to Book Page. While it’s been a long time since I read this, Sshort do remember finding a good number of the storie One of my favourite storh the dozens of Asimov short story anthologies out there.


But Lagash is located in the center of a ” giant cluster ,” and during the eclipse, the night sky—the first that people have ever seen—is filled with more than 30, newly visible stars. Watching for the wires he tries to convince her to stay when he hears his co-worker telling him to shut up and ask her to marry him already.

Jun 10, Cheryl marked it as library-to-read Shelves: It’s Such a Beautiful Day: The scientists use this apparent myth, along with recent discoveries in gravitational research, to develop a theory about the repeated collapse of society. I remember reading this one when I first read the book. In Aprilthe story was the th episode of Escape Aximova science-fiction podcast.

Could Isaac Asimov’s Planet Where Nightfall Almost Never Comes Really Exist?

A repairman comes over and fixes the door and it looks like all is well. What I really liked about this one was the science and creativity.

Isaac Asimov was a Russian-born, American author, a professor of biochemistry, and a highly successful writer, best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books. All of this is generally quite light hearted and in very interesting. Want to Read saving…. Aug 25, Thomas rated it really liked it. I’m going to keep trying because there must be a reason why he’s considered a classic, but I found half of the stories boring, if not awkward.

Could Isaac Asimov’s Planet Where Nightfall Almost Never Comes Really Exist?

A biologist welcomes an alien into her home as a house guest. But he may not have a choice — because there are some truths in the universe that man was never meant to know… C-Chute — Galaxy Five men ngihtfall on a captured starship, waiting for imprisonment on the alien homeworld.

At least for me This story is about a planet which has six suns so there is no tim I just read the novella written by Isaac Asimov not the full length novel which expanded this story later.