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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Nightfall by Isaac Asimov. Nightfall by Isaac Asimov. Of the six suns, only Beta is left in the sky.
Do you see it? Beta was almost at zenith, its ruddy light flooding the landscape to an unusual orange as the brilliant rays of setting Gamma died. Beta was at aphelion. Lagash Of the six suns, only Beta is left in the sky. It will do so because, as you see, Beta is the only sun in the sky. Get A Copy. More Details Original Title. Other Editions 6. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about Nightfall , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Nightfall. Aug 28, Peter Tillman rated it really liked it Shelves: reread-list , short-fiction , science-fiction , freebies. The Asimov classic.
As others note, the original novelette is far superior to the novelization. If you haven't read it, you should! Times read: many, over the years. Not lately. Jan 23, Jokoloyo rated it it was amazing. Nightfall is one of my early reads in SF genre, and after all these years I can still feel the eerie feeling that I felt after read the last word of the story. My rating could be bias for some people. As in other Asimov stories, we seek the gems in the ideas. So, if some people said the characterizations or plots of his works are not great, I can't disagree.
But Nightfall has good world building and surprisingly better than average execution for Asimov's works. The execution successfully made me Nightfall is one of my early reads in SF genre, and after all these years I can still feel the eerie feeling that I felt after read the last word of the story.
The execution successfully made me understood by heart view spoiler [the potential madness of people in hide spoiler ] the story. Majority of Asimov stories have interesting ideas and raised your interest, Nightfall could raised your interest and emotions. I like his definition of Favorite books. Aug 12, Jerry Jose rated it really liked it.
Lagash is a fictional Earth like planet, with a double Trisolaris situation - system of six suns, that keeps the planet perpetually lit. Lagash-ians have never experienced any darkness during their recorded history of civilization and the system of six suns is pretty much their accepted universe in its entirety. I found the parallels he kept with Earth fascinating, the cult and legend, the religious extremists and the general panic during a change that people can't comprehend.
I am inclined to believe that Asimov subtly paid a little tribute to Galileo and Bruno , in his narrative as well. The structural similarities between the planets deserves some mention, but I can't find a way to do that without spoiling anything.
One can be an unkill and ask all sort of scientific inquiries like How multiple gravitational forces would affect Lagash, Would there be seasons, How do they solve their n-body problem, Won't eclipses pose heat and quake threats, How does blind people cope with darkness, Or normal people during power failure in an internal office?
Or just enjoy the story. View all 3 comments. Mar 28, Martin rated it it was amazing Shelves: short-story. The long night had come again. I am deeply impressed by this sci-fi short by Isaac Asimov from Set in a world that is influenced by not one, but six suns, the people of Lagash only know eternal day. The sunlight never fades anywhere on the planet, since one of the six suns is always on the sky. This had led to mankind evolving with an inherent fear of the dark.
It is one of the most primal instincts that babies are born with on planet Lagash. Theremon is a journalist who investigates s The long night had come again. Theremon is a journalist who investigates some outrageous rumors that are circulated by the scientists of Saro University.
The institute's director, Aton 77, has declared that very soon, all six of the suns would vanish to bring darkness to Lagash - which is actually a prophecy that many cult leaders following the 'Book of Revelation' believe in.
The cultists claim that mankind will be wiped off the face of Lagash to repent for their sins. The Stars would bring darkness and fire and destroy society as people know it. Theremon wonders why a renowned scientist would believe in such 'nonsense', but Aton and his staff inform Theremon that there is evidence of several civilizations that preceded the current society. An event that apparently occurs every years seems to have ended each of these civilization 'cycles' - and Aton believes to have found a scientific explanation for this fact.
And he knows that they have reached the end of another year cycle. Theremon learns that every years, there is a rare star constellation that only leaves one sun, Beta, a dim red dwarf, visible on the sky. And precisely when that happens, another planet comes between Lagash and Beta, leading to a solar eclipse that immerses all of Lagash into complete darkness. Theremon still does not believe that a good half an hour of darkness would lead to the end of civilization, but the more the last of the suns vanishes, the more he feels the terror of darkness that no human on Lagash seems to be immune to.
Desperate for light, they fall into madness and set the world on fire. There even seems to be a novel that was based on this story and was apparently written with the approval of Isaac Asimov. And let's be grateful we are used to day AND night! May 17, Rhonda rated it really liked it Shelves: classics , s , favorite-authors , four-stars , aliens , favorites , scyfy , so-so-so-sad , science-fiction , drama-drama-drama. The thought of gazing upward to the stars driving any creature to complete madness is a difficult concept to fathom, nonetheless that's the driving force behind the story of Nightfall.
Picture a planet with six suns and no other way to light people's world. Every light they utilize, inside or out, comes from their suns. A few select scientist discovered there will be a total eclipse of all six suns and total darkness will ensue. They're cognizant concerning the stars, though they're a bit shaky on The thought of gazing upward to the stars driving any creature to complete madness is a difficult concept to fathom, nonetheless that's the driving force behind the story of Nightfall.
They're cognizant concerning the stars, though they're a bit shaky on what they may be. There are religious texts--thousands of years old-- explaining a well-known theory. The texts tell a tale of catastrophes that happened when the world turned to darkness at a previous time.
People burned their cities to light their world and set themselves back to their own dark ages. The primary component of the story presents dialog among a reporter and the scientist trying to record the event for future reference. Asimov writes the amount of stars number 30, compared to the few thousand that inhabitants of Earth view during our nightly observations.
It's difficult to conceptualize the feelings except beauty from these pinpoints of lights, although to never observe a star and suddenly to be bombarded with thousands could jolt anyone's composure.
Even though the book feels especially long winded--the writing continues with Asimov's excellence and the story's interesting subject matter is definitely worth the reader's time. Feb 01, Tom Van Boening rated it really liked it.
A cool concept of a night that only comes every years on a far away world. Me thinks Pitch Black was inspired by this in some way. I subtracted a star because I cannot believe that a world that far in the future would operate without artificial lights. Oh well.
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