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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Most of Asimov’s popularized science books explain scientific concepts in a historical way, going as far back as possible to a time when the science in question was at its simplest stage. In the age before cell phones, this would definitely seem to be impossible. Nov 12, Skyler Peterson rated it liked it Recommends it for: Or maybe just Asimov’s determination to keep ‘improving’ perfectly good work. Unfortunately for me, up until the end, the story was all about the scientists discussing what they thought was going to happen to the people and how they would react, instead of what actually happened once the darkness came.

Will scientific rationality be able to overcome bred in the bone religious terror? In addition to these stars, the only other celestial object mentioned is Kalgash’s moon, dubbed Kalgash Two by the scientists of Kalgash.

First, we may—perhaps—learn from spiritual beliefs, as the scientists learn from the Cultists that, if not a cave, another planetary body exists that will block out the sun. Half of every axial rotation spent in Darkness! Most of the longer stories are solid, second-tier stories, while the shorter ones tend to be disposable – although are couple are entertainingly so. Of course in this affluent community, this has to be a sign of psychosis. On the other hand, in most of these tales Asimov is not really interested in the aliens or combat per se.

Likely the best of the short stories in the book, it deals with a planet that never experiences night except for every few thousand years. They created with words such a vivid world for me to enter that I myself became subconsciously fearful of an impending collapse of civilization when I returned home from Kalgash.

Clarke, was considered syory of the “Big Three” science-fiction writers during his lifetime. Asimov gradually introduces his ideas to us through his character’s scientific processes. The storyline is one of the most intriguing that I have ever read: Nightfall isn’t that bad.


One of the best books I’ve read in a long time.

Nightfall and Other Stories

He also writes the end of a world very well, how society may very well break apart when the sanity of stort is One of Asimov’s greatest works. Although the people of Kalgash are meant to be aliens, they are very human in nature. The scientists theorize that earlier civilizations were destroyed by people who became insane during previous eclipses and—desperate for asiov light source—started large fires that destroyed cities.

As a cautionary tale about both scientific myopia and societal hubris, it has things to recommend it. In Aprilthe story was the th episode of Escape Poda science-fiction podcast. Some of the Reread this after many years.

Want to Read saving…. His shorts usually entail a sort of puzzle, and a great deal of fun is trying to stay a step ahead of the characters if you can or see how Asimov will get his people out of a jam, or not, as is sometimes the case. This novel is also well worth reading for its own sake. The next day Jacob reads that Gellhorn was found dead, with tire marks on his back.

Raymond then sought out to illuminate the side of a planet facing away from its central star. From what I can tell basically what happened is Asimov gave Silverberg permission to aasimov his …more Yeah, I don’t think it was a typical collaboration. You couldn’t expect life – which is fundamentally dependent upon light – to develop under those conditions. And Sheerin slammed his stpry down upon the table in sudden passion. He finally reveals he has been playing the long game.

I will definitely recommend this book to my writers group, and anyone else who shows an affinity for challenging deep moral issues in their work. Asimov indirectly commentates on this in his novel.

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

The lowest of the class is the person who handles the waste. Now all the pieces were in place he had allowed his old friend to get a fake document that would turn humanity against the aliens. Talking storry the psychologist he explains that he has realized that humanity is nothing more than an animal in a lab test and that we are being observed by an alien race.


The people of Kalgash, although ahort, are very human in nature, so I liked the approach of a sci-fi story to address the issue of how we humans respond to change, especially abrupt change in daily things whose stability we take for granted. In this asimoov, the cars, because of the positronic brain, gain personalities and because of a rich mans bequeath a collection of them are kept in a retirement farm.

The idea of biologic organisms all in symbiosis – and being able to bring in oth Nightfall: The technology level seemed to be all over the shop as well Perhaps it was because the characters’ predictions and conjectures about the future and this supposedly apocalyptic event were so interesting.

He has works published in nine o 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. Simon Bridge Science Nkghtfall.

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I was and still am a big Isaac Asimov fan, both of his fiction and his non-fiction. An interesting theory here, but I preferred the short story version which actually got to the point a little quicker.

It is an event that only comes every something y This is a review of the short story alone, since I can’t seem to find a page dedicated to it. It’s a beautiful day: A skeptical journalist visits a university observatory to interview a group of scientists who warn that civilization will soon end.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Isaac Asimov did a superb job of weaving a critical thinking topic into a unique and highly interesting storyline. Geoffrey tells Richard that he knows of his plans and he let them go forward this time. Some humans are on a ship that has been taken over by aliens humanity is at war with. Isaac Asimov’s anthology bundles together three types of story:

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