Nightfall by Asimov, Isaac, 1920-1992; Silverberg, Robert. Juvenile dialog, massive plot holes. The planet orbits five suns, all various sizes and distances away, so that the inhabitants have never known night. - even if the mayor of the city knew in 1938 that the Germans would bomb it in 1940 and practically annihilate it, his chances of convincing the government and the population to significantly alter their behavior and prepare for this were next to nil. Fans of Asimov and post-apocalyptic stories. I am deeply impressed by this sci-fi short by Isaac Asimov from 1941. An amazing short story, rewritten as a novel by popular demand. but adds more depth to the characters here, an a co-author in Robert Silverberg, even if the events covered are largely the same. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. There is a group of astronomers who believe their planet is on the brink of catastrophe. An interesting theory here, but I preferred the short story version which actually got to the point a little quicker. In 1988, Nightfall, a low-budget movie, was produced based upon the story. Nightfall, in its original Asimov form, is scifi’s most poetic setting. From what I can tell basically what happened is Asimov gave Silverberg permission to expand his ne. 'Nightfall' is a wonderful piece of classic sci-fi, written by Isaac Asimov, the genre's greatest author, in collaboration with Robert Silverberg. A most unique end of the world story. No, nothing could exist under conditions like that.”, “So the universe is not quite as you thought it was. This book introduced me to Asimov and Silverberg. Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free. The third section (the weakest, IMO) definitely reads like Silverberg; it has a lot of his typical internal dialog with characteristic repititions: "Yes. Nightfall, by Isaac Asimov, takes a simple premise, commonplace for us, and puts it in a foreign context. Reread this after many years. The sunlight never fades anywhere on the planet, since one of the six suns is always on the sky. It has since become recognized as a classic, its author a legend. The original short story "Nightfall" by Isaac Asimov is one of the great science fiction short stories of all time, and it is a fabulous work of imagination. Regularly alternating nights … Nightfall by Robert A. Silverberg and Isaac Asimov (1990, Hardcover) $17.77. Early on I thought this was a 5 star story but it definitely faded for me in the last parts. It wouldn't get enough heat and light, and if it rotated there would be total darkness half of every day. 'Nightfall', an episode of Dimension X (1950), adapting Dr Asimov's original story. Isaac Asimov's short story “Nightfall” first appeared in 1941. Imagine never having seen the Stars. The shorter the nightfall the better. An archaeologist confirms this in layers she uncovers underneath the site of an ancient settlement before the Darkness occurs. There wouldn't be any native inhabitants. What a creative story of science fiction! Soon nightfall will come and bring with it tremendous destruction. Reviewed in the United States on February 23, 2014. The plot is simple and compelling. Doesn't Enhance the Original Story All That Much, Reviewed in the United States on May 20, 2018. Most disappointing book written by either of the authors. It has since become recognized as a classic, its author a legend. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 17, 2014. Nobody can write science fiction like him. I was and still am a big Isaac Asimov fan, both of his fiction and his non-fiction. "Nightfall", an episode of X Minus One (1955), adapting Dr Asimov's original story. Isaac Asimov's short story “Nightfall” first appeared in 1941. Don't bother with it unless you're an Asimov completist. In the known past it has always been light, there is no night. The basic premise - namely that an unimaginable event will happen in about a year's time in a society closely modeled on ours - is simple but the authors manage a quite convincing account of how humanity is likely to deal with it. One of the best books I’ve read in a long time. Great idea for a novel but badly executed. This novel, based on that short story, only gets 2 stars. shipping: + $3.33 shipping . Even though they are an advanced society, even the astronomers have no clue that there is anything in the universe besides their planet and the five suns. We’ve discounted annual subscriptions by 50% for our End-of-Year sale—Join Now! COMMENTARY. All the plots are there. Anthills of the Savannah (Penguin Modern Classics). He may have made some suggestions about the manuscript but Asimov said he had "very little to argue with". This despite the fact that Lagash is, in fact, in the center of a giant cluster in its galaxy (rather than near the edge of the galaxy as is our Earth). The original short story Nightfall is brilliant and deserves five stars. Imagine living on a planet with six suns that never experiences Darkness. What would happen if all of a sudden, an eclipse occurs and for the first time in thousands of years the whole planet is unexpectedly dark? Surprisingly fresh and still sobering even in the face of dreary post-apocalyptic tales everywhere in the media. It turns out that this happens like clockwork every 2000 years, with most of society literally burning to the ground each time, and subsequent generations oblivious to the event. The news men wont publish the astronomers findings and cultists feel so threatened by what the astronomers are saying they want to attack them. After the story, it includes a dialog between Isaac Asimov and Ben Bova. There was a problem loading your book clubs. It takes place on a distant planet in a distant system. When scientists discover the existence of a previously unknown planet that will make a close pass and indeed blot out the tiniest of the suns while t. This book was FANTASTIC. Most interesting of all is the last act, of the world after the end. Shades of the Foundation trilogy. These two renowned writers have invented a world not unlike our own--a world on the edge of chaos, torn between the madness of religious fanaticism and the stubborn denial of scientists. But as the city slowly falls into darkness, terror overwhelms the citizens and a crimson fire appears on the horizon. In 1976, Analog Records, as their only release, presented a further dramatization of "Nightfall" on a 33 1⁄3 rpm vinyl record, produced by James Cutting and recorded at American Learning Center. Please try again. At points I was close to giving Nightfall three stars. The main characters in the story are all scientists, and they are able to predict the arrival of the eclipse, but not its results. Reread every year or so since then***. The ending is predictable and the protagonist's choices at the end are all to easy. A planet without night. Science struggles against superstition in this dramatic portrayal of Isaac Asimov's award winning short story. ***Upgraded this book to an all time love. With Jennifer Burns, Winsome Brown, Joseph Hodge, David Carradine. They obviously had electricity and electric lights. "Nightfall" Title: Nightfall Author: Isaac Asimov Original copyright year: 1941 Genre: science fiction Date of e-text: September 12, 1999 Prepared by: Ken 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?' Nightfall. You probably know coauthors Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck as James S.A. Corey—their shared pen name. [what happened to Sifeera on reaching Sanctuary after the cataclysmic events was certainly not Asimov. "Nightfall" (1947), a Short Story by Arthur C. Clarke, also known as " The Curse ". But the short story isn't the whole story. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 22, 2020. The lack of night has affected the psychologies of the people such that the dark, rarely experienced, is something they avoid instinctively. The authors added a twist to that one, in that both a religious sect as well as the scientific community have something to say on the likely event (in order to avoid the spoilers I cannot portray their views in the review). Nightfall Isaac Asimov, Robert Silverberg. But the short story isn't the whole story. I really enjoyed some of the science vs religion stuff. More to follow tomorrow. The major difference between Isaac Asimov’s planet Lagash and Earth is that Lagash orbits around a star that is part of a complex system of six stars. Review by Nigel Rating 8/10 This is the classic short story from Isaac Asimov that sees a planet and its population, afraid of the dark in the extreme, coming to terms with the fact they are only a small part of an infinite universe. It is like the author was trying to finish it quickly because he was getting bored. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. But reading this story made me realize why Asimov is my favorite sci-fi author. Nightfall by ISAAC ASIMOV AND ROBERT SILVERBERG Book The Fast Free Shipping. etc. I created this video with the YouTube Video Editor (http://www.youtube.com/editor) Rare Isaac Asimov film. Yes." Unable to add item to List. SOLVED. When a distant planet's six suns slowly disappear, the population is overwhelmed with fear and superstition. Written in his dry, pre-WWII classic American sci-fi style, very matter-of-fact and reverent of science. It has since become recognized as a classic, its author a legend. Nightfall Isaac Asimov, Author, Robert Silverberg, With Doubleday Books $150 (0p) ISBN 978-0-385-41626-9. In his 1941 short story "Nightfall", Isaac Asimov takes us to Lagash, a planet deep in a globular cluster surrounded by not one, not two, not three – … Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. $37.71. A planet similar to Earth ("Lagash" in the short story, "Kaldash" in this novel) has an orbit around multiple suns, such that the planet's inhabitants (who are essentially human beings) never experience nightfall, as at least one of the planet's suns is always in the sky. Half of every axial rotation spent in Darkness! Isaac Asimov. We’d love your help. Isaac Asimov: The Complete Stories, Vol. You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. Please try again. Even though they are an advanced society, even the astronomers have no clue that there is anything in the universe besides their planet and the five suns. It was bloated and forgettable. January 27th 2012 It takes place on a distant planet in a distant system. And fear. First a word about the versions of this story. The 1941 short story "Nightfall" has been acclaimed one of the greatest science fiction tales—if not the greatest science fiction tale—ever. The planet, Lagash, with 6 suns and constant daylight, is plunged into darkness. 1 1 53Isaac Asimov - "Nightfall" 2 (1941) daily columns of these last two 3 4 If the stars should appear one night in 5 a thousand years, how would men believe 6 and adore, and preserve for many 7 generations the remembrance of the city 8 of God?' Publication date 1991 ... An expanded version of Asimov's short story, "Nightfall," reveals a world on the brink of chaos, torn between religious fanaticism and scientific denial and faced with the end of civilization Notes. Reviewed in the United States on June 2, 2018. There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. Just kind of silly. To start with, I thought the original 1941 novelette was absolutely fascinating. “Nightfall” by Isaac Asimov. 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 that a society unfamiliar with Darkness will be plunged into madness and chaos. Originally published in Astounding Science Fiction in 1941, it now appears in dozens of anthologies, but is perhaps most easily found in Nightfall and Other Stories or another of Asimov's own anthologies The Best of Isaac Asimov. Asimov added a brief introduction to each story, explaining some aspect of the story's history and/or how it came to be written. Essays and criticism on Isaac Asimov's Nightfall - Critical Essays. This is a novelization of the original short story, and does well as a stand-alone story for those who never read the short story but is also highly enjoyable for those of us who did. The Living Company: Growth Learning and Longevity in Business. ) Then, one by one your suns start to set, gradually leading you into Darkness for the first time ever. 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. It has since become recognized as a classic, its author a legend. The first two acts are very good but the third act is where the novel falls hard. Nightfall read online free from your Pc or Mobile. I know Asimov is supposed to be king, but I find him very long-winded and boring. 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