Nightfall [Short story]

Nightfall Short story Of the six suns only Beta is left in the sky Do you see it The question was rather unnecessary Beta was almost at zenith itsruddy light flooding the landscape to an unusual orange as the brilliantra

  • Title: Nightfall [Short story]
  • Author: Isaac Asimov Stephen Eley
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  • Page: 471
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  • Of the six suns, only Beta is left in the sky Do you see it The question was rather unnecessary Beta was almost at zenith, itsruddy light flooding the landscape to an unusual orange as the brilliantrays of setting Gamma died Beta was at aphelion It was small smaller thanTheremon had ever seen it before, and for the moment it was undisputed rulerof Lagash s sky.LagashOf the six suns, only Beta is left in the sky Do you see it The question was rather unnecessary Beta was almost at zenith, itsruddy light flooding the landscape to an unusual orange as the brilliantrays of setting Gamma died Beta was at aphelion It was small smaller thanTheremon had ever seen it before, and for the moment it was undisputed rulerof Lagash s sky.Lagash s own sun, Alpha, the one about which it revolved, was at theantipodes, as were the two distant companion pairs The red dwarf Beta Alpha s immediate companion was alone, grimly alone.Aton s upturned face flushed redly in the sunlight In just under fourhours, he said, civilization, as we know it, comes to an end It will doso because, as you see, Beta is the only sun in the sky He smiled grimly Print that There ll be no one to read it.

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    1. Isaac Asimov Stephen Eley

      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.Professor Asimov is generally considered one of the most prolific writers of all time, having written or edited than 500 books and an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards He has works published in nine of the ten major categories of the Dewey Decimal System lacking only an entry in the 100s category of Philosophy.Asimov is widely considered a master of the science fiction genre and, along with Robert A Heinlein and Arthur C Clarke, was considered one of the Big Three science fiction writers during his lifetime Asimov s most famous work is the Foundation Series his other major series are the Galactic Empire series and the Robot series, both of which he later tied into the same fictional universe as the Foundation Series to create a unified future history for his stories much like those pioneered by Robert A Heinlein and previously produced by Cordwainer Smith and Poul Anderson He penned numerous short stories, among them Nightfall , which in 1964 was voted by the Science Fiction Writers of America the best short science fiction story of all time, a title many still honor He also wrote mysteries and fantasy, as well as a great amount of nonfiction Asimov wrote the Lucky Starr series of juvenile science fiction novels using the pen name Paul French.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 He often provides nationalities, birth dates, and death dates for the scientists he mentions, as well as etymologies and pronunciation guides for technical terms Examples include his Guide to Science, the three volume set Understanding Physics, and Asimov s Chronology of Science and Discovery.Asimov was a long time member and Vice President of Mensa International, albeit reluctantly he described some members of that organization as brain proud and aggressive about their IQs He took joy in being president of the American Humanist Association The asteroid 5020 Asimov, the magazine Asimov s Science Fiction, a Brooklyn, NY elementary school, and two different Isaac Asimov Awards are named in his honor Isaac Asimov 2007, November 29 In , The Free Encyclopedia Retrieved 21 50, November 29, 2007, from enpedia wiki Isaac_As

    125 thoughts on “Nightfall [Short story]”

    1. 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 [...]

    2. 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. (view spoiler)[So imagine, how darkness and appearance of millions of stars in sky would affect the people, during the occurrence of an event like night. (hide spoiler)]Asimov's novelett [...]

    3. Um conto que faz jus a fama da Asimov: ficção científica com alto apelo filosófico.Aqui a ciência e a fé debatem e se criticam mutuamente, enquanto buscam compreender o maior fenômeno natural de suas épocas: o sumiço dos seis sóis e o extermínio do dia de luz constante.Não quero falar sobre o que há de melhor neste conto, já que isso seria um spoiler, mas o final é poderosamente crível. Nós, seres humanos, poderíamos facilmente protagonizar algo assim, se é que já não o fize [...]

    4. Enjoyable. A cool concept of a night that only comes every 2000 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. Minor problem in an otherwise classic story.

    5. 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 [...]

    6. Ao ler estes dois pequenos contos, que me deram a conhecer um vasto mundo tão real no seu surrealismo, senti como se tivesse lido um longo e detalhado romance, tal foi o poder do que as palavras me disseram."Os homens nasceram cegos para certas coisas."Na primeira história, "O Mestiço", Asimov faz uma critica à nossa natureza humana que, inevitavelmente, exclui e repudia aqueles que são de natureza diferente. O conforto do que conhecemos vence sempre o mistério do desconhecido e mesmo que [...]

    7. Now this is the story worth reading. It was one of the first books written by Asimov that I read. Even though Asimov is known for his science-fiction, I started with his mystery novels and I loved the way he wrote. So I continued to hunt down anything he had written and I came across this in one of the anthologies that collected his short stories. I never looked back. This story is my favorite of his stand-alone short stories and I'll tell you why.Asimov analyses our society in a way where scien [...]

    8. Падането на нощта (кратката версия)Айзък Азимов Това ми е третата среща с Азимов, и първата, която не ме удовлетвори. Лагаш е планета с шест слънца, планета, която не знае какво е тъмнина, т.е. беше, защото вече, вече тъмнината идва. Едно от слънцата е в най-отдалечената си точка [...]

    9. Imagine a planet, where no one saw darkness before, how terriyfing it would be for them to be left out in complete darkness? Taking place in a University in Lagash, the fictional planet surrounded by six stars, a decisive news reporter tries to interview with the scientists in the University who are trying to calculate the time of one of their star Beta’s death. During this nervous wait for their apocalypse, all the characters face the thrilling reality of soon to come darkness which they have [...]

    10. this story is AMAZING, i sat enthralled the whole way through. this is a great example of my favorite kind of sci-fi, the kind that stretches your mind, twists it a little, and is ridiculously relevant. what a concept asimov, you genius.if you like sci-fi at all and you haven't read this yet, stop what you're doing and read this. the 27 page pdf can be found here. in my opinion, the less you know going in, the better; it makes the discovery and build-up that much more gripping.

    11. As the first Asimov story i ever had the chance to read, and probably one of the first real Sci-Fi novellas, i was approaching this book with suspicion at first.The short story drew me in immediately and i was flooded with Asimov's ability to create a fantastic world from darkness (which is also a huge theme of this novella).Asimov's description of human fears was spot on and hooked me in. I will probably read more of his stuff, and I will consider quite strongly reading the full novel based on [...]

    12. We are plunged into an alien world where the concept of night does not exist. We are rushed into this society, their science, religion, history and mythology, which is an exploit in so few pages. I felt as if I was there, the hour before an apocalyptic event. Will it really happen or are the astronomers wrong? will an eclipse put the whole world into pitch-black darkness, making everyone mad, or will the scientists be ridiculed when nothing happens? We feel the anguish, we feel the strangeness o [...]

    13. I normally hate short stories. Just as I get into them, they end. My favourite short story of all time, and the one time you'll hear me say the short story was better than the longer book version. More bang. It's wonderful.Imagine you lived on a planet with multiple suns, so it was always light. Except, once every 2,000 years when all the suns are eclipsed. You see the night sky. You see the stars. The world goes mad. With the 2017 eclipse, a perfect story for the time!

    14. This story is terrible in every way except for writing style. Implausible concept, characters colorless, too numerous, confusing beginning, too long. The idea behind it is neat, but meatless, and it just doesn't work.I expected much more of supposedly one of the greatest sci-fi stories ever by the famous Asimov. (included in the Science Fiction Hall of Fame Vol. 1, voted in by sci-fi writers)spoilery discussion of the story concept:so on a permanently lit planet with 6 stars, there's a total ecl [...]

    15. This is said to be the classic science fiction short story. Considering it was written in 1941 by a 21 year old, it is a remarkable feat. Personally, I prefer Bradbury's "There Will Come Soft Rains" and Asimov's "Evidence," "Reason," and "The Last Question." But this aside, it is a wild concept that I loved - A planet with six suns sits in round the clock light except for a brief time every 2049 years when an unseen body creates an eclipse with the one sun visible at that time. The moment is pre [...]

    16. Para quem gosta de ficção cientifica e dos termos astrológicos e os demais eventos, trata-se de uma boa obra, com uma narrativa bem acessível. Através de uma dicotomia entre a origem e o fim, a criação e a morte, Isaac Asimov apresenta-nos a história de marcianos, e a cidade criada por um professor que sentiu-se atraído pela inteligência e intelectualidade deles. Não podendo coexistir no mesmo ambiente, no mesmo planeta, finaliza com uma despedida entre os marcianos e o criador da cid [...]

    17. This story was FANTASTIC. It has a certain H.G. Wells or Lovecraft feel, in my opinion, and the premise is phenomenal. What if, instead of nightly, seeing the stars was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. And not just a lifetime. Once every 2,000 years. The story is set on a planet with suns always in the sky, who finds that they will soon be experiencing their first solar eclipse and hours of total darkness in millennium. The scientists seek to comfort themselves with experiments in darkness and i [...]

    18. Set on a world of constant light due to the planet's orbit around six suns, Nightfall tells the story of the one night every 2000+ years when all the suns set at the same time, plunging the world into assumed darkness. I say assumed because none of the residents of the world have any record of the previous "nightfalls." Instead, archaeologists have found multiple cyclical collapses of civilization containing evidence of massive fires. The "Apostles of Flame" - a cult on the world - teach that th [...]

    19. To the non scientific mind, unknown phenomena can be a source of plentiful pitfalls and problems. When not being confused with facts, it is dwelling on irate or superficial thoughts. Following a cult is an even incomprehensible leaning, but the less an average to below average human is aware of the actualities of events, the more they will need word (especially assured) from figures they have attributed authority/their thinking to. Nightfall captures the downfall of a cabal of mortals caught up [...]

    20. Great fun of a story, and a stimulating read to boot. Asimov's tales have consistently been among the most 'scientific' of all sci-fis, so his stories always feel like there's more meat - more substance - to them than just pure unadulterated fantasy. Nightfall is an extrapolation of the question "What if we live on a planet where the sun(s) never set?" with subtle commentary on the nature of science, religion, skepticism and society as a whole. In short, infinitely more than what I'd expected fr [...]

    21. I read this in another edition, and I enjoyed it a lot. The waiting inside the narrative made me very nervous. It's another page-turner from Asimov, in my opinion. I just really wish it had been longer! I got excited when I remembered seeing a longer book with the same title, but it's apparently written with someone else. I'd prefer to see how Asimov alone would have expanded the short story. Oh well. 4.5 stars

    22. The idea of a people so utterly terrified of darkness, who live their entire lives in sunlight and to whom the stars and darkness are an inconceivable horror, was novel and fun. The scattered ideas about belief and the unknown and intelligence were fun, too, although the anti-religion sentiment was a little heavy. Still: just light a fucking campfire, guys. No need to destroy civilisation.

    23. I love stories like this. A slightly different planet, different ways of being and seeing and knowing. I'll have to get the novel version to see what more is done with the story. This is an excellent, succinct tale that is beautifully written.

    24. This is a really excellent short story. The realization of how insignificant we are in light of (no pun intended) the incredible vastness of the universe is astounding. So astounding that it can drive us into madness

    25. Imaginative. Really pleasant and wity. In a world of perpetual sunlight, for instance claustrophobia is the same thing as a fear of darkness :-) . This and other interesting observations make this book a pleasant short read.

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