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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A collection of early Asimov short stories, showcasing the development of the author’s oeuvre. The title comes from Asimov’s breakthrough short story. Mass Market Paperbackpages. Published November 12th by Del Rey first published January 1st To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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Darkness in literature: ‘Nightfall’ by Isaac Asimov
Feb 09, Tammie rated it it was sbort Shelves: This review is for the story Nightfall. What if you lived on a planet with six suns and never knew what it was like to be in the dark? On the planet Lagash there hasn’t ever been darkness, at least not in anyone’s lifetime, niightfall that’s about to change. The one remaining sun is about to be eclipsed. I went into this thinking the story sounded very interesting. What would it be like to never have experienced darkness?
Unfortunately for me, up until the end, the story was all about the scientists di This review is noghtfall the story Nightfall. 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.
Their theories about how people would react to the darkness seemed really exaggerated to me and kind of ridiculous.
So it was an interesting idea, but ultimately I found the story disappointing and I thought it ended right as it started to become interesting. View all 4 comments.
Isaac Asimov’s anthology bundles together three types of story: It is not, however, necessarily a recipe for his best writing. There are twenty stories here although the first five provide half the pagecount. They are blurbs my own To that end, its human crew is entirely male, and its holds are filled with female animals, monitored night and day. But why are humans so warped, so damaged, to want to avoid the best of all possible fates?
And she has some questions to consider. Why, for example, is a hay-eating alien medical researcher visiting Earth all alone? Why does he want to stay at her house? Why does he want to visit the Missing Persons Bureau? Why is her husband being so boorish about it all? And why DID he marry her, anyway? Breeds There A Man…? 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 remain on a captured starship, waiting for imprisonment on the alien homeworld.
Each has their own desperate reason to escape and to return home to Earth — but can any reason be powerful enough when only an act of heroism can save the day? Human planets are engulfed in continual internecine conflict, while the hay-eating Diaboli construct a vast, homogenous, empire; one man stands up to unify mankind. What If — — Fantastic A man and his wife meet a very peculiar stranger on a train, and consider an unusual question: Would their lives be different?
Instead, they send it to live on a farm upstate. There, a custodian looks after them, repairs them, upgrades them, admires them.
This has a terrible psychological impact on her son.
Nightfall and Other Stories by Isaac Asimov
But to what extent can the happiness, indeed the very safety, of society be permitted to rely on the unhappiness of even one man? A professor invents a sory potion. What is this Thing Called Love? My pick of the non-Nightfall stories would be the unsettling “Sally”.
Most of the longer stories are solid, second-tier stories, while the shorter ones tend to be disposable – although are couple are entertainingly so. The good and the bad sort of cancel out. Asimov’s talent as a asimlv shines through – indeed, due to the oddity of many of the stories, the breadth of his talent is more visible here than in most of his anthologies, I think.
However, he was also an author with limitations – limitations he can transcend in his best stories, but that drag down the rest. For better nigbtfall worse, Asimov wrote in an era of volume – the economics of the pulps, and his own obsessive nature, lead him to put every idea on the page, even those that didn’t really merit it.
This anthology gives us the whole range, from a masterpiece like “Nightfall”, through a range of flawed but still powerful stories, into a realm of disposable but adequate page-fillers, all the way down to a couple of clunking failures. There are half a dozen or more stories that should interest the genre fan here But if you want a more detailed impression of the stories, you can find one on my blog.
View all 5 comments. Jun 11, Jean-marcel rated it really liked it. One of my favourite of the dozens of Asimov short story anthologies out there.
While the man was no great stylist, I’ve no doubt at all that he was a master of the intriguing short story. 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. While it’s been a long time since I read this, I do storh finding a good number of the storie One of my favourite of the dozens of Asimov short story anthologies out there.
While it’s been a long time since I read this, I do remember finding a nigjtfall number of the stories to be immensely potent. As usual, Asimov provides little introductions to each piece, describing its genesis and publication in chatty detail. I find his little explanatory notes to be rather engaging, which is often not the case with other writers, who tend to yammer a bit when describing their own work shrot leave too little up to the imagination, or else to reveal some unfortunate trait about themselves that I would rather not know.
Asimov’s assessments about the industry and his own work seem mostly right “on the money” to me, at least, and he was certainly right about “Green Patches”, a great story to which John Campbell ztory the worthless title “Misbegotten Missionary”.
Jan 13, Michael Klein rated it liked it. I had been told that “Nightfall” is considered by many to be the best science fiction shortt story of all time. I had never heard of it, so I got it and gave it a read. It was good, zhort once again, I am not sure what makes a short story great.
I can say that unlike so many highly praised literary short stories, “Nightfall” did have a beginning, middle, and clear end. So that was nice. One of the clear challenges in science fiction is to syory something that is both imaginative yet not something th I had been told that “Nightfall” is considered by many to be the best science fiction short story of all time. One of the clear challenges in science fiction is to write something that is both imaginative yet not something that can become dated.
Hard to do when you’re making things up and then real science catches nifhtfall with the author’s imagination. I suppose one of sgort great things about “Nightfall” is that it succeeds here. Nice show, Old Boy. Aug 19, Angry rated it it was ok Shelves: Interesting idea, but I was constantly brought out of the story by what felt like little breaks – if these aliens had never seen stars or darkness, then how did they know about how to “simulate” stars?
The technology level seemed to be all over the shop as well But other than that it seemed like an interesting idea. I actually liked this one better than Nightfall. Stkry idea of biologic organisms all in symbiosis – and being able to bring in oth Nightfall: The idea of biologic organisms all in symbiosis – and being able to bring in other organisms into that symbiosis.
Jan 07, Johnny Leal rated it it was ok. I’ve only read Nightfall from this compilation, and maybe it’s just me but I didn’t really enjoy it. People have claimed Nightfall is the greatest sci-fi short story ever written, and I was just bored with it.
It felt like a business meeting, it didn’t feel like it was sci-fi other than mentioning other stars and whatnot. But again, that’s just me. Jun 10, Cheryl marked it as library-to-read Shelves: Mainly I just want the title story. I know that I have read it but for some reason it never sticks. Apr 26, Zachary Taylor rated it it was amazing Shelves: In what is often considered the best science fiction short story of all time, Isaac Asimov demonstrates how science fiction done well can enrapture our attention and simultaneously offer constructive social criticism.