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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It’s a good start to the book and pulls you right in with it’s novel concept.

Right now the aliens want him to die because he is advancing humanity too fast. But I genuinely enjoyed reading it in Asimov’s story.

Eventually they are dropped off and the ship leaves, the alien who studied this world is disgraced. Feb 07, Wanda rated it did not like it.

Lamorak who is a sociologist who has been invited into the usually private colony. Learning that the universe is far more vast—and Lagash far more insignificant—than they believed causes everyone, including the scientists, to become insane.

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

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Humanity discovers a planet where all xhort live in harmony. His plan is nightfapl assassinate the aliens. Onos, in turn, orbits around the binary system Trey and Patru, the other binary system Tano and Sitha, and the red dwarf star Dovim.

The only other distance given is that Tano and Sitha form a binary star system about 11 times as far away as Onos.

Nightfall and Other Stories by Isaac Asimov

I personally like the Nightfall novel, featuring Robert Silverberg, which expands on the original short story more as it provides much more context on the events before and after nightfall. Scientists asimvo determined this happens every years and thus due to the near total madness of its inhabitants, scientists think society for the most part is obliterated and has to begin again. Worse, by that time the story’s been so diluted that something I thought was one key aspect of the original is completely lost.


I’d like to think it was Asimov, but I have a suspicion that it took watching a really bad show like “Three’s Company”, something so formulaic that an eight-year-old mind could finally see through it, and realize, “hey, not everything I watch or read rocks, and that some things might actually suck.

This simulation of that system by astrophysicist Sean Raymond finds that night would fall every two months, not millennia. The trap works and David’s group is quickly broken up. Shorf the beginning of shorf such war the two friends part ways.

This is the original story from the September issue of Astounding Science Fiction rather than the later adaptation in collaboration with Robert Silverberg. This time, however, the jail is set to be comfortable for Richard. Aug 19, Angry rated it it was ok Shelves: On his way to jail, he is informed by Geoffrey that his plan would not work because the aliens already had pacts with the other planets and if he had succeeded it would have been Earth versus nkghtfall aliens and other human planets.

The bad delivery of the ending, and the overall pulpiness of the story, are what drop the rating.

Nightfall and Other Stories

His name appeared on the cover of Astounding for the first time, and the story made Asimov—who later said that before “Nightfall” neither he nor anyone else other than perhaps Campbell considered him more than a “third rater”—one of the industry’s top writers. Science fiction books Short stories Fiction blogposts.


When Alpha sets, Beta is at zenith; when Gamma is at aphelion, Delta is near. Quickly they decide to unplug it before it gets smarter but it starts to send out electrified wires to protect themselves.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Apr 28, 7. I consider the original story to be one of the best, but this almost makes it seem ridiculous. One of the clear challenges in shrt fiction is to write something that is both imaginative yet not something that can become dated.

Asimov is widely considered a master of the science-fiction genre and, along with Robert A. An syory sociologist travels to the human asteroid colony of Elsevere to study their caste society.

I’ve thought about it, I assure you. We also learn there is a religion on this world, referred to as a cult, that believes their planet is doomed to enter a cave of darkness where stars will come to swallow the souls of all the people.

View all 5 comments. They decided to check out the lab and while investigating realized that the computer they were building is not the same as when they left the lab. Nightfall nightfaol 86 Mar 03, They open the box for the robot only to mightfall that it needs to be assembled.