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Nightfall by Isaac Asimov
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Nightfall (1990)

by Isaac Asimov, Robert Silverberg, Robert Silverberg

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This was probably my first "door-stopper" book.

Ah, memories. :)
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  kephradyx | Jun 20, 2017 |
I found this book was boring. I could not believe in the "horror" of the darkness or that a modern society (with a thriving scientific community) would be subject to such a mass hysteria. Most of the novel set up was in anticipation of the coming eclipse and the sheer terror it would inflict on the masses. First it is the darkness that causes the mass hysteria during the eclipse, then while the six suns are blocked due to the alignment kalgash2 the stars become visible and the resulting light causes those that see it to go either temporarily or permanently insane. (why this would happen on planet with SIX suns is somewhat of a mystery) the author then meticulously and tediously tells how the event affects each of the main characters. Finally i feel the author himself became bored with this mediocre tripe and ends the story in the quickest way possible. The end. ( )
  Cal_Clapp | Sep 5, 2016 |
Don't remember much about it. ( )
  ndpmcIntosh | Mar 21, 2016 |
Both Asimov and Silverberg like to pose interesting questions for us to consider and they do it in a not-so-subtle way here - though their story is fun to read nevertheless. ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
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! ( )
  ktoonen | Dec 31, 2015 |
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Asimov, Isaacprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Robert Silverbergmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Silverberg, Robertmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Dixon, DonCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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!

—Emerson
Other world! There is no other world! Here or nowhere is the whole fact.

—Emerson
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Campbell, John W (In fond and reverent memory of John W. Campbell, Jr.—and of those two terrified kids from Brooklyn who, in fear and trembling, made the awesome pilgrimage to his office, one of them in 1938 and the other in 1952.)
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It was a dazzling four-sun afternoon.
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This is an expansion (co-authored by Robert Silverberg) of Asimov's original short story. It should not be combined with "Nightfall and Other Stories", a collection including the original story and several others. Additionally there is a book, "Nightfall" by Asimov that is a compendium of the books "Nightfall One" and "Nightfall Two" that should not be combined into this work.
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The planet Kalgash is on the brink of chaos - but only a handful of people realize it. Kalgash knows only the perpetual light of day; for more than two millennia, some combination of its six sons has lit up the sky. But twilight is now gathering.
Soon the suns will set all at once - and the terrifying splendor of Nightfall will call forth a madness that signals the end of civilization.
Can the believers of legend pull their planet through the crisis?
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0553290991, Mass Market Paperback)

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. Only a handful of people on the planet Lagash are prepared to face the truth--that their six suns are setting all at once for the first time in 2,000 years, signaling the end of civilization!

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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.

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