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Nightfall by Isaac Asimov
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Nightfall (1990)

by Isaac Asimov, Robert Silverberg (Author)

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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 which had been shown!"

In "Nightfall" by Isaac Asimov, Robert Silverberg

The story, of course, being about how it doesn't quite work out like that.

When I think about “Nightfall”, Byron’s “Darkness” comes to mind, always:

"I had a dream, which was not all a dream,
The bright sun was extinguish’d, and the stars
Did wander darkling in the eternal space,
Rayless, and pathless; and the icy earth
Swung blind and blackening in the moonless air.
Morn came and went—and came, and brought no day,
And men forgot their passions in the dread
Of this their desolation: and all hearts
Were chill’d into a selfish prayer for light:
And they did live by watchfires—and the thrones,
The palaces of crowned kings—the huts,
The habitations of all things which dwell,
Were burnt for beacons; cities were consumed,
And men were gathered round their blazing homes
To look once more into each other’s face...."

Taken from here.

If Byron can, why can’t I? Let's give it a go:

The fullness abhors the emptiness of light.
A quiet truth inaudible in a hopeless sky,
Calling through the soul of every man,
Imploring embodiment, a place of rest,
Faithfully witnessing entitled despair.
Grumbling like a remembering at night,
Occupying substance, enveloping sense.
Maligned perception obligingly wanes,
A breath before the recurrence leaches-
Tinging ever, the light whence ‘twas derived.

By Myselfie.

Sextuple star systems like Kalgash should be unstable. Planet Kepler 16-B orbits a binary star, where each star in turn orbits around their center of gravity. When it comes to triple-star system, the question is: where should the planets go? It just depends how the triple-star system is set up. Most multiple-star systems are hierarchical, so you would expect two of the stars to be much closer together than the third. We can have planets orbiting all three stars, but the planets must be much closer to the close-together stars whereas the more distant star can have much wider-orbit planets. What about six-star systems? You should give Space Engine a try. It's a simulation of the visible universe that used a combination of known data to provide actual stars and galaxies, and to create procedurally generated moons/planets/stars/galaxies etc. If you want to know what it's like to live on a planet with multiple stars, Space Engine is the simulator to show you. Just don't get lost in it and spend a week browsing star systems without contacting your friends or family, 'cause that's what I did back in the day.

NB: "Traditional" vampires would be screwed in a multiple star system like the one depicted in
"Nightfall". ( )
  antao | Aug 29, 2018 |
Non l'avessi saputo,non avrei detto che questo fosse un libro del grande Asimov! Personaggi piatti,storia comune,colpo di scena finale che non sta in piedi. L'unica parte che si salva la seconda..lì ho riconosciuto l'asimov a cui sono abituato!Ora cercherò il racconto originario da cui è tratto il romanzo,in modo da capire quanto abbia influito la collaborazione di silverberg. ( )
  AlessandraEtFabio | Dec 22, 2017 |
The short story this is based on is rightly considered a classic. The novel adaptation by Asimov and Robert Silverberg is less so. I believe there was a TV film made of this. I'd like to see it! ( )
  RussellForden | Dec 12, 2017 |
This was probably my first "door-stopper" book.

Ah, memories. :)
( )
  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 |
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Asimov, IsaacAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Silverberg, RobertAuthormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Dixon, DonCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Günther, JohanTranslatorsecondary 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!

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:09:22 -0400)

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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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