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Nightfall (Bantam Spectra Book) [Mass Market Paperback]

Isaac Asimov
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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1 Jan 1999 Bantam Spectra Book
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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  • Mass Market Paperback: 338 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam USA (1 Jan 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553290991
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553290998
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.6 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 614,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Imagine the unimagineable 28 Mar 2011
By Sars
An editor asked Asimov to write a story after discussing with him a quotation from Ralph Waldo Emerson:
'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!'

The resulting story, also called Nightfall (Nightfall and Other Stories) was first published in 1941.

The novel-length adaptation was a collaboration between Asimov and Silverberg. It doesn't really add much to the story, what it does add is character development. As another reviewer pointed out, it's missing 'that special Asimov touch', particularly in the Daybreak section. However, it's still an incredibly imaginative and thought-provoking read.

Having re-read it multiple times over the past 15 years or so, it's still one of my all-time favourites.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Best and Worst 14 July 2006
I am a fan of Asimov, let's get that out of the way first, while this is the first Silverberg title I have read.

OK this is a really good book from start to finish, the carachters are believable in a 1984 kind of way and enarly all of them have some depth. The idea of starting with three seperate storylines is a good one, if a little overone in recent years, and they tie together nicely (and much more unusually) very early in the story (by end of chapter 1 of 3).

The time skip between chapter 1 and 2 is a little lazy and it takes a bit of careful reading earl in Chapter 2 to see the change in relationships and point of view over that time in between. But by the end of the chapter things make sense again.

The third is very different, extremely bleak and slightly odd in the way it treats some of part 1/2's charachters, who have been built up, almost uncaringly, but this is perhaps an attempt to reflect on the very nature of the new world that is being described.

However, this is a 3 chapter book that desperately needs a fourth. The way chapter 3 ends is very unsatisfactory, being neitehr a real ending nor any sort of open ending (if that is possible, as it just feels that there should be more to follow. I assume that this is meant to be clever and show that a story like this will have no discernable ending for centuries (which is true), but honestly just seems like they go bored and decided to end it there.

The book was enjoyable enough whilst reading it, like I said it was a good story, but in the end I look back on a book and think about it. I can usually say that a book has a satifying story, makes me think or teaches me soemthing, this book really has none of those three things.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The original story deserved six stars.... 1 Jun 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Yes, it's a good sci-fi novel- But no,it
is not the incredibly original Asimov-story,
first published in 1941: it's much more
diluted, didactic and adapted to the taste
of today's movie-going public.

Still, there is a good analysis of what may happen
after the "horror vision" of a dark sky full of shining stars...
The two authors depict a crazy Post-Nightfall-Society,
characterized by utter disorientation, crime, lack of real
leadership, creation of small, local dictatorships and,
finally,theocracy as the only way out of the
frightening chaos.

Worth reading.

Elisheva Guggenheim-Mohosh, Geneva, Switzerland
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgic read 17 April 2014
By Annette
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I originally read this book in my teens and loved the concept. I recommended it to a friend and leant them my book but they lost it so this is the first time rereading it since then. This book introduced me to Asimov and Silverberg. It's pretty much how I remembered but these days I prefer more depth of character and story development. Still, it's an easy read and thought-provoking and I vaguely remember referencing the story concept (along with a few other sci-fi titles) in a school English essay!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not up to usual standard! 5 April 2014
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Having read most of Azimovs books I thought this offering was below par. The story started well enough but the plot fizzled out about half way through. Does not compare favourably with his "Foundation" series.
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1.0 out of 5 stars What was Nightfall? 19 Feb 2014
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A simple concept to which the author failed to give any depth of thought. It was as though 21st century life had been imposed on a different planet without seriously considering all the ramifications. In my view, the story never developed beyond an interesting idea.
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5.0 out of 5 stars He is the king of scifi 16 Jan 2014
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This book was amazing. Love Asimov and the stories he wrote. My love of scifi started with him, and still to this day he amazes me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars First Isaac Asimov Novel I have Read 28 Dec 2013
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This is the first Isaac Asimov Novel that I have read Not being a great science fiction reader. This could be about a different earth in another galaxy populated with people with the save wants and desires with the same fears and doubts and the same reaction to a global catastrophe. I found the the ending a bit weak as if the author wanted to finish the book or maybe wanting more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting idea
Enjoyed the book, but it seemed to drag a little after half way. Just missing that extra something that would make you not want to put it down.
Published 14 months ago by Rich S
3.0 out of 5 stars Not all it's cracked up to be...
I read elsewhere that this book is supposed to be one of the most famous sci-fi books of all time. The first two acts are very good but the third act is where the novel falls... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Alan Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps not the 'Asimov' classic but an interesting fictionalised...
The book is apparently based upon an earlier Asimov short story (Nightfall and Other Stories) but adds more depth to the characters here, an a co-author in Robert Silverberg, even... Read more
Published 14 months ago by AK
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellant book
I read the original Nightfall story many years ago and I was not disapppointed with this revised version which takes you further on the journey with what happens after the eclispe... Read more
Published 18 months ago by R J Sandall
5.0 out of 5 stars Imagine a world without nights
This science fiction novel is set on a planet Kalgash that is peculiar in that it has six suns. One of them is the brightest and considered the main sun. Read more
Published on 31 Jan 2011 by Printul Noptilor
5.0 out of 5 stars science with a twist
A science-fiction novel with a twist and a hint of mystery.
Though set on a distant alien world Asimov makes the characters
so human and lifelike.
Published on 12 Nov 2010 by Trudy Pask
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