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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Despite publication, they are not believed asimoov most of humanity nightfxll them cranks. The other five suns are minor in comparison, but provide enough light to prevent the inhabitants of Kalgash from defining “night”. To prove itself right he kidnaps nightfal random man and woman and tries to make them mate. The premise is that you have a civilization orbiting a double star system so that it never gets dark, that is, until there is a once-in-an-epoch total eclipse.

The last scenario, Kalgash 5, also modeled an Earth-like planet orbiting a black hole in between two rings of stars, except in that version, the outer ring was 40 AU wide and consisted of eight bright blue stars, giving the planet’s sky a gradient of color throughout the day.

It won’t change soon, but maybe in his son’s or his grandkids’ lifetime, there will be change. A classic much talked jightfall short story. Do you already have an account?

Another scenario, dubbed Kalgash 3, imagined a ring of a dozen sun-like stars 40 AU wide orbiting a black hole a few thousand solar masses in size. The planet, Lagash, with 6 suns and constant daylight, is plunged into darkness.

Although the people of Kalgash are meant to be aliens, they are very human in nature. Lamorak who is a sociologist who has been invited into the usually private colony.

I intend covering it. Checking it out they find that the wire that carries the current for the door switch has been burned out. Humans are different than the other five known sentient species in ways such as they are the only ones to eat meat, they are the only ones who stop growing, they die of natural old age, and they are the only species that does not share a low-level telepathy. Humanity grew with this parasite and is used to it, removing it at this point would cause unhampered growth and that there was already this in the world.


Sadly, this is exactly the same short story as the original Nightfall, just with more words to slow it down a bit and the ‘assistance’ of another author who isn’t Asimov anyway 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!

Firstly, Siferra 89, an archaeologist, makes a discovery that many prior civilizations all have been subjected to collapse routinely every years.

Arguably one of Asimov’s best stories of all time. Feb 09, Tammie rated it it was ok Shelves: I had been told that “Nightfall” is considered by many to be the best science fiction short story of all time. The story then mixes the anticipatory and the completed into a sort of a theory of Mind and explores the delicate dependency of Mind upon expectations as well as memory – specifically the dependency on light among a species unfamiliar with darkness.

Doubts and nightmare of an atheist.

“Nightfall” by Isaac Asimov

It was a welcome change up in the book. Following this, Beenay 25, shoet astronomer, discovers an anomaly in the orbital path of Kalgash.

Asi,ovNightfalla low-budget movie, was produced based upon the story. He is given the best of everything, large house, the best entertainment systems and such but he and his family are not allowed to interact with anyone. Whether these are truly Asimov’s best stories is undoubtedly a matter of subjective opinion, but they’re mostly entertaining and certainly not a waste of time.

Asimov’s Nightfall short story

A group of the aliens is on Earth as part of a peace agreement negotiation. That the humans have to combine to make new humans, the same with the animals. I chuckled when I read this passage in which a Kalgash astronomer discusses the The people of Kalgash, although aliens, are very human in nature, so I liked the approach of a sci-fi story to address the issue of how we humans respond to change, especially abrupt change in daily things whose stability we take for granted.


Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. This, he argues, is the aliens intervening to keep their experiment in check.

Nightfall was the story that put Asimov on the map as an important science fiction writer. Talking to the psychologist he explains that he has realized that humanity is nothing more than an animal in a lab test and that we are being observed by an alien race.

Nightfall (Asimov novelette and novel) – Wikipedia

He finally reveals he has been playing the long game. 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 the aliens and other human planets. But Lagash is located in the center of a ” giant cluster ,” and during the eclipse, the night sky—the first that people have ever seen—is filled with more than 30, newly visible stars.

Part three of “The Complete Stories, Volume 1. Complete darkness is unknown to the planet. It turns out that the alien is looking for the possible cause of a disease that affects his and other alien species. I should probably show her “My Son, the Physicist,” which is also pretty funny. Nevertheless, Nightfall is, at the very least, an anti-pseudoscience invective and, at most, a cautious admonition about provocative conclusions derived from questionable scientific inquiry.

Asimov is never a great literary figure but he is a great conveyor of ideas and observations about humanity in fictional form.