Isaac Asimov's short story, "Nightfall", tells of a planet orbiting in a system containing 6 suns, where a configuration leading to the fall of darkness occurs only once in two millennia. In collaboration with Silverberg, he has expanded the story into a novel which explores the story's aftermath.Isaac Asimov's short story, "Nightfall", tells of a planet orbiting in a system containing 6 suns, where a configuration leading to the fall of darkness occurs only once in two millennia. In collaboration with Silverberg, he has expanded the story into a novel which explores the story's aftermath.Read Less
New. No dust jacket as issued. (101506) 1st Mass market paperback edition is brand new in Near Mint condition with age browing outside page edges. Mass market (rack) paperback. Glued binding. 352 p. Bantam Spectra Book. Audience: General/trade.
Long before this book was thought of, Asimov wrote the fairly short story "Nightfall". Then Silverberg and he got together to generalize the story, make it a bit longer, show what happened next. I do not think this novel a complete success, but I do recommend it for those who have read the short story.
Dec 27, 2012
An amazing story! Just as good as the short story! Even better! The condition of the book was amazing as well, almost new.
Publishers Weekly, 1990-08-31 This collaboration by two masters of the genre expands on Asimov's classic short story first published in 1941. Kalgash is a planet with six suns, a world where darkness is unnatural. Scientists realize that an eclipse--an event that occurs only every 2049 years--is imminent, and that a society completely unfamiliar with darkness will be plunged into madness and chaos. The novel traces events leading to this discovery, and the fates of the main characters immediately following the apocalypse. While the premise is convincing in the context of a short story, this longer version brings up too many unresolved questions. The original tale was tightly written, succinct and stunning, but the novelization seems flabby and drawn-out--the reader recognizes the significance and consequences of the impending events long before the characters do. An abrupt and simplistic ending further mars a hallowed SF tale. 100,000 first printing. (Nov.)
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