- Hardcover: 343 pages
- Publisher: Doubleday; 1st edition (March 1969)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1199954896
- ISBN-13: 978-0385081047
- ASIN: 0385081049
- Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.7 x 1.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (182 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,769,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Nightfall and Other Stories Hardcover – March, 1969
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The first third of this book, up until Nightfall, is chilling and thrilling. The second half wanders, and though I don't want to give anything away, has a very anticlimactic ending. After finishing it, I felt the last section 'Daybreak" could have been left off almost completely and the novel would have actually benefitted.
Some of the ideas in the novel should have been further developed, while others, especially a quasi-romance subplot, made the story drag in places.
To sum things up, the first half or so is excellent, true to Asimov-form. The second half is boring, disappointing, and un-Asimov. For a 5 star start and a 1 star finish, I give 3 stars. I would be interested to know who wrote which parts of this book.
"Nightfall" was expanded into a full-length novel. It shouldn't have been. The short-story is perfect. Add to that Asimov's other favorites and you've got a delightful look at a potential universe.
Some of the stories show their age more than others, specifically those taking place on Earth. But even those are still worth reading and contemplating for awhile.
At one point, a psychologist asks a colleague if he sleeps with a "godlight" (their equivilent of a mere night light) in the bedroom. The colleague replies "of course", and when the psychologist asks him to turn it off or remove the "godlight", it is an alien and unfathomable idea. "Nightfall" is about the fragility of the human mind, its stubborness toward accepting change, and its inability to overcome monumental change in the face of a sudden epoch thrust upon mankind's collective psyche. The novel touches upon many aspects of this, with moments of scientic and religious backlash reminiscent of Galileo, and deeper delvings into the human mind and how, even in an enlightened age, the most primitive instincts can compel the strongest actions and reactions.
Although the third act of the novel is not as tightly written, "Nightfall" remains an engrossing work of science fiction by one of the great masters of the genre, Isaac Asimov, in turn ably assisted by notable contemporary Robert Silverberg. Recommended for all science fiction fans and for any curious readers with a background/interest in psychology or sociology.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Always liked Asimov; good story and interesting characters. The end was a little surprising.Published 1 month ago by Dennis King
I don't feel that any of what was added to expand the piece from the original short story was an improvement.Published 1 month ago by P. Fuller
As I'm making my way through sci-fi canon, I've finally read Nightfall and I loved it. The idea of world that never experienced darkness and thus saw their place in the universe... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jon Thomas
I haven't read Asimov since I read Fantastic Voyage from my high school reading list. I can't believe i haven't tried to read more of his work. Read morePublished 3 months ago by William Butler
Two great authors took an intriguing idea and somehow made it so boring I was skipping pages at a time to get to the ending...such as it was. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Stanan
The basic premise of the story was poor. Where did these people come from, living in this strange solar system? Read morePublished 4 months ago by Hardbake