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  1. says:

    This review is for the story Nightfall What if you lived on a planet with six suns and never knew what it was like to be in the dark On the planet Lagash there hasn t ever been darkness, at least not in anyone s lifetime, but that s about to change The one remaining sun is about to be eclipsed I went into this thinking the story sounded very interesting What would it be like to never have experienced darkness Unfortunately for me, up until the end, the story was all about the scientists discussing what they thought was going to happen to the people and how they would react, instead of what actually happened once the darkness came Their theories about how people would react to the darkness seemed really exaggerated to me and kind of ridiculous So it was an interesting idea, but ultimately I found the story disappointing and I thought it ended right as it started to become interesting.


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    Isaac Asimov s 1969 anthology bundles together three types of story substantial works of the early 1950s that had for whatever reason escaped his earlier anthologies a few small, often whimsical works, often written on commission, from the late 1950s and the 1960s, after he had re oriented his main career toward popular science writing and wrote fiction only occasionally and Nightfall , his 1941 masterpiece, that he had previously kept out of anthologies, probably out of resentment He didn t like constantly told that the best thing he d ever written was something he wrote when he was 21 This unusual mixture is a recipe for unusual Asimov most of these stories are in some way uncharacteristic of his usual style or themes It is not, however, necessarily a recipe for his best writing.There are twenty stories here although the first five provide half the pagecount They are blurbs my own Nightfall 1941 Astounding If the stars should emerge one night in a thousand years Green Patches 1950 Galaxy The second expedition to Saybrook s Planet hopes to avoid the fate of the first To that end, its human crew is entirely male, and its holds are filled with female animals, monitored night and day But why are humans so warped, so damaged, to want to avoid the best of all possible fates Hostess 1951 Galaxy As an academic biochemist, Rose Smollett is a career woman in a man s world And she has some questions to consider Why, for example, is a hay eating alien medical researcher visiting Earth all alone Why does he want to stay at her house Why does he want to visit the Missing Persons Bureau Why is her husband being so boorish about it all And why DID he marry her, anyway Breeds There A Man 1951 Astounding Elwood Ralson, noted atomic engineer, does not want to kill himself But he may not have a choice because there are some truths in the universe that man was never meant to know C Chute 1951 Galaxy Five men remain on a captured starship, waiting for imprisonment on the alien homeworld Each has their own desperate reason to escape and to return home to Earth but can any reason be powerful enough when only an act of heroism can save the day In a Good Cause 1951, New Tales of Space and Time In a good cause, there are no failures imprisonment, even execution, are only forms of delayed success Human planets are engulfed in continual internecine conflict, while the hay eating Diaboli construct a vast, homogenous, empire one man stands up to unify mankind.What If 1952 Fantastic A man and his wife meet a very peculiar stranger on a train, and consider an unusual question what if their own meeting on public transport years before had not gone as it did Would their lives be different Sally 1953 Fantastic When an intelligent car is past its prime, some owners don t want to send it to the scrapheap Instead, they send it to live on a farm upstate There, a custodian looks after them, repairs them, upgrades them, admires them Most beautiful of them all is Sally Flies 1953 FSF Three men meet again at a college reunion a priest in search of meaning, a jaded expert on animal communication, and a bitter insecticide researcher plagued perpetually by flies Perhaps there are some things man was never meant to know Nobody Here But 1953 Star Science Fiction Stories Bill Billings is a handsome, intelligent electrical engineer with a problem he just can t pluck up the courage to propose to the feisty Mary Ann Also, less importantly, he s just called his friend Cliff at their computer lab and had a conversation with him even though Cliff was on the way to Bill s house at the time DUN DUN DUUUUNNNNN It s Such a Beautiful Day 1954 Star Science Fiction Stories One morning, Mrs Hanshaw s teleporter develops a fault This has a terrible psychological impact on her son.Strikebreaker 1957 The Original Science Fiction Stories On the asteroid world of Elsevere, the society is happy But to what extent can the happiness, indeed the very safety, of society be permitted to rely on the unhappiness of even one man Insert Knob A in Hole B 1957 FSF If only there were some way around the limitations of flat pack, self assembled space infrastucture Some way that could be narrated in 350 words or fewer The Up to Date Sorceror 1958 FSF What if Gilbert and Sullivan s first full length operetta had a slightly different ending A professor invents a love potion.Unto the Fourth Generation 1959 FSF Somebody keeps seeing variations on the same surname one day Jewish things happen.What is this Thing Called Love 1961 Amazing Hapless aliens abduct two humans and attempt to observe their mating rituals their knowledge of which derives entirely from 1930s erotic science fiction stories about aliens abducting humans and observing their mating ritualsThe Machine That Won the War 1961 FSF The great computing machine, Multivac, has finally won the war against the evil Denebians Which is surprising, because, as the Chief Programer and Chief Interpreter of the machine discuss with the Executive Director of the Solar Federation, the process has a number of small flaws My Son, the Physicist 1962 Scientific American I m not going to dignify this one with a tease Eyes Do More Than See 1965 FSF A model of a head parts are labelledSegregationist 1967 Abbottempo A surgeon has some reservations about the operation they are to performAnd how good are these stories Well, they vary Nightfall , nearly 80 years after its first publication, remains or less timeless and a gem of the genre if not perhaps necessarily the greatest SF story of all time, as it used to be considered My Son, the Physicist , on the other hand, is just awful My pick of the non Nightfall stories would be the unsettling Sally Most of the longer stories are solid, second tier stories, while the shorter ones tend to be disposable although are couple are entertainingly so.Overall The good and the bad sort of cancel out Let s call it Not Bad Asimov s talent as a storyteller shines through indeed, due to the oddity of many of the stories, the breadth of his talent is visible here than in most of his anthologies, I think However, he was also an author with limitations limitations he can transcend in his best stories, but that drag down the rest For better or worse, Asimov wrote in an era of volume the economics of the pulps, and his own obsessive nature, lead him to put every idea on the page, even those that didn t really merit it This anthology gives us the whole range, from a masterpiece like Nightfall , through a range of flawed but still powerful stories, into a realm of disposable but adequate page fillers, all the way down to a couple of clunking failures There are half a dozen or stories that should interest the genre fan here but other than Nightfall , nothing to make this particular anthology a must read.But if you want a detailed impression of the stories, you can find one on my blog.


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    One of my favourite of the dozens of Asimov short story anthologies out there While the man was no great stylist, I ve no doubt at all that he was a master of the intriguing short story His shorts usually entail a sort of puzzle, and a great deal of fun is trying to stay a step ahead of the characters if you can or see how Asimov will get his people out of a jam, or not, as is sometimes the case While it s been a long time since I read this, I do remember finding a good number of the stories to be immensely potent Nightfall , which begins the book, is certainly one of Asimov s most well regarded pieces, but I m not even sure it is the best in here, as engrossing as it is Hostess clipped along like a good murder mystery, C Chute was good pulpy adventure fun, and It s a Beautiful Day , another often anthologised piece, does a fantastic job of getting inside the mind of a small child experiencing a justifiable phobia in the face of technological advancement As usual, Asimov provides little introductions to each piece, describing its genesis and publication in chatty detail I find his little explanatory notes to be rather engaging, which is often not the case with other writers, who tend to yammer a bit when describing their own work or leave too little up to the imagination, or else to reveal some unfortunate trait about themselves that I would rather not know Asimov s assessments about the industry and his own work seem mostly right on the money to me, at least, and he was certainly right about Green Patches , a great story to which John Campbell assigned the worthless title Misbegotten Missionary.


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    I had been told that Nightfall is considered by many to be the best science fiction short story of all time I had never heard of it, so I got it and gave it a read It was good, but once again, I am not sure what makes a short story great I can say that unlike so many highly praised literary short stories, Nightfall did have a beginning, middle, and clear end So that was nice.One of the clear challenges in science fiction is to write something that is both imaginative yet not something that can become dated Hard to do when you re making things up and then real science catches up with the author s imagination I suppose one of the great things about Nightfall is that it succeeds here Asimov has created a world, given them customs and technology and a basis of understanding the science of their world that even today, 60 years later, is still fresh.Nice show, Old Boy.


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    Nightfall Interesting idea, but I was constantly brought out of the story by what felt like little breaks if these aliens had never seen stars or darkness, then how did they know about how to simulate stars The technology level seemed to be all over the shop as well But other than that it seemed like an interesting idea Green Patches Another interesting idea I actually liked this one better than Nightfall The idea of biologic organisms all in symbiosis and being able to bring in other organisms into that symbiosis.


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    I ve only read Nightfall from this compilation, and maybe it s just me but I didn t really enjoy it People have claimed Nightfall is the greatest sci fi short story ever written, and I was just bored with it It felt like a business meeting, it didn t feel like it was sci fi other than mentioning other stars and whatnot.But again, that s just me.


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    I have no interest in the novelist expansion w Silverberg Mainly I just want the title story I know that I have read it but for some reason it never sticks.


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    In what is often considered the best science fiction short story of all time, Isaac Asimov demonstrates how science fiction done well can enrapture our attention and simultaneously offer constructive social criticism Asimov throws his readers into the midst of preparation for an apocalyptic doomsday forecasted by the scientists of Saro University, who are accompanied by a provocative journalist Theremon skeptical of such fantastical notions as the end of the world The renown author builds his narrative like a complex puzzle, with scattered hints that help his readers soon realize that the astronomers 1 fail to understand or comprehend darkness, which the citizens of their world and its six suns have never experienced and 2 the fabled Stars that the Cultists predict will appear are, in fact, no different than the ones we often see in the sky In addition, Asimov flawlessly builds suspense, with occasional references to the doomsday countdown and the slow but ominous approach of the mob from Saro City that believes salvation from the supernatural disaster can be earned from the destruction of the scientists observatory Notably, Asimov does not make it obvious how darkness will impact his characters While we know it should not harm them, the characters quite nearly persuade us that it may actually make them mad We therefore become almost frustrated with the irrationality that the characters consistently demonstrate, terrified as they are of what pitch blackness may do to their feeble minds Nevertheless, Asimov continues to remind us that, on a planet with six suns, darkness is unfathomable How would we react to such an incomprehensible event After all, Sheerin 501, the prickly psychologist utterly confident in his predictions on how darkness will impact people s sanity, compares darkness to infinity and eternity, inconceivable to us, too.Ironically, the near inexplicable fear of the dark shared by the scientists eerily reflects what they perceive are the na ve and simple minded beliefs of the Cultists Asimov masterfully paints the well educated elites of the Observatory, steadfast in their scientific assertions and confident of their own theories, as comically oblivious to very simple truths of astronomy that he knows all his readers understand What is , Asimov uses the ostensibly mysterious event of a solar eclipse, which has for centuries held mystical connotations, as the apocalyptic crux of his short story While the scientists jeer at the fact that the Cultists interpret this event in supernatural terms outlined in their pitifully primitive Book of Revelations aptly named, of course , their cowardice and fear in the face of darkness, which we all know poses no real threat, makes them seem terribly primitive In fact, the smoke that emanates from the fires lit in their Observatory does far harm than their perceived claustrophobia, which they erroneously claim must be the cause of their shortness of breath Would that the scientists ditch their foolish premises about darkness and the stars How blinded they are by their beliefs Ultimately, Asimov uses these ironic similarities between the Cultists and the scientists to provocatively comment on the state of spirituality and faith in modern, secular life First, we may perhaps learn from spiritual beliefs, as the scientists learn from the Cultists that, if not a cave, another planetary body exists that will block out the sun Second, qualitative scientific beliefs rooted in evidentiary truth may not always lead to sound conclusions That is not to say that Asimov is at all anti science He was, in fact, a self identified atheist and once president of the American Humanist Association 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 One should always ask questions, not because science is somehow untrustworthy or to be discarded, but because factual evidence is not always so clear as to offer self evident conclusions.


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    I ve belonged to the Science Fiction Book Club off and on over the years, buying the cheapest available hardcovers which promised to be interesting, reading them voraciously during semester breaks Having read a lot of Asimov as a child, this collection was a natural and safe in the sense of predictable choice.Of its contents, I only really remember Nightfall , his 1941 short story about, among other things, enlightened scientists versus the ignorant masses on a distant planet The reason I recall this story, however, is not its excellence per se but the coincidence that a summer later I heard Asimov himself read it aloud.The occasion was the community occupation of the Morningside Heights Public Library in Manhattan The city of New York had scheduled the library extension for closure in order to save some money and the people in the neighborhood had taken the place over I was working at the time as a chaplain at St Luke s Hospital Center on 110th and would go over to the ongoing occupation after work Occasionally an author would entertain the crowd by reading to us.By chance I arrived one afternoon just before Asimov arrived to read to us and, so, heard the whole thing I d never seen the guy before, didn t even know he lived in the area, but was impressed that such a famous writer would give of his time to such a humble cause.Generally, I think Asimov to be a pedestrian writer, an impressive polymath, but a mediocre stylist and rather conventional science fiction hack Hearing him read his own material in such circumstances, however, raises him a notch at least for Nightfall.


  10. says:

    I know Asimov is supposed to be king, but I find him very long winded and boring His ideas are great but the telling is poor Sorry, got to be honest.


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Nightfall and Other Stories summary pdf Nightfall and Other Stories, summary chapter 2 Nightfall and Other Stories, sparknotes Nightfall and Other Stories, Nightfall and Other Stories b82da7d A Collection Of Early Asimov Short Stories, Showcasing The Development Of The Author S Oeuvre The Title Comes From Asimov S Breakthrough Short StoryNTENTS Nightfall Astounding, Sept Green Patches Galaxy, Nov Hostess Galaxy, May Breeds There A Man Astounding, June C Chute Galaxy, Oct In A Good Cause New Tales Of Space Time , What If Fantastic, Summer Sally Fantastic, June Flies FSF, June Nobody Here But Star SF , It S Such A Beautiful Day Star SF , Strikebreaker Original SF Stories, Jan Insert Knob A In Hole B FSF, Dec The Up To Date Sorcerer FSF, July Unto The Fourth Generation FSF, April What Is This Thing Called Love Amazing, March The Machine That Won The War FSF, Oct My Son, The Physicist Scientific American, Feb Eyes Do More Than See FSF, April Segregationist Abbottempo, Book ,

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 350 pages
  • Nightfall and Other Stories
  • Isaac Asimov
  • English
  • 03 August 2018
  • 9780345310910

About the Author: Isaac Asimov

Isaac Asimov was a Russian born, American author, a professor of biochemistry, and a highly successful writer, best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books.Professor Asimov is generally considered one of the most prolific writers of all time, having written or edited than 500 books and an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards He has works published in nine o