The long night had come again. I am deeply impressed by this sci-fi short by Isaac Asimov from Set in a world that is influenced by not one, but six suns, the people of Lagash only know eternal day. The sunlight never fades anywhere on the planet, since one of the six suns is always on the sky. This had led to mankind evolving with an inherent fear of the dark.
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The long night had come again. I am deeply impressed by this sci-fi short by Isaac Asimov from Set in a world that is influenced by not one, but six suns, the people of Lagash only know eternal day. The sunlight never fades anywhere on the planet, since one of the six suns is always on the sky.
This had led to mankind evolving with an inherent fear of the dark. It is one of the most primal instincts that babies are born with on planet Lagash. Theremon is a journalist who investigates The long night had come again. Theremon is a journalist who investigates some outrageous rumors that are circulated by the scientists of Saro University.
The cultists claim that mankind will be wiped off the face of Lagash to repent for their sins. The Stars would bring darkness and fire and destroy society as people know it. And he knows that they have reached the end of another year cycle. Theremon learns that every years, there is a rare star constellation that only leaves one sun, Beta, a dim red dwarf, visible on the sky. And precisely when that happens, another planet comes between Lagash and Beta, leading to a solar eclipse that immerses all of Lagash into complete darkness.
Theremon still does not believe that a good half an hour of darkness would lead to the end of civilization, but the more the last of the suns vanishes, the more he feels the terror of darkness that no human on Lagash seems to be immune to. Desperate for light, they fall into madness and set the world on fire. There even seems to be a novel that was based on this story and was apparently written with the approval of Isaac Asimov.
Darkness in literature: 'Nightfall' by Isaac Asimov
Stand there on the brow of the hill in Greenwich Park, your head still full of planets spinning on their computer-generated orbits, with the National Maritime Museum, the curve of the river, Canary Wharf and all the city stretched out beneath you, and the vista seems to roll inexorably east towards the curtain of night. Darkness is an inescapable fact of life on earth, an astronomical certainty which, for all the terror it brings in childhood, gives our daily existence its rise and fall, its ebb and flow, as night follows day follows night. What if night were not only dense and all-encompassing, but also sudden and unexpected? What if daylight were so pervasive, so constant, that total darkness was unimaginable, inconceivable? What if there were no one to teach us how not to be afraid of the dark? In his short story "Nightfall" , Isaac Asimov takes us to Lagash, a planet deep in a globular cluster surrounded by not one, not two, not three — but six nearby stars.
Julie Corman became aware of it in when she read a review of an Asimov anthology in the New York Times. She was attracted by a story "about people who have recognizable moral dilemmas," and bought the screen rights. He passed so she tried a number of different writers. Along the way.
This famous phrase from A Space Odyssey is also applicable to Nightfall, but with an entirely opposite connotation. Nightfall was originally a short story by Isaac Asimov , first published in It is considered a classic sci-fi short story, and often cited as one of the all-time greats example best list. The book being reviewed here is an expansion of this short story, in collaboration of the great Robert Silverberg , a legend among veteran sci-fi readers. When this novelized version of Nightfall came out in I was not interested in reading it, as I thought the original story is perfect as it is and I could not imagine how expanding or padding it out can improve on it.