Nightfall by Isaac Asimov and Robert Silverberg

Nightfall

by Isaac Asimov and Robert Silverberg

Form: Novel

Year: 1990

ID: 798

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Blurb:

(from Bantam 1991)

The planet Kalgash is on the brink of chaos — but only a handful of people realize it. Kalgash knows only the perpetual light of day; for more than two millennia, some combination of its six suns has lit up the sky. But twilight now is gathering. Soon the suns will set all at once — and the terrifying splendor of Nightfall will call forth a madness that signals the end of civilization.

Isaac Asimov's story Nightfall first appeared in 1941. it has since become recognized as a classic, its author a legend. But the short story isn't the whole story. Now Dr Asimov has teamed with multiple Hugo and Nebula Award winner Robert Silverberg to explore and expand one of the most awe-inspiring concepts in the history of science fiction.

In this novel, you will witness Nightfall — and much more.

You will learn what happens at Daybreak.

Comments:

A novel-length retelling of the classic Asimov short story. Definitely not up to the standards set by either writer, and probably the most disappointing thing from Silverberg since the Sixties, though it seems to have its fans. My main problem with it is that although these Kalgashians live a long way from Earth and have never heard of us, they act exactly like Americans of the 1940s. And with very minor cosmetic differences, Kalgash is Earth. Maybe they were trying to make a point about humans, but it just doesn't work for me.

Note: I've received email from people who enjoyed this book a lot more than I did, so don't let me discourage you

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