“Nightfall,” Isaac Asimov, 1941

Nightfall,” Isaac Asimov, 1941 – A culture that has never seen the night due to the presence of six suns experiences nightfall for the first time.

Comments: “According to Asimov’s autobiography, Campbell asked Asimov to write the story after discussing with him a quotation from Ralph Waldo Emerson:  ‘If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore, and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God!’” (Wikipedia).  Considered one of the best sf stories by many.  See, for example, the introduction by Harry Harrison in The Mirror of Infinity: A Critics’ Anthology of Science Fiction.

Author: Wikipedia: “Isaac Asimov…(January 2, 1920 – April 6, 1992) was a Russian American author and professor of biochemistry at Boston University, best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books. Asimov was one of the most prolific writers of all time, having written or edited more than 500 books and an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards…Asimov is widely considered a master of hard science fiction and, along with Robert A. Heinlein and Arthur C. Clarke, he was considered one of the ‘Big Three’ science fiction writers during his lifetime.”


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