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Isaac Asimov

Average Review Rating Average Rating 8/10 (1 Review)
Book Details

Publisher : Harper Collins

Published : 1997

Copyright : 1956; Renewed Isaac Asimov 1968

ISBN-10 : PB 0-00-648016-0
ISBN-13 : PB 978-0-00-648016-7

Publisher's Write-Up

The Complete Stories - Volume 2

The definitive collection of short fiction by Isaac Asimov, supreme master of the science fiction genre, continues with Volume Two of the Complete Stories. The Good Doctor was always ahead of his time and his work stands today as tMe clearest expression of our collective hopes and fears for the future. But the ever-expanding popularity of his stories with young and old readers alike is explained by their wit, zest and human interest.

Herein are 23 compelling stories, ranging from the very surprising heart-tugger 'The Ugly Little Boy' to the overwhelming vision of 'Nightfall', often voted the best science fiction story of all time.

In these stories Asimov's vivid awareness of the potential of technology is translated into human dilemmas that are more relevant today than ever before.

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Review by Nigel (310701) Rating (8/10)

Review by Nigel
Rating 8/10
This is the classic short story from Isaac Asimov that sees a planet and its population, afraid of the dark in the extreme, coming to terms with the fact they are only a small part of an infinite universe.

The planet Lagash has six suns and a perpetual day. The inhabitants never see night and because of this are unaware of other stars and believe they are alone in the Universe. However, every 2000 years there is an unexplained collapse of civilisation and the planet is thrown into chaos. A group of astronomers have finally put together the theory of gravitation and have calculated that another body must exist in their local space which causes a total eclipse of the planet every 2050 years. As they prepare for the coming nightfall they theorise about the mythical 'stars' discussed in the planets apocalyptical religion. Will their civilisation survive the eclipse this time with their greater understanding of the physics behind the darkness?

Nightfall has a lot of underlying messages and takes a pop at our own fears and how we deal with them, particularly religion and the foundations of belief.

Very good and well worth thirty minutes of anyone's time.
Nigel (31st July 2001)

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