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Posted April 25, 2007
I'm mostly a fan of feminist literature, so sci fi is not my area of expertise at all! However, Nightfall raises REALLY interesting philosophical questions - puzzling, tricky, intriguing. How does the knowledge of potential life on other planets, and the knowledge of how vast our universe is, affect our own day-to-day reality? On earth, we seem numb to it. We see thousands of stars every night, and don't freak out, don't even really pause to marvel at it. But what if we only saw the stars once in a thousand years? What if we suddenly realized, in a momentous epiphany, how small we really are, how high the possibility of life on other planets yet how unattainable complete certainty of this really is? These questions are raised in Nightfall. I remember it more for the interesting, maddening questions it raises than for the characters or plot, although these are quite amusing as well.
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Posted October 3, 2003
I enjoyed this story
Imagine a distant, Earthlike planet in a solar system with six suns. This is the planet Kalgash, where the people don't know what nighttime is except in fables and bad dreams. Little do they suspect what will happend when a heavenly eclipse changes their world forever. This book was fun and fascinating. It has a storyline about unique relationsihips, not only between the characters but also between the scientific and religious communities on the fictional world of Kalgash. My only disappointment was that one of the characters I grew to like gets killed in the latter pages. I would encourage anyone who enjoys Science Fiction to check out this excellent work.
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Posted December 28, 2010
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