Originally posted by Soylent Green Is People
Originally posted by Quantum_Squirrel
Originally posted by kryton
Is there always one sun shinning?
unsure .. damn you would think so wouldn't you? pitch black springs to mind
I was thinking of the Asimov story "Nightfall" (a short story, and later a novel) about a planet with six suns that (normally) never experiences
night -- i.e., there is always at least one sun in the sky.
However, one scientist finds that civilization as they know it collapses every 2000+ years, and links that collapse to the idea that every 2000+ years
the planet experiences a brief "night" in which everyone goes crazy because they can't seem to grasp the concept of darkness.
However, I read the novel and was less than "wowed" by it. I agree with this reviewer (below) who says that while I think the basic premise of the
story is certainly interesting from a pure sci-fi standpoint, I can't help but see plot holes that come with the idea that these beings have never
experienced darkness in their lives...
...for example, don't the people on this planet have windowless rooms or closets? Can't they close their eyes? Hasn't anyone on that planet ever
tried hiding in a big cardboard box?
edit on 10/15/2012 by Soylent Green Is People because: (no reason given)
I just recently got hold of a copy of the novel. It elaborates a bit more into the detail of why. I'm not done reading but Asimov and Silberberg do
create plausible explanation of the why. The beings, always in the light see darkness as not natural. It creates a mental condition of fear. There is
mentioning of a carnival ride "the adventure" where the beings line up for. The ride is merely 15 minutes of darkness. 1 in 10 comes out insane.
Imagine 1 in 10 people become insane where the rest hangs on the brink of fear. Now include the sight of stars combined with a gloom and doom religion
that foretold to date when darkness would come.
I have more trouble with the moon of Kalgash having a stable 2049 year trip around the planet in a six star system where it eclipses the one star on
one of the few days that it is alone in the sky and eclipses it for halve a day so the whole planet will experience the darkness. Like clockwork.
I have to blind myself for that stretch a bit though it gives to think where some of the niburu material is coming from. Some Niburu theories lean
heavy on Asimov. (Super neutron (1941), Nightfall(1941) and Nemesis (1989)
Anyhows, the novel is worth it thus far, but that might be me being an Asimov nerd to begin with.