History Literature / Nightfall

23rd Oct '17 3:58:31 PM StFan
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!!Tropes include:

* AdamAndEvePlot - A would-be rapist's justification for his actions.
* AlienSky - To us, the world of the story. To the characters in the story, the night sky, and especially [[spoiler:the stars]].
* AllMythsAreTrue - The holy book of the cult is actually a remarkably accurate historical accounting.
* AmusementParkOfDoom - Since the thing everyone's most afraid of is darkness, someone has the great idea of making a funfair horror ride that goes for fifteen minutes with no light whatsoever. Strong-willed people who take it are temporarily reduced to quivering wrecks. Weak-minded ones go permanently insane. The ride does not last long.
* AncientConspiracy - 2049 years is a long time to wait to try to take over the world.
* AndManGrewProud - The holy book, again.
* AnyoneCanDie - Not all the main characters make it out alive.
* ApocalypseAnarchy: They basically burn down their entire civilization in the freakout; then the survivors start over from scratch. By the time of the next eclipse, the only record of the previous one is in mythology.
* ApocalypseHow - Planetary Societal Collapse. Danger of Planetary Species Extinction.
* TheArk - A bunker in an old particle accelerator complex.
* AsimovsThreeKindsOfScienceFiction - Social.
* AttemptedRape - After the eclipse. Proves fatal for the would-be attacker.
* BadMoonRising - The central third of the plot.
* BinarySuns - Kalgash has two pairs of binary suns!
* CallARabbitASmeerp - "Thargola's Sword" for Occam's Razor. A few other things. Mostly averted in favor of TranslationConvention, as seen below.

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!!Tropes include:

!!''Nightfall'' provides examples of:

* AdamAndEvePlot - AdamAndEvePlot: A would-be rapist's justification for his actions.
* AlienSky - AlienSky: To us, the world of the story. To the characters in the story, the night sky, and especially [[spoiler:the stars]].
* AllMythsAreTrue - AllMythsAreTrue: The holy book of the cult is actually a remarkably accurate historical accounting.
* AmusementParkOfDoom - AmusementParkOfDoom: Since the thing everyone's most afraid of is darkness, someone has the great idea of making a funfair horror ride that goes for fifteen minutes with no light whatsoever. Strong-willed people who take it are temporarily reduced to quivering wrecks. Weak-minded ones go permanently insane. The ride does not last long.
* AncientConspiracy - AncientConspiracy: 2049 years is a long time to wait to try to take over the world.
* AndManGrewProud - AndManGrewProud: The holy book, again.
* AnyoneCanDie - AnyoneCanDie: Not all the main characters make it out alive.
* ApocalypseAnarchy: They basically burn down their entire civilization in the freakout; freak-out; then the survivors start over from scratch. By the time of the next eclipse, the only record of the previous one is in mythology.
* ApocalypseHow - ApocalypseHow: Planetary Societal Collapse. Danger of Planetary Species Extinction.
* TheArk - TheArk: A bunker in an old particle accelerator complex.
* AsimovsThreeKindsOfScienceFiction - AsimovsThreeKindsOfScienceFiction: Social.
* AttemptedRape - AttemptedRape: After the eclipse. Proves fatal for the would-be attacker.
* BadMoonRising - BadMoonRising: The central third of the plot.
* BinarySuns - BinarySuns: Kalgash has two pairs of binary suns!
* CallARabbitASmeerp - CallARabbitASmeerp: "Thargola's Sword" for Occam's Razor. A few other things. Mostly averted in favor of TranslationConvention, as seen below.



* GoMadFromTheRevelation: The plot involves the main characters frantically trying to prevent their civilization from suffering this when they finally experience darkness for the first time. [[spoiler: While the darkness is bad enough, what ''no one'' is prepared for is the billions and billions of stars that suddenly appear in the night sky. This leads to the far more devastating revelation that their solar system, which they had originally believed to be the extent of the entire universe, is merely a tiny part of it.]]
* InsignificantLittleBluePlanet - When one character [[spoiler:sees the Stars, he realizes that the universe must not merely be made of the six suns, Kalgash and Kalgash 2.]]
* {{Irony}}: Everyone is trying to prevent their society from going completely mad once they experience the darkness caused by the eclipse. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, no one was prepared for the billions of stars that appeared in the night sky, and the revelation that their society, which they had previously believed to be the entire universe, was only a tiny part of a much greater whole. It's not just the darkness that drives everyone mad, but the billions of lights that can be seen ''in'' the darkness.]]
* ItWillNeverCatchOn - At one point, discussing the aversion to darkness universal among the populace, an example of a world with a single sun, exposed to an average of 12 hours of darkness per day is posited. It's ridiculed as a useless thought experiment, because darkness is considered so inimical to life that such a world would be barren and dead.

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* GoMadFromTheRevelation: The plot involves the main characters frantically trying to prevent their civilization from suffering this when they finally experience darkness for the first time. [[spoiler: While [[spoiler:While the darkness is bad enough, what ''no one'' ''no-one'' is prepared for is the billions and billions of stars that suddenly appear in the night sky. This leads to the far more devastating revelation that their solar system, which they had originally believed to be the extent of the entire universe, is merely a tiny part of it.]]
* InsignificantLittleBluePlanet - InsignificantLittleBluePlanet: When one character [[spoiler:sees the Stars, he realizes that the universe must not merely be made of the six suns, Kalgash and Kalgash 2.]]
* {{Irony}}: Everyone is trying to prevent their society from going completely mad once they experience the darkness caused by the eclipse. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, no one [[spoiler:Unfortunately, no-one was prepared for the billions of stars that appeared in the night sky, and the revelation that their society, which they had previously believed to be the entire universe, was only a tiny part of a much greater whole. It's not just the darkness that drives everyone mad, but the billions of lights that can be seen ''in'' the darkness.]]
* ItWillNeverCatchOn - ItWillNeverCatchOn: At one point, discussing the aversion to darkness universal among the populace, an example of a world with a single sun, exposed to an average of 12 hours of darkness per day is posited. It's ridiculed as a useless thought experiment, because darkness is considered so inimical to life that such a world would be barren and dead.



* MadnessMantra: Happens at the end of the short story, when the [[spoiler:six suns set but the stars in the night sky reveal themselves, leading the character of Aton to start crying and saying "Stars--all the stars--we didn't know at all. We didn't know anything. We thought six stars in a universe is something the Stars didn't notice is Darkness forever and ever and ever and the walls are breaking in and we didn't know we couldn't know anything--"]]
* MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness - Pretty much rock-solid. Posits no new technology or science, the only thing that makes this science fiction at all is the setting.
** However, it's nearly impossible for a stellar system with the described properties to exist - either the orbits would be unstable, or the suns would be too far apart for the permanent day (which must be a bright day, otherwise the stars would be daytime visible, since the setting is in the middle of a globular cluster).
* NegativeSpaceWedgie - One of the theories the physicists propose to explain a perturbation in the planet's orbit.
* NumberedHomeworld - "Kalgash 2", the previously unknown moon.
* PrimalFear - An entire planet that has never known darkness. People of all ages sleep with nightlights. What would happen if this world encountered true darkness ''en masse'' without sufficient preparation?
* TorchesAndPitchforks - Emphasis on the torches, in a collective attempt to stave off darkness.
* TranslationConvention - From the foreword:
-->''"...We could have told you that our character paused to [[CallARabbitASmeerp strap on his quonglishes before setting out on a walk of seven vorks along the main gleebish of his native znoob]], and everything [[WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief would have seemed ever so much more thoroughly alien]]. But it also would have been ever so much more difficult to make sense out of what we were saying, [[AndThatsTerrible and that did not seem useful]]."''

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* MadnessMantra: Happens at the end of the short story, when the [[spoiler:six suns set but the stars in the night sky reveal themselves, leading the character of Aton to start crying and saying "Stars--all "Stars -- all the stars--we stars -- we didn't know at all. We didn't know anything. We thought six stars in a universe is something the Stars didn't notice is Darkness forever and ever and ever and the walls are breaking in and we didn't know we couldn't know anything--"]]
* MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness - MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness: Pretty much rock-solid. Posits no new technology or science, the only thing that makes this science fiction at all is the setting.
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setting. However, it's nearly impossible for a stellar system with the described properties to exist - -- either the orbits would be unstable, or the suns would be too far apart for the permanent day (which must be a bright day, otherwise the stars would be daytime visible, since the setting is in the middle of a globular cluster).
* NegativeSpaceWedgie - NegativeSpaceWedgie: One of the theories the physicists propose to explain a perturbation in the planet's orbit.
* NumberedHomeworld - NumberedHomeworld: "Kalgash 2", the previously unknown moon.
* PrimalFear - PrimalFear: An entire planet that has never known darkness. People of all ages sleep with nightlights. What would happen if this world encountered true darkness ''en masse'' without sufficient preparation?
* TorchesAndPitchforks - TorchesAndPitchforks: Emphasis on the torches, in a collective attempt to stave off darkness.
* TranslationConvention - TranslationConvention: From the foreword:
-->''"...-->''...We could have told you that our character paused to [[CallARabbitASmeerp strap on his quonglishes before setting out on a walk of seven vorks along the main gleebish of his native znoob]], and everything [[WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief would have seemed ever so much more thoroughly alien]]. But it also would have been ever so much more difficult to make sense out of what we were saying, [[AndThatsTerrible and that did not seem useful]]."''''
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9th Apr '17 8:50:04 AM CheeseDogX
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* ApocalypseHow - Class 1. Danger of Class 2.

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* ApocalypseHow - Class 1. Planetary Societal Collapse. Danger of Class 2.Planetary Species Extinction.
22nd Mar '17 4:24:33 PM Mdumas43073
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Unless otherwise noted, all references here are to the novel.

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Unless otherwise noted, all references here are to the novel. No relation to the early-'80s Creator/{{CBC}} radio horror series.
10th Apr '16 11:08:28 PM MAI742
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-->--'''Creator/JohnWCampbell''', dissenting from the above quote


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30th Nov '14 8:00:29 AM DoctorNemesis
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* {{Irony}}: Everyone is trying to prevent their society from going completely mad once they experience the darkness caused by the eclipse. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, no one was prepared for the billions of stars that appeared in the night sky, and the revelation that their society, which they had previously believed to be the entire universe, was only a tiny part of a much greater whole. It's not the darkness that drives everyone mad, but the billions of lights that can be seen ''in'' the darkness.]]

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* {{Irony}}: Everyone is trying to prevent their society from going completely mad once they experience the darkness caused by the eclipse. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, no one was prepared for the billions of stars that appeared in the night sky, and the revelation that their society, which they had previously believed to be the entire universe, was only a tiny part of a much greater whole. It's not just the darkness that drives everyone mad, but the billions of lights that can be seen ''in'' the darkness.]]
30th Nov '14 7:59:43 AM DoctorNemesis
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* GoMadFromTheRevelation: The plot involves the main characters frantically trying to prevent their civilization from suffering this when they finally experience darkness for the first time. [[spoiler: While the darkness is bad enough, what ''no one'' is prepared for is the billions and billions of stars that suddenly appear in the night sky. This leads to the far more devastating revelation that their solar system, which they had originally believed to be the extent of the entire universe, is merely a tiny part of it.]]


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* {{Irony}}: Everyone is trying to prevent their society from going completely mad once they experience the darkness caused by the eclipse. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, no one was prepared for the billions of stars that appeared in the night sky, and the revelation that their society, which they had previously believed to be the entire universe, was only a tiny part of a much greater whole. It's not the darkness that drives everyone mad, but the billions of lights that can be seen ''in'' the darkness.]]
31st Oct '14 8:26:10 AM drebert
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** However, it's most likely impossible for a stellar system with the described properties to exist - either the orbits would be unstable, or the suns would be too far apart for the permanent day (which must be a bright day, otherwise the stars would be daytime visible, since the setting is in the middle of a globular cluster).

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** However, it's most likely nearly impossible for a stellar system with the described properties to exist - either the orbits would be unstable, or the suns would be too far apart for the permanent day (which must be a bright day, otherwise the stars would be daytime visible, since the setting is in the middle of a globular cluster).
31st Oct '14 7:23:57 AM drebert
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** However, it's most likely impossible for a stellar system with the described properties to exist - either the orbits would be unstable, or the suns would be too far apart for the permanent day (which must be a bright day, otherwise the stars would be daytime visible, since the setting is in the middle of a globular cluster).
24th Aug '14 10:21:05 PM fzzr_miller
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* ScienceMarchesOn - It's likely that a planet near so many stars would have a highly unstable orbit and be uninhabitable. But then, that's what they said about a planet with just one star...
** In addition, careful reading of the story makes it clear that the planet has several continents, far enough apart to be in different hemispheres of the planet. Therefore, during the period where there is only one visible sun, the inhabitants of the continents facing away from that sun would experience night (and darkness) without the need for an apocalyptic eclipse. This is never addressed in the story...
*** Obviously, they would be seeing all the five suns which are not visible in the eclipse area.
25th Jul '14 8:28:56 AM Omeganian
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*** THey might probably be seeing another of the suns.

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*** THey might probably Obviously, they would be seeing another of all the suns.five suns which are not visible in the eclipse area.
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