Nightfall

Just home from work and sitting in the mail were the November issue of ANALOG and the October/November issue of ASIMOV’S. As good as these magazines usually are, ASIMOV’S has a very special treat in this issue.

They’ve reprinted Isaac Asimov’s famous story, “Nightfall”.

In part, this is because it’s the 30th anniversary of the magazine, and in part it’s because of the Robert Reed story, “Night Call” that precedes it.

For anyone who has never read “Nightfall”, it is a must read. Originally written and published in 1941, “Nightfall” has, over the last 65 years repeatedly been voted the greatest short piece of science fiction of all time. I’m not even going to try and explain what the story is about. To have the full effect, you need to read it yourself. I can be found in dozens of anthologies and short story collections. Or rush out to your local book store and pick up a copy of the October/November issue of ASIMOV’S and turn to page 88.

Oh, and if you turn to page 12 (the letters column), you’ll find that the first letter printed in the Letters column is by someone named Jamie Todd Rubin. I wonder who that could be.

Take a peek at some of the other stories in the issue while you’re at it. You may find a gem that you wouldn’t have otherwise discovered. That’s what’s great about science fiction.