Year of publication: 2011
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Nightfall by Isaac Asimov, Robert Silverberg If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore, and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God! —EMERSON Other world! There is no other world! Here or nowhere is the whole fact. —EMERSON To the Reader Kalgash is an alien world and it is not our intention to have you think that it is identical to Earth, even though we depict its people as speaking a language that you can understand, and using terms that are familiar to you. Those words should be understood as mere equivalents of alien terms—that is, a conventional set of equivalents of the same sort that a writer of novels uses when he has foreign characters speaking with each other in their own language but nevertheless transcribes their words in the language of the reader. So when the people of Kalgash speak of “miles,” or “hands,” or “cars,” or “computers,” they mean...