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Wednesday, May 17, 2017
In 2011, OldKentuckyShark proposed a definition of existential horror:
You all do realise that this means that Asimov's Nightfall is existential horror.
It certainly cannot be science fiction. Its world of eternal day was always impossible, would have been known as impossible in 1941 or even in 1741. (Fuckin' Three Body Problem, how does it work?) Asimov's job was to wave off the physics, and to worldbuild on that assumption. His worldbuilding (in such a short space!) is what made the ending believable.
Because Nightfall, ultimately, was about mortal understanding faced with a sudden knowledge of reality that mortals cannot abide in sanity. Just like how Lovecraft based his stories. We don't care how the Necronomicon actually works.
UPDATE 5/20: My cheat-sheet.
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