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The Caves of Steel (R. Daneel Olivaw, Book 1) (original 1954; edition 1991)
by Isaac Asimov
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0553293400, Mass Market Paperback)A millennium into the future two advancements have altered the course of human history:¬†¬†the colonization of the galaxy and the creation of the positronic brain.¬†¬†Isaac Asimov's Robot novels chronicle the unlikely partnership between a New York City detective and a humanoid robot who must learn to work together.¬†¬†Like most people left behind on an over-populated Earth, New York City police detective Elijah Baley had little love for either the arrogant Spacers or their robotic companions.¬†¬†But when a prominent Spacer is murdered under mysterious circumstances, Baley is ordered to the Outer Worlds to help track down the killer.¬†¬†The relationship between Life and his Spacer superiors, who distrusted all Earthmen, was strained from the start.¬†¬†Then he learned that they had assigned him a partner:¬†¬†R. Daneel Olivaw.¬†¬†Worst of all was that the "R" stood for robot--and his positronic partner was made in the image and likeness of the murder victim!
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Fearing a violent confrontation between Earthmen and Spacers, Detective Baley and his new partner, a robot made in the image of the victim, investigate the murder of a Spacetown scientist.
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