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The Caves of Steel (R. Daneel Olivaw, Book 1) (original 1954; edition 1991)

by Isaac Asimov

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Title:The Caves of Steel (R. Daneel Olivaw, Book 1)
Authors:Isaac Asimov
Info:Spectra (1991), Mass Market Paperback, 288 pages
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The Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov (1954)

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I did enjoy The Caves of Steel even though the mystery is nothing special and I may even read the follow up, The Naked Sun. This could be thought of as something of a dystopian future for Earth and its 8 billion inhabitants where people live in megacities that are metal warrens. Privacy is hard to come by and most people are born, live and die without ever seeing outside the city, much less going out into the countryside. Most food is basically yeast with "real" meat, fruits, and vegetables rarely available. No one starves, not even the declassified, but very few live well. Added to this, the inhabitants really, really don't like robots. As the story opens, Lije Baley is assigned a robot partner and told to investigate a murder in Spacetown. Relations with the Spacers are uneasy and Lije knows that his future depends on solving the crime so he agrees to working with a robot even though he is as prejudiced against them as anyone else.
Over the course of the investigation some of Lije's attitudes change and he begins to see that Earth must also change.
  hailelib | Feb 8, 2015 |
As science-fiction it is quite dated, but it is a fairly decent detective/mystery story.
  wissamktb | Feb 1, 2015 |
"The Caves Of Steel" was Asimov's first SF/crime/mystery crossover novel and shows Earth suppressed by the long-lived superior "Spacers". When the spacer ambassador to Earth is killed an investigation by a mismatched pair of investigators, one from Earth and the other a Spacer must find the killer and avoid an interstellar incident. Well crafted characters and thoroughly plotted this is an excellent book for fans of either genre. ( )
  DavidMKelly | Dec 9, 2014 |
This was fun. I haven't read it in decades & never listened to it before. It was well suited to an audio book & the reader was good.

It was a good murder mystery, although the guilty party was telegraphed early. Just the details were missing. Still, the book wasn't primarily about that, but a look at the human condition in a crowded future. That was interesting, although harmed by out dated technology & I wish he'd steered clear of numbers. The world retreated to urban 'caves of steel' in the face of the overwhelming population of 8 billion several thousand years in the future which just doesn't seem likely today.

Anyway, it was a fun revisiting of Asimov's robot world in which I spent many a pleasant hour as child. ( )
  jimmaclachlan | Aug 18, 2014 |
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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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