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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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  MarthaNunes | Nov 2, 2015 |
Well, at last! In this book, Asimov proves that he is capable of writing ... something. He's reasonably intelligent and articulate. I'm kind of shocked. After reading the Foundation books, I was convinced he was an imbecile and his reputation had been faked. His writing was so atrocious, I could only finish the first one. In this book, he actually proves he knows what a transition is, something you never see in a Foundation book. He also proves he knows how to write dialogue, although still not very good. Better than Foundation, however.

This book centers around the murder of a Spacer, presumably by an Earthman in New York City, which is a huge city underground, and one detective Baley is ordered to investigate and find the killer. And he's assigned a partner. A Spacer robot named R. Daneel Olivaw. What's the big deal? Well, Earthmen hate Spacers and hate robots with a passion. And Spacers tend to look down on Earthmen because of their diseases and their hatred of robots. So, due to the First Law of Robotics, it's impossible for a robot to have killed this man, and it has to be a human, and since it wasn't a Spacer, it has to have been an Earthman, but since no one is allowed into Spacetown with weapons of any kind, who could it have been and how could they have done it? Baley has to find out and find out fast. And he has to get past his own hatred of and bias against robots. It's a pretty good plot, although the mystery is pretty easy to solve halfway through the book. One of the downsides is that, while Baley ultimately solves the mystery, he proves numerous times that he's a total dumbass. Great protagonist. This is, I believe, the first in the Robot series of books. It's okay; maybe the rest will be better. Whatever the case, I now know Asimov is capable of stringing sentences together without sounding like an idiot. I guess that's good. If you want a quick, albeit outdated read, it's cautiously recommended. ( )
  scottcholstad | Oct 29, 2015 |
Light, easy reading whodunit with Robot prejudices built in. It's also a look at the human condition far into the future. Pretty good except for his view of the near future...one guy whipped out a slide rule. So, if a robot is basically a computer, why do humans need a slide rule? Think that I'll go on and read the second book in the series anyway -- it was a good story. ( )
  buffalogr | Oct 2, 2015 |
So this is basically a whodunit, but with robots (kinda like the I Robot movie. I liked it a lot. You have to be able to get past the hokey 1950's dialogue but the mystery itself is great. Also hated the pathetic wife of the main character. The narrator made her sound especially annoying. ( )
  ragwaine | Sep 14, 2015 |
Excellent book. Quite a few turns of logic in solving the murder mystery. Also, an intelligent discussion of robotic. The plot was well designed and the characterswer believable. ( )
  GlennBell | Sep 1, 2015 |
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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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