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The Naked Sun by Isaac Asimov (1957)

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I really do like this book - the world-building is solid, the mystery well-set up, the pacing fine. The futuristic concepts woven into the story are far-reaching and there is no doubt that Asimov had a creative intelligence that approached genius. The famous "Laws of Robotics", the social strain that would be caused by overpopulation, colonization, and the acceptance (or lack thereof) of robots, the setup of the City itself...
Unfortunately, more than most, Asimov could not shake off the social paradigms of his time. The characterization of Baley and of his society is hopelessly outdated, mostly because of Asimov's apparent inability to see women as equal contributors to society. ( )
  amandrake | Jul 14, 2014 |
I didn't think that this second book in the Robot series was quite as good as the first one ([book:The Caves of Steel|41811]) but it was an excellent contrast. In the first book, Elijiah Baley investigates the murder of a "Spacer" (someone who comes from another world that Earth colonized in the past) on Earth, where there are lots of people and only a few robots. In this book, Baley has been requested to go to Solaria (one of the Spacer planets) where there are few people and lots of robots.

Having experienced Solaria in the Foundation series, it was interesting to contrast it here. The Foundation series is set millenia in the future compared to this story so some aspects of the society shown in this were clear signposts to what would evolve. However, knowing the society did lessen some of the dramatic tension of the book. Perhaps that is one reason I thoought this was not quite as good as the previous one!

Asimov writes a good story, engrossing and fun, yet with social commentary to mull over once you finish. In this one, the adaptation of humans to differing social mores (in this case, specifically to be solitary vs. to be in a crowd) is explored and the ultimate consequences of these adaptations is hinted at. I found it fascinating that even the "normal" Earth attitude
is strange to us (although crowding is a not uncommon theme is futuristic sci fi). ( )
  leslie.98 | May 27, 2014 |
Sci fi robot mystery. I loved these in my late teens. I'll look for the other two. ( )
  njcur | Feb 13, 2014 |
This is the second (or third, if you count I, Robot) in Asimov's robot series and the second in the R. Daneel Olivaw series. Once again, this is a science fiction detective story. Baley's growth as a person, his changing beliefs - these were as much the story as the mystery. I enjoyed the mix. Asimov created a world and a society rich in flawed characters, unique customs and diverse history. His story quickly enveloped the reader in the world. I recommend to anyone interested in the AI vs. Human concept, and anyone interested in excellent classic science fiction. ( )
  empress8411 | Jan 21, 2014 |
Plainclothesman Elijah Baley is sent to the world of Solaria to solve a murder mystery. Solarians have huge estates all to themselves and do not see each other in the flesh -ever. Except for the rare occasions during their multi century life span when intercourse is required, and even then it is only with great fear and reluctance. Needless to say then, that Solarians cannot imagine anybody coming close enough to another human being to kill.

Baily must use all his skill and intellect to solve the mystery together with Daneel, the humanoid robot, who has once more joined forces with Elijah.

This book is a joy to read and leaves one with a lot of food for thought. ( )
  IAmAndyPieters | Nov 11, 2013 |
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Elijah must face is extreme agoraphobia, and Gladia must confront the Solarian fear of interpersonal contact. These Solarians represent what can possibly happen when dependence on robots is taken to extremes. Also, we get to see the developing relationship between Elijah and Daneel.
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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.  On the beautiful Outer World planet of Solaria, a handful of human colonists lead a hermit-like existence, their every need attended to by their faithful robot servants.  To this strange and provocative planet comes Detective Elijah Baley, sent from the streets of New York with his positronic partner, the robot R. Daneel Olivaw, to solve an incredible murder that has rocked Solaria to its foundations.  The victim had been so reclusive that he appeared to his associates only through holographic projection.  Yet someone had gotten close enough to bludgeon him to death while robots looked on.  Now Baley and Olivaw are faced with two clear impossibilities:  Either the Solarian was killed by one of his robots--unthinkable under the laws of Robotics--or he was killed by the woman who loved him so much that she never came into his presence!

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The Earth will be destroyed by Solaria's robot army if Elijah Baley fails to find the murderer of an eminent scientist.

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