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The Naked Sun by Isaac Asimov
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Title:The Naked Sun
Authors:Isaac Asimov
Info:Fawcett Crest (1972), Mass Market Paperback, 223 pages
Collections:Ex Libris
Tags:Fiction, Science Fiction

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The Naked Sun by Isaac Asimov

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As a detective mystery book, it is idiotic.

As a futuristic novel, meh.

Gets a second star because this is one of the first three-laws books.


It pisses me off that I loved this stunted drivel as a kid. So much of what's wrong with me is Asimov's fault. OK, and Heinlein's. ( )
  meekGee | Jul 6, 2015 |
Elijah Baley, a New York plain clothes policeman, is sent to the planet Solaria to solve a murder. Solaria is sparsely populated by humans, who are physically and socially isolated from each other. Its main industry is building robots, which it supplies to other planets, and which vastly outnumber the human population of the planet. Baley has to overcome his fear of the open while also contending with the locals fear of someone else's presence. He is assisted by the humanoid robot Daneel Olivaw from the planet Aurora, who was his assistant in The Caves of Steel, and who the locals believe is human. Eventually, he overcomes his and the locals' fears and solves the case. This is another great crossover detective story from one of the masters of science fiction. ( )
  Bruce_McNair | Jun 19, 2015 |
Very good detective story. ( )
  Kurt.Rocourt | May 22, 2015 |
A sequel to The Caves of Steel, another mystery featuring Elijah Baley and R. Daneel Olivaw, this time on the Spacer world of Solaria. I enjoyed revisiting this book which I read a long time ago. Elijah had to leave earth and learn to cope in another, very different, environment and society. He returned to Earth a somewhat changed man as a result.
  hailelib | May 17, 2015 |
classic Asimov. i read this the first time when i was in elementary school and it opened my mind to the idea of society-induced neuroses because humans in this book have grown into agoraphobics of immense proportions, living in isolated ranches hundreds of acres in area on distant planets, their only contact with one another through electronic devices.

then someone is murdered and a robot detective -not unlike Star Trek: The Next Generation's Mr. Data portraying Sherlock Holmes- is dispatched to investigate. robots do not suffer from the agoraphobia humans do nor is it seen as taboo to be in the presence of a robot.

classic Asimov and a crisp, clean, sci-fi who-dunnit. simple and enjoyable. ( )
  keebrook | Mar 10, 2015 |
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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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