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

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The Naked Sun by Isaac Asimov

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This is the second of Asimov's full length robot novels featuring Earth detective Elijah Bailey and Robot Daneel Olivaw. Another re-read from my youth, this is one of my all time favourite novels. It's the perfect blend of brilliant dialogue and detective ratiocination by "Partner Elijah", as Olivaw (out of action for over a third of the novel, but still a great character) calls him. Set almost entirely on the planet Solaria, where human individualism and dependence on robots has found its ultimate expression, the characters are rather more memorable than those in its predecessor novel, The Caves of Steel, and their ways of thinking, contrasting with those of Elijah and his fellow Earthmen, are vividly and memorably drawn. Wonderful stuff. ( )
  john257hopper | Jun 15, 2016 |
Goofy, fast moving, fun. I think that the title is a bit of a pun, there is a bit of robot nudity and a bit of human nudity in this, as well as a sun just sitting there in the sky.

It was entertaining how our hero had to adjust to a planet which didn't have a single, universal time for all locations. ( )
  themulhern | May 23, 2016 |
For some reason I remember the last line of this book. That usually means it was good. ( )
  ndpmcIntosh | Mar 21, 2016 |
I love Asimov's robot mysteries! I recommend this one and _Caves of Steel_ especially. ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
An enjoyable detective story though the setting is hard to believe. I agree with some other review that I read that the timeframe provided for such a drastic change to the structure of society is unrealistic. ( )
  kale.dyer | Jan 23, 2016 |
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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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Asimov, Isaacprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Emshiller, EdCover Artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Foss, ChrisCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Freas, KellyCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Groot, RuurdCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Powers, RichardCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Puttkamer, Jesco vonTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ray, RuthCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stoovelaar, FrankCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Whelan, MichaelCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To Noreen,
To Tony, and
to One Hundred Unusual Hours
To Noreen and Nick Falasca
for inviting me,
To Tony Boucher
for introducing me,
and to One Hundred Unusual Hours
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Stubbornly Elijah Baley fought panic.
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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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