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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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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 |
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 The characterization of Baley and of his society is hopelessly outdated, mostly because of Asimov's apparent inability to see women as equal contributors to society.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 |
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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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