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The Caves of Steel: A Lije Baley & R. Daneel Olivaw Novel (original 1954; edition 1986)

by Isaac Asimov (Author)

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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 Baley and his Spacer superiors, who mistrusted 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!… (more)
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Title:The Caves of Steel: A Lije Baley & R. Daneel Olivaw Novel
Authors:Isaac Asimov (Author)
Info:Del Rey (1986), Edition: Reissue, 269 pages
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The Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov (1954)

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This one was a quick read. I liked it a lot better than the foundation series - which I couldn't finish. I did find story a bit dated, however. and Asimov is not known for his strong female characters - and he makes no exception to that rule in this book. ( )
  wills2003 | Jul 30, 2020 |
The Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov is a classic science fiction story and a murder mystery meshed together. The timing is supposed to be far into the future, a time when hyperspace travel has been discovered, and a few worlds have been colonized. Known as the “Spacer worlds” they are rich, have a relatively low population density and use robot labour. Meanwhile Earth has become overpopulated and both “spacers” and robots are looked up with suspicion. The caves of steel in the title are the vast city complexes on earth that are covered by metal domes.

When a Spacer ambassador is murdered by an earth-man, New York City detective Elijah Baley is assigned a the case and much to his disgust is given a highly advanced robot partner to work with. I found the story entertaining as much for Asimov’s vision of the future as for the story. The murder mystery was fairly predictable but I was totally absorbed by Asimov’s world-building that is revealed throughout the course of the story.

While I doubt that I will track down more of these sci-fi mysteries, I did find The Caves of Steel to be a satisfying read. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Jul 24, 2020 |
You can see why Asimov thinks he's great shakes. This is written early 1950s and he talks of a future world where humans live in huge cities with the utmost efficiency, protected from the environment, entirely dependent upon nuclear power, eating food created by science. Thus earth is still able to support a massive population and rising. Let's just say, we are getting there. The age of the car is well gone -in this world people walk on transport belts that go up to 60 miles/hour. The vehicles are only community ones, for the police and emergency services.

He describes a world in which the advanced, rich, long-living Spacers are trying to impose robots upon the inhabitants of the City states. He describes the hostility as people find themselves displaced by these machines. He could be describing the world of right now,

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https://alittleteaalittlechat.wordpress.com/2016/05/18/the-caves-of-steel-by-isa... ( )
  bringbackbooks | Jun 16, 2020 |
You can see why Asimov thinks he's great shakes. This is written early 1950s and he talks of a future world where humans live in huge cities with the utmost efficiency, protected from the environment, entirely dependent upon nuclear power, eating food created by science. Thus earth is still able to support a massive population and rising. Let's just say, we are getting there. The age of the car is well gone -in this world people walk on transport belts that go up to 60 miles/hour. The vehicles are only community ones, for the police and emergency services.

He describes a world in which the advanced, rich, long-living Spacers are trying to impose robots upon the inhabitants of the City states. He describes the hostility as people find themselves displaced by these machines. He could be describing the world of right now,

Rest here:

https://alittleteaalittlechat.wordpress.com/2016/05/18/the-caves-of-steel-by-isa... ( )
  bringbackbooks | Jun 16, 2020 |
You can see why Asimov thinks he's great shakes. This is written early 1950s and he talks of a future world where humans live in huge cities with the utmost efficiency, protected from the environment, entirely dependent upon nuclear power, eating food created by science. Thus earth is still able to support a massive population and rising. Let's just say, we are getting there. The age of the car is well gone -in this world people walk on transport belts that go up to 60 miles/hour. The vehicles are only community ones, for the police and emergency services.

He describes a world in which the advanced, rich, long-living Spacers are trying to impose robots upon the inhabitants of the City states. He describes the hostility as people find themselves displaced by these machines. He could be describing the world of right now,

Rest here:

https://alittleteaalittlechat.wordpress.com/2016/05/18/the-caves-of-steel-by-isa... ( )
  bringbackbooks | Jun 16, 2020 |
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Lije Baley had just reached his desk when he became aware of R. Sammy watching him expectantly.
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But now, Earthmen are all so coddled, so enwombed in their imprisoning caves of steel, that they are caught forever. (p. 97)
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