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The Naked Sun

by Isaac Asimov

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Series: Foundation Expanded Universe (3), Isaac Asimov's Robot Series (5)

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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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A murder has been committed on the planet of Solaria in the outer worlds. Elijah Baley—a C6 Detective on Earth, is ordered to help solve the crime. Since he has never ventured into space before, Elijah is not happy, but less so when he discovers he will be partnered again with his old friend, R. Daneel Olivaw—a positronic robot posing as a human Spacer. Once there, Detective Baley is shocked to find the robot population outnumbers the humans thirty thousand to one! He also struggles to adapt to "open-air" living and "viewing" witnesses as holographic projections instead of seeing them in the flesh—which is not allowed on Solaria. Soon Elijah has the inhabitants of Solaria (and himself) pushing their comfort zones and confessing to all their secrets. After solving the crime and returning to the cramped, steel caves of Earth, Elijah finds he no longer views his life in the same way but now longs for something more. ( )
  PaulaGalvan | Dec 29, 2020 |
Another great sci-fi/detective story set on a world where the few people live their lives in isolation only being served by robots. How could there be murders if people never meet and robots have their Three Laws? Great exploration of all the various loopholes that could emerge even with the "perfect" Three Laws of Robotics.

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  ShreyasDeshpande | Oct 24, 2020 |
The robot novels are phenomenal. ( )
  pamerc | Sep 7, 2020 |
Really enjoyed this book. Actually, surprised I liked it so much, but the new world was created so well. The mystery was enough to keep me hooked. ( )
  cgfaulknerog | May 28, 2020 |
This was a much better book than the last one in the Robot Series. I was impressed with the characterization and dialogue especially. The ideas that are roaming around in the text, both the technical and the abstract, were also appealing to me as a reader and allowed me to consider carefully what I was experiencing. All in all, a good show.

4 stars! ( )
  DanielSTJ | Mar 29, 2020 |
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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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