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The Caves of Steel (R. Daneel Olivaw, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 1991
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Grade 6 Up—Isaac Asimov's mid-20th century tale artfully combines science fiction and detection. William Dufris performs it in multiple voices and with just enough camp to pull in contemporary listeners by playing to the ironies of the period in which the story was written. A human police detective, Baley, lives in New York City a thousand years hence. He's tapped to help solve a murder in a community where robots are not reviled and ends up with a partner, Daneel, who is a highly sophisticated, humanoid machine. Baley and Daneel don't have an easy time with each other or with those New Yorkers, called Medievalists, who despise robots. The action moves swiftly, yet there is time for Asimov to weave in some engaging and edifying glosses on the Bible as literature—and for Baley to smoke, making this as an adult book of the period. While most of Dufris's voices are successful, his interpretation of Baley's 16-year-old son reduces the latter to sounding like a whiney 8-year-old. Asimov's story is a great way to introduce young readers to a polymath who captured the "American century" through futurism and literate character development.—Francisca Goldsmith, Halifax Public Libraries, Canada
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"William Dufris breathes new life into this classic science fiction mystery.... Ultimately, he is the perfect narrator for the series, which includes three more novels." ---AudioFile --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The novel begins with a mystery but rather than being a mystery novel it focuses on investigating sociological aspects of technology, overpopulation and colonisation of space. It is an interesting a thought provoking read and leaves one with wanting to know more about Asimov's universe with its human colonies and robot servants. For that's what the robots are in these novels: friendly and loyal servants for whom it is impossible to turn against their creators. Yet the fundamental laws of robotics may cause interesting twists in their behaviour - a robot cannot harm a human being but it can be manipulated by a human and in this book alone Asimov uses that fact to steer the story.
Despite the four stars I cannot overstate the importance of this novel and recommend it to everyone without reservation.
As to the story: this is a fun story, one of my favorites by Asimov. Honestly, I love all his Robot novels, but stories with androids and AI's always catch my interest. So what could be more fun than a detective novel with a Humanoid robot?
My only complaint is how the hero builds up these grand reveals... Only to fall flat on his face. That always strikes me as amateurish, because real world detectives would not do that. They might explore a theory, but not set up some sort of big scene to "trap the killer."
Aside from the issues that can understandably be attributed to an author who was still relatively new to his craft at the time, I loved the story the first time, and I still do. This would make an excellent movie adaptation... Far better than that Will Smith movie.
If you're wondering whether to read this book... If you like Asimov's other works, you will enjoy this. If you don't like classic SF, complete with the shallow characterization and amusing language, then try his short stories first, to see if his writing does it for you.
As for me, I will be re-buying the rest of this series. It's been too long, and they are too much fun to pass up.
I love everyone of his books, and each brings a great story to the table, if you are looking for a good Saga to start reading, check out his Foundation / Robot series. I've read them all the way through several times and each time, loved each book. Each book builds off the one prior and adds a whole new dynamic to the overall universe while still being able to be enjoyed individually. If you are reading this review, Just check out the book, I guarantee it will be worth it.
The premise of this is that there is a murder in the Spacer city, next to New York City. Murder in unheard of among Spacers, so someone from New York City is immediately suspected. However, there are no clues to be found and the only possible suspect has an alibi.
We learn that humans on Earth are overpopulated and struggling for survival. A caste system has been put into place to ration calories. Cities have grown beyond reason and are each enclosed in a dome, outside of which no one dares go. The space between the domes is used for farming and manufacturing, completely handled by autonomous robots. On Earth, robots are seen negatively - they are completely subservient, yet are seen as a threat to humans, and a threat to the limited jobs. There is a strong belief that one can lose their job to a robot, then become "declassified" and wind up in a lower caste, with fewer privileges and less food. Their are subversive groups who want robots exterminated and life on Earth to move outside of the domed cities.
On the other hand, the Spacers are those humans who, years ago, left Earth to colonize other planets. Over the years they have populated a number of planets, and spread throughout the galaxy. Their wealth from mining is extraordinary as is their technology. They are sparsely populated and dominate interstellar space. Since eradicating most disease and infections, they fear those from Earth as carriers of disease.
In the plot of the story, the hero Elijah (Lija) Baley, is a plainclothes police officer assigned to help the Spacers. He is paired with a robot especially manufactured to appear human to avoid conflict as he maneuvers the city with Lija.
The story is well developed, and well written. Although the premise is far fetched, as most science fiction, if you are able to suspend reality long enough to allow yourself to be drawn into the story, it is quite fascinating. This is a definite must read for the science fiction fan.
The same night I finished this book, I moved to the next book in the series.