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The Caves of Steel (R. Daneel Olivaw, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 1991
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Asimov combines the mystery genre and many of his futurist ideas together in this series. You'll enter a world where people live underground because there isn't enough living space, and where many people have grown resentful of robots that are taking over jobs that humans once held. Not only do you get to experience a great mystery-adventure, but you're also exploring the social consequences of near-human robots and the continued urbanization of the Earth.
Daneel Olivaw, the robot partner to detective Elijah Baley, is one of the most memorable characters in the field of speculative fiction.
This is the best place to start reading Asimov. If you enjoy this, you will absolutely love the sequels. After reading the Robots books, try the Foundation series, which starts slower but gets very good--and ultimately rewards readers of the Robot books by tieing it all together.
When a Spacer is murdered by a visiting Earthman, the governments on both sides realize that the crime must be solved quickly and quietly to prevent a complete collapse of diplomatic relations and an explosion of tension into riots, chaos, open animosity, perhaps even a war! The Commissioner of the New York City police force orders Elijah Baley, an Earthman detective who doesn't like robots any more than the next guy, to check his emotions at the door and partner up with a Spacer robot, R Daneel Olivaw, to solve the crime.
"Caves of Steel", a classic novel from the pen of Isaac Asimov - one of the acknowledged giants of science fiction writing - can be enjoyed on so many different levels.Read more ›
At first glance, we have Elijah Bailey, the earther, a New Yorker of the future who lives in the vast underground city. Bailey is a cop put on the case of a murdered Spacer (those humans who have settled other planets). Bailey is teamed with another investigator R. Daneel Olivaw who we find out later, is a robot.
More than just your basic whodunit, this book deals with larger issues of the differences between people that keep them in fear and mistrust of each other. The Spacers who have embraced the outside world, who have embraced technology and robotics live in fear of the humans who stayed on earth. Those humans who live in extremely close contact with each other in teeming underground cities as they've all developed a fear of the open sky. The earthers loathe the Spacers for their superiority complex and the Spacers fear contamination from the earthers.
Bailey must overcome these inbred fears and bigotries when he must travel off planet with his partner, a robot, to deal with and solve a murder of a Spacer. Olivaw (who is a recurring character in many Asimov books) sort of becomes Bailey's moral compass and our guide through the physical and emotional journey Bailey takes.
The book is a quick read and it's good old sci fi at its best. I recommend also reading "The Naked Sun" and "The Robots of Dawn" which also feature Bailey and Olivaw.
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I love good Science Fiction and this was an interesting story. I read a lot of mysteries and got fooled by this one.Published 7 days ago by S. Burgess
This is my first introduction to Asimov and I was very impressed. Despite the book having been written a while ago it has not aged at all. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Yair
I like how the author set up the book and the character and all the plot twists!!! Good book recommendPublished 17 days ago by Minecraft boy
Bütün Asimov külliyatını bu kez doğru sırasıyla okumaya başladım... Çok güzeller... Read morePublished 19 days ago by İsmetberkan
This is my favorite genre, the Sci-Fi mystery. I love all of Asimov's robot books.Published 21 days ago by JennA468
Caves of Steel is an amazing story and introduction to Asimov's Robot series. As much a detective thriller as it is a Sci-fi novel, it carefully develops the characters of Elijah... Read morePublished 28 days ago by T. Bensch
In typical Asimov fashion, the plot is well thought out and well expressed.
This is not an exciting book, but compelling with an interesting view of where mankind could be... Read more
Incredible, insightful, Asimov is truly an innovative author. Despite its age, Caves of Steel remains relevant and plausible, showing us that even though we've advanced... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Juila Slezak