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The Naked Sun (The Robot Series) Mass Market Paperback – December 1, 1991
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- ASIN : 0553293397
- Publisher : Spectra Books by Bantam Books; Reissue edition (December 1, 1991)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780553293395
- ISBN-13 : 978-0553293395
- Lexile measure : 740L
- Item Weight : 5.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.13 x 0.73 x 6.81 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #78,965 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It seems Asimov first created this futuristic alternate universe, then he lets his characters and their situations, interactions or dramas develop influenced by all the constraints, or advantages of that alternate universe. His dialogues describe "normal" daily live occurrences, however with the odd and occasional sprinkle of the peculiar due to the alternate universe where said dialogue is taking place.
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This sequel is not quite up to the same standard as “The Caves of Steel” due to a more intrusive didactical element to some of the dialogue, sometimes verging on philosophical debate rather than science fiction. The ending is also a little unsatisfactory as a likable murderer goes free after Baley frames another person as the culprit (although the victim of the frame cannot be said to be totally innocent of instigating the crime). Technically sloppier is the shoddiness of the frame that Baley constructs, and one suspects that anyone with any brains would perceive a logical inconsistency after a few moments of cool scrutiny. Having said this, it’s still an excellent book worth reading more than once (fourth time for me).
In this, the second book in the series, Bailey, having been reluctantly involved in the investigation of the murder of a Spacer on Earth some years before (Caves of Steel) is now called upon to not only leave his safe city environment but also travel into space. Required now to investigate another crime, Bailey has to battle his own phobias about the open air, as well as the prejudices of Spacers against what they see as a dirty and disease ridden Earthman.
The story once again focuses on Elijah Baley a detective on Earth who has been charged with investigating a murder, this murder is on another planet ruled by colonists called spacers, no earthman has ever set foot there before and it's an uncomfortable experience for both sides.
What I loved about Caves of Steel is in abundance here, this isn't a book about police, murder, or even robots though all three aspects are present, it's about the differences in culture between earth and the spacers, how they live so differently based on their environments and upbringing with the earthmen living in super cities almost like hives, eating and showering communally, every inch of space earned through career for small extra luxuries compared with one planet of the spacers where they have so much space and robots to tend their every need that even being in sight of each other physically makes them feel sick. The, I suppose psychology would be the word, of it all and experience Baley goes through trying to understand it all rather hooked me so I read The Naked Sun happily in one day (It is fairly short regardless).
Rather a shame that books three and four in the series (Robots of Dawn & Robots and Empire) to reasons unknown to me aren't available on the kindle at time of writing this. Still I have purchased the physical books as I will not miss the next in the series. If you're looking for a sci-fi series with more to it than space ships and lasers then this is a good bet.
+ Clever detective novel.
+ Different ways humans have evolved to live is fascinating.
+ Interesting look at technology.
+ Excellent themes.