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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 Yo 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 Life and his Spacer superiors, who distrusted 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!


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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 Yo 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 Life and his Spacer superiors, who distrusted 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!

30 review for The Caves of Steel

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    The Caves of Steel (Robot #1), Isaac Asimov The book was first published as a serial in Galaxy magazine, from October to December 1953. A Doubleday hardcover followed in 1954. The Caves of Steel is a novel by American writer Isaac Asimov. It is essentially a detective story, and illustrates an idea Asimov advocated, that science fiction can be applied to any literary genre, rather than just a limited genre. In this novel, Isaac Asimov introduces Elijah Baley and R. Daneel Olivaw, later his favorit The Caves of Steel (Robot #1), Isaac Asimov The book was first published as a serial in Galaxy magazine, from October to December 1953. A Doubleday hardcover followed in 1954. The Caves of Steel is a novel by American writer Isaac Asimov. It is essentially a detective story, and illustrates an idea Asimov advocated, that science fiction can be applied to any literary genre, rather than just a limited genre. In this novel, Isaac Asimov introduces Elijah Baley and R. Daneel Olivaw, later his favorite protagonists. They live roughly three millennia in Earth's future, a time when hyperspace travel has been discovered, and a few worlds relatively close to Earth have been colonized—fifty planets known as the "Spacer worlds". The Spacer worlds are rich, have low population density (average population of one hundred million each), and use robot labor heavily. Meanwhile, Earth is overpopulated (with a total population of eight billion, and strict rules against robots have been passed. The "Caves of Steel" are vast city complexes covered by huge metal domes, capable of supporting tens of millions. In The Caves of Steel and its sequels (the first of which is The Naked Sun), Asimov paints a grim situation of an Earth dealing with an extremely large population, and of luxury-seeking Spacers who limit birth to permit great wealth and privacy. Asimov, who described himself as a claustrophile, mentioned that a reader asked him how he could have imagined such an existence with no sunlight, and related that it had not struck him until then that living perpetually indoors might be construed as unpleasant. ... تاریخ نخستین خوانش: ماه سپتامبر سال 1991میلادی عنوان: غارهای پولادی؛ نویسنده: آیزاک آسیموف؛ مترجم: شهریار بهترین؛ تهران، آواره، 1363، در 398ص؛ داستانهای علمی تخیلی؛ سده ی 20م ماجراهای داستان در آینده‌ ای بسیار دور رخ می‌دهد.؛ در آینده‌ ای خیالی، ساختار جامعه‌ ی زمین، فرهنگ و شرایط زندگی مردم، بسیار متفاوت از زندگی امروزین است.؛ در دنیای آینده‌ ی غارهای پولادی، مردمان زمین، در شهرهای سرپوشیده‌ ای زندگی می‌کنند، که آن را غارهای پولادی می‌نامند.؛ مدت‌ها پیش از زمان داستان، عده‌ ای از مردمان زمین به فضا مهاجرت کرده، و پنجاه کره را، در فضا مسکونی کرده‌ اند.؛ مهاجران با دستکاری ژنتیکی خود، و دستکاری محیط زیستشان، طول عمر خود را نیز افزایش داده، و در واقع تبدیل به ابرانسان‌هایی شده‌ اند، که نیاکان خود در زمین را، خرد و کوچک می‌شمارند.؛ شخصیتهای محوری داستان کارآگاهی به نام: «الیاس بیلی»، و روباتی به نام «آر-دنیل الیواو» هستند؛ زمین در سالی نامعلوم، حول و حوش 2600میلادی تا 3000میلادی است، که از سوی نویسنده، به درستی مشخص نمیشود تعداد انسانهای زمینی، به مرز هشت میلیارد نفر رسیده، و به همین دلیل با کمبود شدید منابع روبروست.؛ کشاورزی نوینی که حاصل شیمی آلی پیشرفته آن روزگاران است، ابداع شده، و غذای همه ی آدمیان را، از مخمرها درست میکنند.؛ کشوری با مرزبندی کنونی، ظاهرا وجود ندارد، و تنها شهرهای خودمختار وجود دارند، که همه جای زمین یکسان اداره میشوند.؛ انسانها داخل ابرشهرهای سرپوشیده، و با مقررات ویژه زندگی میکنند.؛ خانه های آنها، آشپزخانه، و حمام، و دستشویی ندارد، و همه در غذاخوریهای عمومی غذا میخورند، و در پرسونالهای عمومی حمام میکنند، و به دستشوییهای عمومی میروند.؛ پول جایگاهی ندارد، و هر کس بنا به کاری که انجام میدهد، دارای جایگاهی است.؛ پس اگر بهتر کار کنند، و در کارشان پیشرفت کنند، میتوانند امتیازهایی بدست آورند، تا بدانجا که برخی در خانه، اجازه ی تناول وعده هایی از غذای خویش را دارند، و اجازه ی داشتن آشپزخانه کوچکی، و در موارد دیگر، حتی دستشویی دارند بالاتریها، و سرشناسترها، میتوانند همسران و دخترانشان را، به مکانهایی که در طبقات بالا قرار دارد، بفرستند، تا حمام آفتاب بگیرند، و البته این مکانها هم با شیشه های ضخیم از محیط خارج جدا شده اند.؛ انسان با زمین بیگانه شده، و هوای آزاد را مسموم میداند.؛ طلوع و غروب آفتاب را نمیشناسد، و باران را ندیده است.؛ در غارهای خودساخته و بسته زندگی میکند، و ارتباطی با محیط بیرون ندارد.؛ انسان زمینی در گذشته های دور، پنجاه مستعمره ی دیگر، در فضا ایجاد کرده، که اکنون مستعمره نشینان از لحاظ فناوری، همانند اروپای امروز در برابر آسیا هستند.؛ آنها کم جمعیت و ثروتمندند، و عمر طولانی دارند.؛ چند سالی هست که (بنا به دلایلی که با خواندن داستان مشخص میشود) به زمین آمده اند، اما از زمینیان دوری میکنند، و در کنار شهر آنها، شهرکی برپا کرده اند، که روباز است، و آفتاب به آن میتابد و باران میبارد.؛ در داستان، روباتها کم کم به زندگی زمینیان وارد میشوند، و به جای انسان قرار میگیرند.؛ اهالی زمین این را کار فضاییها میدانند، و شورشهایی را علیه آنها برپا کرده اند.؛ داستان از جایی آغاز میشود، که در شهرک فضاییها قتلی رخ داده، و کاراگاه «الیاس بیلی»، مامور بررسی پرونده میشود.؛ از سوی فضاییها هم، روباتی کاملا شبیه انسان، به نام «آر-دنیل الیواو»، به عنوان همکار کاراگاه گسیل میشود.؛ ...؛ تاریخ بهنگام رسانی 28/08/1399هجری خورشیدی؛ ا. شربیانی

  2. 4 out of 5

    Manuel Antão

    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. C/Fe: "The Caves of Steel" by Isaac Asimov "There were infinite lights, the luminous walls and ceilings that seemed to drip cool, even phosphorescence; the flashing advertisements screaming for attention; the harsh, steady gleam of the 'lightworms' that directed: THIS WAY TO JERSEY SECTIONS, FOLLOW ARROWS TO EAST RIVER SHUTTLE, UPPER LEVEL FOR ALL WAYS TO LONG ISLAND SECTIONS. Most of all, there was the noise that was inseparable from lif If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. C/Fe: "The Caves of Steel" by Isaac Asimov "There were infinite lights, the luminous walls and ceilings that seemed to drip cool, even phosphorescence; the flashing advertisements screaming for attention; the harsh, steady gleam of the 'lightworms' that directed: THIS WAY TO JERSEY SECTIONS, FOLLOW ARROWS TO EAST RIVER SHUTTLE, UPPER LEVEL FOR ALL WAYS TO LONG ISLAND SECTIONS. Most of all, there was the noise that was inseparable from life. The sound of millions talking, laughing, coughing, calling, humming, breathing." In "The Caves of Steel" by Isaac Asimov Set 2,000 years in the future, "The Caves of Steel" shows us contrasting pictures of Earth and the Outer Worlds - colonized planets throughout the Galaxy. Although the inhabitants of the Outer Worlds trace their origins to Earth, they are separated from it by much more than mere distance, now calling themselves Spacers and ruling the decaying mother planet as benevolent despots. In his earlier novels, Asimov mastered the translation of speech into its written equivalent; but to recreate the speech of a human being is a problem every novelist faces. If you're into Vintage SF, read on.

  3. 4 out of 5

    mark monday

    Robot 1: >Speculation On Future Of Human Life >Human Life In Mega-Cities >Ants In Anthill >Living In Caves Of Steel >Reduction Of Space Means Reduction Of Individual Liberties, Reduction Of Privacy, Reduction Of Ability To Do Typical Human Things Like Go Outside Or Eat Alone >Reduction Of Human Mind To Primitive Traits Including Xenophobia And Group-Think >Humans Devolve While Robots Evolve > Predictable Trajectory For Humans And Robots Alike >Stupid Humans >LMAO Robot 2: Author. is. carefu Robot 1: >Speculation On Future Of Human Life >Human Life In Mega-Cities >Ants In Anthill >Living In Caves Of Steel >Reduction Of Space Means Reduction Of Individual Liberties, Reduction Of Privacy, Reduction Of Ability To Do Typical Human Things Like Go Outside Or Eat Alone >Reduction Of Human Mind To Primitive Traits Including Xenophobia And Group-Think >Humans Devolve While Robots Evolve > Predictable Trajectory For Humans And Robots Alike >Stupid Humans >LMAO Robot 2: Author. is. careful. and. thoughtful. in. what. he. is. trying. to. accomplish. [] Prose. is. not. dry. [] Story. and. themes. are. easy. for. humans. to. understand. [] Author. uses. classic. detective. and. murder mystery. genre. conventions. as. vehicles. for. science. fiction. concepts. [] Author. is. somewhat. unsuccessful. in. use. of. these. genre. conventions. because. identity. of. killer. is. predictable. and. detective. protagonist. is. flat. straw man. and. also. very. tiring. for. this. Robot. to. read. about. [] Author. uses. science fiction. genre. to. explore. ideas. of. what. it. is. to. be. a. person. [] Ideas. are. very. interesting. [] Unlike. the. very. uninteresting. human. protagonist. Robot 3: no no no my robot brothers you are very judgmental! this this this ASIMOV is only human after all! book book book is fun and amusing! enjoy enjoy enjoy the dichotomy that ASIMOV presents between brutish, short-sighted Earth humans and aristocratic, insular Spacer humans! both both both so fallible ha ha ha! enjoy enjoy enjoy the opposite reactions displayed in all situations by the emotional, speciesist human protagonist and the logical, decent robot protagonist! this this this ASIMOV is a strong supporter of robotkind and is simply speaking in a way that narrow-minded humans can understand! all all all humans think in binary terms like those presented in Caves of Steel! you you you should appreciate this novel if only as a nostalgic relic of our own simplistic binary pasts! i i i recommend this book because you will be able to read it in .010101 seconds!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mario the lone bookwolf

    Groundbreaking of crime stories with non-human protagonists It´s an additional layer of suspense if one doesn´t know if humans or robots have committed a crime. With the help of this trope, the author can play with the laws and programming of robots, regarding helping or killing humans. Or helping killing humans. It will become a real topic, as soon as the first accidents with cyborgs and human-like robots will happen. In the beginning, it might be easier to find the bug or the evil, laughing vil Groundbreaking of crime stories with non-human protagonists It´s an additional layer of suspense if one doesn´t know if humans or robots have committed a crime. With the help of this trope, the author can play with the laws and programming of robots, regarding helping or killing humans. Or helping killing humans. It will become a real topic, as soon as the first accidents with cyborgs and human-like robots will happen. In the beginning, it might be easier to find the bug or the evil, laughing villain, remote-controlling the robot. But as soon as AI has gained thinking and decision autonomy, that might get a tricky question. Just imagine that a feeling, conscious, female android gets abused for years by a real bastard and kills him before getting killed. Ethics may get a lot of work in the future. One can imagine the endless combinations of plots that will come. I mean, all the possibilities how robots, aliens and humans can commit horrible crimes, it´s just great and I am eagerly looking forward to it. Tropes show how literature is made and which mixture of elements makes works and genres unique: https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.ph...

  5. 4 out of 5

    Baba

    Mankind, vast, endless and with billions in existence a few centuries from now - 8 billion on Earth all living in domed mega cities ('caves of steel') with limited interactions with robots, and then there's the 'Spacers', descendents from earlier stellar migrations, forward thinking living all over the galaxy and further afield with significant robot industry, help and support. A NY spacer hub is the scene of a Spacer ambassador murder and New York cop Elijay Baley is partnered with the Spacer r Mankind, vast, endless and with billions in existence a few centuries from now - 8 billion on Earth all living in domed mega cities ('caves of steel') with limited interactions with robots, and then there's the 'Spacers', descendents from earlier stellar migrations, forward thinking living all over the galaxy and further afield with significant robot industry, help and support. A NY spacer hub is the scene of a Spacer ambassador murder and New York cop Elijay Baley is partnered with the Spacer robot cop R. Daneel Olivaw to work the case. What follows is a near perfect police procedural which (astonishingly) at the same time is used as a vehicle to showcase the entirety of this 'Robot universe' reality at the same time, from attitudes to change, through to the hopes and goals of the future. A magnificent piece of work that could be allegorical with anything from slave built pre-Civil War America to Trumpism's progress denial. Asimov's work stands tall, and probably will do so for ever! 8 out 12

  6. 5 out of 5

    Manny

    Isaac Asimov had opinions on everything, and he'd often find ways to insert them into his books. I was reminded of Caves a couple of months ago when I read Margaret Atwood's The Robber Bride, which is in many ways an updated version of the Jezebel story from I Kings. Atwood gives Jezebel a rough ride. Here's what Asimov has to say:The Jezebel of the Bible was a faithful wife and a good one according to her lights. She had no lovers that we know of. After Jezebel's husband, King Ahab, died, her s Isaac Asimov had opinions on everything, and he'd often find ways to insert them into his books. I was reminded of Caves a couple of months ago when I read Margaret Atwood's The Robber Bride, which is in many ways an updated version of the Jezebel story from I Kings. Atwood gives Jezebel a rough ride. Here's what Asimov has to say:The Jezebel of the Bible was a faithful wife and a good one according to her lights. She had no lovers that we know of. After Jezebel's husband, King Ahab, died, her son, Jehoram, became king. One of the captains of his army, Jehu, rebelled against him and assassinated him. Jehu then rode to Jezreel where the old queen-mother, Jezebel, was residing. Jezebel heard of his coming and knew that he could only mean to kill him. In her pride and courage, she painted her face and dressed herself in her best clothes so that she could meet him as a haughty and defiant queen. He had her thrown from the window of her palace and killed, but she made a good end, according to my lights.I'd forgotten how passionate he was about defending her. One of the many unexpected things about Asimov was that he was quite a feminist, but somehow without ever acquiring that label. The Susan Calvin stories are an even clearer example.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Merphy Napier

    While detective novels aren't my thing (at the moment, I'm still trying) I love Isaac Asimov's books. His worlds, explanations, AIs, and situations he writes are genius and can keep me interested even if it's the type of story I don't usually read While detective novels aren't my thing (at the moment, I'm still trying) I love Isaac Asimov's books. His worlds, explanations, AIs, and situations he writes are genius and can keep me interested even if it's the type of story I don't usually read

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lyn

    Donald, Hillary, Gary and Jill are drinking wine, playing Twister, listening to Coltrane and discussing Isaac Asimov’s 1954 novel Caves of Steel. Hillary: One of my favorite Asimov stories is the eulogy Vonnegut said for him, as the mourners are gathered he said, “Well, he’s in heaven now.” Donald: Hilarious Hillary, I rolled a blue left foot, so let me just slide this way. Funny that you mention Heaven as Asimov used much of this futuristic story as a way to discuss some Biblical issues. Jill: Yel Donald, Hillary, Gary and Jill are drinking wine, playing Twister, listening to Coltrane and discussing Isaac Asimov’s 1954 novel Caves of Steel. Hillary: One of my favorite Asimov stories is the eulogy Vonnegut said for him, as the mourners are gathered he said, “Well, he’s in heaven now.” Donald: Hilarious Hillary, I rolled a blue left foot, so let me just slide this way. Funny that you mention Heaven as Asimov used much of this futuristic story as a way to discuss some Biblical issues. Jill: Yellow right hand! Uggh! ‘Scuse me Gary, also this could be seen as a repudiation of the Bible and of organized religion as a whole as Asimov has the Spacers clearly a better option than the backwards earthlings and he even more backwards Medeivalists. He also describes over population and stringent measures to survive, rater than more obvious and successful methods utilized by the Spacers. Gary: Asimov had clearly read the Bible, he had several informed sections about the Jezebel story. Really I thought that the best part of this book was Asimov’s excellent world building, where people lived in huge mega cities and there is a whole separate space colony culture and then OF COURSE the robots; the laws of robots was wildly influential on later writers and even other media. Jill: Absolutely! The murder mystery is kind of secondary to Asimov path finding for later writers like Philip K. Dick and Robert Silverberg and really a host of other writers Donald: Not much action, this is a lot of Asimov describing his futuristic world. Green left hand, there’s no way I can reach that. [Coltrane’s Afro Blue serenades Donald as he stretches for green and falls, crushing Hillary and Jill] Gary: Hey! I win! And Asimov was a winner with this archetypal sci-fi gem.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    Isaac Asimov is well known as a science fiction writer and this book is supposed to be a science fiction/detective story "fusion" book. Apparently Asimov wanted to demonstrate that science fiction could meld with other genres (according to the book cover). The detective partners in the story are a New York detective named Elijah Baley and a very human-looking robot, called R. Daneel Olivaw. But the "detection" seems to consist of the cop just accusing one person after another - he doesn't even q Isaac Asimov is well known as a science fiction writer and this book is supposed to be a science fiction/detective story "fusion" book. Apparently Asimov wanted to demonstrate that science fiction could meld with other genres (according to the book cover). The detective partners in the story are a New York detective named Elijah Baley and a very human-looking robot, called R. Daneel Olivaw. But the "detection" seems to consist of the cop just accusing one person after another - he doesn't even question suspects. Not such a good "fusion"... but later books in the series do get better. You can follow my reviews at https://reviewsbybarbsaffer.blogspot....

  10. 4 out of 5

    Stephen

    4.5 to 5.0 stars. Just re-read this after having first read it many years ago. Asimov was a superb story-teller and his books are almost always fun, easy to read and full of big ideas. This one is no exception. Set on Earth many millennia before the time when the The Foundation Trilogy takes place, it is a time when humans have been divided into two main groups, the Earthmen and the Spacers. The first are those 8 Billion souls on Earth living in massively croweded "mega cities" (the Caves of Ste 4.5 to 5.0 stars. Just re-read this after having first read it many years ago. Asimov was a superb story-teller and his books are almost always fun, easy to read and full of big ideas. This one is no exception. Set on Earth many millennia before the time when the The Foundation Trilogy takes place, it is a time when humans have been divided into two main groups, the Earthmen and the Spacers. The first are those 8 Billion souls on Earth living in massively croweded "mega cities" (the Caves of Steel) where food and other goods are rationed due to limited supply. In order to allow necessary production efficiencies, Robots are used but are alomost universally hated by Earthmen as they are seen as taking away jobs from real people. The second group, the Spacers, are the decendants of "Earth" first colonists who years before left the Earth to colonize the 50 "Outerworlds." In contrast to the Earth, the Outerworlds have very low populations and live a life of luxury, in part do their embrace of Robots as useful tools to help make life easier. They are also incredibly long-lived due to their scientific advancements. There is a lot of animosity and hate between the two groups which is pivotal part of the story. The story itself is a murder mystery involving a murdered Spacer. An Earth cop, Elijah Bailey, is partnered with a Spacer Robot (the soon to be famous R. Daneel Olivaw) to solve the crime. The real charm of the story is the description of life on Earth, the contrast between that life and that of the Spacers and the Earthmen and the explorations of the various prejudices among the groups. An excellent read and a great introduction to the Robot novels of Asimov. Nominee: Hugo (Retro) Award for Best Science Fiction Novel (1953)

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sr3yas

    ❝ People sometimes mistake their own shortcomings for those of society and want to fix the Cities because they don’t know how to fix themselves.❞ Issac Asimov's expansion of Robot short stories gave birth to this unique novel which balances itself between hard science fiction, philosophy, religious undertones and a classic murder mystery. In this novel, we are introduced to a highly advanced and a very dystopian New York city which has enwombed the ever growing population of humanity ❝ People sometimes mistake their own shortcomings for those of society and want to fix the Cities because they don’t know how to fix themselves.❞ Issac Asimov's expansion of Robot short stories gave birth to this unique novel which balances itself between hard science fiction, philosophy, religious undertones and a classic murder mystery. In this novel, we are introduced to a highly advanced and a very dystopian New York city which has enwombed the ever growing population of humanity with a disturbing efficiency. The story revolves around officer Elijah Baley and his unorthodox partner, R. Daneel Olivaw's investigation into the murder of a spacer. Unorthodox? Well, the R doesn't stand for Roy or Rambo.... It stands for Robot! This, my dear friends, is a unique achievement in the history of science fiction. The city of future described in this tale excruciatingly reminded me of an over-sized factory with innumerable mechanical moving parts run by precise algorithms. *shudders* But unlike other science fictions of the same sub-genre, humans haven't yet reduced into an emotionless species here. They are still flawed, emotive and some are even aghast and distasteful with all the advancements. The characters introduced are well written and developed, especially Baley, Daneel and Commissioner Julius Enderby. The atypical partnership between Baley & Daneel and their interactions with each other are undoubtedly one of the high points of the story. As a science fiction, the story is spectacular. But.....yes, there is a but. As a detective story, Caves of steel stumbles a bit. The whole investigative procedure of Baley can be summed up with one of the character's quote: ❝ I can’t stop you from thinking, Officer, but thinking isn’t evidence. Maybe you know that.❞ To elaborate, I present to you an abridged version of first 50% of the investigation. (view spoiler)[ Commissioner: Alright, Elijah. It is important that you handle this case very diplomatically because of our relationship with spacers. Elijah Baley: Sure, Commissioner. I am your man. [Later in front of spacers] Elijah Baley: THE GUY ISN'T DEAD. SPACERS ARE DECEIVING US TO CONQUER EARTH. THIS ROBOT ISN'T A ROBOT. HE IS A HUMAN. [Confused Spacers scratching head] Commissioner: umm... Do you have any proof? Elijah Baley: Well, not really. The robot looks very human, doesn't he? Daneel: Well, I can quite assure you that I am a robot [peels his skin] Elijah Baley: oh, crap. (hide spoiler)] Nevertheless, I loved this book's ideas, its characters, and the classy climax.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Trish

    I LOVE Asimov's robot stories! Here, we start out on Earth, overpopulated and so far in the future, it's positively alien (they hardly understand rain and only know about windows through history books or historical novels). A New York City cop, Elijah Baley, is tasked with solving a murder mystery. But he has to discover that not only is he distrusted (Earthers and Spacers have no love for one another), but politics result in him being partnered with a Spacer called R. Daneel Olivaw, which means I LOVE Asimov's robot stories! Here, we start out on Earth, overpopulated and so far in the future, it's positively alien (they hardly understand rain and only know about windows through history books or historical novels). A New York City cop, Elijah Baley, is tasked with solving a murder mystery. But he has to discover that not only is he distrusted (Earthers and Spacers have no love for one another), but politics result in him being partnered with a Spacer called R. Daneel Olivaw, which means that his "partner" is a robot! To make matters worse (or even funnier for us readers), the robot was built to look like the murder victim. *snickers* There was a slight noir feel to this story. From the rainy day when this short novel started (further giving this feeling of everything being downtrodden), to the actual murder mystery (not just the WHO dunnit but also the how, and afterwards the why). And all that was cleverly interwoven with some awesome predictions for the future of mankind - technologically as well as culturally. I was once again gripped by the story and my surroundings (just like I'm used to from this author) and thus found myself puzzling/investigating along with Baley and Olivaw. From the history between Earth and its galactic colonies that have now surpassed their home planet's evolutionary stage and the resulting animosities (Earth being poorer, jobs being given to robots instead of humans, mobs forming, the threat of indemnity ships etc), to the marvel that is Asimov's positronic brain - the world the author created here was well and truly awesome!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Megan Baxter

    I thought I'd read this before. I really thought I had. But maybe I just saw it on my Mom's headboard when I was little, with other Asimovs, and thought I'd read it. Because it rang not a bell at all. Except that I knew within the first 30 pages who the murderer was. So either I had read it and blocked out everything but that, or Asimov didn't construct his mystery particularly well in this case. I think it's the latter. It's a matter of a few extraneous details at a moment that felt far too obvi I thought I'd read this before. I really thought I had. But maybe I just saw it on my Mom's headboard when I was little, with other Asimovs, and thought I'd read it. Because it rang not a bell at all. Except that I knew within the first 30 pages who the murderer was. So either I had read it and blocked out everything but that, or Asimov didn't construct his mystery particularly well in this case. I think it's the latter. It's a matter of a few extraneous details at a moment that felt far too obviously one chosen to weave in details that would be important later. Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the recent changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. You can read why I came to this decision here. In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook

  14. 5 out of 5

    Bradley

    Re-read of classic Asimov. Back in the day, perhaps 40 years after this had originally been written, I already assumed this was a classic tale by a classic SF author. I devoured it, being surprised by the fact it felt like a hard-boiled detective novel while also having some core SF ideas -- you know, like getting our eggs out of one basket, fighting discrimination for alternate intelligences, and the basic problems of feeding and housing billions of people. It was still enjoyable, and 70 years a Re-read of classic Asimov. Back in the day, perhaps 40 years after this had originally been written, I already assumed this was a classic tale by a classic SF author. I devoured it, being surprised by the fact it felt like a hard-boiled detective novel while also having some core SF ideas -- you know, like getting our eggs out of one basket, fighting discrimination for alternate intelligences, and the basic problems of feeding and housing billions of people. It was still enjoyable, and 70 years after it was originally written, it's not horribly dated. Indeed, it's a bit simple for modern tastes, but the core is still solid. It gets better as Daneel and Bailey work out their differences and run into all that normal human idiocy. Out of all of Asimov's earlier works, I still consider this to be one of the most accessible. And now I want to re-watch Almost Human again. :)

  15. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    I enjoyed Isaac Asimov's The Caves of Steel so much more than I did his Foundation. This is essentially a detective story set in a future world of megacities, space exploration, and human/robot interaction. The chief tension in this future society is that of overpopulation. There are too many people and their numbers are constantly growing; soon they will pass the point of sustainability on Earth. The book explores a couple of possible solutions to this problem. One is a return to the soil, a si I enjoyed Isaac Asimov's The Caves of Steel so much more than I did his Foundation. This is essentially a detective story set in a future world of megacities, space exploration, and human/robot interaction. The chief tension in this future society is that of overpopulation. There are too many people and their numbers are constantly growing; soon they will pass the point of sustainability on Earth. The book explores a couple of possible solutions to this problem. One is a return to the soil, a simplification of society and return to "medieval" ways of life. The other is further space colonization, sending humans out with robots to live together on new worlds. Asimov's attention to the tensions between humans and robots is interesting because it raises questions about what makes us truly human and separates us from machines. It also mirrors broader concerns about Otherness in the form of minorities, immigrants, and divisions of social class. Humans are suspicious of robots and harbor resentment toward them for putting them out of jobs and this resentment is treated fairly sympathetically throughout the novel, even as one of the central characters, R. Daneel Olivaw, a robot, is also treated sympathetically. Asimov presents a solution that is remarkably progressive, arguing for a future in which humans and robots can live and work together. He calls it C/Fe: "Carbon is the basis of human life and iron of robot life. It becomes easy to speak of C/Fe when you wish express a culture that combines the best of the two on an equal but parallel basis" (48). "Equal but parallel" sounds almost like the "separate but equal" racial policy of the early and mid-20th century, but Daneel's further explanation distinguishes between the two. He says, "[C/Fe] symbolizes neither one nor the other, but a mixture of the two, without priority" (48). Whether read in terms of a human/machine future or in terms of contemporary politics and Otherness, this is a promising and hopeful vision of future cooperation. In general, this is an interesting and entertaining novel, which, although it does fall prey to some stereotypical devices of detective fiction (e.g., explaining everything away in the last few pages in long speeches), its only real weakness to my mind is Asimov's overreliance on one particular exclamation. I swear, Lije Bailey, the protagonist, says "Jehoshaphat!" a hundred times throughout the book if he says it once. In real life, people may have habitual exclamations, things they say a lot, and this might pass without too much notice, but in writing, even a few repetitions of a particular phrase starts to feel like overuse, which means that many usages begins to feel like the offending character has some sort of disorder.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Penny

    Attempt #2. I wrote a very eloquent long review and then lost it :P It's happened to all of us! Lots of food for thought in this relatively short story. I tried to read Foundation a while ago and couldn't get into it. I found it dense and difficult to read and put it down after the first chapter, so I was a bit nervous that I'd encounter the same style in The Caves of Steel. I was very pleasantly surprised to find this very easy reading and full of insightful deep ideas to boot! Needless to say I Attempt #2. I wrote a very eloquent long review and then lost it :P It's happened to all of us! Lots of food for thought in this relatively short story. I tried to read Foundation a while ago and couldn't get into it. I found it dense and difficult to read and put it down after the first chapter, so I was a bit nervous that I'd encounter the same style in The Caves of Steel. I was very pleasantly surprised to find this very easy reading and full of insightful deep ideas to boot! Needless to say I highly recommend this one. The world building was great. The setting is a future version of Earth in which there are too many people and not enough resources. The society that results is rather an interesting mix of ideas, being socialist in the sense of group housing and food, but capitalist in the sense of extra perks for those with better ranking jobs if you've worked hard and done well. I'm not sure what to call the resulting society but it makes for an interesting model. (view spoiler)[ For me one of the most interesting questions in the book was whether or not it was necessary for Dr. Fastolfe and Daneel to drug Baley before convincing him that colonisation was the best course for humanity. Would the logic of their argument not have sufficed? Baley got through to Clousarr (though not to the same degree) without the aid of drugs. It's not a question that can be answered, but it's one I can't help but wonder about. (hide spoiler)] (view spoiler)[ I also thought that Jezebel's reaction to her husbands interpretation of the story of Jezebel in the Bible was very strong. She put so much of the definition of herself into her name and an association of that name with a story that when confronted with a different version she reacted drastically. It's amazing how strongly an idea of something can influence our lives. (hide spoiler)] The questions of A.I. and creating "life" is always fascinating. What makes us human? What about empathy, our "soul", our ability to feel? Can't these emotions be programmed? I'm not convinced either way but it's something I do enjoy thinking about.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I really enjoyed this but Jehoshaphat it was dated!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Fran

    A detective novel that takes place in a far future Earth where humans have resourced to live underground so that the entire surface of the planet can be use for agriculture. This is an overpopulated Earth, where as a matter of courtesy you don't look at your neighbor to give each other some sort of privacy. It's also an imagined Earth, but a frightening possible one. I really liked this book. I'm a fan of Asimov's work but this one is a little different. And it's hard work to make a detective nov A detective novel that takes place in a far future Earth where humans have resourced to live underground so that the entire surface of the planet can be use for agriculture. This is an overpopulated Earth, where as a matter of courtesy you don't look at your neighbor to give each other some sort of privacy. It's also an imagined Earth, but a frightening possible one. I really liked this book. I'm a fan of Asimov's work but this one is a little different. And it's hard work to make a detective novel feels real when you can spirit any technological solution out of nowhere to explain how you caught the bad guy, which Asimov is careful not to do. A perfect weekend read for those who love crime novels and those who love Sci Fi because both genre fare well in this book. Give it a try, it will surprise you.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Nathan Boole

    So, initially I was going to give this book one star. It is my opinion that Asimov is frightfully overrated, even compared with other authors who were his contemporaries, and therefore lived in, and wrote from, the same social climate. Nearly all of the human characters were frustratingly stupid throughout most of the book. The one woman in the book was basically just in the story to be hysterical, gullible, and even nonsensical. The protagonist, though he is allegedly a competent professional det So, initially I was going to give this book one star. It is my opinion that Asimov is frightfully overrated, even compared with other authors who were his contemporaries, and therefore lived in, and wrote from, the same social climate. Nearly all of the human characters were frustratingly stupid throughout most of the book. The one woman in the book was basically just in the story to be hysterical, gullible, and even nonsensical. The protagonist, though he is allegedly a competent professional detective, acts like he's never dealt with actual people before, and the entire police department is startled into overly emotional reactions when they discover there has been a murder. In a world with 8 billion people, the police department in a city populated by 20 million people is startled by a murder? I think not. Asimov, while he makes decent and interesting predictions about how things like robots will affect society, does not seem to understand people at all. This is not the first book of his I have read where all the characters seem like hollow plot shells, whose only purpose is to be a face in front of sci-fi ideas, some of which are just plain goofy. I realize that this book was written in 1954, and that things were different back then. I tried to give this book a chance because of that fact, and I think that keeping that in mind is the only reason I made it to the end. I think if I had read Asimov as a kid, I would have loved it, but I just can't get into his writing now, because I cannot deal with his idiotic characters. The only character who is intelligent throughout the book is the robot, which would be interesting if the robot was the protagonist, but since we are instead treated to chapters full of inane dialogue between a dumb "detective" and his even more idiotic wife, it's very hard to deal with. I gave this book two stars instead of one, because the denouement was actually good enough to make up for some of the headache of the earlier chapters. The detective finally wises up in the end, and the plot comes together fairly well. I think the appeal of Asimov has been his invention and ideas, specifically things like Artificial Intelligence, which there really wasn't a precedent for, or certainly not much of one, in the 1950s. He was a very clever person, but at least from what I have read of his books so far, Foundation and The Caves of Steel (I started I, Robot, and just couldn't keep going with it), he was not a very good storyteller. This book had a couple of moments that were enjoyable and well-written, primarily the two or three action scenes, and the denouement. They are not enough, in my opinion, to carry the book through the obnoxious character interactions and the pages of time where a trained detective is basically clutching his head and passing out because he can't handle a small challenge to his beliefs or worldview.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ivana Books Are Magic

    The Caves of Steel, the first novel in Asimov's Robot series, is a wonderful introduction to the series. Like other novels in the series, a big part of it is devoted to the conflict between Spacers (humans who live on outer planets) and Earth people. When detective Elijah is asked to explore a murder that happened in Spacetown (territory of Spacers), he gets paired with a robot partner Daneel. Elijah is shocked by his human appearance, but getting adjusted to having a robotic partner seems the l The Caves of Steel, the first novel in Asimov's Robot series, is a wonderful introduction to the series. Like other novels in the series, a big part of it is devoted to the conflict between Spacers (humans who live on outer planets) and Earth people. When detective Elijah is asked to explore a murder that happened in Spacetown (territory of Spacers), he gets paired with a robot partner Daneel. Elijah is shocked by his human appearance, but getting adjusted to having a robotic partner seems the least of his concerned. The Caves of Steel is a murder mystery that also happens to be a dystopian/science fiction novel. It is an interesting mix, and Asimov makes it work. I have already reviewed other novels in the series, you can read the reviews if you want to know more about what I think about this series in general. Not to repeat myself, I'd just say that The Caves of Steel is equally interested and well plotted as the other novels. However, for some reason The Caves of Steel feels more dated to me. I have a feeling that Asimov was more on point when he described Spacer worlds, that the imagined society of Earth. Unlike its sequels, The Caves of Steel is set on Earth. A future Earth, one in which human kind has retreaded under-grown into Cities, an amazing achievement of human ingenious that came as an answer to overpopulation. However, when people retreated underground, they inevitably handicapped themselves. The Earth people can't even imagine being in the open, they are so used to spending time indoors. With Earth being so over population and the Spacer world refusing to admit any immigrants from Earth, what could the solution be? The Caves of Steel asks many interesting questions about the nature of humanity and proposes an interesting future scenario for the human race. Often, Elijah manages to be wonderfully philosophical: “There’s no way we can raise a positronic brain one inch above the level of perfect materialism. “We can’t, damn it, we can’t. Not as long as we don’t understand what makes our own brains tick. Not as long as things exist that science can’t measure. What is beauty, or goodness, or art, or love, or God? We’re forever teetering on the brink of the unknowable, and trying to understand what can’t be understood. It’s what makes us men.” To conclude, The Caves of Steel is a very good science fiction work. It is a must read if you're a fan of Asimov and/or if you want to explore his Robot series. I liked it just a tiny bit less than the other works in the series, but I still liked it a lot. For me personally, the series got better with each novel. Still, this I would definitely recommend this one!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sesana

    Caves of Steel is a detective story, set around the murder of a Spacer (a visiting colonist from another world). But I think it's fair to say that Asimov is at least as much interested in building his world as he is in the mystery itself. It's a good thing, because the mystery isn't entirely satisfactory. The world he builds, on the other hand... Now that's interesting. Earth's population has been sequestered in cities and subjected to strict rationing. Intelligent and vaguely human-like robots a Caves of Steel is a detective story, set around the murder of a Spacer (a visiting colonist from another world). But I think it's fair to say that Asimov is at least as much interested in building his world as he is in the mystery itself. It's a good thing, because the mystery isn't entirely satisfactory. The world he builds, on the other hand... Now that's interesting. Earth's population has been sequestered in cities and subjected to strict rationing. Intelligent and vaguely human-like robots are everywhere, and despised by most Earthmen. It's a pretty solidly built world, and I was far more interested in reading more about the civism system that Earth's cities use. Aside from overuse of "Jehoshaphat" by Bailey (which did get grating by the end, especially in an audiobook), the narration here was great. Bailey was a nearly perfect viewpoint character to use in this story. I'm excited to keep reading the Robots series, and onwards. This vision of the future has become a bit dated, of course, but it must have been cutting edge when it was originally written.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Stephen

    4.5 to 5.0 stars. Just re-read this after having first read it many years ago. Asimov was a superb story-teller and his books are almost always fun, easy to read and full of big ideas. This one is no exception. Set on Earth many millennia before the time when the The Foundation Trilogy takes place, it is a time when humans have been divided into two main groups, the Earthmen and the Spacers. The first are those 8 Billion souls on Earth living in massively croweded "mega cities" (the Caves of Ste 4.5 to 5.0 stars. Just re-read this after having first read it many years ago. Asimov was a superb story-teller and his books are almost always fun, easy to read and full of big ideas. This one is no exception. Set on Earth many millennia before the time when the The Foundation Trilogy takes place, it is a time when humans have been divided into two main groups, the Earthmen and the Spacers. The first are those 8 Billion souls on Earth living in massively croweded "mega cities" (the Caves of Steel) where food and other goods are rationed due to limited supply. In order to allow necessary production efficiencies, Robots are used but are alomost universally hated by Earthmen as they are seen as taking away jobs from real people. The second group, the Spacers, are the decendants of "Earth" first colonists who years before left the Earth to colonize the 50 "Outerworlds." In contrast to the Earth, the Outerworlds have very low populations and live a life of luxury, in part do their embrace of Robots as useful tools to help make life easier. They are also incredibly long-lived due to their scientific advancements. There is a lot of animosity and hate between the two groups which is pivotal part of the story. The story itself is a murder mystery involving a murdered Spacer. An Earth cop, Elijah Bailey, is partnered with a Spacer Robot (the soon to be famous R. Daneel Olivaw) to solve the crime. The real charm of the story is the description of life on Earth, the contrast between that life and that of the Spacers and the Earthmen and the explorations of the various prejudices among the groups. An excellent read and a great introduction to the Robot novels of Asimov. One final note: I listened to the audio version of this read by William Dufris and he does a superb job with this book (and the other robot books as well). Nominee: Hugo (Retro) Award for Best Science Fiction Novel (1953)

  23. 4 out of 5

    Simona B

    I read and reread this book whenever I can, and each time, it tells me a different story. If something like infinity is within our grasp, well, as far as I'm concerned, then it's to be found in The Caves of Steel. I read and reread this book whenever I can, and each time, it tells me a different story. If something like infinity is within our grasp, well, as far as I'm concerned, then it's to be found in The Caves of Steel.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Patrick

    It’s Isaac Asimov. Need I say more? I just finished several hours of reading so the review may not be well written, but I’ll do my best! The Caves of Steel was an awesome sci-fi mystery, the first I’ve read. I’m not big on mysteries but this one was great! The back drop of this book begins way in the future where Earthmen fear and hate robots and Spacers. (Spacers are humans who went to colonize space.) Many of the Earthmen became Medievalists who dream of exiting the Caves of Steel and reestabl It’s Isaac Asimov. Need I say more? I just finished several hours of reading so the review may not be well written, but I’ll do my best! The Caves of Steel was an awesome sci-fi mystery, the first I’ve read. I’m not big on mysteries but this one was great! The back drop of this book begins way in the future where Earthmen fear and hate robots and Spacers. (Spacers are humans who went to colonize space.) Many of the Earthmen became Medievalists who dream of exiting the Caves of Steel and reestablish a lush green life on the surface of earth with no Spacers and no robots involved. A spacer is killed and detective Baley is partnered up with a robot named R Daneel to solve the case. Baley is an Earthmen who hates robots of all kinds so the case relies on two partners who don’t get along. The book continues with Earthmen and Spacers’ deep hatred for each other, and distrust for every robot on earth and in space. Because of this it is more important than ever that Baley solve the case. The ending was surprising and I really grew to like R Daneel and Detective Baley. This book brought a few elements from mythology and the Bible and were used brilliantly to drive the story home. I’m very glad I read this. I love Asimov’s works and this is one of his best! Now onto the next one!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Thomas

    Asimov, Isaac. Caves of Steel. Daneel No. 1. 1953. Voyager, 1997. Before I retired, commuting to work in the summer, leaving my airconditioned home, getting into an airconditioned car and driving to an airconditioned building, I could imagine myself living in the metal cocoon city of Caves of Steel. Technology that cuts us from the natural world is an ancient trope in science fiction. Asimov’s “Medievalists,” who dream unrealistically of going back to the land, are expressing a romantic impulse t Asimov, Isaac. Caves of Steel. Daneel No. 1. 1953. Voyager, 1997. Before I retired, commuting to work in the summer, leaving my airconditioned home, getting into an airconditioned car and driving to an airconditioned building, I could imagine myself living in the metal cocoon city of Caves of Steel. Technology that cuts us from the natural world is an ancient trope in science fiction. Asimov’s “Medievalists,” who dream unrealistically of going back to the land, are expressing a romantic impulse that would not be out of place in the Victorian era. Despite the dystopian nature of Asimov’s city and the human isolation of his space colonies, Asimov is not a Luddite, but a futurist. In the later stories, Daneel becomes a spirit guide to humanity and a romantic figure in his own right. Here, though, Asimov stresses his limitations as an artificial intelligence. The future—as represented by galactic exploration—belongs not to the robots or the leaders of the terrestrial and extraterrestrial societies but to a robot-human synergy that will only be realized by the children of city-dwellers like Lije and Jessie Baley.

  26. 5 out of 5

    DivaDiane

    I read this in 2008, pre-GR, so I’m not able to deliver a good review other than to say I enjoyed it. And now that I’ve read Foundation and Foundation and Empire, I liked it a whole lot better than them!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jim

    This was fun. I haven't read it in decades & never listened to it before. It was well suited to an audio book & the reader was good. It was a good murder mystery, although the guilty party was telegraphed early. Just the details were missing. Still, the book wasn't primarily about that, but a look at the human condition in a crowded future. That was interesting, although harmed by out dated technology & I wish he'd steered clear of numbers. The world retreated to urban 'caves of steel' in the fac This was fun. I haven't read it in decades & never listened to it before. It was well suited to an audio book & the reader was good. It was a good murder mystery, although the guilty party was telegraphed early. Just the details were missing. Still, the book wasn't primarily about that, but a look at the human condition in a crowded future. That was interesting, although harmed by out dated technology & I wish he'd steered clear of numbers. The world retreated to urban 'caves of steel' in the face of the overwhelming population of 8 billion several thousand years in the future which just doesn't seem likely today. Anyway, it was a fun revisiting of Asimov's robot world in which I spent many a pleasant hour as child.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Nandakishore Varma

    I somehow prefer the short stories better. From an SF point of view, the novels are good - but not very good whodunits, IMO. For some weird reason, I used to picture William Shatner as Elijah Bailey and Leonard Nimoy as R. Daneel Olivaw.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ce

    For a long time I postponed this reading because I thought it would be sooo outdated. Ok, it was, but only just a bit, now I need to continue reading the Robot Series.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Smartarse

    I've been looking forward to The Caves of Steel for quite a while now, having been so impressed with the Foundation series. Unfortunately, as is the case with things one anticipates a lot, I ended up being rather disappointed. Not so much by the futuristic world and its working mechanisms, those I liked. The story itself however, was such a let down. The Caves of Steel is a sci-fi murder mystery set on an Earth about millennium into the future. Humanity goes about its miserable life in so called I've been looking forward to The Caves of Steel for quite a while now, having been so impressed with the Foundation series. Unfortunately, as is the case with things one anticipates a lot, I ended up being rather disappointed. Not so much by the futuristic world and its working mechanisms, those I liked. The story itself however, was such a let down. The Caves of Steel is a sci-fi murder mystery set on an Earth about millennium into the future. Humanity goes about its miserable life in so called "cities", which are huge dwellings set inside large metal domes (hence the title of the book). A small percentage of the population had gone to explore planets beyond the Earth, and even managed to colonize 50 of them. These people are referred to as Spacers. They live quite comfortably on their planets, mostly free of viral illnesses, crowds and with enough food. To maintain said comfort, they are obviously keen to keep Earth men firmly out. Naturally, the latter are less than thrilled with this, and cue a sort cold war between the two... races. When a Spacer is brutally murdered by (presumably) an Earth man, things are about to take a rather unpleasant turn. It's up to New York City detective Elijah Baley to stop things from escalating, by partnering up with spacer robot R. Daneel Olivaw . To be fair, I never actually looked up the basic story line of the Robot series, and the 2 prequels I've read ( I Robot and Rest of the Robots ) are only loosely tied to the main story line. And by loosely, I mean they happen to take place in the same ... reality, only about 1000 years before the main events. I loved reading about the world of Elijah Baley, even though the description of futuristic Earth is a rather depressing one. I liked reading about the technological advancements and the comparatively medieval view of windows and glasses (as opposed to contact lenses). Plus there was always the hope for space travel... if only there had been more details on the Spacers' life. Instead, most of the book chooses to focus on solving the crime and Earth men's dislike for robots. At least the ending provided some hope for a more interesting development in future book. Another thing which probably detracted from my enjoyment, was listening to the audio book for half of the story. I'm just not the type sit and ONLY listen. When I try to multi-task I generally end up tuning out quite a bit of the story. I also majorly disliked the author's rendition of Jessie and the police chief. Throughout the entire book I had the vague impression of reading a typical 1950s detective story, rather than a sci-fi one. I was hoping for something much more... evolved, I guess. But perhaps 1000 years is not quite enough to change the world that radically. Then again, maybe that was supposed to be the point of it all? Despite the number of years elapsed and humanity's supposed evolution, we are still mentally in the 1950s? Of course, there's also the fact to consider, that the book was first published in 1954. Score: 3/5 stars I am thoroughly fascinated with the futuristic world this is all set in, so I will definitely read the next few installments. As far as the actual story goes, let's hope things get more interesting than "to be or not to be"... a jerk to robots. ================================== review of book 0.1: I, Robot review of book 0.2: The Rest of the Robots review of book 2: The Naked Sun review of book 3: The Robots of Dawn review of book 4: Robots and Empire

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