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The Caves of Steel

Book 2, The Robot Series

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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 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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This is certainly my favorite Isaac Asimov novel! I highly recommend it!

P.S: R. Daneel reminds me a lot of Data from Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Hardboiled SF detective yarn

This is a very entertaining book! It is a very successful mix of police detective mystery and a number of compelling science fiction themes.

The world Asimov creates is very timely, an overpopulated Earth strained for resources to support it's 8 billion people. The main characters - a human and a robot - form an unlikely team when they are assigned a politically sensitive murder case.

I won't say too much more, except this story kept me going up until the last page. I highly recommend it!

Timeless Classic

It's hard to believe that this was written in the mid-fifties! Overpopulation, food/power shortages, and A.I.-- all pretty well in line with today's standards. Either Asimov was prophetic, or we're not moving on.

The human/machine relationship was well done; a masterpiece of psychology and A.I.

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The Caves of Steel
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  • $7.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: High Tech
  • Published: Nov 01, 1991
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 288 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 2, The Robot Series
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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