The Naked Sun (Robot, #2)
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The Naked Sun (Robot #2)

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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.On the beautiful Outer World planet of Solaria, a handful of human colonists lead a hermit-like existence, their every need attended to by their faithful robot servants.To this strange and provocative planet comes D...more
ebook, 288 pages
Published April 13th 2011 by Spectra (first published 1956)
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Sesana
In The Caves of Steel, I was most fascinated by Elijah Baley's world, an Earth with crowded underground cities and a populace used to eating yeast, but terrified of the open sky. The Naked Sun introduces the planet of Solaria, and their culture of isolation. Each human is alone, attended by a fleet of robots, and never comes into personal contact with or even within close proximity to another human. Which is why Baley is imported from Earth to solve a Solarian murder mystery: the murderer had to...more
Stephen
4.5 stars. I just re-read this story after first reading it years ago. This is the second book of the Robot series taking place shortly after the excellent The Caves of Steel. Like The Caves of Steel, this story is structured as a murder mystery though this one is set on the Spacer world of Solaria. Again, Elijah Bailey is reunited with his robot partner Daneel Olivaw to investigate the murder, thus time of a Solarian scientist.

Asimov continues his exploration of the contrast between Earth cult...more
sologdin
Nutshell: superstar earthling detective imported to dyslibertopian planet to investigate murder.

Libertarian dystopia is Solaria, a planet of 20,000 human persons who live on separate estates, worked by 200,000,000 robot slaves (28-29). The libertarian individualism is so complete that humans don't "see" each other, but merely "view" on television (63). Names are not used on more than one person (55). Their excess is sufficient "to devote a single room to a single purpose": library, music room, g...more
Stephen
4.5 stars. I just re-read this story after first reading it years ago. This is the second book of the Robot series taking place shortly after the excellent The Caves of Steel. Like The Caves of Steel, this story is structured as a murder mystery though this one is set on the Spacer world of Solaria. Again, Elijah Bailey is reunited with his robot partner Daneel Olivaw to investigate the murder, thus time of a Solarian scientist.

Asimov continues his exploration of the contrast between Earth cult...more
Nikki
I can't remember if I've read The Naked Sun before. I think I did, because I had a vague idea about the end. Anyway. This time, it took me ages to read, and I'm not sure why -- when I finally settled down to it, I read over half of it in pretty much one sitting. Elijah Baley, an earth detective who was introduced in The Caves of Steel, is sent to an Outer World planet to investigate something unheard of there: a murder. And Daneel, the robot who assists him in the first book, meets him there as...more
Amalie
Here's from Wikipedia: Robot Series novels (The Caves of Steel (1953), The Naked Sun (1956), The Robots of Dawn (1983), and Robots and Empire(1985)) make up the Elijah Baley (sometimes "Lije Baley") series, and are mysteries starring the Terran Elijah Baley and his humaniform robot partner, R. Daneel Olivaw.

The stories were not initially conceived as a set, but rather all feature his positronic robots — indeed, there are some inconsistencies among them, especially between the short stories and...more
Punk
SF. Baley's called to investigate another murder, this one off planet. R. Daneel provides back up. Sherlock Holmes could have solved this case in his sleep, but, again, the book's really just an excuse to play with different sociological perspectives. This one's set on a planet where the people are so isolated that personal interaction has become taboo. This makes the inseparable Daneel and Elijah raise some eyebrows. Witness the scene where they're conducting an interview over the 3-D viewer-th...more
Alexander
Published in 1957, Asimov astoundingly prophesies the doomed narcissism of Planet Facebook in his vision of Solaria, a schizoid world where direct, non-computer-moderated face-to-face contact has evolved into a taboo obscenity.

Though at first the mystery-plot struck me as less compellingly realized than THE CAVES OF STEEL (1954), Asimov throws long and deep in the last chapter, tying the genre-clockwork of whodunit to galactic themes of humankind's terror and fascination with the frontier of dee...more
Manny
It's the purest speculation, but I have a theory that Isaac Asimov may have had an affair with a Swedish woman somewhere around 1955. At that time he was in his mid 30s, and had been married for around 10 years.

The evidence? Well, he wrote two novels in rapid succession, The End of Eternity and The Naked Sun, which, very unusually for the early Asimov, contain sexy female characters that play an important part in the story. Both of them have Swedish-sounding names with romantic associations. Th...more
Zen Cho
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***Dave Hill
Like The Caves of Steel, this is a favorite from my youth, and for the most part it holds up well. Lije Baley returns as the NYC cop in a future where agoraphobic Earthers live in massive, covered-over arcologies, while their Spacer descendants live on a variety of Outer Worlds, both groups viewing the other with contempt and fear.

Unlike the first novel, set on Baley's home turf of NYC, in this novel Baley's sent to the Outer World of Solaria, populated by only 20,000 humans and many millions of...more
Ché-Dermont
I'll start by saying that this book touched me in a way I didn't expect. In all honesty, I didn't expect it to be what it was (to me). Most would see it as a simple sci-fi murder mystery sort of thing. I saw it as a social commentary of sorts. As a person very much in love with the subject of Sociology, and to some extent, History, I could not help but draw to this conclusion. People familiar with the subjects may derive the same if they read this.

I find it hard to write a structured review abou...more
Rita Monticelli
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Un Sherlock Holmes su Solaria

Apri un libro di fantascienza e ti ritrovi a leggere un giallo classico, di quelli alla Sherlock Holmes (con tanto di citazione nel testo) o con i personaggi di Agatha Christie. Qualcuno è stato ucciso in un pianeta lontano e il detective Baley parlando con i sospettati, osservando e con delle semplici deduzioni arriva a scoprire il colpevole per poi smascherarlo nella riunione finale.
Cosa c'entra la fantascienza? Non molto. È s...more
Raj
The sequel to The Caves of Steel, this time instead of a murder of a Spacer on Earth, there's a murder on the planet Solaria -- an unheard of event -- so they ask for Plainclothesman Bailey to come out to investigate, once again being teamed up with R. Daneel Olivaw.

Asimov has used these books to compare and contrast two very different societies: the huge underground cities of Earth, teeming with people who never see the outside world; and Solaria, a planet with a rigidly controlled population,...more
Brandon
In Asimov's sequel to The Caves and Steel, Elijah Baley is sent to the Spacer world of Solaria. He meets up with his unlikely friend, the robot Daneel Olivaw to solve a murder on a planet full of isolationists.

One of the things I like about Asimov is that his prose is simple and straightforward. His method of writing fits quite well with the themes and character's value and attitudes on life. Baley, and especially his partner R. Daneel Olivaw, take very logical and rational approaches to solving...more
J Austill
I seem to disagree with the consensus on this book, as I think that this one is far improved from the first.

The concept of this series, as you all likely know, was to combine the detective novel and scifi novel genres. However, in the first book, the protagonist did everything he could to not investigate the crime until the very end when he guessed correctly.

This time we get a true, if not textbook, detective novel. There are certainly robots and a new world and culture to explore, but the main...more
Ob-jonny
This is a sequel to Caves of Steel and is set just a year later. The main characters are Elijah Bailey and R. Daneel Olivaw but they are in a new setting. In "Caves" set on Earth, Bailey is in his element and Daneel and the spacers are the intruders with a poor understanding of Earth's customs. But in The Naked Sun, Bailey is moved to the most foreign and extreme of the spacer worlds to solve another murder mystery. On Solaria, everyone is way spread out and they spend time outdoors as opposed t...more
Alex
I felt there was too much exposition, even though the world described was interesting. As before I enjoyed the metaphor of the naked sun and recurring caves of steel, but, unfortunately, they were not enough for me. The entire police procedural seemed to advance at a very slow pace, with Asimov chosing to "spill his guts" only at the very end. So basically we have 85% of the book introducing elements in the puzzle and solving none, while the rest of 15% explains everything else.
Maybe I had high...more
Daniel
I read this book the first time in my teens and I loved it, particularly the robot character, R. Daneel Olivaw. In the 50s, computers, robots and space travel were really things of science fiction.

I reread this book late last year and still enjoyed it. Computers, robots and space travel now are all real. So in a sense its a case of comparing what used to be fiction to a new reality. Asimov passes this test well.

He even touches on the concept of virtual reality when a woman, seen nude in a vide...more
Kara
So basically, a rich, young, beautiful woman with no responsibilities living on a beautiful planet with her every need catered to gets so frustrated that her husband cares more about his science experiments than her that she beats him to death with his own lab equipment. Then, when a detective shows up to try and figure out who the murderer is, she flashes him, putting on the classic ditzy blonde ‘silly-me-I-forgot-to-put-on-my-robe’ act and gets off scot free just for showing a little skin. At...more
Marco
I read many Asimov's books (translated in Italian) when I was young, and I used to love them. I recently started to read them again, in English, and he was clearly a master of mass market (sci-fi) novels. His books are hard to put down. Many of his ideas now are clique, but they weren't at the time. The only disturbing part is to see some sexist comment in the book. Maybe Asimov was not sexist, maybe it was "normal" to treat female differently at the time, but I still find it quite disturbing.
Antonio
Tras el sabor agridulce que me dejó 'Bóvedas de acero' por el regular uso que Asimov hace de la trama policíaca, me enfrentaba a esta novela con ciertas reservas ante las aventuras de Baley y Daneel... y sin embargo tengo que reconocer que al finalizar 'El sol desnudo' he quedado completamente satisfecho con lo que me he encontrado.

Tiempo después de los hechos acontecidos en la anterior novela, Elijah Baley vuelve a ser asignado a un crimen rodeado de misterio. Además, en este caso debe abandona...more
Rodrigo Aguerre
En este libro la historia transcurre muy poco tiempo despues de los hechos acontecidos en Bovedas de Acero. Los protagonistas se mantienen en su mayoria y se anexan algunos personajes nuevos, a su vez la situacion de la humanidad en lo que refiere a la forma de vivir de los Terricolas y los espaciales, permanece incambiada. En este libro se debe resolver un nuevo crimen, pero a diferencia de lo ocurrido en Bovedas de Acero, el homicidio tiene lugar en uno de los planetas extrasolares, el cual a...more
Austin
A good continuation of the first book. I feel like I am more adjusted to the series and the rules of the universe and Isaac Asimov does a good job of creating a robot/detective fiction.
Sarah P
I'm always a fan of Asimov. He's such an amazing world-builder! This book focused on the society of Solaris... one of the Spacer planets that appear millions of years later in the later Foundation books (the last one, I think.) love me some Danieel and Lij!
June
I'm sorry to say that my first book of 2014 earns only 3 stars. Let me begin by saying how I came to read The Naked Sun by Isaac Asimov. I don't usually read SciFi but in an effort to expand my reading horizons I consulted the website Gateways to Geekery. It recommends the Robot Series as an entry into Isaac Asimov's works. The protagonist, Elijah Baley, is a detective in the distant future. He works with R(obot) Daneel Olivaw. The first book in the series Caves of Steel intriguingly portrays th...more
Davo


Amazing again. Who doesn't love a good detective story, with robots and space
Betsy Dion
A good mystery story, and a great thematic continuation of "Caves of Steel."
Kerry
As a murder mystery, I'm afraid that this novel didn't terribly impress me. The Grand Reveal did not surprise me and only confirmed my many suspicions all along. The incredibly small cast of characters meant that there really wasn't much room for big plot twists and turns. Therefore, it wasn't the anticipation of a pay-off at the end that kept me engaged and reading.

Asimov is a master of world-building and, more importantly, the journey. Within just a few pages (even if you have not yet the prio...more
Bárbara
Not breathtaking, but a good read. Another Asimov's dystopic novel about robotics and the future of humankind.

Detective Bailey, from Earth, is called on a special mission to investigate a murder in an outer space world - Solaria - where such crime has never happened before. A Solarian is murdered, and the murderer could only be a robot (which violates the first law of robotics, that says no robot can harm a human being, through action or inaction) or his wife, that claims she didn't do it. To s...more
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Isaac Asimov was a Russian-born, American author, a professor of biochemistry, and a highly successful writer, best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books.

Professor Asimov is generally considered the most prolific writer of all time, having written or edited more than 500 books and an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards. He has works published in nine of the te...more
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