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The Robots of Dawn (Robot #3)

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A millennium into the future two advances 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.

Detective Elijah Baiey is called to the Spacer world Aurora to solve
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ebook, 448 pages
Published January 21st 2009 by Spectra (first published January 1st 1983)
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Apatt
Dec 26, 2013 Apatt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“I cannot say what I feel in any human sense, Partner Elijah. I can say, however, that the sight of you seems to make my thoughts flow more easily, and the gravitational pull on my body seems to assault my senses with lesser insistence."

Ahh.. good old R. Daneel Olivaw, how I have missed you.

It has been decades since I read anything by Isaac Asimov. When I started reading sci-fi in my teens Asimov was the go-to author for new readers. I was not quite ready for Heinlein or Clarke but Asimov’s The
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Punk
Jun 26, 2007 Punk rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
SF. This is the third in the R. Daneel Olivaw series and Detective Elijah Baley has been sent off-planet to Aurora to investigate a roboticide. He's loaded on a spacer ship, deloused, and then sent to his quarters where he's to remain for the duration of the journey. Everything's so foreign and uncomfortable that Elijah can't help himself when he sees Daneel come through the door -- he hugs him.

These books are all still about the love between a man and his humaniform robot. Over the course of th
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Catie
Apr 28, 2011 Catie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think that I would have really liked to know Isaac Asimov. I am usually too lazy to add photos into my reviews (Applause for all you creative types out there!) but I had to share this photo from the jacket of my book:

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I mean, Jehoshaphat! Have mutton chops, nerd glasses, and a bolo tie ever been so adorable? I know I don’t think so. He was, by all accounts, an incredibly brainy person (He was the vice-president of Mensa!), but, to me, his humble, plain-speaking nature really comes across in hi
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Alina
Jun 22, 2015 Alina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The final chapter and, mainly, the final conversation, smoothly snatched the 5th star.
Kit
May 15, 2013 Kit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, so star rating==not always indicative of book quality with me, but before you say I am unfairing this review, let me explain you a thing: (( SPOILERS TO FOLLOW ))

My god, I adore robots interacting with people. My god. I am sure none of you could tell this about me at all because I am clearly quite subtle about it, but I have always been delighted to read about closeness between humans and nonhumans. I love the way it makes me think about how logic and reason works in different people as we
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Stephen
4.0 stars. I really enjoy the Robot novels by Asimov. He is a master at creating larger than life characters and then making you care about what happens to them. This story begins the bridge between Asimov's Robot novels and the Foundation series. Highly Recommended!!



Nominee: Hugo Award for Best Science Fiction Novel (1984)

Nominee: Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel (1984)
Stephen
4.0 stars. This is either the third or fourth book in the Robot series (depending on whether you want to include the short story collection I, Robot as the first book in the series. In this book, written in 1983, begins the process of integrating the Robot series with Asimov's Foundation series and provides an explanation regarding why robots are not part of the Galactic Empire of the Foundation series. It also does a credible job of planting the seeds of the science of psychohistory made so fam ...more
Ivana Split
Jul 19, 2016 Ivana Split rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You know even if this novel wasn't as a great read as it happened to be, it would have deserved five stars on the merit of that last chapter alone. The ending of this novel was absolutely brilliant. Not only that I didn't see it coming, I didn't expect anything of the kind. It was such a worthy ending to the series! Talk about finishing with style! Still, let's get back to the beginning, shall we? This is the final novel in Asimov’s Robot series and it happens to be my favourite one. I liked the ...more
Raj
Feb 21, 2010 Raj rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, whodunnit
Plainclothesman Elijah Baley is back in space, sent by Earth at the request of Aurora, the oldest and most powerful of the Spacer worlds, to investigate the 'murder' of a humanoid robot. At stake is not just his own career, but the entire future of Earth and the future Galactic Empire.

It was in this book that Asimov starts sowing the seeds to start connecting his Galactic Empire/Foundation books with his Robot series, with one of the characters explicitly talking about psychohistory in a chain t
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Kat  Hooper
Jul 06, 2014 Kat Hooper rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Originally posted at Fantasy Literature. We review SFF, horror, and comics for adults and kids, in print and audio daily.

The Robots of Dawn is the third book in Isaac Asimov’s trilogy about investigator Elijah Bailey and his robot sidekick R Daneel Olivaw. In the first book, The Caves of Steel, the pair met and solved a murder mystery on Earth. In this far-future Earth, a fearful populace lives in domed cities and never ventures outside. In the second book, The Naked Sun, Elijah faces his fears
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Hernan Garcia
Feb 17, 2017 Hernan Garcia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Para Elijah Baley, dos años han pasado desde que transcurriesen las aventuras narradas en El Sol Desnudo, a las narradas en Los robots del amanecer, el siguiente libro cronológicamente hablando, de la saga de la Tierra. Sin embargo para Asimov pasaron han pasado 26 ... y se nota.
La narrativa es mucho mas madura (se evidencia claramente en la cantidad de paginas del libro, que prácticamente dobla a la anterior novela de la saga), llegando a ser bastante impactante para el lector que sigue cronoló
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Marie
Jun 09, 2014 Marie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Sakacaca
Jan 29, 2013 Sakacaca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*Clap Clap...
La verga de judas invertida... este es el mejor libro de Asimov que me he leido hasta la fecha. Este libro continua la historia, creo que un par de años despues del Naked Sun. Leyendo la biografia de Asimov, el mae lo escribio un pingazo de tiempo despues y se nota, es diferente. Los primeros dos no le llegan a la cintura a este 3er libro de al serie. No se si es por los dos anteriores o por el hecho que el misterio a resolver en verdad parece imposible pero... es un arte puesta en
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JonSnow
Jan 04, 2016 JonSnow rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How a book can be this extraordinarily gripping, is beyond me. It is a yet another fine example of logical deduction and inducements which are paradoxically so complex, and yet when reduced to their base elements in the finality of this masterpiece, so simple. To the very last word of the very last page, this book was fascinating... no that word is not profound enough... but I can think of no other to explicate the magnitude of my feelings... I had the ending somewhat unintentionally spoiled by ...more
Barışcan Bozkurt
Oct 31, 2016 Barışcan Bozkurt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: yorum-yazılan
Güneşin Tanrıları kitabında beklediğimi Şafağın Robotları'ndan aldım.

Kitabı okurken aklım ister istemez Güneşin Tanrıları'na gitti. Aslında Güneşin Tanrıları sandığımdan daha iyi bir kitapmış. Ama gereksiz uzun olduğu da aklıma gelmedi değil.

Şafağın Robotları önceki iki kitaba göre çok daha iyi bir hikâye sunuyor. Özellikle zekice yazılmış sonu etkiledi. Daha iyi bir kitap olduğundan beğenmediğim yerleri de gözüme daha çok battı. Örneğin Gladia ve Baley arasındaki romantizm. Bana göre bu romanti
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Charles Zigmund
May 13, 2013 Charles Zigmund rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Isaac Asimov's later science fiction novels were written at the insistence of his publisher. He had turned from writing science fiction in the 1950s to churning out scores of books of fact -- on science, history, Shakespeare, the Bible and other subjects, for many years. For whatever reason, esthetics or profits, his publisher was not about to see a great science fiction writer permanently retire from the genre that had made him famous, and started demanding more SF. Asimov complied, and began w ...more
Jason Pettus
As of spring 2012, I am selling a first-edition copy of this book through my arts center's rare-book service [cclapcenter.com/rarebooks]. Here below is what I wrote for its description:

In a remarkable eight-year period in the 1950s, science-fiction veteran Isaac Asimov cranked out nine books comprising three series that were to define so much of the entire genre in the decades following them: the "Robot" series of stories and novels, set in a period of future history in which Earth natives are f
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Sesana
Aug 23, 2012 Sesana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really 3.5 stars, and my least favorite of Asimov's Robot books. The story heavily features characters talking (and talking...) about sex in the most detached and clinical terms possible. It also includes a major character casually committing adultery with no thought of the spouse. Nice.

And yet, I still liked it. Asimov is a skilled writer, and I greatly enjoyed seeing Baley and Daneel again. The mystery solution took me somewhat by surprise this time. There are a lot of connections between his
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Tfitoby
May 16, 2011 Tfitoby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
An excellent extension of the Lije Bailey stories, easily the most enjoyable of the three (so far?) but for the added chapter almost clumsily tieing the series in to the Foundation/Empire timeline.

The beauty of these novels is the multiple layers at which you can view them. At it's simplest form of detective fiction it is a wonderful read but as you layer on the philosphy and cultural studies aspects it grows it to much more.

As I finish each Asimov work I am incredibly sad, it seems like there w
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Buck Ward
The Robots of Dawn, written in 1983, fairly late in Asimov's science fiction career, is quintessential Asimov, with the exception that it contains a sexual aspect that isn't characteristic of most of his work. The story doesn't contain explicit sex scenes, but sex does play an important role.

In this book, Asimov sets the seeds of the science of psychohistory, the basis of the Foundation series, written decades earlier, but which takes place thousands of years in the future.

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Nutshell: always already famous detective concerns himself with the setting-significant wrongful decommission of an AI dildo.

Elijah is preceded in all his endeavors by the hyperreal version of himself from a "hyperwave dramatization," produced regarding the events of The Naked Sun (5). Everyone whom he meets mentions it--so the point of the novel in some ways is that the Real must tirelessly overcome a precession of hyperreality. Part of the hyperreality of the setting is the simulation of human
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The_Mad_Swede
May 28, 2009 The_Mad_Swede rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third of Asimov's Robot novels, following after The Caves of Steel and The Naked Sun, has plainsclothesman Elijah Baley from Earth once more team up with R. Daneel Olivaw to solve a mystery. This time it is a matter of roboticide and on the leading Spacer planet Aurora. Baley is called in and has to make full use of his deductive skills under pressing circumstances, the least of which not being his having to venture abroad on the outside.

Asimov clearly grew into a more skilled writer in term
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Ivana
Nov 06, 2012 Ivana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Why is that I always have such a hard time writing about my favourite novels? I'm not sure, but it is always so hard to find the right words to describe literature that I hold in high esteem.

This is the best novel by Isaac Asimov that I have read so far. I was just amazed by it. I do like Asimov and from my book shelf you can see that I'm no stranger to sf. However, The Robots of Dawn was something different. It was just perfect. It dealt with so much, from politics to social customs. In one se
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Oleg Kagan
Asimov's worlds are always amazing. This, the third of a four-book series was no exception.

Much of the book was the Earth Detective Elijah Bailey moving around interviewing people and dealing with his agoraphobia. The suspense built as the plot became tighter, making me itch to drive so I can listen to what will happen next.

Two points to note:
- Asimov is a master of logic, as is his character Elijan Bailey. However, sometimes the logic steels the plot from the fact that people will behave in il
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Kevin Xu
Dec 06, 2010 Kevin Xu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This is the best book that Isaac Asimov has ever written, just base on the fact that this connects both the Robot Novels and the Foundation Novels is enough for me. This book basically is the real start of Foundation. What happened in his is shocking, its a book that all readers of Foundation should read.
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Robots of Dawn (Robot #3), Isaac Asimov
دنباله ی داستانهای غارهای پولادی و خورشید عریان
عنوان: روباتهای سپیده دم؛ آیزاک آسیموف؛ مترجم: هروس شبانی؛ تهران، شقایق، 1376، در 576 ص؛ داستانهای علمی تخیلی؛
Simon
Apr 16, 2009 Simon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf, crime
Elijah Baley makes his third and final appearance, this time on the planet Aurora, as his services are once more required to solve another knotty problem that no one else can. This time a robot has been murdered (immobilised) and Baley's Spacer friend Dr Fastolfe is accused as no other possibility seems likely. But more than Fastolfe's fate hangs in the balance, the very future of mankind must be decided. Who is more fit to go out and establish the beginnings of an eventual galactic empire, the ...more
Matt Holmes
Apr 08, 2016 Matt Holmes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Jetsons III: Stannis Gets Laid

Finally, man. Asimov has been pussyfootin around exactly that for three books now. Inquiring minds want to know! How's cybersex in the future?

The man once again demonstrated himself ahead of his time by spec-ficcing up a world of interspecies erobotica, and no one is even vaguely repentant. Least of all our narrator, Ol' Longface himself, who finally pumps sweet little Gladia full of what I can only imagine to be billions of smallpox-caliber earthman infectants
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Ob-jonny
Aug 20, 2013 Ob-jonny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a murder mystery like the other robot novels but with the added twist that the future of the galaxy hinges on the outcome of the investigation. The pressure put on Bailey is immense and he has to come up with some brilliant ideas and sometimes is forced to act based on longshots. The book starts out slow but the final 1/3 makes it all worth it. Bailey makes inferences that are available to the reader but that I was not able to notice in advance. It's fascinating to read a character that ...more
Thermalsatsuma
Mar 21, 2010 Thermalsatsuma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
Another case of murder for Detective Elijah Baley and his robot partner R. Daneel Olivaw to investigate, but what makes this case unusual is that the victim is an advanced robot who has been placed into a state of irreversible mental lock. The only person with sufficient skill in robotics to have done such a thing is the robot's designer Dr Fastolfe who happens to be Earth's only ally in a political schism between Earth and the Spacer worlds. Is this a plot to discredit the progressive faction o ...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
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