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The Robots of Dawn (Robot #3)

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A puzzling case of roboticide sends New York Detective Elijah Baley on an intense search for a murderer. Armed with his own instincts, his quirky logic, and the immutable Three Laws of Robotics, Baley is determined to solve the case. But can anything prepare a simple Earthman for the psychological complexities of a world where a beautiful woman can easily have fallen in lo ...more
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Published July 15th 2007 by Tantor Media (first published January 1st 1983)
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José Estevan Reading #1 and #2 (as tagged by goodreads) will provide you with the details you need to really enjoy this one. Really recommended, although the…moreReading #1 and #2 (as tagged by goodreads) will provide you with the details you need to really enjoy this one. Really recommended, although the history is self-contained so you can read only one.(less)
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Aug 25, 2015 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
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
May 10, 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:


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
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)
Jun 29, 2015 Alina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The final chapter and, mainly, the final conversation, smoothly snatched the 5th star.
Jul 02, 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
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
Mar 07, 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
Jun 11, 2014 Marie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 28, 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
Jan 29, 2013 Sakacaca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
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
Jan 10, 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
Apr 24, 2016 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
Mar 03, 2013 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
Jason Pettus
As of spring 2012, I am selling a first-edition copy of this book through my arts center's rare-book service []. 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
Kevin Xu
Apr 01, 2011 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.
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
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
Jun 19, 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
Oct 08, 2012 Eric rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who like the idea of robotic sex slaves
Shelves: sci-fi
Reading through the entirety of Asimov's Robot-Empire-Foundation universe is a marathon, not a sprint. I'm bound to tire at some point. The Robots of Dawn is something of a caricature of the previous two Robot novels. Asimov continues to advance is plots entirely by the strained dialog of his characters. This book has all the logical tangles and conundrums of the other books, but they feel more forced. It's also clear to see that Asimov has been liberated from the societal norms that had previou ...more
May 05, 2016 wunnle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
On third installment of Robot Series, Asimov introduces us plainclothesman Elijah Baley of Earth once again, but the crime he needs to solve is not a homocide, but a "robocide" this time. The Robots of Dawn is almost a Silmarillion to the Foundation series, with Asimov's unique storytelling which not unfolding itself until the very end, my favorite book of the series so far.
Austin Wright
Sep 06, 2015 Austin Wright rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Daniel Kukwa
I have one major issue with this novel: it's TOO long! Has there ever been a novel of 400 pages composed primarily of one-on-one interviews and conversations? It's as is Asimov wanted to double-down on what he did so expertly with "The Robots of Dawn": create a seductive sci-fi murder mystery, multiplied to the Nth degree. But "Robots of Dawn" worked because it was beautifully self-contained and concise, with not a word wasted. This novel, for all its magnificent prose and fascinating characters ...more
Ed Correa
Apr 16, 2015 Ed Correa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
El mejor de la saga hasta ahora. La construcción del misterio es simple pero se llena de muchos elementos a su alrededor. La narración de Asimov sigue siendo muy atractiva por sí sola, pero al agregarle tanta vida a sus personajes convierte a la obra en una joya.
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؛
Dec 10, 2011 Jim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm a fan of Isaac Asimov: for that reason, I do NOT recommend this book. I do like the basic story, when you can find it.

This is the third in a series of SF/whodunit/Robot books. It started with Caves of Steel and The Naked Sun, written in the ‘50s. This one was written 30 years later. We have the detective back, and a reuse of a couple characters previously encountered.

He references a couple of his short stories/novellas as ancient folklore, which is entertaining for the fan.
--He references “L
May 13, 2013 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love how Asimov keeps things interesting. That is, the plots in all three of these books so far are connected, yet vary enough to keep things interesting. This time it shifts from him solving a mystery - that is, finding a culprit - to proving someone innocent. And he once again strikes a remarkable balance between outright telling the reader the answer and allowing the answer to stem from nowhere [cough Sherlock Holmes]; I found myself shocked I hadn't realized the answer/inconsistencies
David Sarkies
Jun 02, 2012 David Sarkies rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
This story would fall into the later works of Isaac Asimov, after he returned to writing fiction after spending almost two to three decades exclusively writing non-fiction, and in many cases it shows. One of the most noticeable things that you will see between the two periods of Asimov's fiction writing is that he is a lot more comfortable writing about sex and relationships in his later novels. In his earlier novels it simply does not seem to exist. However this is not surprising considering t ...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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