Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Naked Sun (Robot, #2)” as Want to Read:
The Naked Sun (Robot, #2)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Naked Sun (Robot #2)

4.11  ·  Rating Details ·  28,295 Ratings  ·  781 Reviews
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 come
Mass Market Paperback, 203 pages
Published October 1st 1993 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 1956)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Naked Sun, please sign up.

Popular Answered Questions

Malcolm Carvalho Not quite. Even though the books do have a reading order, each novel can stand alone. This book specifically depends very little on Caves of Steel.
This question contains spoilers… (view spoiler)
This answer contains spoilers… (view spoiler)
Ender's Game by Orson Scott CardDune by Frank Herbert1984 by George OrwellFahrenheit 451 by Ray BradburyBrave New World by Aldous Huxley
Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
161st out of 5,612 books — 18,680 voters
Dune by Frank HerbertEnder's Game by Orson Scott CardThe Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams1984 by George OrwellFahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Best Science Fiction
116th out of 2,170 books — 3,420 voters

More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
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
Aug 09, 2010 Manny rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
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
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Naked Sun (Robot #2), Isaac Asimov
عنوان: خورشید عریان؛ نویسنده: ایزاک آسیموف؛ مترجم: هوشنگ غیاثی نژاد؛ تهران، پاسارگاد، 1363؛ در 302 ص؛ موضوع: داستانهای خیال انگیز از نویسندگان امریکایی - قرن 20 م
در سیاره ی دوردست سولاریا قتلی به وقوع پیوسته .... «خورشید عریان» دنباله ی داستان مهیج و مشهور «غارهای پولادی» است. ماجراهای کارآگاهان «الیاس بیلی» و «دانیل اولیواو» که در کتابهای «روباتهای سپیده دم» و «امپراطوری روباتها» دنبال میشود
عنوان: خورشید عریان؛ نویسنده: ایزاک آسیموف؛ مترجم: پوپک بریمانی؛ ته
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
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
Maria Laura

Me gustó, y la investigación del asesinato me resultó más interesante que en Robot #1; hasta incluyó homenaje, intencionado o no, a Sherlock Holmes (expresamente) y a Poirot (sutilmente).

No es el tipo de historia que muestre la psicologîa de los personajes, no todos tienen que tener esta característica, desde ya, diría que esto es algo que me atrae en un libro; aún así me enganchó desde el principio. Se supone que todas las historias nos hacen pensar de algún modo, obviamente, pero creo que
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
May 12, 2011 Nikki rated it really liked it
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
Julie Davis
Sep 30, 2014 Julie Davis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 Detective Elijah Baley, sent from the streets of New York with his positronic partner, the robot R. Daneel Olivaw, to solve an incredible murder that has rocked Solaria to its foundations. The victim had been so reclusive that he appeared to his associates only through holographic pro
Jun 20, 2014 Richard rated it really liked it
This futuristic murder mystery is an excellent example of Asimov's work. Here, in only 203 pages, he explores the nature of and differences between future human societies, along with his familiar concepts of the Three Laws of Robotics. These laws are explored in new ways in each of Asimov's robot novels.

Plainclothesman Elijah Baley, a detective and Earthman, is called to investigate a murder on Solaria, one of the Outer Worlds, which are inhabited by descendants of the colonizers who set out fro
Jun 14, 2007 Punk rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
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
Jun 24, 2015 Alina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Another excellent mixture between SF and mystery/detective, featuring the same main characters from The Caves of Steel, Elijah Baley & (R.) Daneel Olivaw.

The accent is now on the planet Solaria and its inhabitants, whose way of life is extremely different from life on Earth: there are about 20.000 humans on the planet, they have a very rigid controlled birth rate, infants are raised to prefer solitude, direct personal contact being their strongest taboo. In contrast with the low numbered hum
Hershel Shipman
As with The Caves of Steel, its another mystery book that uses robots and Asimov's three laws as devices. Its really interesting on how he plays with it this time. While the previous book was set in a crowded city hidden from the sky on Earth, this one was set on a sparsely populated world with open skies and lots of robots. The people living there don't really even want contact with each other and don't like seeing each other in person. So how does one commit a murder>
Kavita Ramesh
Nov 20, 2015 Kavita Ramesh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Diego Eis
Apr 20, 2016 Diego Eis rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Se você já leu o primeiro livro, Cavernas de Aço, você se sente confortável em já conhecer os personagens e o ambiente em que vivem. Isso é ótimo, por que Isaac Asimov aproveita pra dar mais detalhes de como os terráqueos são. Logo de início já mostra os medos de Bailey de andar de avião e principalmente o pavor que ele e outros terráqueos tem de espaços abertos. O que é um contra ponto interessante porque nós vivemos trancafiados em carros, escritórios e casas cada vez mais.

Outro ponto interess
Feb 19, 2015 Leonardo rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
The Naked sun continues the story of plainclothesman Elijah Baley. In the same vein as the previous book, this is a science fiction novel framed around a murder case.

In my The Caves of Steel review, I commented that although enjoyable, the book lacked the “something else” I came to expect from Asimov. It had some thought provoking ideas, but they did not provoke much though in me. This one is better in this regard. The fact that the book is set on Solaria gives us a good view on (some) of the sp
Mar 06, 2012 Ché-Dermont rated it really liked it
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
Rita Monticelli
Aug 30, 2013 Rita Monticelli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Scroll down for the English version.

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
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
Sofía Zaghi
Nov 03, 2014 Sofía Zaghi rated it really liked it
Encuentro fantástica la forma en que Asimov hace parecer que es muy fácil inventarse sociedades enteras, culturas y prácticas y normas distintas a las que conocemos. Siempre me hace reflexionar sobre las costumbres que para nosotros son "normales". Si alguien de otro mundo viniera a la tierra y viera lo que hacemos... ¿Le parecería lógico?

Disfruté mucho este libro. Me divirtió, me intrigó y me hizo cuestionar la sociedad actual.

Es una muestra de ciencia ficción espectacular que recomendaría a c
Nov 16, 2011 Alexander rated it really liked it
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
Mar 31, 2015 Daniel rated it really liked it
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 it's 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 vid
Jun 20, 2016 Ata rated it liked it
The mystery element of the novel is interesting. The overly regulated life of Earth of the future where people are afraid of the "outside" as described in the first novel (The Caves of Steel) and eat only yeast-based meals in community kitchens and only have common bathrooms was annoying enough.

Then the main character is sent to Solaria, some planet in some other solar system or galaxy even. The humans there live in virtual isolation because they are bred to find the presence of another human a
May 27, 2014 Leslie rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
I didn't think that this second book in the Robot series was quite as good as the first one (The Caves of Steel) but it was an excellent contrast. In the first book, Elijiah Baley investigates the murder of a "Spacer" (someone who comes from another world that Earth colonized in the past) on Earth, where there are lots of people and only a few robots. In this book, Baley has been requested to go to Solaria (one of the Spacer planets) where there are few people and lots of robots.

Having experien
Zen Cho
Mar 08, 2008 Zen Cho rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dudebooks, sff
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Richard Knight
Jul 15, 2015 Richard Knight rated it liked it
This is the second book in Asimov's celebrated Robot series (It's sandwiched between The Caves of Steel and The Robots of Dawn), and I think it suffers a bit with the transition from Earth to another planet, in this case, the Earth-like Solara. In the first book, the actual caves presented were fascinating. Mankind had journeyed underground and set up cities, which in itself was interesting. I also found the case more engaging, too, as it centered squarely on R. Daneel, which is the central robo ...more
Oct 26, 2014 Zsuzsi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Elijah Baley nyomozót váratlanul a külső világok egyikébe, Solariara küldik, hogy felderítsen egy rejtélyes gyilkossági ügyet.
Az ő szemén keresztül ismerjük meg Solaria elképesztő társadalmát, ahol a 20 000 ember mindegyike egyedül lakik óriási birtokán és irtózik a többiekkel való fizikai érintkezéstől. Az egész bolygó egy furcsa szociálpszichológiai kísérletnek hat. Az embereket robotok szolgálják, méghozzá rengeteg. Solaria robot-exportból él, a robotika ennek megfelelően rendkívül fejlett. A
High Plains Library District
Aug 18, 2015 High Plains Library District rated it really liked it
Shelves: victoria, adult
If you haven't visited Asimov recently (or ever) I want to pop him on your radar. It's easy to forget the classics but he is an author you should try. At least once.

This novel is part of the Robot series but it is fine as a stand alone novel. A perfect blend of murder mystery and science fiction, this is a "locked room" mystery with a clever twist.

I don't want to ruin the story for anyone because I enjoyed the unfolding of these two vastly different worlds -- the overpopulated earth and the wi
Jan 16, 2015 Sonja rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
The words "science fiction detective" sell The Naked Sun short. Like its predecessor, The Caves of Steel, The Naked Sun combines Asimov's trademark scientific fiction with sociological theory against the backdrop of a murder case, but with more attention paid to Elijah Baley's idiosyncrasies, as well as those of his fellow humans, and Spacers alike.

A robot can be the instrument of many things, and the Three Laws can be manipulated. The Naked Sun explores the effect this might have on both the E
Jun 03, 2014 Abraão rated it it was amazing
Asimov continua demonstrando sua maestria na apresentação da problemática robótica, além de mostrar os modelos culturais humanos e as limitações dos paradigmas explicativos. Tudo isto em uma excelente obra investigativa pela galáxia. O agente Bailey, acompanhado do robô humanóide Daneel - que tem papel importante da trilogia Fundação - , viaja à Solaria para solucionar um crime. Enfrenta a seus próprios medos e desafia os solarianos a olharem para sua sociedade.
Fora das "Cavernas de Aço" da Terr
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
  • Utopia (Isaac Asimov's Caliban, #3)
  • Earthlight
  • Citizen of the Galaxy
  • The Humanoids (Humanoids #1)
  • Footfall
  • Planet of Adventure (Planet of Adventure, #1-4)
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 about Isaac Asimov...

Other Books in the Series

Robot (4 books)
  • The Caves of Steel (Robot, #1)
  • The Robots of Dawn (Robot, #3)
  • Robots and Empire (Robot, #4)

Share This Book

“Civilizations have always been pyramidal in structure. As one climbs toward the apex of the social edifice, there is increased leisure and increasing opportunity to pursue hapiness. As one climbs, one finds also fewer and fewer people to enjoy this more and more. Invariably, there is a preponderance of the dispossessed. And remember this, no matter how well off the bottom layers of the pyramid might be on an absolute scale, they are always dispossessed in comparison with the apex.” 8 likes
“But he no longer feared the fear! It was not something to run from, that fear, but something to fight.” 6 likes
More quotes…