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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 come
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Paperback, 203 pages
Published October 1st 1993 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published January 1st 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
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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
Julie Davis
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
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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
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Alina
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
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Leonardo
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
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Richard
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
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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
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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
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Sofía Zaghi
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
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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
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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 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
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Leslie
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
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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>
Zen Cho
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Zsuzsi
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
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Sonja
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
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Abraão
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
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T4ncr3d1
Niente da fare, Asimov non smette di sorprendermi e continua a strapparmi stellette.
Degno seguito di Abissi d'acciaio, è tutto meno che una stanca riproposizione degli stessi temi: il confronto tra l'umano e il dis-umano si inserisce in uno scenario fortemente allargato, lo spazio aperto di Solaria, costruendo un gioco di specchi infinito.
Asimov gioca splendidamente con i temi e i generi letterari, infondendo sorprendente vitalità in un canovaccio da giallo classico e mescolando utopia e distop
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بسام عبد العزيز
ما هى الحدود الفاصلة بين الإنسان و الآلة؟
هل الأخلاق شئ نسبي أم مطلق؟
هل الإنسان كائن اجتماعي بطبيعته ام كائن منفرد؟
هل مبدأ القوة هو المسيطر في الحياة الإنسانية؟ هل نحن في طريقنا إلى "الأوبرمينش"؟ أم أن العواطف الإنسانية تحكمنا في التطور؟
هل الحياة بلا مشاعر هل الحل لكل الصراعات الإنسانية؟
بل ما هو أصلا تعريف الحياة نفسها؟؟!!

العديد و العديد من الأسئلة التي تطرحها تلك الرواية الرائعة..

بالفعل أدب الخيال العلمي كما يجب ان يكون!

قد يغضب أزيموف إذا سمع مثل هذه الجملة السابقة .. لأن أزيموف كان يرفض وجو
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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
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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,
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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
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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
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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
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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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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)
Foundation (Foundation, #1) I, Robot (Robot, #0.1) Foundation and Empire (Foundation, #2) Second Foundation (Foundation, #3) The Foundation Trilogy (Foundation, #1-3)

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Bayley's eyes dropped to his hands. They were as clean as need be. "Yes," he said.

"All right. I suppose it's a measure of instability to feel such revulsion at dirty hands as to be unable to clean an oily mechanism by hand even in a emergency. Still, in the ordinary course of living, the revulsion keeps you clean, which is good.”
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