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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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Mass Market Paperback, 15th printing, 208 pages
Published 1996 by Harper Voyager (first published January 1957)
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Jamesboggie I think you will. A major theme of the novel is the comparison of Solaria to Earth. The comparison loses meaning if you cannot refer to The Caves of…moreI think you will. A major theme of the novel is the comparison of Solaria to Earth. The comparison loses meaning if you cannot refer to The Caves of Steel.(less)
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Sesana
Mar 25, 2011 Sesana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Manny
Dec 01, 2008 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
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Denisse
Apr 23, 2017 Denisse rated it it was amazing
Asimov + Science fiction + Thriller. I don't think there's anything better. What can I say. I loved this little bastard. I love Asimov's Robots universe, all the problems it has and this one in particular is completely page turner and interesting. The best main character I have read in an Asimov book and a premise way more entangled than the 5 other novels I have read of him. Just read this beauty, please.


Que buena secuela. Si esas últimas páginas no te hacen querer seguir leyendo a los Robots d
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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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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
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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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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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Maria Laura
3.50

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
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Nikki
Apr 23, 2009 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
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
Jovana Vesper
Feb 28, 2017 Jovana Vesper rated it did not like it
Shelves: lemonade, sci-fi
Ma sad mi je jasno, evo zašto mi se ne dopadaju ove knjige - nisam muškarac, belac, amerikanac.
U svetu Isaka Asimova (realnom i izmišljenom) ostale rase ne postoje. A drugi pol je sporedan, prateći. Žene se dele na dve kategorije:
1. Lepe domaćice, neuticajne
2. Ružne i od polovičnog značaja
Ohhh one su umetnice, asistentkinje, sekretarice, pomoćnice, dodaci jelima; bez ambicije čak i kad imaju prilike za dostizanje bitnog položaja.
A tek problem sa jezicima odnosno nedostatkom istog! Za 1000+ godin
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Julie Davis
Jun 27, 2010 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
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Richard
Jun 07, 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
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Alina
Jun 21, 2015 Alina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, sci-fi
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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Kara
Apr 15, 2010 Kara rated it did not like it
Shelves: sci-fi
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Chas Smash
3,5/5

Esta es la segunda parte de esta saga de robots del gran maestro Asimov.
En éste nos volvemos a encontrar con un asesinato misterioso en el que los robots son de nuevo objeto de sospecha por parte del detective.
El crimen tiene lugar en Solaria, en el que la población de robots supera con creces a la población humana, unos 20000 robots por cada humano. Los humanos viven totalmente aislados en grandes terrenos cuya vida social se limita a una pantalla, mientras los robots se encargan de sati
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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>
Rita Monticelli
Apr 18, 2012 Rita Monticelli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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Mo
Apr 05, 2017 Mo rated it it was amazing
Fantastic story. Really makes you question things you would normally take for granted, like being outdoors and spending time in the physical presence of others. Wonderful character development. Just a great sequel to Caves of Steel.
Ché-Dermont
Feb 27, 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
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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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Leonardo
Apr 19, 2014 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
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Sonja
Jan 07, 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
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Книжни Криле
Айзък Азимов. Един от най-големите писатели на двадесети век, оставил дълбок отпечатък в световната литература и култура. Произведенията му са оказали влияние на хиляди творци, учени, изследователи и изобретатели. Титан на научната фантастика. Пророк.


Има автори, за които каквото и да кажем все ще е малко, и Азимов определено е един от тях. А днес ще поговорим за две от неговите най-емблематични истории, събрани под една корица. Това е сборникът „Роботите – том 1”, издаден от ик „Бард”, съдържащ
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Alexander
Nov 04, 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
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Daniel
Jan 29, 2009 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
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Sofía Zaghi
Oct 19, 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
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Zen Cho
Mar 08, 2008 Zen Cho rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dudebooks, sff
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Tim
Jun 19, 2017 Tim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Science fiction and mystery novels go together so well that I’m always a bit surprised there aren’t more of them (while I know several others, it is not a sub-genre that really seems prominent). After all, the idea of a mystery is the focus on discovering answers, and science fiction is (as it has always seemed to me at least) a way to reflect on the ways people interact with each other, with technology and with our environment. The basic things we look for in a murder mystery are motive, the we ...more
Thomas
Oct 16, 2013 Thomas rated it really liked it
True story: Most of my life -- since I was about 10 -- I've been convinced that I read both of the classic SF-detective hybrids Asimov wrote in his "Robots" series. Well, I just settled in for a "re-read" of this one and quickly discovered that, no, I hadn't read it. Kinda weird. I guess now when I say things like "I can't remember which of the two books such-and-such thing happened in," I'll know that it happened in "The Caves of Steel." I liked both of them a lot, although clearly I didn't rem ...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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  • The Robots of Dawn (Robot #3)
  • Robots and Empire (Robot #4)

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