The Robots of Dawn (Robot, #3)
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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...more
Paperback, 435 pages
Published March 1st 1994 by Spectra Books (first published 1983)
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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...more
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)
“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...more
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...more
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
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...more
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...more
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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...more
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...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 []. 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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Charles Zigmund
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
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...more
Oct 08, 2012 Eric rated it 2 of 5 stars 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
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...more
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...more
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
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
Silvio Curtis
Elijah Baley and Robot Daneel Olivaw are main characters as in The Caves of Steel and The Naked Sun. Gladia Delmarre, who Baley meets on Solaria in The Naked Sun, also reappears, and Baley and Daneel are assisted by a second robot. Han Fastolfe, an expert roboticist and politician from the planet Aurora, comes under suspicion of deliberately burning out a robot, and drags Baley in to try to clear him and save his political standing. The circumstances put Baley's own career and Earth's role in th...more
Chris Friend
In brief, the story is excellent, and the final chapter redeems the one major shortcoming of this book: It is tedious, even by Asimov's standards. Like most of his stories, this one consists primarily of conversations among characters as they attempt to reason out how things happen. But this installment includes meandering conversations that seem to be making a point but then just as quickly seem to be irrelevant.

That said, I'm rating it five stars because, again, the final chapter is excellent....more
Senthil Kumaran
This book made a deep impression upon me. First time, I found Asimov exploring extremely difficult concept like sexuality in his writing and what a brilliant and rational way he presented the whole concept of Sex through the way of his characters and his imaginative ploys. This book is nothing about sex. At the core this book is about a Roboticide, a murder of robot, if you can accept this statement and Elijah Baley travels to Aurora to solve this murder mystery. He tries hard to make any advanc...more
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...more
Basil Godevenos
Elijah Bailey's third and final documented stressful and career making/breaking romp with R. Daneel Olivaw.

In Asimov's efforts to tie his robot stories together with his Foundation universe, some changes are made to the basic format of this book as opposed to the other two Bailey/Olivaw books. For one thing, Daneel takes a bit of a back seat to a new robot, named Giskard (who it seems will become something of a lynch pin in the times to come).

This time, the stakes are higher than ever before - a...more
I really liked Caves of Steel and The Naked Sun, but this book seemed to move slowly. That is the primary issue with the first 99% of the book. However, this book is a (science fiction) mystery and the true solution to the puzzle comes in the last 1%. In that 1%, the "solution" has serious scientific issues.

That can't be explained without spoiling the mystery. Read below at your own risk.

--- spoilers ---

The solution hinges upon a "mind-reading" robot. What makes this so implausible is: (1) the a...more
M. J.
I had read this book once before, within the past few years, but was looking for books for one of my sons and pulled it out thinking it was a decent story. I remembered that it was a mystery, and I remembered the solution, but the first time through I was not really comfortable that the ending was exactly "fair"--that is, with a mystery the author is expected to give the reader all the necessary clues to reach the conclusion, and at the end the reader either should have reached the same conclusi...more
Итак, сбылось. Я поставила книге Азимова оценку ниже 5,0.
Ну что же, Отец-Основатель смог меня разочаровать. Вообще, читать третью книгу из цикла было немного тяжеловато, но против совета, тем более во Флешмобе, не попрешь. Изначально я переживала, что детектив окажется типичной фантастикой 70-ых с перестрелками, но негатив подкрался с совсем другой стороны - все оказалось таким затянутым, таким нудным, таким... неинтересным. Одни разговоры, одна болтовня, герой - гений интуиции и такое ощущение...more
I didn't realize this was the third book in a series until after I checked it out of the library. With that said though, I don't feel like it was imperative to read the other two books to know what's going on with this one. This was my first Asimov book and I can say he's hooked me. Based on this book alone, I really like his writing style and he left me hanging off a cliff. Doctor Fastolfe's initial claim of "I'm the only person capable of doing this, but I didn't do it" left me puzzled. Too ba...more
Charlie Nowak
The Robots of Dawn by Isaac Asimov is a nice book of appropriate length.
It's about a detective named Elijah Bailey, who wants to go to a place named Aurora. He kept getting denied his trip until he is needed on a mission to help clear the name of an Auroran politician. To say anything else would lead on to a spoiler, which I don't want.
I highly recommend this book, it's a great read, and it well deserves four, maybe five stars. The beginning is a little slow, and is in some places quite dull,...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...more
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