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The Naked Sun by Isaac Asimov
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Jul 23, 11

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"c1956. Your classic ""murder in a locked room"" given a futuristic twist. I enjoyed the style of writing which was not overloaded with descriptions but the background and world was subtlely drawn. Characterisation gave me enough info to like the 2 main characters. To me, the story has not dated at all with no reference to timeline at all other than in general terms. A lot of emphasis based on the difference between viewing and seeing - an interesting and thought provoking concept. ""It's such a nasty job being a doctor. Sometimes you just have to see people when you are a doctor and even touch them."" Synopsis courtesy of Amazon ""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 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 projection. Yet someone had gotten close enough to bludgeon him to death while robots looked on. Now Baley and Olivaw are faced with two clear impossibilities: Either the Solarian was killed by one of his robots--unthinkable under the laws of Robotics--or he was killed by the woman who loved him so much that she never came into his presence! "" """"And Earth's City civilization completed the task, imprisoning Earthmen within the Cities by a wall of fear of open spaces that barred them from the robot-run farming and mining areas of their own planet; from even that."" Recommended - even as just a good classic mystery.

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