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The Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov
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Sep 26, 11

bookshelves: fiction, from-library, spec-fic
Read from September 20 to 25, 2011, read count: 1

This classic SF novel combines a well-realized future world with a good mystery. Lije Baley is a New York City cop in a future where all humans on Earth live in vast hive-like cities. Society has begun uneasily making use of robots, but there is a great deal of mistrust of them, particularly since they can replace many workers. There is also a lot of mistrust of the Spacers, former colonists from the outer planets who have returned to Earth and live in their own enclaves. The Spacers don't live like Earthers: fresh air and open space are important to them, and they consider robots an integral part of their society.
When a Spacer is murdered, possibly by an Earther, Lije is asked to investigate. If he handles this well, it could mean a real step up: better food, better housing, maybe even an apartment with a private bathroom for himself, his wife, and his teen son Bentley. There's one problem, however; the Spacers insist that he take on a robot, R. Daneel Olivaw, as his partner. And Lije hates robots.

Asimov was never a great prose stylist, and his characterizations tend to only be as good as he needs them to be, but this is a fun, fast-paced scifi mystery, and I very much enjoyed it.
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