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The Robot Novels: The Caves of Steel / The Naked Sun / The Robots of Dawn

(Robot #1-3)

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In The Caves of Steel, Isaac Asimov first introduced Elijah Baley and R. Daneel Olivaw, who would later become his favorite protagonists.

The book's central crime is a murder, which takes place before the novel opens. Roj Nemmenuh Sarton, a Spacer Ambassador, lives in Spacetown, the Spacer outpost just outside New York City. For some time, he has tried to convince the Ea
Paperback, 684 pages
Published August 12th 1988 by Del Rey (first published 1952)
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This series combines Asimov's fondness for the locked room mystery and science fiction in an explicit way. The principal hero is Elijah Bailey, an everyday detective working in the city, yet who will also become the prophet of human exploration and settlement of the universe.

The basic set up of the series is that the population of Earth lives in huge covered cities, almost completely sealed off from the outside world. One character in The Caves of Steel has a window in his office which is consid
Sep 01, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
One word, and one word only, need be used to succinctly describe Asimov's robot novels: Jehoshaphat! While I realize that the first two novels of this omnibus were written during a period of publishing history particularly rife with taboos, long since abandoned in more modern literature, the fact remains that Asimov could barely write more than two pages without using Elijah Baley's non-expletive. While I usually find Asimov's writing to be both quixotic and enjoyable, these three novels felt st ...more
I have read the first book in this collection, Caves of Steel, which I liked a lot more than Foundation. On day, I’ll get to the other 2.
May 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The are the best murder mysteries. Crime-solving that surrounds the logic of the three laws of robotics. One of my favorite books of all time.
Jun 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
Reading Asimov will always be a comfort for me; his stories, characters, and ideas are just as engaging and real now as they were when I first read them.
Ethan I. Solomon
Mar 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: five-star-books
When most people think of Asimov they think of Foundation and the books in that series. I think of The Caves of Steel and the books in The Robot Novels series. The protagonists are Elijah Bailey and R. Daneel Olivaw, who -SPOILER ALERT- also shows up in the final book of the Foundation series, if my memory serves me correctly.

Few books touched my imagination like The Caves of Steel and the other Elijah Bailey novels. The images burned their way into my mind. When I look to the sky I often wonde
EA Solinas
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If there's one thing the mighty Isaac Asimov excelled at, it was robots. Lots of robots.

So it isn't surprising that when Asimov wrote a trilogy of mysteries, they revolved around robots. And murder. Robots and murder together, whether as the victims or the suspected killers -- and this combination proved to be all the more compelling as Asimov sculpted an entire futuristic world where robots dwell among humans, domed cities dot the Earth, and the simple art of murder has been further complicated
May 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
In trying to fill in the few remaining tidbits from my high school feast upon Asimov's science fiction, I re-read these three dectective-of-the-future novels. They all have incredibly similar structure and feel, even though the last was written decades later.

All three novels explore, in the course of unraveling the crime, how humans social and psychological makeup adapts to extreme conditions and come to lose other qualities, such as the womb-like enclosed Cities of Earth, which produce agorapho
Mitesh Agrawal
These books broke doors of imaginations for me and took me to another realm and time. The realm, though exciting to dig in, but scary at the same time. I wonder now, how would it be to live in a galaxy concurred, the galatic empire?
Every-time I have heard of the name, Asimov, it was always associated to Foundation series. But Robot series lays the perfect "foundation" for the series. Asimov is truly flawless in describing minute intricacies with infinite simplicity, leaving no knots tied at the
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Jehoshaphat! I loved wasting my life to read this. The first two books...ok. They were ok. The third book though had all of the emotional pay off because the two main characters SHOULD HAVE ENDED UP TOGETHER!!!! My hard copy is littered with with all of the post-it notes marking all of the obviously homo-romantic interactions between these two. And like all of Asimov's characters' choices/motivations/mannerisms it came out of fucking nowhere. I was on an emotional roller coaster for that last bo ...more
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sf
This series was the first Asimov books I ever read, a long, long, long time ago, as a teenager. The first one I read (out of order) was The Robots of Dawn, and I loved it. Never before had I read such a wonderful blend of classic SF with classic mystery. The end just blew me away, and I thought it was the coolest thing I had ever read. So... this year, as an adult, I revisited these books to see if they would leave the same impression. I still absolutely loved them.
Kevin Flynn
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I like this edition a lot. There's a Commodore 64 text adventure of the third book too ...more
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have read this series 5 times it never gets fact everything old is new again with AI intelligence!
Maria Park
Jul 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
Outstanding examples of Asimov's work, I was lucky enough to buy special copies of these three with hard covers and unique art through the Science Fiction Book Club. Collectors items for sure! ...more
Sharon Barrow Wilfong
Robots and Murder is a trilogy comprised of three books: The Caves of Steel, The Naked Sun and The Robots of Dawn. I had read these books in college back when, thanks to a geeky friend, I had a fling with Science Fiction that lasted during my twenties.

Caves of Steel takes place on Earth. We see a world that has become so overburdened with people that at one point in time, a number of people left to explore and settle other worlds. The rest stayed home and retreated into domes. In order to insure
Feb 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: robot lovers
Recommended to Kylie by: Father
Shelves: favorite-books
I was so blessed when I was a little girl, my Dad had collected science fiction and western novels and he introduced me very early on to the delight therein the wonder that lay in the brown box in the back shed. BOOKS!! So many BOOKS!
Being dyslexic my spelling was horrible, but I could read well beyond my years, and one of my first adventures into the future was Issac Asimov's Robot Novels. I picked up The Caves of Steel first and fell madly in love with the character of R. Daneel Olivaw, the r
Dec 04, 2008 rated it liked it
Confession: I didn't really read this edition; the one I read only contained Caves of Steel and The Naked Sun, but I couldn't find that one in the listings. But I have read The Robots of Dawn some time ago, so I'm not really cheating, right?
So, what's it all about? Isaac Asimov basically invented the robot genre (among others) and nobody does it better. These were the early entries, introducing the intrepid detectives Lije Bailey (human) and R. Daneel Olivaw (robot). Asimov's writing may have
Alex Lee
Jul 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is actually 3 novels in one.

Here we see a progression of Asimov's robot stories as they reach dizzying heights of what robots and human ethics progress. Asimov sees the consequences of robots (too many robots) sheltering humans, and how human formality tends towards a 'purer' expression of desire so that in the end people lose touch with reality entirely. In the end, it comes to robots not only to manage our base desires but also to manage the continuity of human kind at all.

The mind readin
Julian Meyers
Dec 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing

The Robot Novels, by Isaac Asimov (one of the top three scifi writers of all time) is set in the future where there are robots which are able to do humans tasks, and humans have settled across the galaxy. Prejudices exist against robots and people who are from other parts of the galaxy. This means that whenever there is a crime that involves them, it can be very complicated diplomatically. The series is based around Elijah Baley who is a detective of earth and is sent on various cases across th

Molly G
Jan 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reread June - July 2010

Reread May 2009

Always forget what an engrossing read they are.

Currently also listening to a radioplay of a Douglas Adams "Dirk Gently" novel, so the "holistic detective" thing is likewise running through my mind and Lije Baley certainly has some of that going on. Everything is relevant to the crime, every ounce of understanding of "white knowledge"*, because everything is interconnected and sometimes it takes unfamiliarity to be able to see relevance. (See my favorite quot
Mar 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
I starting reading this in the hospital back in 2009. Then I hit a spot where I couldn't read, put it down and then for some reason every time I looked at it I didn't want to pick it up.
Recently a tragedy happened in my life. I read one novel and ripped right through it. I needed SOMETHING to occupy my mind. I picked this one up again and fell right into it.
It's an easy read but it has some interesting basic science concepts that are something you should expose young people to. It shows stigma
Clint Hall
It's between The Caves of Steel and The End of Eternity for the best Asimov book ever written--for me, anyway. That being said, I haven't read all his works, and I almost certainly never will. How many did he write? Over 400?

The Caves of Steel is a fantastic early novel by one of Sci-Fi's greats. If you don't already know this, Asimov created the 3 rules of robotic behaviour, which is his bullet-proof way of taming AIs. But Asimov spent a good amount of time trying to figure out clever ways arou
Dec 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Isaac Asimov, one of the great science fiction writers, has a great book that is beautifully written as a science fiction mystery. This book may be old, but it is still a good read even to this day.
The main character is Elijah Bailey and he’s a homicide detective, and he is tasked with the murder of a roboticist named Dr. Sarton. Elijah lives on earth, where cities are underground and they are very against robots. There are people on other inhabited planets, and the earth people call them spacer
Dec 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
Great light mysteries with some insightful reflections on society. Asimov was BRILLIANT at using robots to reflect so clearly on the nature of humanity. A trick adeptly mastered in Star Trek The Next Generation's character "Data". Using a non-human... non-LIVING no less!... character to point out both the depth and the shallowness of humans. This gives Asimov much more freedom because the reader can't dismiss the perspective of the robot (culture, background, circumstance, parenting, etc.) Anywa ...more
Derek Pennycuff
This was such a chore to read. And now I'm questioning everything. Chiefly why the hell Asimov built such a reputation after publishing stuff like this. To be fair, maybe I just can't appreciate it within the timeframe it was written. The portrayal of women in all three of these books, even the far more recent final volume, is deeply troubling to me. And I'm sure we wouldn't have character's like TNG's Data were it not for these books laying the ground work. But I feel a single Data focused epis ...more
Oct 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: scifi
This trilogy is an incredibly well thought out series concerning robots and the future of earth. It's impressive that Asimov's ideas about robots as presented in the first book existed all the way back in the early fifties. This series is in the same universe as I, Robot and the Foundation trilogy. When you combine all the stories, it's a series that spans dozens of books and thousands of years of history. It's in this trilogy that Hari Seldon's ideas of psychohistory are supposed to have origin ...more
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Jul 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
I first read the robot trilogy back as a teenager. Asimov was, and remains, one of my favorite authors. Primarily because I thought that his work was very well thought out and grounded in some scientific reality. Of course he remains one of the "godfathers" of hard science fiction, particularly with respect to robots. I recent re-read the series, and still find it to be engaging, provocative, and thoroughly entertaining. But that is just me. ...more
May 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
3 great classic sci-fi novels. I find it hard to belive the caves of steel was written in the 50's!, his writting is so timeless.
The novels are all set in a future where human kind lives in vast enclosed cities, (caves of steel) and rarly venture outside.
Robots do all the hard work, outside, as humans don't trust them.
The naked sun is set on another world, where people (spacers) live in isolation in a house full of robots to cater to every need.

Apr 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, robots
A very nice little series of books - I read these over the course of several months, and it is still easy to follow when taking breaks in between, though I would have loved to have just torn through them all at once. They are great books - written a few decades ago but a very interesting take on society, in my opinion. There is still discrimination, taboo affairs, misunderstanding across culture - plus, of course, robots. Quite amazing stuff, and a must read for anyone who likes robots.
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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 one of the most prolific writers 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 o

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  • The Caves of Steel (Robot #1)
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