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The Naked Sun

(Robot, chronological order #4)

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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 ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 15th printing, 208 pages
Published 1996 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published December 1956)
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Malcolm Carvalho Not quite. Even though the books do have a reading order, each novel can stand alone. This book specifically depends very little on Caves of Steel.
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Ahmad Sharabiani
The Naked Sun (Robot #2), Isaac Asimov

The Naked Sun is a science fiction novel by Russian American writer Isaac Asimov, the second in his Robot series. Like its predecessor, The Caves of Steel, this is a whodunit story.

The book was first published in 1957 after being serialized in Astounding Science Fiction between October and December 1956.

The story arises from the murder of Rikaine Delmarre, a prominent "fetologist" (fetal scientist, responsible for the operation of the planetary birthing ce
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Merphy Napier
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Asimov is quickly winning my heart. His work with AIs and world building are phenomenal. He can even make me love a genre I don't tend to read (detective mysteries). I can't wait to read more ...more
Baba
Oct 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
I really enjoyed this - NY cop, a 'Plainclothesman' from the overpopulated, domed mega cities (The Caves of Steel), of Earth, Elijah Bayley is sent to the far reaches of the known universe to investigate a murder on a planet where murder never happens, where people don't even meet face-2-face, and where there are around 1,000 robots to every person!

Not only do we get a stranger in a strange land, we also get a captivating murder investigation on a planet where it is seen as grossly disturbing to
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mark monday
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Robot 4:

::speculation on future of human life, part two:: ::humans on colony worlds portrayed:: ::but humanity is just as limited as ever:: ::humanity will bring its baggage wherever it goes, even the stars:: ::these Solarians are like Earth humans:: ::they build up walls between themselves:: ::they are afraid of contact, of touch, of affection:: ::they are like old school robots:: ::fortunately new model robots are not afraid of such things:: ::modern robots are very affectionate, just not
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Manny
Dec 01, 2008 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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Sesana
Mar 25, 2011 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
Trish
Feb 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
A new case for Detective Elijah Baley (a human from Earth) and R. Daneel Olivaw (a robot) and I found myself cheering at the reunion! :D

It's been a few months since the first book and Baley has been promoted. One day, he is called to Washington for a new assignment - one he can't refuse despite the fact that it is off planet!
On Solaris, one of the Spacer colonies that is politically hostile to Earth, a murder has been committed. Puzzling is how the killed scientist could live compeltely isolate
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Bradley
Mar 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021-shelf, sci-fi
Asimov robot re-read 2/25/21

This time, like the last time, over thirty years ago, I was struck by how Asimov could twist simple agoraphobia into two distinct branches that could cover two whole branches of humanity. One, a real-presence phobia that mimicks, if not having the motive, our current society where social-distancing is required, not actively sought-after.

Of course, then, like now, introverts tend to thrive in such situations. And Bailey, coming from an extreme extrovert society on Ear
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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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Fran
Dec 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
In my opinion not as good as the original "Caves of Steel" but still quite readable, provided you remember this is a 6 decades old book.

The murder mystery side of the book is interesting, albeit a bit naive if you're a fan on the genre, but fits seamlessly among the sci-fi part of the story.

As before, love the robot0human interactions.

All in all, a solid sequel.
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Denisse
Apr 23, 2017 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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Ivana Books Are Magic
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Naked Sun, (the second novel in the Robot series) is a living proof that you can write a detective story set in a future that will not only be interesting, but also profound in the way best science fiction books are. A mix of science fiction and crime is not something everyone can pull of, but Asimov makes it look easy. In fact, Asimov's Robot series is one of my favourite ones.

The writing in this novel is so clean and precise, not one word or sentence too much or to little. Asimov writing
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Patrick
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, classics
The Naked Sun was even better than Caves of Steel! Asimov’s Robot series are probably one of the greatest sci-fi series of all time. I really love these books. Foundation was great but these are better.

I liked how Asimov tried to use sci-fi in other genres. The Robot series are more mystery than sci-fi but his inclusion of space exploration, robots, and artificial intelligence make it both. I thought Asimov was a good sci-fi author after having read the Foundation series but after getting into
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Tim
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
Davyne DeSye
Nov 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: This is the very first science fiction book I ever read, at the age of 15 (stuck in hospital), and I was swept away... enough to forget the pain for a bit! My father brought me this book and it is one of the many things for which I will forever be thankful to him.

The disclaimer having been delivered, you can’t be surprised at my rating!

Much like Caves of Steel, the book before this one, this reads like a classic murder mystery with the flawed but lovable hard-boiled detective… but is
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Kara
Apr 15, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: sci-fi
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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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Silvana
I am glad I decided to continue with this series. It's basically a good ol' detective story within a world where humans living with robots and had populated other planets. There is a juxtaposition between worlds here - the increasingly isolationist Earth with their enclosed cities and a planet where the MC investigated a murder in - Solaria - where the humans grew physically apart from each other for almost their whole life, lived individually in their own estate, got married only when they've b ...more
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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Nicky
Apr 23, 2009 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
Paul
Dec 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: scifi, fiction
This is a pretty weak book. I think it's obvious that Asimov was writing this before the era where people actually interacted with logical beings (computers, etc) regularly, and as such the robots just come off as subservient humans, not logical creatures in any particular way.

Additionally, Asimov's idea of human psychological development is pretty laughable. He seems to think that in the future all people will be terminally unable to handle anything unfamiliar to them. People from Earth all liv
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J Austill
Nov 15, 2012 rated it liked it
I seem to disagree with the consensus on this book, as I think that this one is far improved from the first.

The concept of this series, as you all likely know, was to combine the detective novel and scifi novel genres. However, in the first book, the protagonist did everything he could to not investigate the crime until the very end when he guessed correctly.

This time we get a true, if not textbook, detective novel. There are certainly robots and a new world and culture to explore, but the main
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Marty Fried
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks, sci-fi
This was somewhere between 3.5 and 4 stars for me. Not a bad story, with some interesting things to think about, but a little boring to me due to belaboring the points, in my opinion. It sounds a little preachy at times, although I'm not sure of his point. Perhaps that robots are not going to replace humans any time in the far future.

The main human character, a plainclothes detective from Earth, is often a bit of a jerk to me. He doesn't like having robots doing everything for him, so he'd rathe
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Alina
Jun 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 human p
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Ce
The Naked Sun (Robot #2) (Foundation Universe #4)
Second book in the Robot series, and # 4 in the proposed reading order that I'm following for the Foundation series.

I really liked the "chemistry" between Elijah Baley and R. Daneel Olivaw, the two main characters, while they get another murder case to solve. The descriptions of Solaria's customs were fun, though a little naive, and we get another look at the interaction between the earthmen and the spacers.
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Vylūnė
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A decent detective story and a decent robot story in one book. The world building deserves applause.
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
Bill Burris
Jan 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read this book once or twice before, but remembered almost nothing about the story.

I need to get going on the rest of the Foundation Universe Series, before I forget too many details from this book and The Caves of Steel. I am thinking that there are some ideas here which lead up to what Hari Seldon was thinking about.
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Julie Davis
Jun 27, 2010 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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Alexander
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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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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