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The Naked Sun

(Robot #2)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  35,789 Ratings  ·  1,147 Reviews
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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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 slo
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Ahmad Sharabiani
The Naked Sun (Robot #2), Isaac Asimov
The Naked Sun is a science fiction novel by 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 center rem
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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
César Bustíos
"El planeta giraba bajo aquel sol desnudo, indefenso ante las hordas de microbios llamadas hombres, que se desparramaban sobre su superficie. El planeta giraba locamente, eternamente..., giraba, giraba..."

Lije Baley es solicitado por el gobierno de Solaria, uno de los cincuenta Mundos Exteriores habitados por los espaciales, para llevar a cabo la investigación sobre el asesinato de Rikaine Delmarre, un ingeniero fetal. Estará acompañado por R. Daneel Olivaw, su co-protagonista en Bóvedas de acer
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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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Nikola Pavlovic
May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Knjiga u rangu predhodne (Celicne Pecine). Kraj je zaista dobar, Asimov na inteligentan nacin predstavlja dve razlicite stvari kao lice i nalicje jednog istog problema - udaljavanje civilizacija od onih vrednosti koje ih cine ljudskim. Solarija i Zemlja su daleki ne samo fizicki vec i u svakom drugom smislu a opet su tako dekadentni da ih to spaja vise nego sto ih sve ostale stvari cine razlicitim. Sto se detektivske strane romana tice tu moram biti ostriji prema Asimovu i reci da nema neke pret ...more
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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Patrick
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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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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Jessy
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Espectacular. Me encantó de principio a fin, además, sentí que estaba leyendo algo de Agatha Christie pero ambientado en el espacio, así que lo amé doblemente jajajaja muy muy recomendado
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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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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Kara
Apr 15, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: sci-fi
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Maria Laura
3.50

Me gustó, y la investigación del asesinato me resultó más interesante que en Robot #1; hasta incluyó homenaje, intencionado o no, a Sherlock Holmes (expresamente) y a Poirot (sutilmente).

No es el tipo de historia que muestre la psicologîa de los personajes, no todos tienen que tener esta característica, desde ya, diría que esto es algo que me atrae en un libro; aún así me enganchó desde el principio. Se supone que todas las historias nos hacen pensar de algún modo, obviamente, pero creo que
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Anna
Nov 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mi s-a părut o carte care tratează problema dezumanizării sub influența tehnologiei. Oare nu ne îndreptăm rapid spre o astfel de societate?
Jovana Vesper
Feb 28, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: lemonade, sci-fi
Ma sad mi je jasno, evo zašto mi se ne dopadaju ove knjige - nisam muškarac, belac, amerikanac.
U svetu Isaka Asimova (realnom i izmišljenom) ostale rase ne postoje. A drugi pol je sporedan, prateći. Žene se dele na dve kategorije:
1. Lepe domaćice, neuticajne
2. Ružne i od polovičnog značaja
Ohhh one su umetnice, asistentkinje, sekretarice, pomoćnice, dodaci jelima; bez ambicije čak i kad imaju prilike za dostizanje bitnog položaja.
A tek problem sa jezicima odnosno nedostatkom istog! Za 1000+ godin
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Nikki
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
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
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.
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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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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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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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 hum
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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.
Perla
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1950-s, sci-fic, robots, ebooks
En este libro nuevamente se discute el impacto de los robots en la sociedad humana. Tiene muchos temas de reflexión que acompañan la trama principal que es sobre un asesinato en una sociedad de funcionamiento perfecto. Me parece mejor desarrollado el personaje de Elias Baley, un tipo brillante y tosco, que en el anterior libro de las Bovedas de Acero. Me encantó esta lectura aunque esperaba un mejor desenlace.
Chas Smash
3,5/5

Esta es la segunda parte de esta saga de robots del gran maestro Asimov.
En éste nos volvemos a encontrar con un asesinato misterioso en el que los robots son de nuevo objeto de sospecha por parte del detective.
El crimen tiene lugar en Solaria, en el que la población de robots supera con creces a la población humana, unos 20000 robots por cada humano. Los humanos viven totalmente aislados en grandes terrenos cuya vida social se limita a una pantalla, mientras los robots se encargan de sati
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Hershel Shipman
As with The Caves of Steel, its another mystery book that uses robots and Asimov's three laws as devices. Its really interesting on how he plays with it this time. While the previous book was set in a crowded city hidden from the sky on Earth, this one was set on a sparsely populated world with open skies and lots of robots. The people living there don't really even want contact with each other and don't like seeing each other in person. So how does one commit a murder>
Davut
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Elijah Baley in Solaria macerası. Kitap açıkça Çelik Mağaraların ötesine geçmiş. İlk kitapta yer alan ipuçlarını arama ve bulmaca çözme içeriğine ek olarak yoğun şekilde 3 Robot Kuralı hakkında mantıksal tartışmalar ve aynı zamanda yeni bir distopya içeriyor. Keyifle okudum.
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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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