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The Robots of Dawn

(Robot #3)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  36,228 ratings  ·  1,192 reviews
A millennium into the future two advances have altered the course of human history: the colonization of the Galaxy and the creation of the positronic brain. Isaac Asimov's Robot novels chronicle the unlikely partnership between a New York City detective and a humanoid robot who must learn to work together.

Detective Elijah Baley is called to the Spacer world Aurora to solve
Paperback, 435 pages
Published March 1st 1994 by Spectra (first published 1983)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
The Robots of Dawn (Robot #3), Isaac Asimov
The Robots of Dawn is a "whodunit" science fiction novel by American writer Isaac Asimov, first published in 1983. It is the third novel in Asimov's Robot series.
Detective Elijah Baley of Earth is training with his son and others to overcome their socially ingrained agoraphobia when he is told that the Spacer world of Aurora has requested him to investigate a crime: the destruction of the mind of R. Jander Panell, a humaniform robot identical to R.
Dec 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
“I cannot say what I feel in any human sense, Partner Elijah. I can say, however, that the sight of you seems to make my thoughts flow more easily, and the gravitational pull on my body seems to assault my senses with lesser insistence."

Ahh.. good old R. Daneel Olivaw, how I have missed you.

It has been decades since I read anything by Isaac Asimov. When I started reading sci-fi in my teens Asimov was the go-to author for new readers. I was not quite ready for Heinlein or Clarke but Asimov’s The
Jun 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi-light
The final chapter and, mainly, the final conversation, smoothly snatched the 5th star.
Sep 21, 2013 rated it really liked it

This sci-fi mystery takes place in the distant future when the Earth is vastly overcrowded and the entire population lives underground and has severe phobias about going outside.

When the story opens a humanoid robot has been "killed" on the planet Aurora which was colonized by Earth people long ago. A famous roboticist - the only one in the galaxy who knows how to create humanoid robots - is accused of the crime.

The detective Elijah Baley, an Earth-man, is called in to investigate with his
Ms. Smartarse
Aug 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
For all you sci-fi buffs, who are considering reading I Robot and The Rest of the Robots before The Robots of Dawn: it is not necessary. Still, my inner geek was extremely proud of itself, for having read them after all.

I'm brilliant!

Our trusty hero, Elijah Baley, has formed a small "club" of people who venture outside their cities, in order to gradually get used to the outer world with its changing meteorological conditions. Meanwhile he has also been (unsuccessfully) petitioning, to be allowed a trip to
SF. This is the third in the R. Daneel Olivaw series and Detective Elijah Baley has been sent off-planet to Aurora to investigate a roboticide. He's loaded on a spacer ship, deloused, and then sent to his quarters where he's to remain for the duration of the journey. Everything's so foreign and uncomfortable that Elijah can't help himself when he sees Daneel come through the door -- he hugs him.

These books are all still about the love between a man and his humaniform robot. Over the course of
Sadly, I did not like this book as much as I wanted to. I love the mystery solving detective Baley and his robot sidekick, Daneel, but the story fell short for me.

First, there was way too much discussion about the landscape, traditions, sexual practices, bathroom business, etc on Aurora that I would rather not know. I wouldn’t have read this if I knew it was an ethnography for the first 240 pages.

Second, the book was twice as long as the others which really diluted the greatness it could have
Apr 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think that I would have really liked to know Isaac Asimov. I am usually too lazy to add photos into my reviews (Applause for all you creative types out there!) but I had to share this photo from the jacket of my book:


I mean, Jehoshaphat! Have mutton chops, nerd glasses, and a bolo tie ever been so adorable? I know I don’t think so. He was, by all accounts, an incredibly brainy person (He was the vice-president of Mensa!), but, to me, his humble, plain-speaking nature really comes across in
4.0 stars. I really enjoy the Robot novels by Asimov. He is a master at creating larger than life characters and then making you care about what happens to them. This story begins the bridge between Asimov's Robot novels and the Foundation series. Highly Recommended!!

Nominee: Hugo Award for Best Science Fiction Novel (1984)

Nominee: Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel (1984)
May 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Okay, so star rating==not always indicative of book quality with me, but before you say I am unfairing this review, let me explain you a thing: (( SPOILERS TO FOLLOW ))

My god, I adore robots interacting with people. My god. I am sure none of you could tell this about me at all because I am clearly quite subtle about it, but I have always been delighted to read about closeness between humans and nonhumans. I love the way it makes me think about how logic and reason works in different people as
Ivana Books Are Magic
Jul 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
You know even if this novel wasn't as a great read as it happened to be, it would have deserved five stars on the merit of that last chapter alone. The ending of this novel was absolutely brilliant. Not only that I didn't see it coming, I didn't expect anything of the kind. It was such a worthy ending to the series! Talk about finishing with style! Still, let's get back to the beginning, shall we? This is the final novel in Asimov’s Robot series and it happens to be my favourite one. I liked the ...more
Jun 09, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Jason Pettus
THE GREAT COMPLETIST CHALLENGE: In which I revisit older authors and attempt to read every book they ever wrote

Currently in the challenge: Martin Amis | Isaac Asimov (Robot/Empire/Foundation) | Margaret Atwood | JG Ballard | Clive Barker | Philip K Dick | Daphne Du Maurier | William Gibson | Michel Houellebecq | John Irving | Kazuo Ishiguro | John le Carre | Bernard Malamud | China Mieville | VS Naipaul | Chuck Palahniuk | Tim Powers | Philip Roth | Neal Stephenson | Jim Thompson | John Updike |
Nov 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Why is that I always have such a hard time writing about my favourite novels? I'm not sure, but it is always so hard to find the right words to describe literature that I hold in high esteem.

This is the best novel by Isaac Asimov that I have read so far. I was just amazed by it. I do like Asimov and from my book shelf you can see that I'm no stranger to sf. However, The Robots of Dawn was something different. It was just perfect. It dealt with so much, from politics to social customs. In one
Davyne DeSye
Nov 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Just love this book, for so many reasons!

First, the purely obvious one: I love the duo of Elijah Baley, hard-boiled detective, and R. (short for ‘robot’) Daneel Olivaw, his partner, so of course, I would be pleased with another installment of their detecting adventures together! (While this story is the third in a series, it stands completely on its own and can be read and enjoyed without having to read the first two books.)

I also love the romance in this one. Asimov is not very big on including
Feb 21, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: whodunnit, sci-fi
Plainclothesman Elijah Baley is back in space, sent by Earth at the request of Aurora, the oldest and most powerful of the Spacer worlds, to investigate the 'murder' of a humanoid robot. At stake is not just his own career, but the entire future of Earth and the future Galactic Empire.

It was in this book that Asimov starts sowing the seeds to start connecting his Galactic Empire/Foundation books with his Robot series, with one of the characters explicitly talking about psychohistory in a chain
4.0 stars. This is either the third or fourth book in the Robot series (depending on whether you want to include the short story collection I, Robot as the first book in the series. In this book, written in 1983, begins the process of integrating the Robot series with Asimov's Foundation series and provides an explanation regarding why robots are not part of the Galactic Empire of the Foundation series. It also does a credible job of planting the seeds of the science of psychohistory made so ...more
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two points:
(1) The plot resolution payoff in the last 20% of this book was terrific.
(2) If you have not read the original Foundation trilogy yet, which takes place chronologically after this book and all of Asimov's Robot books (not a spoiler), I advise doing so before reading any of the Robot books. I could go on and on about the "best" order to read Asimov's loosely-connected Robots/Empire/Foundation series, but suffice it to say: original Foundation series first, then the Robots books.
Nutshell: always already famous detective concerns himself with the setting-significant wrongful decommission of an AI dildo.

Elijah is preceded in all his endeavors by the hyperreal version of himself from a "hyperwave dramatization," produced regarding the events of The Naked Sun (5). Everyone whom he meets mentions it--so the point of the novel in some ways is that the Real must tirelessly overcome a precession of hyperreality. Part of the hyperreality of the setting is the simulation of human
Kat  Hooper
Jul 06, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Originally posted at Fantasy Literature. We review SFF, horror, and comics for adults and kids, in print and audio daily.

The Robots of Dawn is the third book in Isaac Asimov’s trilogy about investigator Elijah Bailey and his robot sidekick R Daneel Olivaw. In the first book, The Caves of Steel, the pair met and solved a murder mystery on Earth. In this far-future Earth, a fearful populace lives in domed cities and never ventures outside. In the second book, The Naked Sun, Elijah faces his fears
Dec 21, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: science-fiction
Isaac Asimov is one of the most beloved science fiction authors in the genre, but there is simply no way of getting around the fact that this book is the worst kind of trash. It is deeply boring, full of stilted dialogue, and possesses no sense of wonder or possibility about the future. Asimov's entire Robot series has been underwhelming, but this one is actively insulting to readers.

The Robots of Dawn follows the events of the Caves of Steel and the Naked Sun, which feature the same
The Robots of Dawn (Robot #3)
My least favorite book of the Foundation / Robots series so far. This time, I felt that the same formula that I loved in the first two books bored me, especially due to the length of the book (it has twice as many pages as the first ones):
Endless dialogues between Elijah Baley and the suspect / witness / robot at that time. Solving crimes by simply talking to people seems to be normal for a detective.
Showing Bayley's agorophobia several times and comment that he
Letricia Brooks
Jun 15, 2017 rated it did not like it
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Charles Zigmund
May 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Isaac Asimov's later science fiction novels were written at the insistence of his publisher. He had turned from writing science fiction in the 1950s to churning out scores of books of fact -- on science, history, Shakespeare, the Bible and other subjects, for many years. For whatever reason, esthetics or profits, his publisher was not about to see a great science fiction writer permanently retire from the genre that had made him famous, and started demanding more SF. Asimov complied, and began ...more
Jan 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How a book can be this extraordinarily gripping, is beyond me. It is a yet another fine example of logical deduction and inducements which are paradoxically so complex, and yet when reduced to their base elements in the finality of this masterpiece, so simple. To the very last word of the very last page, this book was fascinating... no that word is not profound enough... but I can think of no other to explicate the magnitude of my feelings... I had the ending somewhat unintentionally spoiled by ...more
Aug 23, 2012 rated it liked it
Really 3.5 stars, and my least favorite of Asimov's Robot books. The story heavily features characters talking (and talking...) about sex in the most detached and clinical terms possible. It also includes a major character casually committing adultery with no thought of the spouse. Nice.

And yet, I still liked it. Asimov is a skilled writer, and I greatly enjoyed seeing Baley and Daneel again. The mystery solution took me somewhat by surprise this time. There are a lot of connections between his
May 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
An excellent extension of the Lije Bailey stories, easily the most enjoyable of the three (so far?) but for the added chapter almost clumsily tieing the series in to the Foundation/Empire timeline.

The beauty of these novels is the multiple layers at which you can view them. At it's simplest form of detective fiction it is a wonderful read but as you layer on the philosphy and cultural studies aspects it grows it to much more.

As I finish each Asimov work I am incredibly sad, it seems like there
Jul 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Robots of Dawn, written in 1983, fairly late in Asimov's science fiction career, is quintessential Asimov, with the exception that it contains a sexual aspect that isn't characteristic of most of his work. The story doesn't contain explicit sex scenes, but sex does play an important role.

In this book, Asimov sets the seeds of the science of psychohistory, the basis of the Foundation series, written decades earlier, but which takes place thousands of years in the future.

Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
The third full length Robot novel by Asimov and so far my favourite, which considering I was impressed by the first two that's saying something.

The story follows Detective Baley and R. Daneel once more as they investigate a almost normal crime set within a radically different human culture on the planet of Aurora. I was impressed by how the book starts off simple, both with story and prose, and manages to progress and become far more than I expected from it. It's more subtle than I expected and
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourite-sci-fi
I'm enjoying this series so much!!!

"The Robots of Dawn" is the third book in the Robot series (the R. Daneel Olivaw series). It follows the case of a detective from Earth that is being sent to Aurora to solve a case of roboticide, but the book is more than that. It talks about progress, human psychology and feelings, as well as society as a whole, life in different environments, it explores what it means to be a robot, what makes a human human, and the future of humanity, as it would be in that
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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

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