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The Naked Sun

Title: The Naked Sun
Author: Isaac Asimov
Year First Published: 1957
Page Count: 288
Synopsis: 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 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 projection.  Yet someone had gotten close enough to bludgeon him to death while robots looked on.  Now Baley and Olivaw are faced with two clear impossibilities:  Either the Solarian was killed by one of his robots--unthinkable under the laws of Robotics--or he was killed by the woman who loved him so much that she never came into his presence!

Profanity Violence Sexual Content
Murder mystery Brief sexual situations without descriptions.
Characterization Plot Overall Rating
Although it is based on the same world and character as "Caves of Steel". It is a very different style of book. A fun read. Asimov keeps you guessing, but in the end the story is about human nature and resolves as you would expect from a classical mystery story.


Focus Robots Number of pages 200-300
Focus Murder Readability Easy
Main Character Male Setting Non-Earth Based
Main Character Police Time Period Far Term

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