The Caves Of Steel by Isaac AsimovThe Caves Of Steel by Isaac Asimov

The Caves Of Steel

byIsaac Asimov

Mass Market Paperback | November 1, 1991

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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.  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.  Like most people left behind on an over-populated Earth, New York City police detective Elijah Baley had little love for either the arrogant Spacers or their robotic companions.  But when a prominent Spacer is murdered under mysterious circumstances, Baley is ordered to the Outer Worlds to help track down the killer.  The relationship between Life and his Spacer superiors, who distrusted all Earthmen, was strained from the start.  Then he learned that they had assigned him a partner:  R. Daneel Olivaw.  Worst of all was that the "R" stood for robot--and his positronic partner was made in the image and likeness of the murder victim!
Isaac Asimov began his Foundation series at the age of twenty-one, not realizing that it would one day be considered a cornerstone of science fiction. During his legendary career, Asimov penned more than 470 books on subjects ranging from science to Shakespeare to history, though he was most loved for his award-winning science fiction ...
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Title:The Caves Of SteelFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 6.9 × 4.21 × 0.78 inPublished:November 1, 1991Publisher:Random House Publishing Group

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Asimov science fiction mystery In a podcast that I listened to a few weeks ago, they talked about how great Asimov is at telling a story within the confines of his Three Laws of Robotics. They are so simple but, with the proper planning, he has written many excellent stories within those constraints. Caves of Steel is no different. He pulls off the 'mystery' portion perfectly. Leaving clues that lead to the real criminal but making sure that (a) its not too obvious, (b) there are other reasonable suspects, and (c) it wasn't too hard to figure out if you were paying attention. I think those three criteria are musts for a mystery to go from 'good' to 'very good'. The way that Asimov wrapped up the grander Earth-Spacer conflict in this book is the only difference between 4 and 5 stars. Its a bit out of left field, but it fits in with how Asimov tends to write his novels. Also, I'm really impressed with how well this book connects with the Foundation books. I'm aware that a lot of people dislike Asimov's attempt at connecting his Robot/Empire/Foundation books into one overarching universe but I think its pretty well done that, 30 years before, the driving force in this book meshes perfectly with what happens at the end of Foundation and Earth. Maybe the execution is a bit too ham-fisted for some but the goal was there, and I think Asimov hit it.
Date published: 2016-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lots of fun! This is an older sci fi book, but it has aged very well. I recommend if you are new to the sci fi genre or just getting into Asimov. You won't be disappointed! #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Caves of Steel Excellent mastery by Asimov
Date published: 2014-01-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Caves of steel An oldie but a goodie
Date published: 2013-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read. Picked up a book after ages and I'm glad I picked up this one. Excellent description of future times (considering it was written over 60 years ago) and good all round murder mystery.
Date published: 2013-02-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Astonishing piece of science-fiction Set in our very own world, but centuries in the future, this book gives the reader clear insight in what the furutre might hold. Asimov extrapolates with great credibility the developpement of verious robotic technologies and the impacts this has on human societies. The scientific content is as accurate as can be - nothing less can be expected from such a great mind as Isaac Asimov's. The plot itself is some very good weaving of mystery and science-fiction. A murder, a humanoid robot, a police officer who doesn't like robots at all. Mix all this togheter, you get a rich and adictive page turner.
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