This is the sequel to the "Caves of Steel", bringing back the team of Elijah Bailey and R. Daneel Oliver. They have to investigate a murder on the planet Solaria, a spacer world which has very few people but hundreds of thousands of robots. Each spacer lives on isolated estates, surrounded by robot guards. They can "view" each other on TV, but physical contact has become taboo. (In fact, physical contact for sex is viewed as unpleasant and only done to do the necessary duty.).
Everyone suspects the wife of the murdered scientist, Gladia, who was on the scene when her husband died. Bailey does a little digging and finds out that a scientist named Leebig was really behind the murder (with a name like that, he has to be guilty, right?), and to boot he had this grandiose plan to use robots to conquer the galaxy.
Unfortunately, this book has one great big hole in it: Gladia, though manipulated, is in fact guilty of the crime she's accused of, murdering her husband! Yet she's free to go. There's never any real explanation why.
Best scene: when Bailey gets Daneel to reveal himself as a robot to other robots, and orders other robots to restrain him--a battle of the robots!
|Plot Summary of The Naked Sun|
Mr. Asimov's version of the future where robots intermix with a future society is thought provoking.
This synopsis report prepared by Bruce A. Humphrey
Well a detective from Earth is sent to another planet to investigate a murder. After long searches and lots of digging he finds out the murderer and reveals to everyone. But he reveals the wrong person and that is not explained why.
This synopsis report prepared by Joe
Although perhaps the less colorful of the three books in this series, it sets the mood wonderfully for a story that took almost thirty years to complete and stretches the imagination and soul to their limits. One must read the entire trilogy to grasp the 3-dimensional web that Asimov creates around you as only he can.
This synopsis report prepared by Michael Conner
|Chapter Analysis of The Naked Sun|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
Descript. of chases or violence - 15%
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 40%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 15%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 30%
Tone of book
- very upbeat
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- science fiction story
Spying & Investigations
What is main char. doing?
- finding a killer (criminal)
- unraveling a conspiracy
Robots, Computers, VR
Robot, PC, VR Plotlets:
- good robot(s)
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- distant future
A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:
- inhabited by friendly aliens
Takes place on Earth?
Planet outside solar system?
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
How much dialogue?
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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