The Caves of Steel (The Robot Series)

The Caves of Steel (The Robot Series)

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by Isaac Asimov
     
 

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In the future you will walk down the crowded streets of New York City not knowing if the bodies brushing past you are humans or androids. With tensions already mounting between humans and robots, the murder of a Spacer must be handled in a politically-correct fashion so Detective Elijah Baley is assigned a robot partner.

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In the future you will walk down the crowded streets of New York City not knowing if the bodies brushing past you are humans or androids. With tensions already mounting between humans and robots, the murder of a Spacer must be handled in a politically-correct fashion so Detective Elijah Baley is assigned a robot partner.

Baley and R. Daneel Olivaw become like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, “Law & Order”’s Detectives Lennie Brisco and Ed Green, and Training Day’s Detective Alonzo Harris and Officer Jake Hoyt – disparate partners who must work together to solve a crime. The only problem is, Baley doesn’t trust anyone – not his boss, not his wife, and certainly not his robot partner.

The Caves of Steel was so popular that it became the first in the trilogy that includes The Naked Sun and The Robots of Dawn. Asimov’s collection of short stories about robots, I, Robot, is also available in eBook format.

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School Library Journal

Gr 6 Up- Isaac Asimov's mid-20th century tale artfully combines science fiction and detection. William Dufris performs it in multiple voices and with just enough camp to pull in contemporary listeners by playing to the ironies of the period in which the story was written. A human police detective, Baley, lives in New York City a thousand years hence. He's tapped to help solve a murder in a community where robots are not reviled and ends up with a partner, Daneel, who is a highly sophisticated, humanoid machine. Baley and Daneel don't have an easy time with each other or with those New Yorkers, called Medievalists, who despise robots. The action moves swiftly, yet there is time for Asimov to weave in some engaging and edifying glosses on the Bible as literature-and for Baley to smoke, making this as an adult book of the period. While most of Dufris's voices are successful, his interpretation of Baley's 16-year-old son reduces the latter to sounding like a whiney 8-year-old. Asimov's story is a great way to introduce young readers to a polymath who captured the "American century" through futurism and literate character development.-Francisca Goldsmith, Halifax Public Libraries, Canada

From the Publisher
"William Dufris breathes new life into this classic science fiction mystery.... Ultimately, he is the perfect narrator for the series, which includes three more novels." —AudioFile

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ISBN-13:
9780449228586
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/12/1978
Series:
Robot Series, #1

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“William Dufris breathes new life into this classic science fiction mystery.... Ultimately, he is the perfect narrator for the series, which includes three more novels.” —-AudioFile

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