The Caves of Steel (The Robot Series)

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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 ...

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Overview

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!

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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

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553293401
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/28/1991
  • Series: Robot Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 111,582
  • Lexile: 750L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.88 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author


Isaac Asimov began writing 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 over 470 books on subjects ranging from science to Shakespeare to history, though he was most loved for his award-winning science fiction sagas, which include the Robot, Empire, and Foundation series. Named "Grand Master of Science Fiction" by the Science Fiction Writers of America, Asimov entertained and educated readers of all ages for close to five decades. He died, at the age of seventy-two, in April 1992. William Dufris began his audio career doing radio plays, audiobooks, film/animation dubbing, and language tapes in London, where he lived for thirteen years. While there, he had the honor of sharing the microphone in a number of BBC Radio plays with Kathleen Turner, Sharon Gless, Stockard Channing, and Helena Bonham-Carter. These experiences led him to cofound two audio production companies: The Story Circle Ltd. and Mind's Eye Productions. He has also acted on stage and television in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany. William is the original voice of Bob (and Farmer Pickles/Mr. Beasley/Mr. Sabatini) in the popular children's show Bob the Builder for the United States and Canada (Series 1-9). He produces, directs, acts and engineers for his audio theatre company, Rocky Coast Radio Theatre. He has been nominated nine times as a finalist for the APA's prestigious Audie Award and has garnered twenty-one Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine, which also named him one of the Best Voices at the End of the Century, as well as one of the Best Voices of the Year in 2008 and 2009.

Biography

To list Isaac Asimov's honors, as to list his books, would be excessive. Let it simply be noted that Isaac Asimov was the most famous, most honored, most widely read, and most beloved science fiction author of all time. In his five decades as an author, he wrote more than four hundred books, won every award his readers and colleagues could contrive to give him, and provided pleasure and insight to millions. He died in 1992, still at work.

Author biography courtesy of HarperCollins.

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    1. Date of Birth:
      January 20, 1920
    2. Place of Birth:
      Petrovichi, Russia
    1. Date of Death:
      April 6, 1992
    2. Place of Death:
      New York, New York
    1. Education:
      Columbia University, B.S. in chemistry, 1939; M.A. in chemistry, 1941; Ph.D. in biochemistry, 1948

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2007

    one of the best books ever

    I haven't read this in years but I needed to leave a review for one of my favorite books of all-time. This book got me into reading in general, not just sci-fi. Asimov was a master of his craft, and this book could easily appeal to those who would otherwise have no interest in sci-fi because it reads well as a mystery, too. I read this a decade ago and the world that is created within still stays with me. Highly recommended.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 8, 2011

    Should be complete "Robot Series"

    Disappointed complete series not released for NOOK @ this price

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2000

    Hooked!

    I am a big sci-fi fan and I love Asimov but this book was extraordinary and it hooked me into the trilogy. It has to be one of the best books I have ever read and recommend it to everyone. The thing that made it so enoyable was the way he combined mystery and sci-fi together, a pure masterpiece. If you do not love this book by the end then sci-fi is not your genre.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 3, 2012

    It's Asimov!

    Readable over and over and over.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 4, 2012

    A very good weekend read

    I'd read I, Robot and, liking robots as much as I do, I was told by some friends from college that I should pick this one up. I loved it! I was expecting the first chapter or two to go like it did in I, Robot (which I couldn't put down, by the way), but once I got into chapter 3, I literally stayed up hours to finish reading it.

    Earth created robots, but when humanity branched out into space, the Spacers took the robots and most of Earth doesn't want anything to do with them-- and suddenly, an Earth detective is assigned a highly advanced robot to help solve the murder of the same Spacer who created that robot!

    A really great book if you love the futuristic, robotic side of Science Fiction.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 28, 2011

    A Unique Example of Asimov's Uniquely Philosophical Writings

    Isaac Asimov's The Caves of Steel is a tribute all in itself to the author, who had not only the talent of writing a story both part science fiction and part mystery, but the gift to create something as complex as psychology - robot psychology. For once we can truly understand robots, and can view ourselves from their eyes. It is both a humbling and a disturbing image that we glimpse, but that is what makes Asimov's works so great: They are true to reality. I think this belongs in a genre of its own, along with the Foundation novels: Intellectual Thriller.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 27, 2011

    Holds up well

    I just read Caves of Steel this past week. It had been some time since I had read anything related to Asimov's Robots serirs; the last time being in highdchool, circa 1999. What really surprises me, though this novel was written in the 1950s, the narrative still holds up very well. Certainly, there are some items in the narrative which date the story a little bit, but these are easily over-looked. Asimov is a great writer, and can easily get you to keep turning the pages to find out whst happens next. Fun read.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2008

    old favorite

    I was a huge Asimov fan growing up and still find the books entertaining 20 years later. a lot of the novel is kind of clunky and hokey, but on the other find I find many of the ideas still very compelling. Is there something in humankind that would be resistant to getting robot assistance, even if that meant making their lives more difficult? Still a fascinating look at possible future psychology, and how the human race is in danger of undergoing a type of speciation if groups are too separate. It is also entertaining how Asimov puts so many diverse threads into one book- detective thriller, speculative future, history lesson, even a kind of love story. As an entree into the robot/galactic empire/foundation world of asimov, this book is indispensible, along with I Robot. It is fascinating how different this book is from the Foundation stories- Asimov may not have been a stylist on the level of a Ray Bradbury or Theodore Sturgeon, but he was certainly capable of a diverse array of writing styles.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2005

    Good Intro to Isaac Asimov

    So many people express their distaste of the strange genre of science fiction, including myself until reading this novel. What makes Isaac Asimov such a great sci-fi writer is that the world he creates is so visually complete that we can really picture it in our imagination. But fortunately, the grand technology of the future doesn't take center stage. It is the characters and the intriguing plot that draw us into the story. While it is a satisfying mystery, it is also a story of hope in a future filled with friction between humans and progressing technology.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2004

    The first step

    When I picked up this book, I never expected it to lead me to voraciously reading another 10 books after it. It's amazing how all of Asimov's works interweave with each other. From the Robot novels you should move to the Foundation Series (starting with Prelude to Foundation and then Foward the Foundation, etc.) I love how he ties both series together. A set of books that I will read over and over again and not tire of to be sure.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2001

    All robot novels are complex, but cool

    I have already read I, robot. It is awesome, and my favorite is 'Robbie'. At first, I did not know it was short stories, but then I got it. The book is beat; it fell into a bowl of juice when i took a vacation to yellowstone, and it is beat up, but it is simply an awesome book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2000

    This Book is Awesome

    This book is pretty tight. You should get the whole robot series. Asimov is awesome.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2000

    a reviewer

    Well, this is neither complex or a masterpice, yet it is a great story that is wonderfully descriptive a awesome. Science fiction, yet you may actually lear a thing or two. Read this book and find out what I mean.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2000

    The Caves of Steel

    A wonderful and complex science fiction mystery. Very good ending (it's always who you least suspect)!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 1999

    This Book is Most Excelent!

    This book has a very captivating, complex plot sure to impress and please any sci-fi/fantisy enthusiast. It is the best most well written science fiction book i've ever read. The creativity, details, concepts, mystey, human and robotic reactions and interactions are outstanding and come together to form A MUST READ MASTERPIECE!.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2014

    Foxmoss

    Ill see you at grumpy cat Sunstar needs you

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2014

    Rose

    She Placed her stuff under her bed, and walked back out. (Bleh. I be here, in other words.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2014

    All the gods or godess down

    Hepheastus
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