The Robots of Dawn

The Robots of Dawn

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by Isaac Asimov
     
 

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A millennium into the future two advances 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.

Detective Elijah Baiey is called to the Spacer world

Overview

A millennium into the future two advances 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.

Detective Elijah Baiey is called to the Spacer world Aurora to solve a bizarre case of roboticide. The prime suspect is a gifted roboticist who had the means, the motive, and the opportunity to commit the crime. There's only one catch: Baley and his positronic partner, R. Daneel Olivaw, must prove the man innocent. For in a case of political intrigue and love between woman and robot gone tragically wrong, there's more at stake than simple justice. This time Baley's career, his life, and Earth's right to pioneer the Galaxy lie in the delicate balance.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780553299496
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/28/1994
Series:
Robots Series, #3
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
144,292
Product dimensions:
6.86(w) x 4.16(h) x 1.19(d)

Meet the Author

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.

William Dufris have extensive experience on stage and screen.

Brief Biography

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

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The Robots of Dawn 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In 'The Robots of Dawn,' Asimov once again examines human nature through the devices of science fiction. The plot revolves around the 'murder' of one of two humaniform robots in existence, which protagonist Elijah Baley is called to the Spacer home world Aurora to investigate. Asimov's characters and plot are deep, and his understanding of human nature is truly remarkable. This book is not only a very engaging work of science fiction and mystery, but also a shrewd exposition of the motives and prejudices of human beings. And yet Asimov manages to provoke in his readers a strong sense of hope for the future of humankind
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In my opinion, they should have ended the series with this book. ROBOTS AND EMPIRE was okay but not great. What I liked best about ROBOTS OF DAWN was the same aspect which made CAVES OF STEEL and THE NAKED SUN so appealing, and that was the partnership between Earthman Elijah Bailey and Auroran robot Daneel Olivaw. It is interesting to imagine a future where robots can be created that look, act and even feel in ways that humans can. Daneel Olivaw remains one of the most interesting characters conceived by Isaac Asimov. Truly and enjoyable work and very philosophical in theme.
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A scandalous murder has taken place. The victim? A life-like robot. The only possible culprit? His creator. As detective Elijah Baley might exclaim, “Jehoshaphat!” The Robots of Dawn is a science fiction mystery novel written by the esteemed writer Isaac Asimov. Originally published in 1983, it was intended to help retroactively bridge the gap between Asimov’s previous Robot, Empire, and Foundation series, most of which had been written and published in the 1950’s. The book features the recurring protagonist of the Robot series, Plainclothesman Elijah Baley, as well as his assistant, the robot R. Daneel Olivaw. It was nominated for the 1984 Hugo and Locus science fiction awards The Robots of Dawn takes place AD 4924, when humanity has settled nearly 50 other planets. This extensive settlement, however, has resulted in a clear dichotomy between the extraterrestrial human “Spacers” and the remaining “Earthmen. While the Spacers, their lifespans extended with advanced technology, feel superior to the Earthmen, the Earthmen hold equal antipathy for the Spacers, who they see as condescending and arrogant. Furthermore, while Spacer worlds have developed into utopias based on robotic labor, the Earth has become extremely overpopulated to the point that all humans live within massive, enclosed, and crowded Cities. Most Earthmen see robots as mere impersonal extensions over Spacer power and threats to their jobs. This results in a potent combination of robophobia and agoraphobia (fear of open places) which has completely prevented most Earthmen from exiting the Cities, and also forestalled the advancement of Earth culture and technology. However, a select few Earthmen, such as Elijah Baley, have begun to hold an interest in furthering Earth (or at least, human) civilization through expansion to unsettled systems. By this point in the Robot series, Baley is an established character: he is brave, sympathetic, and strongly devoted to duty, law, and propriety. He is a superb detective, thoroughly exploring all feasible (and often, infeasible) possibilities. However, he often jumps to conclusions and has difficulty relating to other cultures. Like most of his Earthly brethren, he is extremely agoraphobic. However, he is much more receptive than most to robots, having previously worked with the humaniform (advanced and human-like) R. Daneel Olivaw (the R standing for robot. This trusting relationship becomes extremely important, as Baley finds himself in a dangerous and unfamiliar situation: the Spacer planet Aurora. This planet has significantly more robots and fewer people than Earth. One of the planet’s roboticists, Dr. Hans Fastolfe, stands accused of “murdering” one of his creations: R. Jander Panell, one of only two humaniform robots in existence (the other being Daneel). Fastolfe’s political opponents argue that he has destroyed the robot in order to prevent further production of humaniforms, thereby preventing the automated colonization of new worlds as they had hoped. The task of proving Fastolfe’s innocence seems impossible, as Fastolfe has admitted that only he has the knowledge to disable Jander’s mind. After conducting a series of interviews, Baley determines that the only other person who would have the motive and knowledge to have disabled Jander’s mind is Chief Roboticist Amadiro, one of Fastolfe’s political opponents. Baley realizes that Jander’s destruction must have been related to Amadiro’s goal of accessing a humaniform mind, in order to study their workings (a secret held by Fastolfe). Baley confronts Amadiro with this accusation in front of the arbitrating Auroran Chairman, and is successful in proving Amadiro’s motive, leading him to confess his having had inquisitive conversations with Jander which may have led to his mental breakdown. Baley then forces Amadiro to agree to allow Aurorans and Earthmen to settle the Galaxy together, rather than an army of humaniform robots creating a thousand worlds identical to Aurora. Before leaving Aurora, Baley conducts one final interview with Giskard, another household robot, in order to prove his final suspicions. Incredibly, Giskard is revealed to have been inadvertently reprogrammed to comprehend brain activity as thoughts, enabling him to cause Jander’s death, an action he took to prevent Amadiro’s success in robotics and colonization. The novel closes with Giskard placing a mental block on Baley which will prevent him from revealing Giskard’s secrets, and then assuring Baley that Earth’s future is now secure. Having read the previous Robot books, as well as several other Asimov works, I found this book- especially the denouement- a delightful transition from the not-so-distant to the distant future. While neatly resolving the issues raised in the previous Robot books, it also sets the stage for the future of Earth- to be written of in the next book, Robots and Empire. Although the plot progressed in a very similar manner to the investigations of the previous books it was, as before, fascinating to see Baley’s reactions to new and unique situations. In addition, I enjoyed seeing how Asimov’s callbacks to his previous stories Liar! and The Positronic Man unfolded in importance to the story. These references helped demonstrate the significance of the book as a whole: bridging the gap between the past and future for Asimov’s fictional universe. While this was certainly the major focus of The Robots of Dawn, Asimov also manages to entertain with his tried-but-true writing formula, resulting in an excellent read for any who enjoy science fiction
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This is my favorite of the Robot Series. Great plot, good ending lots of techno things...would love to see this made into a movie.
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