The Naked Sun Author:Iaac Asimov 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. On the beautiful Outer World planet of Solaria, a handful of human colonists lead a hermit-like existence, their every need attended to by their faithful robot servants. To this stra... more »nge and provocative planet comes Detective Elijah Baley, sent from the streets of New York with his positronic partner, the robot R. Daneel Olivaw, to solve an incredible murder that has rocked Solaria to its foundations. The victim had been so reclusive that he appeared to his associates only through holographic projection. Yet someone had gotten close enough to bludgeon him to death while robots looked on. Now Baley and Olivaw are faced with two clear impossibilities: Either the Solarian was killed by one of his robots--unthinkable under the laws of Robotics--or he was killed by the woman who loved him so much that she never came into his presence! --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.« less
Asimov always has something interesting to say about humanity will evolve. The disappointing thing about his novels is that it always the technology that evoleves and not people. Humanity doesn't seem to have learned much in a millennium. None the less his cop character, Baley, is an excellent main character and full of quirks and prejudices. In solving on a murder on Solaria, he has to overcome not only agoraphobia but intense distrust of robots on a world where the robots outnumber some twenty to thirty to one. One of the classics of science fiction.