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The Robot Novels: The Caves of Steel / The Naked Sun
The Robot Novels The Caves of Steel / The Naked Sun Author:Isaac Asimov Many science fiction fans consider the works of Isaac Asimov to contain the very essence of science fiction, and this volume contains two of his greatest creations, THE CAVES OF STEEL and THE NAKED SUN. These are the celebrated robot novels that portray the matchless adventures of Police Detective Elijah Baley, ... more »and both are a tribute to the skill and imagination which have placed Isaac Asimov among the all-time greats of science fiction.
THE CAVES OF STEEL takes place on a future Earth which is bursting at the seams with eight billion inhabitants. Mankind has long been split into two hostile camps: the Spacers, who live in luxury on their uncrowded worlds, and Earthmen, who live in vast underground cities which have truly become caves of steel.
Robots have been introduced on Earth which are gradually replacing human beings on many jobs, and a fanatical secret society exists, dedicated to the destruction of all robots. It is from the hysteria of the times that a dreadful murder is committed -- a murder that may have dire consequences for everyone on Earth.
In THE NAKED SUN, the planet Solaria's most eminent scientist has been brutally murdered. Baffled by the details of what seems to be an insoluble mystery, the Solarian high command decides as a last resort to demand the aid of Earth's most famous detective, Elijah Baley!
Earth has no choice but to accede to Solaria's demand. Solaria is Earth's most powerful neighbor, and for the past 200 years all its scientific energy has gone into developing a robot army of such menacing proportions that its very existence strikes fear into the hearts of Earthmen. No one knows what hostile moves Solaria may be planning against Earth next.
Elijah Baley will be the first Earthman to set foot on Solaria in two centuries, and he must fulfill a deadly double function: while grappling with the forces of murder, he will also secretly be serving as a spy for his native Earth!« less