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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best
I was 17 when I first read this book and by then I had read quite a few books by the good Doctor. This bowled me over. From the increasing intensity of its characters, storyline and arguments this book drew me. This is the third book of a generally overlooked classic Asimov series - the Lije Baley and R.Daneel Olivaw stories. The first, The Caves of Steel was an...
Published on 15 Nov 1998

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3.0 out of 5 stars Curiously lacking in emotion
The problem with ninety percent of SF is that the characters are often forgotten in favour of the larger picture. Asimov's Robots of Dawn is a detective story with an SF twist, mixing a traditional detective mystery with SF traditions on a world where robots exist along with humans in a curious master/slave relationship. Elijah Baley is called offworld to investigate a...
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best, 15 Nov 1998
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This review is from: The Robots of Dawn (Panther Books) (Paperback)
I was 17 when I first read this book and by then I had read quite a few books by the good Doctor. This bowled me over. From the increasing intensity of its characters, storyline and arguments this book drew me. This is the third book of a generally overlooked classic Asimov series - the Lije Baley and R.Daneel Olivaw stories. The first, The Caves of Steel was an excellent book. The second, The Naked Sun was equally good, but this one was and continues to be the most memorable book I have ever read.
The basic premise is of a time when the human race has split into two factions: the agoraphobic Earthers who live in vast underground cities aka Caves of Steel; and the Spacers, descended from earlier explorers, now settled on other worlds. As the Earthers begin to shake of the shackles of their agoraphobia and seek to reach for the stars once again, so the Spacers have become attached to their new worlds with little desire to continue their explorations. To some Spacers the thought of the diseased Earthers regaining a foothold in space is just too much. They must rveise their own exploration plans and that requires the use of humaniform robots, robots which look and act like humans, extremely sophisticated machines. Only one man, a Spacer, has the expertise to construct such robots and he stands accused of the "murder" of the prototype. He alone has the skill to have destroyed its mind, he has the motive, being a supporter of the Earther's new desire to explore. He enlists the aid of Earther detective Lije Baley and early prototype humaniform robot Daneel Olivaw to prove his innocence. What follows is a well crafted and brilliantly written SF mystery novel of the highest order. If you must read one Asimov then read this one.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellant sequel to THE NAKED SUN, 19 May 2003
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This review is from: The Robots of Dawn (Panther Books) (Paperback)
This was written much later than the original two robot novels, the three Empire novels, and the Foundation trilogy. It and the following book, ROBOTS AND EMPIRE, link the first two robot books with the Empire series and leads up to Foundation.
There are a couple of points easy to miss here. First, psychohistory is first suggested by Dr. Fastolfe, and then advanced by the two robots. Secondly, while there is a mystery involved here, the emphasis is on the future of space exploration and who is going to be in it. The original pioneers into space have become spoiled by their reliance on their robots and no longer have the spirit of adventure necessary to continue further exploration, and yet they are fearful of the idea of generally despised Earth people colonizing planets.
So much indeed is at stake here. For full enjoyment, I suggest reading first the Susan Calvin stories and also "The Bicentennial Man" which are in Asimov's THE COMPLETE ROBOT, and then THE CAVES OF STEEL and THE NAKED SUN, the first two Elijah Bailey & R. Daneel Olivaw novels. And be prepared for this book to be more centered on mankind's future venturing into space than in the mystery element.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully woven web of intrigue, lust and murder, 12 Jun 1999
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'Robots of Dawn' is the last of the Elijah Bayley and R. Daneel Olivaw detective mysteries and by far the best. Asimov brilliantly counterpoises the hopes and ambitions of powerful, brilliant, flawed men and women of the planet Aurora (or Dawn), faithful, constant robots striving to do nothing but please their masters and the hapless intuitive blundering of an Earth detective plucked against his will to solve an unsolvable crime upon which rides the future of mankind. You should read 'Caves of Steel' and 'Naked Sun' before 'Robots of Dawn' as the context they provide will enhance the enjoyment of this book and they are good in their own right. After 'Robots of Dawn' you will not be able to resist its sequel 'Robots and Empire' which is even better and finalises the early part of Asimovs 'history of the future'.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Asimov the best, 22 Oct 2013
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I do not read Pure Sci Fi books too often mainly Koontz/Herbert/King but, when told to get the Asimov series, I made the leap and found I could not put them down and ended up reading one after the other. These are excellent books and keep you interested all the way through the lifetime of the foundation series. I would recommed these to anyone who likes to read well written and gripping books. I have tried other since but no other author can keep me interested as Asimov did. I suppose it is dependent upon individual tastes and these are my cup of tea. Seller was excellent providing great service and delivery.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wordy?, 9 Aug 2013
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I have found that the later books by Azimov are much 'wordier' that his earlier works. This comment to this book and others, including the additional Foundation books (not the first trilogy). Possibly this is either because the publishers required a minimum number of words or that Azimov became more philosophical. However, this book is still worth reading, if only for completeness.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read, 27 May 2013
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This is the last chapter of the three books involving Detective Baley and his off world adventures. Once you've read the other you just have to read this and its weel worth it..I'm about a third through the book .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gift idea, 10 Jan 2013
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Bought as a Christmas present, requested by recipient.
They are very pleased.
Arrived in good time and well packaged, in time for Christmas.
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5.0 out of 5 stars murder mystery with a twist, 17 Sep 2010
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superb writing, just fantastic, love the characters, well thought out, well written, just what you would expect from a sci-fi master
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's Asimov... what more is there to ..., 22 July 2014
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It's Asimov...what more is there to say.
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Curiously lacking in emotion, 20 Aug 2003
The problem with ninety percent of SF is that the characters are often forgotten in favour of the larger picture. Asimov's Robots of Dawn is a detective story with an SF twist, mixing a traditional detective mystery with SF traditions on a world where robots exist along with humans in a curious master/slave relationship. Elijah Baley is called offworld to investigate a case of roboticide, when one of these curiously human robots malfunctions. Much of the awkwardness of this tale comes from the curious mish-mash of detective story and SF story. The robotic element of the story often seems uneccesary and manages to dilute the human elements leaving the reader cold: who cares about each suspect's motives? Who even cares about the concerns of the curiously blank Elijah Baley?
Of course, that's not to say the book is without merit: Asimov shines when discussing the rules of robotics and the philosophical implications of robots that act almost like humans but with limitations placed upon their actions by their creators. These sequences work well and many of the ideas presented are interesting and worthy of debate. But as a story - as pure entertainment - Robots of Dawn fails on a lot of levels. The emotional interest is next to zero and the detective story element is cliched and laughable. The femme-fatale is a femme-fatale in the ultimately traditional sense, making her dull and uninteresting. Elijah Baley has mild moments of interest but ultimately Asimov fails to play his character through convincingly; he becomes just another 'tec going through the motions.
It is not, despite the foregoing criticism, a bad book. But as someone who enjoys both SF and Crime fiction it failed for me because it was ultimately a poor marriage of the two, failing especially on the side of characterisation and the mystery element of the story. If you're a fan of Asimov's writing, of course (Personally I find him variable)this will be worth a read. It passes the time but, personally, I was quite unmoved by anything within the pages.
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