Excellent SF from a master of the genre,
This review is from: The Naked Sun: 2/4 (Robot Series) (Paperback)
I have read a lot of science fiction in my time, but surprisingly, not too much of Asimov's work. Having read this book, however, I will happily put more of his books on my "will read one day" list.
On Solaria, a planet of the outer worlds, the first murder for two hundred years has been committed. But how? The people of that planet rarely meet, except in virtual reality, and rely on robots for their every need. No murder weapon has been found....
People from Earth never visit the outer worlds, having retreated into vast underground cities where they live out their lives. The people of the outer worlds, known as Spacers, hate the Earth people. However, such is the mystery of this murder, that they are forced to ask for an earthman to help solve the problem.
Asimov skilfully blends science fiction with a fast-paced detective story, starring his own detective, Elijah Baley, in a fairly distant future universe. The writing is crisp, the suspense taut, and like all really good SF, the story keeps you guessing.
Asimov's biggest invention in SF was undoubtedly his portrayal of robots. They, along with the "three laws of robotics" set down by his master hand, play a big role in all of his SF, with this book being no exception.
Amazingly this book was written in the year 1957, the year that the first artificial satellite was launched. With this in mind, the book contains some great predictions, and his powerful imagination shines through. Definitely four stars, and only fractionally shy of getting a rare five from me. Excellent!