The Naked Sun, Isaac Asimov, 1956



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This is a murder mystery where an Earthman is sent to the planet Solaria with his trusty sidekick android to solve the crime. Because it’s Asimov, the Three Laws of Robotics play a central role in the book.

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0:25 Summary
5:00 Review (spoilers)
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2 Responses to The Naked Sun, Isaac Asimov, 1956

  1. jameswharris says:

    My favorite part of The Naked Sun was the phobias. I can believe we could evolve in such as way as to want to live in such isolation. Have you read about the kids in Japan that won’t leave their rooms? Doesn’t the Interent promote distant communication over physical contact? It’s interesting to compare the agoraphobic lifestyle of people in The Naked Sun to those in City by Clifford Simak.

  2. chimeradave says:

    I do think you’re missing quite a bit by not reading “Caves of Steel” and would definitely recommend reading it sometime. I think it is a better book than “The Naked Sun” because it has Bailey and Daneel is closer to equals. The best part of that book was wondering whether man would still be able to out-think a machine.

    This book is interesting on an other level because of all the neat sociology in this book.

    I didn’t really think of it at the time I read it but my father pointed it out to me (and also Jim in the above comment), while the world of Solaria seems crazy, the world of today is becoming more and more isolated because of the internet and talking via computer through skype and web cams rather than actually meeting people in person. One thing is for sure, in 1957 the idea of Solaria must have seemed unbelievable, but looking back on it now Asimov seems to have been a visionary, predicting a trend that would be realized more than 50 years later.

    Here is a link to my review of the Naked Sun: http://chimeradave.blogspot.com/2010/03/thoughts-on-naked-sun.html

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