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The Robots of Dawn

The Robots of Dawn

Elijah Baley has faced Departmental hostility since his return to Earth from the planet Solaria, where he solved the first murder to be committed in 200 years. Against his will, a hyperwave drama was made of the case, thanks to Delmarre, the murder suspect whom he proved innocent... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780586061992
Barcode 9780586061992
Published 14 March 1985 by HarperCollins Publishers
Format Paperback, Re-issue
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Author(s) By Asimov, Isaac
Series Robots (part: 04)
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ISBN-13 9780586061992
ISBN-10 0586061991
Stock Out of stock
Status Not currently available
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Imprint Voyager
Publication Date 14 March 1985
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback, Re-issue
Edition Re-issue
Author(s) By Asimov, Isaac
Series Robots (part: 04)
Category Fiction
Science Fiction
Classic Fiction
Number of Pages 480
Dimensions Width: 111mm
Height: 178mm
Spine: 32mm
Weight 270g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Science Fiction & Fantasy
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 813.54
Catalogue Code 58237

Description of this Book

Called to the Spacer world to solve a case of roboticide, New York City detective Elijah Baley teams up with humanoid robot R. Daneel Olivaw. Together they are tasked with proving that the prime suspect, a renowned roboticist, is innocent of the crime. Plain clothes man Elijah Baley must travel to the planet Aurora to investigate the murder of Robot Jander. He would rather not. His last trip off-Earth on police business resulted in a TV drama being made of the case - as a result of which even his son Bentley suspects Elijah had an affair with Gladia Delmarre, the murder suspect whom he proved innocent. Not only does Gladia now live on Aurora, the murdered robot belonged to her...and was her lover! Elijah is teamed once more with Robot Daneel, and they are joined by another interesting robot, Giskard. The investigation should benefit from a secret and unique ability possessed by Robot Giskard. But Elijah is disturbed by his presence, sensing perhaps that Giskard's positronic brainpaths function to a hidden agenda. What Giskard knows but Elijah does not is that the future of mankind in space hangs on the outcome of this investigation...

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review `Isaac Asimov was one of the great explainers of the age...It will never be known how many practicing scientists today, in how many countries, owe their initial inspiration to a book, article, or short story by Isaac Asimov'Carl Sagan `Asimov displayed one of the most dynamic imaginations in science fiction'Daily Telegraph `Asimov's career was one of the most formidable in science fiction'The Times
US Review After a 26-year absence: another full-length appearance for the dogged sleuth Elijah Baley and his humanlike robot-sidekick, Daneel. (The Caves of Steel, 1954; The Naked Sun, 1957.) This time, Earthman Baley is summoned to the manicured, unexciting Spacer world Aurora, where a Daneel-lookalike robot, Jander, has been mysteriously brain-killed. Only robotics wizard Hah Fastolfe has the expertise to manage such a feat - but Falstolfe built Daneel and Jander, and denies all knowledge of the crime. All this fuss over a dead robot? Well, the real issue is: Fastolfe's political faction hopes to renew the drive to colonize new worlds, with short-lived, despised Earth people as the pioneers; the opposition plans to use Daneel-type robots, which would result in a succession of dull, Aurora-like planets in cultural stagnation. So, to win, the opposition must discredit Fastolfe and force him to yield his secret robot designs. Baley, as usual, stumbles around in the dark, making wild accusations in a tiresome effort to develop data; he also gets re-involved with old flame Gladia of Solaria. And he eventually resolves the dispute. . .although there's a final surprise involving robot Giskard, who often upstages Daneel. This long-distance sequel, then, bears a strong surface similarity to those classics of the Fifties. Unfortunately, however, it lacks their fire and inventiveness - bogging down in talky, sometimes implausible sleuthing, with no real villains or life-and-death issues. Still: all Asimovites will want to give the new Baley a try, especially after the recent bestseller-comeback for the Foundation series. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author's Bio

Isaac Asimov, world maestro of science fiction, was born in Russia near Smolensk in 1920 and was brought to the United States by his parents three years later. He grew up in Brooklyn where he went to grammar school and at the age of eight he gained his citizen papers. A remarkable memory helped him finish high school before he was sixteen. He then went on to Columbia University and resolved to become a chemist rather than follow the medical career his father had in mind for him. He graduated in chemistry and after a short spell in the Army he gained his doctorate in 1949 and qualified as an instructor in biochemistry at Boston University School of Medicine where he became Associate Professor in 1955, doing research in nucleic acid. Increasingly, however, the pressures of chemical research conflicted with his aspirations in the literary field, and in 1958 he retired to full-time authorship while retaining his connection with the University. Asimov's fantastic career as a science fiction writer began in 1939 with the appearance of a short story, `Marooned Off Vesta', in Amazing Stories. Thereafter he became a regular contributor to the leading SF magazines of the day including Astounding, Astonishing Stories, Super Science Stories and Galaxy. He won the Hugo Award four times and the Nebula Award once. With nearly five hundred books to his credit and several hundred articles, Asimov's output was prolific by any standards. Apart from his many world-famous science fiction works, Asimov also wrote highly successful detective mystery stories, a four-volume History of North America, a two-volume Guide to the Bible, a biographical dictionary, encyclopaedias, textbooks and an impressive list of books on many aspects of science, as well as two volumes of autobiography. Isaac Asimov died in 1992 at the age of 72.

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