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Review, Synopsis, and Summary of Mystery Science Fiction Novel The Caves of Steel

Isaac Asimov penned this novel down in the year 1954, and it also became published as a series in the Galaxy Magazine. His motive to write this novel is to set an example that they can apply science fiction in the literary genre as well.

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Author: Isaac Asimov

Genre: Mystery Science fiction                                

Pages: 224

Good reads rating: 4.16 of 5

My Rating: 8.5 of 10

Published: 2011

Publisher: Spectra (Reprint edition)

Language: English

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Review and Summary of The Caves of Steel

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Isaac Asimov wrote the novel as he introduces two characters, namely Elijah Baley and Daneel Olivaw, which later became his favourite protagonists. His main point to write this novel is to prove that the science fiction genre is not different from the literary writing style.

The story plot begins when a faction of spacers realises that spacer culture is stagnating because of negative population growth and longevity. The only solution left is to encourage further space colonisation by Earthmen with the help of robots. But to fulfil this dream Earthmen or we can say humans need to resolve their quarrel with the robots. To do this, they need to exaggerate the functioning of the humanoid in association with humans, which is the only way to process this.

This novel somehow revolves around Julius Enderby, who became a secret member of anti-robot medievalists. Also, he is against the idea that humans should live in the caves of steel. His thinking was that humans should live with each other, not the humanoid, which is just a box of tin and iron. His only mission is to destroy Dr Sarton, who lives in the guise of R Daneel Olivaw.

He meets with Daneel to retrieve an understanding of their humanoid mission. There was an incident where Enderby gives an order to Sammy to destroy the humanoids by blasting, but the humanoids and humans seem similar. All this leads to prove Enderby as a murderer, as he could not follow the manual.

In the following chapters, Baley suspects Olivaw but proved wrong two times. After this Baley became inspired by the flash of emotions of Enderby and informs him he was so close to solving a murder.

Final Say on The Science Fiction Novel The Caves of Steel

The story provides a comparison between fight and true nature war between humanoids and humans. It also draws attention to the relationship between humans and robots. The storyline offers incredible connections between the different plots and I rate this book an 8.5 out of 10. Would I re-read this novel? Yes. Am I glad I read it? Yes.

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