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Review, Synopsis, and Summary of Science Fiction Novel The Naked Sun

The famous British novel writer Isaac Asimov wrote The Naked Sun focused on a series of robot books. Asimov also published mystery and fantasy books and nonfiction novels. He also accepted the President of the American Humanist Association position.

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Author: Isaac Asimov

Genre: Science fiction, Mystery                               

Pages: 288

Good reads rating: 4.15 of 5

My Rating: 8.2 of 10

Published: 1957 (Original publication)

Publisher: Spectra Books by Bantam Books; Reissue edition (December 1, 1991)

Language: English

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Review and Summary of The Naked Sun by Isaac Asimov

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The Naked Sun

The story originates from the murder of a fetologist named Rikaine Delmarre murdered at the Solaria planet. Solaria an opposition of Earth asked Elijah Baley to investigate the incident. Baley also received a request from Earth to identify any weaknesses in the Solarian community.

The main character of the story is Elijah Baley, from a distant planet of Solarian where robots grow at a higher rate than humans. Subsequently, one sees fewer people and more robots. In these circumstances, somebody committed a murder. Baley thinks something strange may happen to the planets.

Baley and an Earthman asked to act as detectives and find out the truth about the place and the murder of Rikaine Delmarre. No police patrol the planet, because they experience no crime. People developed doubts about other planets as they may cause harm to them, so they asked Baley to do his job as a detective. He received instruction to gather some information about that planet and took the job. Baley went to meet his partner with whom he had worked before, Daniel Oliwav. He was a robot who can easily pass for humans.

They started investigating the case as soon as they reached the planet, but it was tough for them to determine the truth from Delmarre. The planet solely depended on the working of the robots as they found it harder to work with humans. Later Baley came to know that Delmarre knew something happened with that planet and may harm people. There was a law of robotics that they could not intentionally hurt humans. Attacks continued to happen, at first the murder of Delmarre and the second attack was on Baley.

After this incident, Baley realises that robots became involved in all these incidents. Later in the investigation, the name came up Jothan Leebig. He was head of robotics and they discovered he was behind the conspiracy. He poisoned himself and died. That made Baley realise that the only threat to humans is humans themselves as they are the creator of robots.

Final Say on The Science Fiction Novel The Naked Sun

The novel offers a combination of adventure and suspense the readers will enjoy. I find this an exceptional piece of writing and therefore; I rate this book 8.2 out of 10. Would I re-read this novel? Yes. Am I glad I read it? Yes.

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