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A millennium into the future two advancements have altered the course of human history: the colonization of the galaxy and the creation of the positronic brain. Isaac Asimov's Robot novels chronicle the unlikely partnership between a New York City detective and a humanoid robot who must learn to work together.

Like most people left behind on an over-populated Earth, New York City police detective Elijah Baley had little love for either the arrogant Spacers or their robotic companions. But when a prominent Spacer is murdered under mysterious circumstances, Baley is ordered to the Outer Worlds to help track down the killer. The relationship between Baley and his Spacer superiors, who distrusted all Earthmen, was strained from the start. Then he learned that they had assigned him a partner: R. Daneel Olivaw. Worst of all was that the "R" stood for robot — and his positronic partner was made in the image and likeness of the murder victim!

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crowyhead, November 9, 2011 (view all comments by crowyhead)
This classic SF novel combines a well-realized future world with a good mystery. Lije Baley is a New York City cop in a future where all humans on Earth live in vast hive-like cities. Society has begun uneasily making use of robots, but there is a great deal of mistrust of them, particularly since they can replace many workers. There is also a lot of mistrust of the Spacers, former colonists from the outer planets who have returned to Earth and live in their own enclaves. The Spacers don't live like Earthers: fresh air and open space are important to them, and they consider robots an integral part of their society.
When a Spacer is murdered, possibly by an Earther, Lije is asked to investigate. If he handles this well, it could mean a real step up: better food, better housing, maybe even an apartment with a private bathroom for himself, his wife, and his teen son Bentley. There's one problem, however; the Spacers insist that he take on a robot, R. Daneel Olivaw, as his partner. And Lije hates robots.

Asimov was never a great prose stylist, and his characterizations tend to only be as good as he needs them to be, but this is a fun, fast-paced scifi mystery, and I very much enjoyed it.
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Asimov, Isaac
New York :
Science Fiction - General
Science fiction
Fantasy - General
Science Fiction - Series
Mystery fiction
Science / General
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Series Adventure
Science Fiction and Fantasy-A to Z
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Reprint ed.
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Mass market paperback
Robot City
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Publication Date:
November 1, 1991
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6.84x4.16x.79 in. .31 lbs.

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