A Spaceman – a specialist in robotics – has been murdered. Lije Baley, a plainclothesman of his time, combs the vast caves of steel in a tense hunt for a lone fanatic, for a murderer and for the solution to an almost perfect crime that could set an entire galaxy ablaze.
This wouldn’t have been a novel I chose to read myself. My boyfriend reads nothing but Sci-Fi and really wanted me to try reading some – my experience of it was one or two pages of books before giving up as I didn’t understand the ‘worlds’. But, one day he was telling me about this, and I thought it sounded pretty good.
I’m glad I did. although it was written in 1958, because it is set in the future, you really can’t tell. It’s set on earth in a couple of thousand years!!
The future earth Asimov has created in this novel is completely different to anything we know now – but it’s believable. Apparently Sci-Fi novels have to be based on something that’s believable. There’s a lot of explanation throughout the book about how the world developed. Most of it I understood, which I wasn’t expecting.
The characters are three dimensional – as I was reading I’d sometimes even forget the humanoid robot was in fact a robot and not human.
For me, the mystery that must be solved about the murder wasn’t as interesting as the other sub-plots going on and the detail about the earth. I did really enjoy it, and would recommend it to anyone – whether they ‘like’ Sci-Fi or not. There are more books in this series, so I’ll definitely be checking them out at some point.