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The best Robot Novel
am 3. Januar 2000
This is the best of Isaac Asimov's series of robot novels.
The reason that Asimov claimed that he tried to write science fiction mysteries, in the beginning, was that John W. Campbell Jr, the then editor of Astounding Science Fiction, had claimed once that SF and Mysteries couldn't really be mixed as genre. His reasoning being that the author could be very unfair to the reader and pull a delux ax machina out of the hat. Asimov basically thought an author could do that in just about any mystrry and wrote an SF Mystery to prove it could be done.
Elijah Baley is Sherlock Holmes and R. Daneel Olivaw is Dr. Watson. That is not just an accident really, Asimov was a great fan of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories.
It is also a great look at what a future earth could be like with regards to Population Growth. An issue that Asimov harped on in several of his science essay's that appeared in "The Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy" over the years.
Along with _Foundation_, this novel forms the bedrock of Asimov's Foundation-Galactic Empire-Robot series of novels and some short stories. A very good book.