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    'A Favorite among Asimov's Readers'

    Isaac Asimov. The Caves of Steel. Garden City: Doubleday & Company, 1954. First edition. Octavo. 224 pages. Publisher's dark blue paper-covered boards, spine lettered in red, red topstain, in original dust jacket. Housed in custom clamshell case. A fine copy in fine dust jacket with light rubbing at spine ends. A very sharp copy of a book difficult to locate in superior condition.

    Asimov's human detective and his robot partner solve a murder on a overpopulated future Earth where its human inhabitants live in underground hives, "a hectic, tenuously self-sustaining underworld machine of housing cells, factories, tunnels, and life-support mechanisms so intricate and interdependent that any impediment of its delicate rhythm would send the whole apparatus into fatal shock" (Berger, p. 31). The bureaucratized humans, afraid of the open air and too timid to go to the stars to solve their overpopulation problem, will perish, doomed by the strain on their complex life support systems. Asimov's first robot novel. "A richly characterized, thoughtfully told story; justifiably a favorite among Asimov's readers." - Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-42. "Asimov's tour de force ..." - Survey of Science Fiction Literature I, pp. 318-21. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 245.


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