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The Caves of Steel
By Isaac Asimov
Cover artist: Ed Emshwiller
Any discussion of robots in books invariably leads us back to one man: Asimov (so well-known at the point of publishing this cover that apparently they didn't even have to include his first name). The Caves of Steel is Asimov's first of a series of full-length robot novels starring detective Lije (Elijah) Baley and his improbable partner, the human-like robot (R.) Daneel Olivaw. Set on the Earth of the future where people live in fully enclosed cities (i.e. Caves of Steel), fear open spaces, and despise robots and the off-world Spacers who rely on them, Lije and Daneel must solve a murder before it explodes into a political scandal and before Earthers discover Daneel's true nature.
This story wasn't entirely Asimov's idea, it was suggested by long-time Galaxy editor Horace Gold. Asimov was uninterested when Gold suggested a novel about an overpopulated earth, but when Gold followed up by suggesting a mystery with a human detective and a robot partner, Asimov was intrigued. John Campbell had once told him that a science fiction mystery would be impossible to write because at any time the detective could solve the mystery using some made up technology thereby cheating the reader. Spurred on by Gold, Asimov set out to prove Campbell wrong and produced this, one of his most memorable works.
Emshwiller's lively, fantastically colorful cover for this 60s version is one of the most enjoyable we've seen. Fitting of the psychedelic era in which it was published.