#104- A Cautionary Tale: Asimov’s The Naked Sun
Scott and Karl discuss The Naked Sun, a science fiction novel by American writer Isaac Asimov, the second in his Robot series.
Elijah Baley, a detective from Earth, is given a new assignment to investigate the murder of a Spacer (long-lived humans that colonize space) on a distant world called Solaria.
Asimov portrays Solaria as a place focused on avoiding physical contact with other people. Communication is frequent, but it is “viewing” of a transmitted image.
This world may strike a chord in the present day. Scott says, “It’s a cautionary tale that no one paid attention to, apparently.”
Like any good science fiction, this book makes you practice thinking about the knock-on effects of the decisions we make.
The duo also dives into what it means to be a robot, mechanization, and more. Brought to you by onlinegreatbooks.com.