THE NAKED SUN. Garden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1957. Octavo, cloth. First edition. The second novel featuring detective Elijah Bailey and his robot partner R. Daneel Olivaw by "the writer who virtually invented the science fiction mystery. In his novels THE CAVES OF STEEL (1954) and THE NAKED SUN (1957) and in the stories collected as ASIMOV'S MYSTERIES (1968), he masterfully bridged the gap between the two genres and proved that genuine detective fiction could be set in the future as well as in the present or past." - Pronzini and Muller, 1001 Midnights, p. 29. The human/robot detective team solve another murder, this one committed on Solaris, an Outer World with a robot-run economy, where the twenty thousand Solarians, thinly spread out over the surface of the planet, live in near total isolation from each other, and the presence or touch of another Solarian produces incapacitating physical repugnance. Bailey, from an underground Earth city, must overcome his fear of open spaces to solve the crime. "In its setting, it's a sort of inversion of THE CAVES OF STEEL, and it's equally cleverly plotted." - Pringle, The Ultimate Guide to Science Fiction, second edition (1995), p. . Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-42. Survey of Science Fiction Literature III, pp. 1476-9. A fine copy in very good dust jacket with tiny chip from upper front corner tip, wrinkling along rear flap fold with associated small closed tear, and just a bit of general dust soiling. The jacket still presents well overall. (#142700).
First edition so stated on copyright page.