Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov Published by Doubleday in 1954 Published by Bantam in 1991. Jane Hanebuth Block 4B. Introduction . The novel takes place in New York City, 3,000 years into the future.
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The novel takes place in New York City, 3,000 years into the future.
It starts off with a NYC cop, Lije Bailey, getting assigned to a murder case that took place in Spacetown, a neighboring suburb of humans that have come to Earth from the Outer Worlds, planets that people colonized long ago.
Lije gets assigned a robot partner for the case, which is a problem because Lije, like most of his society, hates robots.
I would say that the most major conflict is between society and robots. The human society hates robots, but the people from Spacetown (the Spacers) want to assimilate robots into their culture. The Medievalists end up providing the solution.
This critic thinks that there are major parallels between Bailey and many other detectives and that this is a story about a lone detective getting paired with someone he doesn't like and over the course of the story them getting a mutual respect for the other.
The fear of Bailey’s job being replaced by a robot reflects the fears of the 1950’s, when the book was written.