The Caves of Steel addresses the struggle between people still living on Earth and the Spacers who want to continue colonizing new worlds in the face of overpopulation. He now believes that colonization is the only way to save the human race. People live inside Cities with conditioned air and controlled amounts of UV radiation. However, he must work with a Spacer partner, a humaniform robot named R. Daneel Olivaw. I, Robot is a collection of short stories with a loose narrative thread tying them together. However, Earthmen would first need to overcome their irrational antagonism toward robots. The Cities expand over states with no definable boundaries other than its limits where Spacetown resides and the countryside where almost no one ventures. The officers spend the night in a new apartment for just the two of them. (This is an Asimovian trademark, which he attributed to his own squeamishness and John Campbell's advice of beginning as late in the story as possible.) Olivaw gradually learns more about Earth humans and starts to display curiosity in aspects of human behaviour and Earth technology. This study guide contains the following sections: This detailed literature summary also contains Topics for Discussion and a Free Quiz on Detailed plot synopsis reviews of The Caves of Steel Elijah Baley has been called on to take the very sensitive case of an outerworld Spacer who was blasted in his home. One morning, he is discovered outside his home, his chest imploded by an energy blaster. R. Sammy, a robot assigned to the Police Department. Asimov described himself as a claustrophile: "I wrote a novel in 1953 which pictured a world in which everyone lived in underground cities, comfortably enclosed away from the open air. Some of the men are ones Daneel identified from the shoe store riot the day before. Their job accomplished, the Spacers make plans to leave Earth as their continued presence would be to the detriment of their cause and accept Dr. Sarton's unsolved death as a necessary sacrifice; this leaves Baley with ninety minutes to find the killer which he is convinced will also clear him of the destruction of R. Sammy. During their meal a few men are staring intently at them. Another type of human, the Spacers, live in outer space and on many other planets outside the Solar System. The victim is Roj Nemmenuh Sarton, a Spacer Ambassador who lives in Spacetown, the Spacer outpost just outside New York City. The book's central crime is a murder, which takes place before the novel opens. However, Asimov did not find the lack of daylight grim: one of his anecdotes tells how a reader asked him how he could have imagined such an existence with no sunlight. Francis Clousarr, a New Yorker who was arrested for inciting a riot against robots two years ago. Caves of Steel is a single cohesive story, structured as a "whodunnit" detective novel. One morning, he is discovered outside his home, his chest imploded by an energy blaster. They live roughly three millennia in Earth's future, a time when hyperspace travel has been discovered, and a few worlds relatively close to Earth have been colonized — fifty planets known as the "Spacer worlds". The book was first published as a serial in Galaxy magazine, from October to December 1953. Below is a list of all the major and minor characters in the book, in order of appearance, with plot detail. Roj Nemmenuh Sarton, a Spacer Ambassador, lives in the Spacer outpost just outside New York City. However, in the concluding scene, R. Daneel exhibits a sense of morality. In 1989 BBC Radio 4 broadcast an adaptation by Bert Coules, directed by Matthew Walters and starring Ed Bishop as Baley with Sam Dastor as Olivaw. Reviewer Groff Conklin praised the novel for the way Asimov "combines his interest in robotics with his consuming preoccupation with the sociology of a technology-mad, bureaucratically tethered world of tomorrow. The next day Lije's friend Dr. Gerrigel comes from Washington D.C. to inspect Daneel. It featured many of the characters and settings from the novel, but an altered plotline to fit the needs of a VCR game. [10] Shubik had previously devised and story edited the science fiction anthology series Out of This World, which had adapted Asimov's short story "Little Lost Robot" in 1962. Their solution is to encourage further space exploration and colonization by Earthmen in concert with robots.