History Literature / TheNakedSun

19th May '16 9:16:42 AM Omeganian
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* ArrangedMarriage: Spouses on Solaria are assigned based on genetic compatibility, and the number of children they produce is mandated according to the planet's PopulationControl. It makes sense, considering it's only for reproduction, and most Solarians are so averse to physical contact that emotional compatibility wouldn't make much of a difference ([[spoiler:Gladia and Rikaine being a notable exception]]).


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* BureaucraticallyArrangedMarriage: Spouses on Solaria are assigned based on genetic compatibility, and the number of children they produce is mandated according to the planet's PopulationControl. It makes sense, considering it's only for reproduction, and most Solarians are so averse to physical contact that emotional compatibility wouldn't make much of a difference ([[spoiler:Gladia and Rikaine being a notable exception]]).
10th Feb '16 7:42:35 AM Synch
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* IndyPloy: Being a stranger on Solaria, with virtually no knowledge of their society or the murder he is supposed to investigate, Baley is forced to improvise for most of the story (much to his discomfort). Fortunately, he knows enough about human behavior to get by even without knowing the Solarians' culture, and he quickly learns that simply maintaining an imposing presence is enough to keep them on the defensive while he figures things out.
9th Feb '16 11:26:59 AM Omeganian
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** [[spoiler:Jothan Leebig's]] EvilPlan is this to just about everyone except him. Though it would have been a powerful military weapon, in a society wholly dependent on robots, the thought of circumventing the Three Laws is enough to instantly turn all of Solaria against him.

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** [[spoiler:Jothan Leebig's]] EvilPlan is this to just about everyone except him. In fact [[spoiler:his enthusiasm during his speech about how useful robots are can easily mean even he isn't an exception.]] Though it would have been a powerful military weapon, in a society wholly dependent on robots, the thought of circumventing the Three Laws is enough to instantly turn all of Solaria against him.
3rd Dec '15 6:25:09 AM Synch
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* ArrangedMarriage: Spouses on Solaria are assigned based on genetic compatibility, and the number of children they produce is mandated according to the planet's PopulationControl. It makes sense, considering it's only for reproduction, and most Solarians are so averse to physical contact that emotional compatibility wouldn't make much of a difference ([[spoiler:Gladia and Rikaine being a notable exception]]).
23rd Nov '15 6:41:02 AM Synch
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* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Part of the reason Baley insists on seeing over viewing is to gauge how each interviewee reacts to physical presence. Most find it extremely uncomfortable, but only for Leebig does it reach the level of a phobia. On the other end of the spectrum is Gladia, whose "fear" is purely a product of her social conditioning; whereas other Solarians find seeing more difficult to endure as time goes on (even those whose job requires it), she finds it easier.
20th Nov '15 10:24:07 PM UrthWyrm
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* SleepingSingle: Even spouses rarely come into physical contact with one another.
20th Nov '15 10:22:09 PM UrthWyrm
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* OurNudityIsDifferent: Gladia has no idea why Elijah would have a problem with her being semi-naked. After all, he's only viewing her as a hologram.
19th Nov '15 8:10:22 AM Synch
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* {{Foreshadowing}}: The circumvention of the First Law in ''Literature/RobotsAndEmpire'' by [[spoiler:changing a robot's definition of human]] is hinted at in this book during the scene at the farm, when one of the robots [[spoiler:describes Earthmen as "inferior" humans, which apparently is part of its default programming]]. And though the robot denies it, Baley suspects this may have caused it to hesitate when the child it was guarding suddenly fired an arrow at him.


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* {{Foreshadowing}}: The circumvention of the First Law in ''Literature/RobotsAndEmpire'' by [[spoiler:changing a robot's definition of human]] is hinted at in this book during the scene at the farm, when one of the robots [[spoiler:describes Earthmen as "inferior" humans, which apparently is part of its default programming]]. And though the robot denies it, Baley suspects this may have caused it to hesitate when the child it was guarding suddenly fired an arrow at him.
19th Nov '15 8:09:14 AM Synch
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* FalseReassurance: Unintentionally invoked by Daneel after Baley and Attlebish get into a pissing match about the murder investigation. Caught between them, he tries to be as diplomatic as possible while still supporting Baley. His reassurance is quite genuine, but Baley sees it from another perspective.
--> "To one who knew Daneel was a robot, it was all an attempt to do a job without giving offense to any human, not to Baley and not to Attlebish. To one who thought Daneel was an Auroran, a native of the oldest and most powerful military of the Outer Worlds, it sounded like a series of subtly courteous threats."
4th Aug '15 5:58:13 AM Synch
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* BluffingTheMurderer: In the finale, as he lists the motives and means and even opportunities of everyone involved, without focusing on the murderer specifically.

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* BluffingTheMurderer: In the finale, as he Baley lists the motives and means and even opportunities of everyone involved, without focusing on the murderer specifically.



* EurekaMoment: Baley realizes [[spoiler:the murder weapon was one of Dr. Delmarre's robot's detachable arms]] after Daneel, being LiterallyMinded, misinterprets "give me a hand" as a request for him to physically detach his arm (when Baley was really asking for help out of his seat).

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* EurekaMoment: Baley realizes [[spoiler:the murder weapon was one of Dr. Delmarre's robot's detachable arms]] after Daneel, being LiterallyMinded, misinterprets "give me a hand" as a request for him to physically detach his arm hand (when Baley was really asking for help out of his seat).



* FairplayWhodunnit

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* FairplayWhodunnitFairplayWhodunnit: The first novel, ''Literature/TheCavesOfSteel'', was written to demonstrate that a sci-fi FairplayWhodunnit is possible. This book follows the same goal.



* YourNormalIsOurTaboo: Though spacers in general are a [[PlanetOfHats society of introverts]], Solaria is unique among the spacer worlds for their Victorian attitudes towards sex and reproduction. To them, it is a necessary evil never spoken of in polite company. Even the word "children" is considered vulgar.

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* YourNormalIsOurTaboo: Though spacers in general are a [[PlanetOfHats society of introverts]], Solaria is Solarians are unique among the spacer worlds for their Victorian attitudes towards sex and reproduction. To them, it is a necessary evil never spoken of in polite company. Even the word "children" is considered vulgar.
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