History Literature / TheNakedSun

27th Feb '18 6:10:07 AM Synch
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In ''Literature/TheNakedSun'', Elijah "Lije" Baley, freshly promoted from his previous successful case in ''Literature/TheCavesOfSteel'', is contracted by political machinations far above his pay grade to investigate a murder on one of the "Spacer" Worlds -- Solaria, the richest, most sparsely populated, and most technologically advanced of them all. This makes it, of course, the absolute opposite of the overpopulated, crowded, technologically backward Earth of his exclusive experience. On Solaria, humans are thoroughly outnumbered by their robot servants, to the point where every individual person has an estate of hundreds or thousands of ''square miles'', maintained entirely by robot, on which ''they are the only inhabitant'', with the possible exception of a spouse. Even in cases of marriage, Solarians consider it all but inconceivable to come into the presence of another human being for any purpose besides prearranged and socially-mandated acts of procreation. Along with his agoraphobia, this is one of the major barriers to Lije's investigation.

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In ''Literature/TheNakedSun'', Elijah "Lije" Baley, freshly promoted from his previous successful case in ''Literature/TheCavesOfSteel'', is contracted by political machinations far above his pay grade to investigate a murder on one of the "Spacer" Worlds -- Solaria, the richest, most sparsely populated, and most technologically robotically advanced of them all. This makes it, of course, the absolute opposite of the overpopulated, crowded, technologically backward Earth of his exclusive experience. On Solaria, humans are thoroughly outnumbered by their robot servants, to the point where every individual person has an estate of hundreds or thousands of ''square miles'', maintained entirely by robot, on which ''they are the only inhabitant'', with the possible exception of a spouse. Even in cases of marriage, Solarians consider it all but inconceivable to come into the presence of another human being for any purpose besides prearranged and socially-mandated acts of procreation. Along with his agoraphobia, this is one of the major barriers to Lije's investigation.
7th Feb '18 10:31:11 AM Omeganian
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The book was adapted into a Soviet TV movie in 1978, under the name of ''The Last Alternative''.

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The book was adapted into a Soviet TV movie in 1978, under the name of ''The Last Alternative''. \n Unfortunately. since it uses an already censored translation, and then cuts out large pieces not caring about the resulting plot holes, the result is less than optimal.
18th Nov '17 12:22:27 AM Arivne
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* SexIsEvilAndIAmHorny: Gladia, as mentioned above, waged a constant war between her natural desires and her social upbringing, to the detriment of both her and her husband.

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* SexIsEvilAndIAmHorny: SexIsEvilAndIAmHorny
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Gladia, as mentioned above, waged a constant war between her natural desires and her social upbringing, to the detriment of both her and her husband.
18th Nov '17 12:16:53 AM Arivne
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* GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion: It is at one point revealed that the artificial gestation facility on Solaria is manually operated because Robots would keep all the fetuses and embryos alive (including the imperfect ones). This, combined with the First Law Of Robotics (Robots must never harm humans) means that the within the story embryos and fetuses are living human beings.

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* GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion: It is at one point revealed that the artificial gestation facility on Solaria is manually operated because Robots robots would keep all the fetuses and embryos alive (including the imperfect ones). This, combined with the First Law Of Robotics (Robots (robots must never harm humans) means that the within the story embryos and fetuses are living human beings.
30th Oct '17 7:22:06 AM Synch
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30th Sep '17 8:57:22 PM Omeganian
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* PostScarcityEconomy: Solaria, one account of having such a small population with each person owning a several hundred-square-mile estate with thousands of robots.

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* PostScarcityEconomy: Solaria, one on account of having such a small population with each person owning a several hundred-square-mile hundred-to-thousand-square-mile estate with thousands of robots.
30th Sep '17 6:46:06 PM zarpaulus
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* PostScarcityEconomy: Solaria, one account of having such a small population with each person owning a several hundred-square-mile estate with thousands of robots.
13th Jul '17 5:45:20 AM StFan
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* {{It is Pronounced Tro-PAY}}: Gladia's name is pronounced glah-DIE-ah.

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* {{It is Pronounced Tro-PAY}}: ItIsPronouncedTroPAY: Gladia's name is pronounced glah-DIE-ah.
30th Jun '17 3:49:29 PM MagBas
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The book was adapted into a Soviet TV movie in 1978, under the name of ''The Last Alternative''. Unfortunately, a lot of the text was cut out, leaving glaring PlotHoles, and that not counting the use of a heavily cut down translation. Add special effects cheap even for that time... in short, if not for the actors being mostly decent, it might have been DarthWiki/SoBadItsHorrible; as it is, it is hardly a worthy adaptation.

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The book was adapted into a Soviet TV movie in 1978, under the name of ''The Last Alternative''. Unfortunately, a lot of the text was cut out, leaving glaring PlotHoles, and that not counting the use of a heavily cut down translation. Add special effects cheap even for that time... in short, if not for the actors being mostly decent, it might have been DarthWiki/SoBadItsHorrible; as it is, it is hardly a worthy adaptation.\n
22nd Jun '17 7:14:08 PM Chariset
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* DeliberateValuesDissonance: Part of the Solarian moral code is that personal contact is obscene. Even standing in the same room as another human induces more than a little {{Squick}} in most Solarians. Instead, they communicate using 3D holographs that are virtually indistinguishable from the real deal. The disconnect between "seeing" as opposed to "viewing" is extremely wide: viewing someone who is totally nude at the moment is completely acceptable, because hey, it's just ''viewing''. It's not like they're ''actually'' in the room with you. Furthermore, the subject of children and anything to do with them is considered vulgar -- Baley just saying the word "children" is enough to make one Solarian blanch.

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* DeliberateValuesDissonance: Part of the Solarian moral code is that personal contact is obscene. Even standing taboo: even being in the same room as with another human induces more than a little {{Squick}} in most Solarians. Instead, they communicate using person strikes Solarians as obscenely intimate. On the other hand, meeting with someone via 3D holographs that holograph (which are virtually indistinguishable from meeting in the real deal. flesh) is as impersonal as a telephone call. The disconnect between "seeing" as opposed to "viewing" is extremely wide: viewing someone who is totally nude at the moment is ''viewing'' someone's completely acceptable, because hey, it's just ''viewing''. It's not like they're ''actually'' in nude hologram is fine but ''seeing'' the room with you. same person fully clothed is pornographic. Furthermore, the subject of children and anything to do with them is considered vulgar -- Baley just saying the word "children" is enough to [[{{Squick}} make one Solarian blanch.blanch]].



* SexIsEvil: Not because Solarians consider it immoral, but because it is the epitome of what they despise most: physical contact. Plus, it is the one form of physical contact they are required to engage in for the sake of their society (except for medical treatment, but that is [[WeWillHavePerfectHealthInTheFuture only occasionally necessary]]). Gladia actually considers herself a sexual deviant simply because, unlike everyone else on her world, physical contact ''doesn't'' repulse her.

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* SexIsEvil: Not because Solarians consider it immoral, but because it is the epitome of what they despise most: physical contact. Plus, it is the one form of physical contact they are required to engage in for the sake of their society (except for medical treatment, but that is [[WeWillHavePerfectHealthInTheFuture only occasionally necessary]]). Gladia actually considers herself a sexual deviant simply because, unlike everyone else on her world, because the thought of physical contact ''doesn't'' repulse doesn't ''repulse'' her.
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