History Literature / TheRobotsOfDawn

19th Jan '17 10:12:32 AM Omeganian
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* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: All the power of the Chairman stems from the fact that he is supposed to be '''the''' ReasonableAuthorityFigure in settling disputes. The current Chairman is considered a person most successful in that task, and certainly acts that way during the climax of the story.
20th Nov '16 12:44:29 PM Omeganian
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* {{Irony}}: Vasilia accuses her father of being a monster who will do anything to advance his studies of human brain. [[spoiler:Her boss, Amadiro, has her full loyalty despite all the measures - including subjecting the agoraphobic Baley to a storm - he was willing to take in order to study Jander's and Daneel's brains, while her beloved and praised Giskard arranged the entire chain of events in order to study Baley's.]]
24th Oct '16 3:50:37 PM QuantumReality
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* MadScientist: Falstofe. Vasilia describes him as one who would do anything to study human mind, including using a psychic probe on Baley (which is a dangerous process, and can damage one's mind). Actually, it was the reason he raised Vasilia himself, and also the reason of his building humaniform robots. While the only thing we got against her words are Falstofe's, it seems that it is mostly true, but he is not as ruthless as she describes him.

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* MadScientist: Falstofe.Fastolfe. Vasilia describes him as one who would do anything to study human mind, including using a psychic probe on Baley (which is a dangerous process, and can damage one's mind). Actually, it was the reason he raised Vasilia himself, and also the reason of his building humaniform robots. While the only thing we got against her words are Falstofe's, Fastolfe's, it seems that it is mostly true, but he is not as ruthless as she describes him.



* WhoWantsToLiveForever: It appears that the long life of Spacers has its own disadvantages. Mostly it makes them individualists. For example, since scientists have enough time to achieve their goals on their own, they have no motivation of cooperation between each other. They mostly keep all their discoveries to their own, slowing down scientific advancement considerably. When Falstofe manages to create humaniform robots, but refuses to use them for the purpose Amadiro wants to, he founds the Robotics Institute to counter this problem.

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* WhoWantsToLiveForever: It appears that the long life of Spacers has its own disadvantages. Mostly it makes them individualists. For example, since scientists have enough time to achieve their goals on their own, they have no motivation of cooperation between each other. They mostly keep all their discoveries to their own, slowing down scientific advancement considerably. When Falstofe Fastolfe manages to create humaniform robots, but refuses to use them for the purpose Amadiro wants to, he founds the Robotics Institute to counter this problem.
22nd Oct '16 11:18:34 PM QuantumReality
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* AuthorFilibuster: Asimov (through Gladia) goes on at some length a couple times in the book on the nature of sex.
** Also some veiled commentary on the dangers of social stasis emanating from a lack of eagerness to explore outer space.

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* AuthorFilibuster: Asimov (through Gladia) goes on at some length a couple times in the book on the nature of sex.
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sex. Also (through Fastolfe) some veiled commentary on the dangers of social stasis emanating from a lack of eagerness to explore outer space.
5th Oct '16 7:49:10 AM Omeganian
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* OneJudgeToRuleThemAll: It turns out that the entire Auroran politics are that. While legally, the Chairman of the Legislature has no power except for a vote to break a tie, in reality, the long-lived and spoiled Aurorans have such aversion to conflict that they prefer an overwhelming majority in all votes, and the Chairman is the one to decide which way they go. So long as he's objective, he has all the strings.
19th Sep '16 9:36:24 AM Omeganian
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* CurseCutShort: At the end, after Baley explains the situation to Gladia, she states that soon Gremionis will show up at her house again and she will have the pleasure to... at which point Baley stops her and says that Gremionis is a perfectly nice guy who had no idea what was going on.
1st Aug '16 4:10:40 AM Morgenthaler
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* CanonWelding: This book marks the beginning of Asimov welding the Robot stories with his ''{{Foundation}}'' series. Numerous references are made to "psychohistory" and humanity creating a "Galactic Empire." Also, for anyone in doubt as to whether the Lije Baily/R. Daneel Olivaw books have any connection to his other robot stories, references are made to [[Literature/IRobot Susan Calvin]] (in particular the short story "Liar"), as well as "Literature/BicentennialMan".

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* CanonWelding: This book marks the beginning of Asimov welding the Robot stories with his ''{{Foundation}}'' ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'' series. Numerous references are made to "psychohistory" and humanity creating a "Galactic Empire." Also, for anyone in doubt as to whether the Lije Baily/R. Daneel Olivaw books have any connection to his other robot stories, references are made to [[Literature/IRobot Susan Calvin]] (in particular the short story "Liar"), as well as "Literature/BicentennialMan".
2nd Apr '16 11:55:20 PM Omeganian
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** The trope is subverted a bit: Lije Bailey assumes that nothing but a murder would be sufficient reason to allow himself, an Earthman, onto a Spacer world. When he points out that the victim was a machine and thus 'destruction of property' he is informed that the law doesn't consider it serious either (in fact, it is stated outright that there is no case at all - the only suspect is the robot's designer, builder and owner, and people don't tend to be prosecuted for damaging their own property). However, there ''is'' a major political scandal being built around the incident.

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** The trope is subverted a bit: Lije Bailey assumes that nothing but a murder would be sufficient reason to allow himself, an Earthman, onto a Spacer world. When While he points out might be willing to see this as a murder, due to his experiences with Daneel, for the Spacers it is nothing but destruction of property; a civil court matter that the victim was cannot lead to a machine and thus 'destruction of property' he is informed that the law doesn't consider it serious either (in fact, it is stated outright that there is no case at all - punishment. Especially in this case, where the only suspect is the robot's designer, builder and owner, and owner. That is unlikely to be punished ''at all''; people don't tend to be get prosecuted for damaging their own property).''their own'' property. However, there ''is'' a major political scandal being built around the incident.
5th Jan '16 3:40:33 AM Omeganian
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* LegacyCharacter: The Chairman of the Legislature of Aurora. It is stated that, in order to represent the continuity of the office, he is '''never''' addressed except as "Mr. Chairman" officially. There might be individual holders of the office, but "The Chairman" always exists.
4th Oct '15 10:25:04 AM Omeganian
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* [[spoiler:GrandTheftPrototype]]: It turns out the entire incident with the robot's deactivation was secondary - the real plot rotated around [[spoiler:Amadiro's attempts to reverse engineer Jander.]]
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