Isaac Asimov - Caves Of Steel
First broadcast 19890624. SATURDAY NIGHT THEATRE.
BBC Radio Four
By Isaac Asimov, adapted by Bert Coules.
Staring Ed Bishop as New York cop Elijah Baley and Sam Dastor as his robot partner Daneel Olivaw.
Directed by Matthew Walters
In this novel, Isaac Asimov first introduced Elijah Baley and R. Daneel Olivaw, who would later become his, and more so his readers', favourite protagonists. 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 colonised â€” fifty planets known as the "Spacer worlds." The Spacer worlds are rich, have low population density (average population of one hundred million each), and use robot labour very heavily. Meanwhile, Earth is overpopulated (with a total population of 8 billion), and strict rules against robots have been passed. The eponymous "caves of steel" are vast city complexes covered by huge metal domes, capable of supporting tens of millions each. The New York City of that era, for example, encompasses present-day New York State, as well as large tracts of New Jersey.
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