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The Caves of Steel

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Caves of Steel first edition, 1951First edition
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First publication

Literature form

Science fiction

Writing language

Author's country
United States

Approx. 67,000 words

Notable lines

Lije Bailey had just reached his desk when he became aware of R. Sammy watching him expectantly.

— First line

"What is beauty, or goodness, or art, or love, or God? We're forever teetering on the brink of the unknowable, and trying to understand what can't be understood. It's what makes us men." suddenly seems to me that the destruction of what should not be, that is, the destruction of what you people call evil, is less just and desirable than the conversion of this evil into what you call good.


He hesitated, then, almost as though he were suprised at his own words, he said, "Go, and sin no more!"

Bailey, sudddenly smiling, took R. Daneel's elbow, and they walked out the door, arm in arm.

— Last lines


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See also:

Rogue Queen

I Am Legend


Ender's Game

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