Sci-Fi Month Preview: The Caves of Steel (1964)
One of the books I will be reviewing for Sci-Fi Month is Isaac Asimov’s The Caves of Steel, one of the first science-fiction/mystery crossovers. Humanity dwells in massive underground city complexes and has colonized several worlds. An ambassador of the Spacers -the human colonists – has been murdered, and the human detective Elijah Baley must partner with the robot detective R. Daneel Olivaw in order to solve the mystery of the ambassador’s death.
In the course of my research, I discovered that the novel had been dramatized by the BBC in the 1964 as a TV special, but sadly, like many shows from that era of the BBC, the tape recording of this show was wiped from storage and only exists as a few brief clips.
The show was part of an anthology called Story Parade and starred Peter Cushing (who, as fans of Quite Interesting know, lived in Whitstable) as Baley and John Carson as R. Daneel Olivaw.