Bhaskar Kiala Kiala from Moshkino, Leningradskaya oblast', Russia
In many ways this is my favorite of the four robot books. The characters, especially, Giskard and Daneel, were more developed. I find the robot characters so much more interesting in this string: in particular the form they purpose through the sixty-four thousand dollar questions facing them, and even evolve. Though I did like DG and thought was also more compelling. Since this is a reread, it is cool to see how Asimov uses this to set the stage for both the galactic neoterics and the heart string. One can see the agitation between Asimov's individualism (his respect for and admiration of individuals) and his philosophic duty to a kind of benevolent (as he sees it) communism. Through his characters he is seemingly trying to work out how to integrate these reverse views. In some ways, this is the most explicit of the four in this concern.