The Caves Of Steel was an early Isaac Asimov 'robot' story. On another planet the inhabitants have extreme agoraphobia and cannot tolerate living under the open sky, with its fierce sun. A human detective, Lije Bailey, and his robot assistant R Daneel Olivaw, are sent to investigate the murder of a VIP who lives in an enclave out in the desert. No weapon was found in the enclave and only a robot could have crossed the open space between the 'caves of steel' where everyone else lives and this desert mansion. But a robot is bound by Asimov's 'Three Laws Of Robotics' and so could not have been involved in the murder.... or could it?
I love it... and The Caves of Steel is really good Sci-Fi Mystery!
It depended very cleverly on what you could or could not order a robot constrained by the 'three Laws' to do in the expectation of being obeyed.
I feel compelled to make a correction. That "alien planet" is Earth
I think J.G.Ballard once wrote that the only truly alien planet is Earth. His fiction was written to explore 'inner space' rather than outer space. Asimov's 'I Robot' has been filmed, of course, to the delight of everyone, and that takes place on earth, as do three out of the four Philip K. Dick novels filmed so far [Total Recall is partly set on Mars, scarcely an 'alien' planet by now.] Perhaps I'll badge up future deviations of shopping malls and gallerias as science fiction 'sets' for some of Ballard's recent fiction....
nice one !
I like it, fits very well!