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Old 10th September 2011, 03:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Looking for titles I forgot

I read several Asimov novels back in the late 70's and two story lines have stuck with me but I cannot recall the titles. They may be from the same title.

The first story line is a future setting where people no longer have any personal contact. In fact the thought of being in the same room with another person and breathing in air that was previously in the other persons lungs is sickening. I remember that people lived alone in large mansions and communicated only electronically. Babies were raised far away on farms.

The other story line involved time travel. Time travel was accomplished by entering something I believe they called a kettle and it was almost like a lift or elevator. Different times could be visited as one would ride an elevator and visit different floors. This allowed people to live freely in different times and travel between them at will.

Anyone recall what books these story lines were contained in? Thank you!
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Old 10th September 2011, 04:55 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi, frankthomas, and welcome to the Chrons!

The first book you're looking for is The Naked Sun, the second in the Elijah Bailey detective novels by Asimov and dating from 1957.

The other one is The End of Eternity, a standalone novel from 1955.
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As Pyan says and might I and that I think the End of Eternity was an absolute masterpiece. Brilliant!
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Well, so was The Naked Sun.
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Old 13th September 2011, 04:23 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Thank you all. I need to find copies. Those story lines really impressed me.
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