Elijah Baley (4679 on Earth—4758 on Baleyworld) is the main character of Isaac Asimov's science-fiction novels The Caves of Steel, The Naked Sun, The Robots of Dawn, and the short story "Mirror Image". He is heavily mentioned in Robots and Empire, which is set roughly two hundred years after his death.

About Elijah[]

Cover art of The Naked Sun, acrylic by Michael Whelan

Elijah Baley called by the space

Elijah (4679-4758 AD) is a plainclothesman, a homicide detective who serves on the New York City police force. His rank progresses from C-5 to C-7. Albert Minnim is his superordinate. He is doleful with a quick temper, and has a strong sense of duty and loyalty and is very protective of his family and his status. His wife was Jezebel Baley. Their son, Bentley, became a leader in the second wave of interplanetary space exploration in 4727, and the planet Baleyworld is named in his honor.

Baley, like most human beings of his century, is strongly agoraphobic, as all natives of Earth at Baley's time spend all of their time from birth to death in immense domed cities (caves of steel). The Earthmen rarely, if ever, travel to the outside surface. Baley's agoraphobia is an important personality characteristic and plot point in several of the novels in which he appears.

His story as given to us begins when he is called to help solve the murder of a Spacer. The Spacers assign to him a robot partner, R. Daneel Olivaw, with whom he becomes life-long friends. He meets up with R. Daneel again much later where again he is asked to investigate the murder of a Spacer, this time on the planet Solaria. This made him the first Earthman to leave Earth since the first wave of colonization. Later, on Aurora in The Robots of Dawn, he realizes R. Giskard's telepathic abilities long before anyone else does. Giskard modifies Baley's mind to prevent him from being able to tell anyone.

Television Actor: Peter Cushing

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Peter Cushing as Baley in the 1964 Story Parade episode "The Caves of Steel", on the right