Elijah Baley is the detective
from Earth in the first three books of
's robot series
. When he was a year old, his father
was blamed for an accident at his workplace and was declassfied
Elijah's mother died soon afterwards, and his father died when he was
eight, so Elijah and his two older sisters had to move into the
. Elijah's Uncle Boris sometimes visited him and gave him
sweets made from yeast
, illegally smuggled out of the yeast
processing plant where he worked.
Elijah met his wife Jessie (short for Jezebel) at a party, and was
first attracted to her because of the coincidence of their names.
They had one son, Bentley, who later became a government official on
Baleyworld, one of the first Settler worlds. Elijah also
emigrated to Baleyworld later in his life after resigning from his job
as a policeman.
Elijah Baley is the hero of the following books and short story:
The final robot novel, Robots and Empire
, is set after Elijah's
death but contains some scenes in which other characters remember