I read story about a planet where no one actually touches each other, but view everything through screens. There was a murder on this planet and Earth sent a medical examiner to solve the crime, but people were freaked out because he actually wanted to meet in person. Any ideas?.. I read this long before cell phones and laptops, so it resonates with me now.

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    A similar story where nobody actually touches each other and just views each other through screens is The Machine Stops by EM Forster. There's no murder involved, but if you enjoyed the story you're looking for, you might enjoy that one too. Aug 26, 2016 at 20:40
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    Reminds me of the Buy-N-Large's starliner in WALL-E Aug 27, 2016 at 14:56
  • possibly the same as scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/224963/… (which is newer but has an accepted answer)
    – Otis
    Dec 25, 2019 at 16:45

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I believe this is The Naked Sun by Isaac Asimov.

A millennium into the future, two advancements have altered the course of human history:  the colonization of the Galaxy and the creation of the positronic brain.  On the beautiful Outer World planet of Solaria, a handful of human colonists lead a hermit-like existence, their every need attended to by their faithful robot servants.  To this strange and provocative planet comes Detective Elijah Baley, sent from the streets of New York with his positronic partner, the robot R. Daneel Olivaw, to solve an incredible murder that has rocked Solaria to its foundations.  

The victim had been so reclusive that he appeared to his associates only through holographic projection.  Yet someone had gotten close enough to bludgeon him to death while robots looked on.  Now Baley and Olivaw are faced with two clear impossibilities:  Either the Solarian was killed by one of his robots--unthinkable under the laws of Robotics--or he was killed by the woman who loved him so much that she never came into his presence!


Sounds like The Naked Sun by Isaac Asimov. However the protagonist was a detective, not a medical examiner.

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