The Humanoids

Williamson, Jack (John Stewart Williamson]

Published by Simon & Schuster, 1949
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First Printing of the First Edition. In fine condition, with a touch of rubbing to board ends; and in a very good dust jacket, with mild edge wear, light tanning to spine, and a bit of creasing. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: The Humanoids
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: 1949
Binding: Hardcover
Illustrator: Leo Manso
Book Condition: Fine
Edition: 1st Edition

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Williamson, Jack (John Stewart Williamson)
Published by Holt, Rinehart and Winston [1980]., New York (1980)
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Book Description Holt, Rinehart and Winston [1980]., New York, 1980. Octavo, boards. First trade edition. Sequel to THE HUMANOIDS (1949). See Anatomy of Wonder (1995) 3-194. A fine copy in fine dust jacket. (#65539). Bookseller Inventory # 65539

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Williamson, Jack (John Stewart Williamson)
Published by The Easton Press [1987]., Norwalk, Connecticut (1987)
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Book Description The Easton Press [1987]., Norwalk, Connecticut, 1987. Octavo, illustrations by David G. Klein, full decorated leather. Later edition. Issued as part of the Easton Press "Masterpieces of Science Fiction" series. New introduction by F. M. Busby. Sequel to Williamson's famous SF horror story, "With Folded Hands" (ASTOUNDING SCIENCE FICTION, July 1947), first published as a three-part serial in ASF in 1948 as ". And Searching Mind." in which man, unfit to be the custodian of his technology, is placed in protective custody by his own mechanical creations who follow their prime directive: "To Serve and Obey, And Guard Men From Harm." John W. Campbell, editor of ASF "wanted a sequel in which the oppression of the humanoids was discovered to be liberation and that, apparently, was what Williamson gave him. But Williamson has said that his sense of the story led him to believe that the humanoids would master parapsychology, too, and that the message of the novel was that the perfect machine was perfectly destructive. But it is not plot alone that explains the power of 'With Folded Hands" and THE HUMANOIDS to move generations of readers, it is the image of the humanoids themselves -- these naked and beautiful perfect servants of humanity whose solicitude is deadly." - James Gunn, SURVEY, p. 985. On the other hand, the overly protective humanoids may be mankind's benefactors, forcing humans to transcend their limits and leave war, violence, and robots behind. Classic 1940s speculative pulp fiction and a fine early treatment of the singularity theme. Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-1257. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 237. In 333. A fine copy without dust jacket as issued. (#144991). Bookseller Inventory # 144991

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Published by Gregg Press, Boston (1980)
ISBN 10: 0839825498 ISBN 13: 9780839825494
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Book Description Gregg Press, Boston, 1980. Octavo, cloth. Later edition. Signed inscription by Williamson to one of the book's editors on the title page. Text offset from that of the 1949 Simon and Schuster edition. New introduction by F. M. Busby. Sequel to Williamson's famous SF horror story, "With Folded Hands" (ASTOUNDING SCIENCE FICTION, July 1947), first published as a three-part serial in ASF in 1948 as ". And Searching Mind." in which man, unfit to be the custodian of his technology, is placed in protective custody by his own mechanical creations who follow their prime directive: "To Serve and Obey, And Guard Men From Harm." John W. Campbell, editor of ASF "wanted a sequel in which the oppression of the humanoids was discovered to be liberation and that, apparently, was what Williamson gave him. But Williamson has said that his sense of the story led him to believe that the humanoids would master parapsychology, too, and that the message of the novel was that the perfect machine was perfectly destructive. But it is not plot alone that explains the power of 'With Folded Hands" and THE HUMANOIDS to move generations of readers, it is the image of the humanoids themselves -- these naked and beautiful perfect servants of humanity whose solicitude is deadly." - James Gunn, SURVEY, p. 985. On the other hand, the overly protective humanoids may be mankind's benefactors, forcing humans to transcend their limits and leave war, violence, and robots behind. Classic 1940s speculative pulp fiction and a fine early treatment of the singularity theme. Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-1257. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 237. Survey of Science Fiction Literature II, pp. 981-85. In 333. A fine copy without dust jacket as issued. (#111017). Bookseller Inventory # 111017

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Published by Simon and Schuster, New York (1949)
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Book Description Simon and Schuster, New York, 1949. Octavo, boards. First edition. Sequel to Williamson's famous SF horror story, "With Folded Hands" (ASTOUNDING SCIENCE FICTION, July 1947), first published as a three-part serial in ASF in 1948 as ". And Searching Mind." in which man, unfit to be the custodian of his technology, is placed in protective custody by his own mechanical creations who follow their prime directive: "To Serve and Obey, And Guard Men From Harm." John W. Campbell, editor of ASF "wanted a sequel in which the oppression of the humanoids was discovered to be liberation and that, apparently, was what Williamson gave him. But Williamson has said that his sense of the story led him to believe that the humanoids would master parapsychology, too, and that the message of the novel was that the perfect machine was perfectly destructive. But it is not plot alone that explains the power of 'With Folded Hands" and THE HUMANOIDS to move generations of readers, it is the image of the humanoids themselves -- these naked and beautiful perfect servants of humanity whose solicitude is deadly." - James Gunn, SURVEY, p. 985. On the other hand, the overly protective humanoids may be mankind's benefactors, forcing humans to transcend their limits and leave war, violence, and robots behind. Classic 1940s speculative pulp fiction and a fine early treatment of the singularity theme. Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-1257. Berger, Science Fiction and the New Dark Age, pp. 34-6. Pringle, The Ultimate Guide to Science Fiction, second edition (1995), p. 178. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 237. Survey of Science Fiction Literature II, pp. 981-85. In 333. A touch of wear to cover edges, a nearly fine copy in very good dust jacket with rubbing along front flap fold and mild rubs to upper and lower edges and spine ends. (#156648). Bookseller Inventory # 156648

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