Item #25418 THE HUMANOIDS. Jack Williamson, John Stewart Williamson.


NY: Simon and Schuster, 1949. Octavo, boards. First edition. Inscribed and signed by Williamson on the title page. Sequel to "With Folded Hands" (ASF, 1947), this was first published in ASF in 1948 as "...And Searching Mind." "Intelligent robots, instructed to let no come to harm, serve their masters so well that they institute a new tyranny of kindness which provokes rebellion." - Pringle, The Ultimate Guide to Science Fiction, second edition (1995), p. 178. "...early in the genre's timetable of speculative insights, the [Humanoids] series confronted the near impossibility of assessing the pluses and minuses of a humanoid (i.e., AI-driven) hegemony over the world, however benevolent." - SFE online. Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-1257. Berger, Science Fiction and the New Dark Age, pp. 34-6. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 237. Survey of Science Fiction Literature II, pp. 981-85. In 333. Previous owner's bookplate affixed to front paste down, some rubbing to board edges, a very good copy in a very good or better dust jacket with a touch of rubbing to corner tips with stress crease at lower right front corner, mild wear to the head of the spine panel with a 12 mm closed tear, vertical crease to rear panel. (25418). Item #25418

Price: $350.00