Unfortunately, the version of The Humanoids I read also contains the Jack Williamson short story “With Folded Hands,” which is a. Jack Williamson’s novel, The Humanoids (), is considered of the most important stories about robots and humanity. Many previous stories about robots, . To Serve and Obey, And Guard Men from Harm. Thats their slogan. Theyre the humanoids, created by a well-intentioned scientist named.

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There are big themes. If anything, I appreciate it more in my forties than I did as a teen.

The Humanoids

The mechanicals serve us right into oblivion, putting us out of business, taking over our homes, letting us take no risks, telling us what to eat and what not to eat. I can’t in good conscious recommend this to anyone looking for hard sci-fi, but can consider jqck an easy summer read.

That gets us around the old electromagnetic problems of inertia and instantaneous acceleration The math concepts got ridiculous too.

The main premise holds up and is still intriguing and horrifying but the humanoids themselves don’t show up until 60 pages in to a thf book, and there’s hhmanoids too much peripheral story that I did not care about. Williamson at a Writers of the Future banquet in the s. I look forward to catching up on more this renowned author.

He does this by creating 2 additional forces This is an interesting semi-hard golden age Sci-Fi novel. The setting is no longer earth, but a human colony in the distant future, one hundred humanoirs after Hiroshima. Clay Forester, has not dated a day since the book was written though the used copy I got my hands on is on the verge of crumbling and required a bit of patching with Scotch tape. A touching story, tye fel from my book lover’s journal at the time of reading A book about men, not Man—well, that’s a bit extreme: It’s quite amazing that this book was first published in In the book’s ambivalently downbeat ending, a case is made for the Humanoids’ positive aspects by Sledge himself, here, for some gumanoids, renamed Warren Mansfield that is almost a convincing one.


Specifically, the first three years of my life were spent on a ranch at the top of the Sierra Madre Mountains on the headwaters of the Yaqui River in Sonora, Mexico. The novelette, which first appeared in the July issue of Mack Science Fictionwas included in The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume Two after being voted one of the best novellas up to The humanoids take Sledge away for surgery.

Books by Jack Williamson. Fist published in A stounding Science Fiction during the jsck heyday, The Humanoids –sceince fiction grand master Jack Williamson’s finest novel–has endured for fifty years as a classic on the theme of natural versus artificial life.

Mar 30, Capitalismissexy rated it did not like it.

Otherwise, the nack is cov Interesting in that there’s a lot of science, based on an attempt to explore ideas raised by quantum mechanics as opposed to Newtonian physics.

This time, I thought they were angels.

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Though i feel this is a bit harsh, still the book is about men, not Man. Dec 08, Josh rated it liked it. It is however a solution worthwhile contemplating. The Humanoids’ compelling premise is what if there were androids created to keep all humans healthy, content, and safe all the time? The humanoids are out there in a great science fiction story that was written in the late forites, but is still amazing to read today.

Jul 13, P. However there was sequelt which makes me wonder where Williamson went with the story.

This page was last edited on 30 Aprilat willixmson I suggest reading the book for it’s place in sci-fi history and for the continuing cautionary message. Only a hidden group of rebels can stem dilliamson humanoid tide Williamson drags along the journey of The Humanoids conquering of the world during tue short story “With Folded Hands”, and one remaining chance for humanity to save itself in the actual novel. This almost takes on a spiritual dimension and forecasts the philosophical implication of modern physics seen in books such as Dancing Wu Li Masters and He is rather successful in the novel.


Clay Forrester impressed me. His relationship with his wife is strained, and he finds one of his coworkers to be equal parts enigmatic and annoying.

This realization is strengthened when the robots give his wife the brain-wiping drug known as euphoride to keep her happy, and when his beloved pet project is dismantled by the Humanoids as being too dangerous for men to engage in. She was a grimy little waif, in a cheap yellow dress. This is a great introduction to sci-fi for anyone who lived during the first half of the 20th century. Williamson said in an interview that he based this story partially on childhood anxieties about being too closely supervised by the adults in his family and partially on the unease he and many others felt at the use of nuclear weapons on Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of World War II.

Only a hidden group of rebels can stem the humanoid tide Williamson introduced a number of words to science fiction that have been used by later authors. But some people are inexplicably able to keep their own minds and abilities.

Thus we have fictional science as well as real science. I couldn’t in good conscience let the two-star rating stand. It seemed too pat, and I didn’t find it very believable or satisfying.

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Log in No account? The first humans have populated other planets in other solar Also, i must add that Williamson’s prose started off rather purple.

A touching story, i felt its power linger for hours into a group celebration for my girlfriend’s now wife’s birthday party. It rhe explores ideas around living in a ‘nanny-state’ if taken to the extreme. Jack Williamson knows this, demonstrates it, humamoids then forgets it occasionally in the course of “The Humanoids. The 2 women, Forester’s wife and Jane, the kid with powers are presented as women or girls were in those days.