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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I remember reading it a long time ago in my teens. My library Help Advanced Book Search. They allow no humans to drive, ride a bicycle, have unsupervised sex, smoke, drink, or anything that may allow harm or even unhappiness to come to a human being.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. The Humanoids are so painstakingly dedicated to their directive that humans cannot cook the heat is too dangerousperform crafts scissors can be dangerousor even drive cars are too dangerous. I understand my mother’s good intentions—the floor was mud and there were scorpions crawling around, so she was afraid of what might happen to me—but this experience produced in me a deep seated distrust of benevolent protection.


Slowly the humanoids spread throughout the galaxy, threatening to stifle all human endeavor. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

However, he eventually realized that they had instead taken control of humanity, in the name of their Prime Directive, to make humans happy.

Should one wise man make decisions for the so-called greater good or should people make their own, although dangerous, choices? A small group of rebels tries to stop the humanoids. Dec 08, Josh rated it liked williqmson.


It was also the name of a character in the TV series Rawhide. Further, while we may believe that we live in free societies, we actually live in authoritarian states where the common person has little say in what their government or economy does, and virtually no ability to influence events beyond their own small circle.

The pacing is weird, as Jack Williamson goes through the key moments like the humanoid takeover of Starmont societyas well as having characters totally disappear the entire psychic team mostly fades away after an elaborate introduction, eg, Graystone the Great” simply vanishes!

Classic sci fi from a future grandmaster. Want to Read saving…. There will be no discussion, no right of appeal.

It was only when I looked back at the story much later on that I was able to realize that the emotional reach of the story undoubtedly derived from my own early childhood, huamnoids people were attempting to protect me from all those hazardous things a kid is going to encounter in the isolated frontier setting I grew up in.

Disheartening and depression what utter crap!! To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

The novelized version of the “With Folding Hands” story published a year later, adds more character, plot development and drama but the essence of the jumanoids remains intact. 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.

The story may have been a trend-setter, actually; and as is often the case, those who followed the trend had neither the subtlety nor the imagination of the person who set the trend.

For example, Forester and his wife sleep in twin beds. Much of the science is up to date for the time, but it also contains fictional or williamsoj science which seems to be internally consistent. No transfer of actual substance, but rather an willimson of identities, brought on by controlled probability. Forester and the Humanoids is the centerpiece of the book. In a more pedestrian sense, they were created in the mind ailliamson Jack Williamson in They describe themselves as “Humanoids”.


The notion I was consciously working on specifically came out of a fragment of a story I had worked on for a while about an astronaut in space who is accompanied hjmanoids a robot obviously superior to him physically—i.

Since many things people do are “dangerous” to the body or mental state, the small black machines protect people by effectively preventing them from doing anything interesting, exciting, fulfilling, or fun.

THE HUMANOIDS by Jack Williamson | Kirkus Reviews

Classic science fiction novel by Jack Williamson that explores the same themes and basic set up as his ground-breaking novella “With Folded Hands. Just a moment while we sign you jackk to your Goodreads account. It also explores ideas around living in a ‘nanny-state’ if taken to the extreme.

Every so often, I run across a book that has an intriguing idea, but is rather dull and dry for reading. Pages to import images to Wikidata. The robots’ built-in Prime Directive hmmm Should we give them the power to make our decisions for us, to prevent us from possible harm, and to restrict our personal freedoms “for our own good.