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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Soon, a little girl shows up at the good doctor’s installation, bringing news of grave danger, as well as demonstrating an uncanny ability for teleportation and telepathy. Meanwhile, the Humanoids, developed by a scientist on another planet in order to prevent humans from ever harming themselves in any way, arrive on Forester’s world to stop the war.

Once established, our service will remove all class distinctions, along with such other causes of unhappiness and pain as war and poverty and toil and crime.

With Folded Hands – Wikipedia

Mar 23, Karen rated it really liked it Shelves: In addition to all of this which for the most part carries the plot, I got a strong sense of “the dangers of technology” which today have become anti-science as well as the notion of freedom.

The short story was great, and I wasn’t eager to start the novel after the story, because it felt so complete on its own. In a interview, Williamson revealed how the story construction reflected events of his childhood in addition to technological extrapolations:. The weapons that would utterly destroy Forester’s world were already in the oceans, and his missiles were ready to willizmson out the Tri Planets.

The Humanoids

No transfer of actual substance, but rather an exchange of identities, brought on by controlled probability. If you are a science fiction reader, Jack Williamson is one author that you should add to your reading list.

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. Is it really bleak, in that Forester is now brain-washed? You will love this book! Although the style is a bit dated it is still a good read. Mar 30, Capitalismissexy rated it did not like it. Want to Read saving….


Forrester good-savior-heroMr. Not only does the book make you rethink the limits of technology, but it also makes you think about trigger-warnings and the so-called “nanny state” which passes laws that seem overly preoccupied with people’s safety.

The story accounts several attempts by humans to stop the Humanoids, only to show them fail each time. 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.

Like I said the story is really interesting but rather disturbing. Disheartening and depression what utter crap!! 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.

The Humanoids: A Novel – Jack Williamson – Google Books

The ending is also a bit of a mess. The humanoids take Sledge away for surgery. But are they perfect servants–or perfect masters? This is one of those science fiction classics that must have broken new ground when it came out in the middle of the 20th century and inspired a generation of science fiction authors — but I can’t say it holds up today.

It is Dystopian in nature and involves Technology gone wild. I understand my mother’s good intentions—the floor was mud and there jaci 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. They describe themselves as “Humanoids”. The Humanoids is a robot story and I love robot stories.

Disturbed at his encounter, Underhill rushes home to discover that his wife has taken in a new lodger, a mysterious old man named Sledge.


The Humanoids Humanoids 1 by Jack Williamson. What I like about Science Fiction is the ideas they explore. Jul 21, Jeff Brateman rated it liked it. The pacing is weird, as Jack Williamson goes through the key moments like the humanoid takeover of Starmont societyuumanoids well as having characters totally disappear the entire psychic team mostly fades away after an elaborate introduction, eg, Graystone the Great” simply vanishes!

Clay Forester, astrophysicist at Starmont Observatory and man in charge of jaco “Manhattan Project”-like goings-on there Jane Carter, little girl capable of teleportation, telekinesis, tele-you-name-it Frank Ironsmith, technician in the labs at Starmont Mark White, philosopher, leader of the resistance against the Humanoids Plot summary: 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 swear i’ll read every classic sf book before i’m done. On an unnamed planet, a physicist named Hhumanoids, head of a secret government project that is constructing a prototype “rhodomagnetic” bomb, comes to realize that the newly arrived Humanoids on his world are a bane, not a boon, to mankind. Which brings me to the point of the novel that troubles wolliamson.

Humans who wikliamson the Thee Directive are taken away and lobotomized, so that they may live happily under the direction of the humanoids. The robots here are not at all presented as evil; if anything, they are guilty of killing mankind’s spirit with too much kindness, and their benevolence is ultimately a mixed blessing at best.

A sort of psychological trap. I discovered the book through a Webcomic, of all things, but the description of the novel captured my imagination: I come from a science background so I found myself working to think through these parts.