On the far planet Wing IV, a brilliant scientist creates the humanoidssleek black androids programmed to serve humanity.
But are they perfect servantsor perfect masters?
Slowly the humanoids spread throughout the galaxy, threatening to stifle all human endeavor. Only a hidden group of rebels can stem the humanoid tide...if it's not already too late.
Fist published in Astounding Science Fiction during the magazine's heyday, The Humanoidssceince fiction grand master Jack Williamson's finest novelhas endured for fifty years as a classic on the theme of natural versus artificial life.
Also included in this edition is the prelude novelette, "With Folded Hands," which was chosen for the Science Fiction Hall of Fame.
Williamson's most famous novel, The Humanoids, also strives for human freedom, but the outcome is disastrous. The humanoids are small robots who have as their goal the protection and happiness of man. However, Stewart says, "As Williamson remarked in a talk at the 1977 World Science-Fiction Convention, `Their built-in benevolence goes too far. Alert to the potential harm in nearly every human activity, they don't let people drive cars, ride bicycles, smoke, drink or engage in unsupervised sex. Doing everything for everybody, they forbid all free action. Their world becomes a luxurious but nightmarish prison of total frustration."'