The Humanoids A Novel

Jack Williamson

Orb Books



Trade Paperback

288 Pages



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On the remote planet Wing IV, a brilliant scientist creates the so-called "humanoids"—sleek black androids programmed to serve humanity. But are they perfect servants or 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—that is, if it's not already too late.

Also included in this edition is Williamson's prelude novella, With Folded Hands, which was chosen for the Science Fiction Hall of Fame.


Praise for The Humanoids

"Without a doubt one of the most important science-fantasy books of its decade."—Damon Knight

"Williamson's best novel, a classic dystopia, and the single best work on [robots] . . . outside of the work of Isaac Asimov."—Twentieth-Century Science Fiction Writers

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Jack Williamson published his first short story in 1928, and he's been producing entertaining, thought-provoking science fiction ever since. The second person named Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America--the first was Robert A. Heinlein--Williamson has always been in the forefront of the field, being the first to write fiction about genetic engineering (he invented the term), anti-matter, and other cutting-edge science. A renaissance man, Williamson is a master of fantasy and horror as well as science fiction. He lives in Portales, New Mexico.
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  • Jack Williamson

  • Born in 1908, Jack Williamson sold his first story, "The Metal Man," to Amazing Stories in 1928. Credited with the first usage of the term "genetic engineering" (in his 1951 novel Dragon's Island), he helped to both create and define the SF genre alongside such masters as John W. Campbell, Jr., and Robert Heinlein. The author of dozens of classic works, among them The Humanoids, Brother to Demons, Brother to Gods, and The Legion of Time, Williamson is widely regarded as one of SF's finest writers. He has been awarded the 2006 Robert A. Heinlein Award for outstanding published work in hard science fiction or technical writings inspiring the human exploration of space.