By Jack Williamson
Introduced by F. M. Busby
Illustrated by David G. Klein
The Masterpieces of Science Fiction
Bound in Genuine Leather
1987, The Easton Press
Sewn binding. Rich Reddish Brick colored leather over boards with gilt decoration on front and back and design and lettering on spine. Integral ribbon marker sewn in. Three spine hubs. All edges of leaves gilt. Illustrated endpapers. 9.25", 163 pages, introduction, copy of The Masterpiece of Science Fiction Collector's Notes (see fifth image), previous owner's Easton Press bookplate inside front (see images)
As New condition. A solid, clean copy. The ribbon place marker looks to be undisturbed.
From the "Collector's Notes"
Few writers of science fiction can approach Jack Williamson in either longevity or accomplishment. Williamson first started writing science fiction in the late 1920's and soon became popular for his adventure stories. Throughout the 1930's, such works as "The Legion of Time" and "The Legion of Space" trilogy were synonymous with excitement. But Williamson is as well known for his willingness to try new things. In the 1940' he turned to "naturalistic" science fiction (as in "Seetee Schock" and "Seetee Ship") that sought to portray the future in a less than romantic manner.
Jamck Williamson wrote some the very best social science fiction. "The Humanoids" is based on two stories written for John Campbell's 'Astounding.' The first, "With Folded Hands...", has become a classic novelette in science fiction. Sledge, the inventor of the science of Rhodomagnetics, has created the humanoids. These perfect mechanical creations have been programmed with the Prime Directive: To Serve and Obey, and to GUARD MEN FROM HARM. And they are very, very good at obeying that law. So good, in fact, that they remind many modern readers of a line from the popular song of not too long ago: "killing me softly with kindness."