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By Jack Williamson
Cover artist: Ed Emshwiller
First introduced in the story With Folded Hands (Astounding Science Fiction, July 1947), The Humanoids takes the idea of robotic service to man gone wrong to universal proportions. Created "To Serve and Obey, And Guard Men from Harm", the sleek, shiny black, humanoid robots in this story accomplish their directive a tad too well. The chilling cover of this book, beautifully illustrated by Ed Emshwiller (EMSH to sf fans), shows that the Humanoids are willing to go to great lengths to make sure all men are happy under the Prime Directive.
Ed Emshwiller was one of the most prolific artists of the 1950s and early 60s until he gave up illustration for experimental film making. This illustration appeared at the tail end of his career in the sf genre. During his decade-plus of painting for the pulps and paperbacks, EMSH's imaginative work earned him many fans. We'll be seeing much more of his work in the coming weeks.