Robot and the Man, The

The Robot and the Man is the fourth in Martin Greenberg’s Adventures in Science Fiction Series of anthologies. Nine stories from Campbell’s Astounding surrounded one entry from Galaxy.

The table of contents maintained Gnome’s usual practice of crediting stories to the name it was originally published under, thereupon hiding that John S. Browning is Robert Moore Williams, who therefore has two stories in the anthology. A. E. van Vogt’s name is spelled vanVogt in the ToC and on his story, but is correct on the spine, the rear flap, and back cover.

Greenberg’s “Foreward” has a very unlikely memory mistake.

In recent times the Voder robot exhibited at the World’s Fair of 1939 in New York was more recognizable, in crude outline at least, as the fictional type of mechanical man.

The Voder was a speech synthesizer made by AT&T’s Bell Labs. Elektro, from Westinghouse, was the famous humanoid robot at the 1939 Fair. They are not interchangeable.

Voder synthesizer AT&T 1939 World's FairElektro and Sparko Westinghouse 1939 World's Fair

 

 

 

 

 

Villiers Gerson reviewed in the May 24, 1953 New York Times Book Review:

An excellent anthology with only one drawback: many of its stories have been previously anthologized.

His memory was equally faulty. Exactly one of the stories (“Robot’s Return”) had been anthologized exactly once, according to the ISFDB.

Contents and original publication:

• “Foreward,” by Martin Greenberg (original to this volume)
• “Mechanical Answer,” by John D. MacDonald (Astounding Science Fiction, May 1948 as “The Mechanical Answer”)
• “Self-Portrait,” by Bernard Wolfe (Galaxy, November 1951)
• “Deadlock,” by Lewis Padgett [pseud. of Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore] (Astounding Science Fiction, August 1942)
• “Robinc, by H. H. Holmes [pseud. of Anthony Boucher] (Astounding Science Fiction, September 1943)
• “Burning Bright,” by John S. Browning [pseud. of Robert Moore Williams] (Astounding Science Fiction, July 1948 as by John S. Browning)
• “Final Command,” by A. E. Van Vogt (Astounding Science Fiction, November 1949)
• “Though Dreamers Die,” by Lester del Rey (Astounding Science Fiction, February 1944)
• “Rust,” by Joseph E. Kelleam (Astounding Science Fiction, October 1939)
• “Robot’s Return,” by Robert Moore Williams (Astounding Science Fiction, September 1938)
• “Into Thy Hands,” by Lester del Rey (Astounding Science Fiction, August 1945)

The Robot and the Man, Edited by Martin Greenberg, Adventures in Science Fiction Series 4, 1953, title #35, 251 pages, $2.95. 5000 copies printed.

Hardback. Maroon cloth-backed spine with tan cloth and silver lettering. Rocket ship traveling between stars embossed into front cloth. Jacket Design by Ric Binkley. “FIRST EDITION” on copyright page. Country Life Press, Printers. Foreword by Martin Greenberg. Back cover: 30 titles. Gnome Press address is given as 80 East 11th St., N. Y. 3.

The Robot and the Man jacket frontThe Robot and the Man jacket flapsThe Robot and the Man tan cloth

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