New York: Gnome Press, Inc., 1950. First edition. A lovely first edition of the book, in Fine condition. In a Near Fine dust jacket with minor wear at the spine ends. This copy inscribed by Asimov on the front free end paper, "For Samuel A. Peeples - In the midst of robots, let's not forget there are peeples, too - 12/2/50 Isaac Asimov." A fantastic literary association, as Peeples and Asimov were authors with similar preoccupations. While Peeples is now remembered for his work as a script-writer for such sci-fi institutions as Star Trek, at the time he was a burgeoning author of westerns. Under the pen name Brad Ward, Peeples published his first two westerns in 1949 and 1952 -- books that were clearly on Asimov's radar and intersected with his own interest in the clash of cultures within a bordlerland. Rare in this condition and with an early (and fantastic) literary association.
Throughout his career Asimov was interested in the collision of humanness with technology; and I, Robot's collection of short stories turned the science fiction genre on its head. Rather than depicting artificial intelligence as a danger to humanity, he suggested that the moment of cultural intersection between humans and humanoids could, in fact, rescue people from their worst natures. Through I, Robot, Asimov laid the foundations for his future fiction including his important Three Laws for robots. Adapted for several television and film programs, the most famous, I, Robot, starring Will Smith was loosely based on themes from the book and Asimov's Three Laws. It remains a work that is taught in literature and philosophy classes, raising key questions about human identity and ethics. Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. (Item #3034)