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Adam Link - Robot Mass Market Paperback – 1974
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Third printing mass market paperback by Warner, 1974. Adam Link, first of the Robot Race, had photoelectric eyes, an iridium-sponge brain and the soul of a man! 174 pp
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"I, Robot" (which comprises roughly the first two chapters of the novel) involves the creation and education of Adam by the kindly Dr. Link, the accidental death of Dr. Link, the death of Adam's faithful dog companion, and his impending death before a torch-bearing mob.
But Adam Link is rescued from the mob by Tom Link, Dr. Link's nephew and a crafty lawyer. The remainder of the novel consists of the ups and downs of Adam Link's career as he attempts to establish full citizenship in the face of fearful, prejudiced, and hostile humans.
First, he must stand trial for the death of Dr. Link. He is found guilty, but he is pardoned when a key witness recants her testimony. Next, he goes into business as a science consultant. But when a romantic attachment forms between Adam and his secretary, Kay Temple, he flees from the town so that she will be free to marry her human boyfriend. (This last part was a real strecher for me.) On the advice of a scientist, Adam constructs a female robot companion, Eve. But when the scientist attempts to build an army of zombie robots, Adam must battle him to the death.
Next,, Adam must become an undercover detective to clear Eve Link of a murder charge. Next, Adam enters the sports arena to counteract negative publicity from a cynical and hostile newspaperman. He succeeds. He and Eve are offered citizenship-- but only if they will fight in the army against humans. This the robots refuse to do. Finally, Adam and Eve Link rescue Earth from hostile alien invaders from Sirius. Along the way, Adam Link saves humans from accidents and kidnappers, captures bank robbers and gangsters, and solves major scientific equations.
As you may have gathered, the novel is highly episodic. It is passably well-crafted and (I will confess it) mildly entertaining. But it is too heavy-handed and too heavily sentimental in spots to be a major piece of writing. it has not worn well over the years.
"Eando Bindert" was a pseudonym for the brothers Earl and Otto Binder, but the Adam Link stories were written by Otto alone. Isaac Asimov was familiar with the stories and has acknowledged that they were of some influence on him when he began to write robot stories of his own. Jack Williamson may have had them in mind when he began writing _The Humanoids_ (1949), a somewhat darker vision of robots serving mankind. Adam and Eve Link are certainly
similar to Clifford D. Simak's multitude of robot servants, though I doubt that there is much of a causal connection.
There are some similarities between Binder's robots and those in some stories by Lewis Padgett.