“With Folded Hands,” Jack Williamson, 1947 – In a world where robots are devoted to their Prime Directive (the happiness and safety of their human charges), one man finds that he has nothing to do—and no escape.
Comments: Williamson’s influence for the story was the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which suggested that technology, even that created with the best of intentions, can have “disastrous consequences.” (Wikipedia) Williamson’s childhood on a ranch at the top of the Sierra Madre Mountains was the source of the “emotional reach” of the story; his mother’s over-protective nature lead him to a “deep seated distrust of benevolent protection.” (Wikipedia) “The story was followed by a novel-length rewrite, with a different setting and inventor. This was serialized as …And Searching Mind and finally published as The Humanoids (1948). Williamson followed with a sequel, The Humanoid Touch, published in 1980.” (Wikipedia)
Author: Wikipedia: “John Stewart Williamson (April 29, 1908 – November 10, 2006), who wrote as Jack Williamson (and occasionally under the pseudonyms Will Stewart and Nils O. Sonderlund) was a U.S. writer often referred to as the ‘Dean of Science Fiction’ following the death in 1988 of Robert A. Heinlein.”