I, ROBOT. New York: Gnome Press, Inc. Publishers, . Octavo, cloth. First edition. A presentation copy with signed inscription by Asimov to Samuel A. Peeples on the front free endpaper: "For / Sammuel A. Peeples / In the midst of robots, / let's not forget there / are Peeples, too. / 12-2-50. Isaac Asimov." Samuel A. Peeples (1917-1997) was a very successful Hollywood script writer whose TV credits included scripts for Star Trek, Wanted Dead or Alive, Bonanza, Overland Trail, and many other western series. In the 1960s he created TV series The Tall Man, Custer, and Lancer. Influential collection of short fiction about robots with first postulation of the "Three Laws of Robotics," a concept used for plots in numerous tales by other writers in subsequent years. Includes "The Evitable Conflict." in which machines that have made the world of the twenty-first century an economic utopia take control of Mankind's future, moving it "toward an unknown and happy destiny." - Berger, Science Fiction and the New Dark Age, pp. 36-7. Loose basis for a film of the same title. Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-49. Survey of Science Fiction Literature II, pp. 995-99. A fine copy in nearly fine dust jacket with light wear at spine ends and front corner tips. A very nice copy of a book seldom found in superior condition and a fine association copy. (#162573).
First edition so stated on copyright page.