Adam Link-Robot by Eando Binder
Adam Link was the main character in a series of ten stories by two brothers, Earl and Otto Binder, that were published under the name Eando Binder, E and O Binder. His first appearance was in a story titled I, Robot that appeared in the January, 1939 issue of Amazing Stories. It has no connection with the Isaac Asimov book of the same title(the story goes that when the collection of Asimov robot stories was to be published, the Doctor wanted the title Mind and Iron. The publisher changed it to I, Robot over Asimov’s objections).
Adam Link’s stories are all told in the first person from the robot’s point of view. He was first built by Dr. Charles Link, his “father”, with an iridium-sponge brain that gives him an artificial intelligence. He learns quickly, reading a book in just a few minutes, remembering everything exactly, eventually going through Doctor Link’s entire library. The Doctor plans to sponsor him for United States citizenship as a person. But, before that can happen, Link is killed in an accident and Adam is blamed for murdering him.
The first story and the second, The trial of Adam Link, Robot have twice been filmed on both versions of the Outer Limits, the early sixties original and the nineties version, as I, Robot. The later version starred Leonard Nimoy as Adam’s defense attorney.
The book, Adam Link-Robot was published in 1965 by Warner Books as a fix-up, the stories rewritten to make a novel. After his name is cleared, Adam embarks on a series of adventures to prove he’s “human” and not a machine that should be patented. The edition I have is the third printing, January, 1974.
He goes into business as a consultant to businesses, amassing a considerable sum of money, uses it to finance the rejuvenation of slums, builds a female version of himself, Eve of course, using his secretary to teach and prep her as a female, gets betrayed by a friend and used to rob banks, becomes an undercover detective to find the fiend who framed Eve for the murder of three hoodlums, performs a series of athletic endeavors, and has to fight aliens in the defense of the human race. All in the attempt to gain citizenship and be “human”.
I’ve never read the ten stories in their original forms(they are a bit before my time). As far as I know, this fix-up novel is their only book form. I wouldn’t mind seeing some publisher put out the stories in a collection as they originally appeared in the magazines(Is there anybody out there listening?).
The book seems to be available on the used sites at reasonable prices.