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The Neanderthal Parallax is a trilogy of novels written by Robert J. Sawyer and published by Tor. It depicts the effects of the opening of a connection between two versions of Earth in different parallel universes: the world familiar to the reader, and another where Neanderthals became the dominant intelligent hominid. “Bring Me the Head of Robert J. Sawyer” seems to be a recurring written leitmotif. Still, he has this knack for managing to get one of his eminently. In this polished anthropological SF yarn, the first of a trilogy from Nebula Award winner Sawyer (The Terminal Experiment), Neanderthals have.

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How can he possibly prove his innocence when he has no idea what actually happened to Ponter?

This is the first book in The Neanderthal Parallax trilogy. While opposite-sex couples form long-term bonds similar to marriage, the same is true of life during the rest of the month. This parallel Earth, with its strange culture and concepts, is far too interesting to waste on a courtroom drama.


Preview — Hominids by Robert J. And, the book is a self-contained story. It was probably the most exciting first chapter I’ve read in a long, long time. This isolation is voluntary, and they can have visitors or opt to return to the community at any time, although returning requires that they resume providing a meaningful contribution and cease any dangerous work, if that was the reason for leaving.

He gets the premise, quantum computing breaching a parallel universe, as a freebie. View all 6 comments. Final edition of book goes to press, wins major science fiction awards. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Open Preview See a Problem? Ponter’s world has almost no crime and is arguably more environmentally conscious. Fortunately for him, his arrival is noticed by the nice research scientists at the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory where he came through.


Adikor goes back to the lab, re-runs the experiment which created the dimensional rift, and Ponter goes back through the hole. And Ponter becomes an instant celebrity on Earth. Female characters, in particular, seem unable to even nap without arousing sexual interest in passing males, and frequently seem unable to go more than a scene without developing a romance with someone nearby.

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In some ways their life style is backwards to humans and in others it is more advanced and enlightened. Many parts of our world are held up in comparison to Roberf, and most are found lacking. Fair enough, but since I’m stuck with a society to say nothing of my person which is prone to failures, it doesn’t seem that your postulated experience has any real relevance hhominids my own.

Does Sawyer really intend to continue presenting the alternate world as so preferable to our own? His award winning The Terminal Experiment confirmed his place as a major international science-fiction writer. So I wonder if what it com Hominids is a pretty good first book in a trilogy with a cool premise, namely, that there is a parallel universe where Neanderthals became the dominant hominid species on an otherwise-identical Hominidx.

I found myself moving quickly through the book, interested in what Ponder might experience and his reaction to it The society of the orbert Earth makes for an interesting foil for ours, with its numerous shortcomings. She’s literally, that genetics woman who got raped. In Hominidsconsciousness is a dichotomous moment: Flips the classic parallel world story on it’s head, with the ‘alien’ sadyer being sucked into our world, rather than the human scientist being sucked into an alien world.

The Neanderthal Parallax

Does Sawyer deliberately present a character like Louise as a dare to male readers, to see just who will have the gall to objectify her when Mary’s rape looms in the foreground, indicting us all for our lusts, as it were? How can you get to high-tech without the industrial revolution?


Jemisin The Obelisk Gate by N. Partial, non-important spoilers ahead Once again, RJS wowed me with his ability to dream up and write into being whole, plausible worlds, with this one endearingly familiar yet so wondrously different.

Hominids Neanderthal Parallax Author s: Few things are probably scarier than suddenly being utterly and totally alone. But the cultural exposition is interesting – kind of. Book cover art by Donato Giancola. For me this is fine, there is always room for easily accessible sci-fi books.

This isn’t the worst example of the dialogue, but it’s the point where I finally decided to make a note of it. It’s this gizmo that helps Ponter learn to talk to humans. I came away from it still trying to puzzle out whether Sawyer sees himself as a Christian Catholic apologist, or an atheist one? With no evidence to back-up Adikor story about Ponter disappearing into another dimension, Adikor gets accused of murdering Ponter and hiding the body.

Ponter’s partner, Adikor Huld, finds himself with a messy lab, a missing body, suspicious people all around and an explosive murder trial. Though the unfairness of a legal wawyer under which the accused bears the burden of proof is clearly illustrated, Sawyer doesn’t have the message-mongering approach to his Neanderthals the same way he does towards his human characters.

The next volume is eagerly anticipated. Trivia About Hominids Neander