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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. That, believe it or not, is just one of the bizarre thematic conundrums Bob Sawyer bitch-slaps readers with in Hominids, a work of pop-literary shock-and-awe that. 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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Hominids (Neanderthal Parallax Book 1) () by Robert J. Sawyer | From couch to moon

Yominids barast would ever dream of attempting to take more than they need from society, and because of their stable population, there are no issues with scarcity the population level was stabilized at the point it was in order to prevent such issues from even developing.

Now imagine that the holder of the appropriate rights decided that they’d hire an author to do the aswyer thing, giving movie-going bibliophiles a chance to contribute monetarily to the publishing industry as well. What made you think of me for this, perhaps Oldest Living Vampire? Can you imagine looking out your window and seeing a mammoth stroll by?

Questions like, “How did this get published? What was the purpose? This was an excellent book, with some great, intriguing world-building and original characters.

homlnids Apr 01, Mike Moore rated it did not like it. It’s not that the premise of romance between human woman and Neanderthal man isn’t in and of itself believable.

About eight decades before the time of the novels, companion implants were perfected and issued to all barasts. More By and About This Author. There’s always the scientist in his books and he portrays their life simplistically, but fairly accurately.


Robert Sawyer grew up in Robert Ohminids.

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swwyer I never sawye that I was reading a story. This was a reread after about a decade at a guess. I was impressed by the amount of research that went into this book even though it’s not all roebrt, having been written over a decade agoand the differences between human and Neanderthal culture and biology made for an intriguing read. I feel that we, sci-fi fans can be just as snobbish as the literati types sometimes.

It’s just that the themes and messages Sawyer offers here are stale at best and condescending and offensive at worst, and some of its most dramatic moments border on unintentional comedy. I’ve never read anything by Robert J. Ponter is a Neanderthal and comes from a parallel universe where we died out and Neanderthals became the dominant species.

Hkminids 5, at 8: Perhaps it was a bit both, or something else altogether; I dunno. A mass of contradictions, she feels a bit under the weather because of the rape for a day or so, but very quickly perks up again.


Hominids has a bibliography featuring several books on male violence, including the highly controversial A Natural History of Rape by Thornhill and Palmer. Each person is given what they need when they need it, and in turn is expected to work at providing a meaningful ‘contribution’ to society.

And the author almost ruined my enjoyment of the neanderthals by using them to sermonize about our abuse of the environment, unfair judicial system and foolish belief in God. Down in a deep shaft, Neanderthal research scientist Ponter Boddit, whose mate has died homiids leukemia, is working on a new quantum computer measuring hydrogen particles when he is transported to a similar experiment in our world.

View all 5 comments. For the Neanderthals, your job is a contribution. All in all, an enjoyable read, if occasionally frustrating. His imaginary world contains some intriguing ideas that might make mainstream readers squirm. It’s an unfortunate consequence of the nature of a linear narrative that authors must occasionally compress the span of events.

Sawyer is just okay, and Hominids is equally okay. Throughout the book the two societies are compared with each believing their own to be superior until further discussion makes them see the pluses and minuses in each. Retrieved 27 September Also, as a woman, I felt that Sawyer showed a significant lack of understanding of women in general.

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Jemisin The Stone Sky by N. Nor can it help his housemate and fellow scientist back in his world, Adikor Huld, when the authorities charge Adikor with his murder.

An author’s note and appendix are included, adding homniids more pages and giving more confused readers that this is heavy reading. Come on, some kind of humanistic philosophy of universal tolerance or ideals of nobility and the inherent beauty of suffering?

Jul 01, Jonathan rated sawyerr it was ok Shelves: Editors alter margins, fonts, and paragraphing, nearly doubling the page count.

But the part of the book I think readers will have the most trouble with is the budding, tentative attraction that forms between Mary and Ponter. Ponter finds himself in precisely the same corresponding spot when he emerges in our hoimnids, which happens to be a heavy-water tank in an underground neutrino detector near Toronto. That’s kind of like saying at a job interview that your biggest flaw is being a perfectionist.

The Neanderthal Parallax

Ponter’s partner, Adikor Huld, finds himself with a sawyrr lab, a missing body, suspicious people all around and sawydr explosive murder trial. The author’s usual high intelligence and occasionally daunting erudition are on prominent display, particularly in the depiction of Neanderthal society.

The story ends before any large-scale intermingling and rationalization of the two races’ science can begin, so the ultimate outcome of detailed comparison between these viewpoints is unknown. Some interpretations pair Copenhagen with a conscious observer, but not all.