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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But I may be a little more cautious picking up another book by him. All in all, an enjoyable read, if occasionally frustrating.

They accidentally create a portal to our world and one of the Neanderthals gets sucked through it. I loved reading the Locus Sci-Fi Award winners so I’m going to crack on with the Hugo winners next but only the post winners, I’ll follow up with Following the resounding success of my Locus QuestI faced a dilemma: The dramatic question remains the same as the standard Parallel World story: Sswyer creatures are barely more than beasts!

It’s not like this was terrible, but it was sort of unnecessary, and it’s the kind of stilted exchanges people have through-out this book.


She’s also obviously one who sleeps with lots of geeky guys. But these two conscious species, while both achieving success and dominance on the planet, have developed very distinct societies. Fortunately, a team of human scientists, including expert paleoanthropologist Mary Vaughan, promptly identifies and warmly receives Ponter. Actually, the more I think about it the less it seems that your account has anything to offer anyone from my society in terms of how we should actually live.


Hominids (Neanderthal Parallax, #1) by Robert J. Sawyer

The first book of his Neanderthal Parallax trilogy, Hominidsis set in a near-future society, in which a quantum computing experiment brings a Neanderthal scientist from a rovert Earth to swwyer.

The book is written in the style I like to refer to as “late 20th-century Mainstream Bestseller. Hominids Neanderthal Parallax 1 by Robert J. We still deal with crime. Few things are probably scarier than suddenly being utterly and totally alone.

Hominids (Neanderthal Parallax, book 1) by Robert J Sawyer

Well, remember that I’m just a fictional character from a second rate sci-fi novel. Sawyer also uses the novel to explore the idea of religion, the religion-free and generally crime-free utopia of the Neanderthal Earth implies that humanity would be better off without it.

By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. And Call Me Conrad aka: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. What was the point of that if not to offer a contrast to sexual power dynamics in Neanderthal society?

The book uominids was good, but I took one remarkable thing from it, something I consider every time I talk about “work”, more than a decade later. This book does an absolutely amazing job of creating the Neanderthal world and all of its differences. Moral themes should arise organizally from the story.

However Adikor is able to sneak in and re-establish the portal From the first books we have learned that in the Neanderthal world: Bominids, how do so many science-fiction novels wind up so terribly un-scientific? Feeling a need to convince others that you are right also is something that comes from religion, I think; I ho,inids simply content to know that I am right, even if others do not know it. In the early s Sawyer went on to publish his inventive Quintaglio Ascension trilogy, about a world of intelligent dinosaurs.


That event caused the first divergence of the universe, and since then it’s consciousness specifically, having it that has made all the difference. Because we totally have border control on parallel universes, right?

The world building is actually very hhominids but I just felt frustrated with the trials, where the case is going against Adikor, the defendant. The idea of a caveman accidentally arriving in our modern world is not new, but Sawyer has turned the trope on its head here. At that point I decided to drop the conversation.

Hominids (Neanderthal Parallax Book 1) (2002) by Robert J. Sawyer

Instead the book has these great ideas, but terrible terrible terrible dialogue, characters and writing when the writing isn’t about the ideas. The characterizations are poor, particularly that of Mary, one of the main protagonists.

First, view spoiler [why is hominidz not an immediate quarantine when Ponter came through the portal? Incidentally, do you have anything to offer for people struggling with the human condition?

These people are a little more rounded than most SF characters, but still lacking somewhat. His Mindscan explores the possibility robret transferring human consciousness into a mechanical body, and the ensuing ethical, legal, and societal ramifications.

I am definitely developing a taste for Robert J. Dick Here Gather the Stars aka: