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 examines two unique hominlds of people. Thanks for telling us about the problem. The idea of this novel is fairly interesting. Homminids The Obelisk Gate by N. Take the technology for example. Sawyer is pretty sharp in pointing out humanity’s flaws hunting animals to extinction, not valuing what we have because we think we’re going to heaven, getting fat, etc. In the first installment of a projected Neanderthal Parallax trilogy, both civilizations are afflicted with cancer.

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 Earth.

The trilogy’s volumes are Hominids publishedHumansand Hybrids hominods There are a few specifics in Hominids that bother me and that, in my mind, kept it from being a true Hugo-worthy work. Other books in the series. His speculations about the Neanderthal world, based on anthropological research, are a little more interesting, which include:.

SF : Hominids / Robert J. Sawyer ☆☆

Firstly, there is no one explicit “Copenhagen interpretation. But normally we humans can’t smell each other. This book is utter drek, a long overly-simplistic, willfully-ignorant screed.

Well, remember that I’m just a fictional character from a second rate sci-fi novel. Besides, they’ve all blended together in my mind at this point, and so this book is doomed to merge with a composite that includes the Dispossessed, the Man who Fell to Earth and Crocodile Dundee. I mean, gimme a break.


While quantum physics completely go over my head, RJS did manage to make physics explanations friendly for the average person. 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: Despite this, they are still technologically advanced, possessing quantum computershelicopterscommunications, and biological recording instruments.

So, yeah, nice idea if humans could have been as simplistic as the Neanderthals that Sawyer portrays. It’s a nice twist on the rugged science fiction horse of how an alien society compares with ours.

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

Sawyer graduated in from the Radio and Television Arts Program at Ryerson University, where he later worked as an instructor. While I can’t always laud the results, Sawyer does know what he’s doing as a writer, and Hominids demonstrates that with every page. The first chapter just sucked me right in. To szwyer other readers questions about Hominidsplease sign up.

Articles needing additional references from March All articles needing additional references. With such an intriguing premise, however, I would have expected a more thorough look at xawyer physics behind quantum computing and parallel sawher. The outcome is already robwrt and I felt that we, the readers, should be exploring this fascinating world instead of sitting through a fairly pedestrian legal drama legal thriller author Scott Turow even gets a name check.

Will be looking forward to the rest of the installment in the series. Does Sawyer deliberately present a character like Louise as a dare to homlnids 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? This one happens to be about Neanderthal’s, but any incongruity inserted into current times will do. So anyway, what are the great insights this man can bring us? However, because the punishment is so severe, these incidents are not always reported officially, and if the injured party is willing to forgive, and the aggressor undertakes counseling for anger management, an incident may go unpunished.


Heinlein Fahrenheit by Ray Bradbury These people are a little more rounded than most SF characters, but still l Robert Sawyer can be hominidds bit hit and miss to me, but ‘Hominids’ is the best hit he has had with me. Lots of crimes would be stopped.

The sequel to Hominids is titled Humans. Perhaps more to the point, does anyone think that peace-and-good-government loving Canada is about to spirit Ponter away to a secret prison? We still deal with crime.

Partial, sawyeg 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. Perhaps he was trying to be a neutral observer and trying to strike a fair balance between the two viewpoints? This is worth reading for the intriguing depiction of an advanced neanderthal society, but it’s not a very well-written novel. Apr 25, Lyn rated it liked it. In thruth, real rape victims are usually in denial for days or weeks or months and it takes real victims months and years or never to recover.

To say it seemed random, unnecessary and clumsily handled would be a gentle summary of my feelings on the matter!