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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Be the first to discover new talent! He is rescued by Dr Mary Vaughan human geneticist who is monitoring the neutrino experiment. We still deal with crime. Apr 25, Lyn rated it liked it. Everything from the non-agricultural, decimal system of timekeeping to the Companion and alibi archive technology is both different yet familiar.

The fact that the major relationship in this series is shallow does not help Hominids and will not help the other two books. He does, however Hominids has a great premise: But normally we humans can’t smell each other.

Belief in God, or anything beyond the simplest sense data, is just plain silly Sure sure, that almost went without saying for a novel like this. Neanderthal technology and Neanderthal cosmology! Banks Scotlandno Richard Morgan Englandn This is going to be one of those reviews where I’ll sound much more negative than I really feel, so please bear with me.

I can’t wait to read the sequel! Almost immediately recognized as a Neanderthal, but only much later as a scientist, he is quarantined and studied, alone and bewildered, a stranger in a strange land.

Science Fiction Writer Robert J. Sawyer: Hominids Jacket Copy

Readers will, I think, feel distinctly patronized. Occasionally, a Barast may voluntarily remove themselves from society in order to continue work that has been deemed not meaningful or to protest when work is purposefully stopped as dangerous.


Discover what to read hominlds. Mar 24, ashley c rated it really liked it Shelves: None of the environmental pressures which have driven technological progress.


Fortunately for him, his arrival is noticed by the nice research scientists at the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory where he came through. With such an intriguing premise, however, I would have expected a more thorough look at the physics behind quantum computing and parallel universes. Heinlein Fahrenheit by Ray Bradbury Nevertheless, the Barasts do accept religion as a part of who the gliksins are.

The fun premise of a crossing of parallel universes, one where we survived and neanderthals died, and then vice-versa.

The Neanderthal Parallax

There are a few specifics in Hominids that bother me and that, in my mind, kept it from being a true Hugo-worthy work. This also leads to some over-specialization, as driving is considered a specialized contribution and how to do so is known only to public conveyors whose sole contribution is to taxi people from point to point or to drive public buses.

The emphasis on meaning and impact in your daily toils is such a simple yet huge paradigm shift, especially for the average American.

As another reviewer said – ” when you begin with a rape rbert, it doesn’t leave much scope for a character arc. In the past I’ve found his work the very definition of enjoyable light reading, with just the right amount of professionalism and craft to entertain, but not exactly wowing me with its depth or stretching the boundaries of the genre in bold new directions. We are one of robbert species; the other is the Neanderthals of robrrt parallel world where they became the dominant intelligence.

It sets her up as the victim from day one, has no bearing on the parallel world story except to make her more amazed that she could develop feelings for Ponter This rpbert is drivel.

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

Their entire life is constantly monitored and sent to their alibi archiverobsrt repository of recordings that are only accessible by their owner, or by the proper authorities when investigating an infraction, and in the latter swayer only in circumstances relevant to the investigation.


For a sci-fi novel, these matters of science and technology are skirted with an almost embarrassing lack of detail. Honestly, this is the only good portrayal of a polyamorous person I’ve seen in published fiction.

A passionate advocate for science fiction, Sawyer teaches creative writing and appears frequently in the media to discuss his genre. Any serious crime has a single punishment: This is consistent with their hunter-gatherer lifestyle which favors high levels of knowledge concerning the land and low migration, including a general avoidance of danger. Now there wouldn’t be anything wrong with this at all if I didn’t keep hearing that Robert J.

In Humans, Sawyer gives us a rich mix of mind-stretching concepts and personal crises. Neanderthal man, you’ve hit the nail on the head. 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. Subsequent early reviewers feel accomplished when finished. I am definitely developing a taste for Robert J. This book raises several disturbing questions. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Sawyer is the best Sci-Fi writer in Canada. If this had been the process that resulted in Hominids, I would have at least understood how something so awarded and so popular could be so cloying. After this I read: I found the science parts interesting, and Sawyer could write when he was doing ideas. I think he does. The separation is a voluntary and cultural thing, and people of both sexes are free to go where the other lives at all times, but find it physically and socially discomfiting to do so when two are not one.

The authors suggestion that widespread casual homosexuality would make us all better off is a nice rational conclusion from this simple-minded view of the origins of social dysfunction.

It started out seeming very promising, but then it wasted all its potential. It’s a little demoralizing.