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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These people are a little more rounded than most SF characters, but still lacking somewhat. This book does an robegt amazing job of creating the Neanderthal world and all of its differences. This is worth reading for the intriguing depiction of an advanced neanderthal society, but it’s not a very well-written novel. But the cultural exposition is interesting – kind of.

Like most of all Sawyer’s books it revolves around a great idea, fleshed out to find interesting consequences and peopled with pawns to do his bidding.

The society of the parallel Earth makes for an interesting foil for ours, with its numerous shortcomings. Perhaps he was trying to be a neutral observer and trying to strike a fair balance between the two viewpoints?

In turn this biological phenomenon leads to various interesting practices in their society, since all women menstruate together. Like Liked by 1 person.

Hominids by Robert J. Jun 16, Clouds rated it liked it Shelves: Like many science fiction-writers, Sawyer welcomes the opportunities his chosen genre provides for exploring ideas. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here The murder trial is the lens through which we explore Neanderthalworld, it’s culture, judiciary system, familial relationships, etc.

And she apparently manages to fall in love with him because he’s attractive and flustered by humanity’s paradoxical approach to ethics. This site uses cookies. As far as a premise goes, that’s a pretty interesting ground zero in my book.

But what I struggled with was why it was a meaningful comparison. He does, however Hominids has a great premise: While accused, Anders is not allowed to return to his lab stalling the rescueand in the end has to get help breaking the law to clear his name, to allow him to rescue Ponter, etc. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. I didn’t buy it.


So disappointed by this book.

He is of course quarantined with Mary and two other scientists who assisted in rescuing him. In some ways their life style is backwards to humans and in others it is more advanced and enlightened. The Neanderthal Parallax, Book 1 Author s: What was the purpose? That’s kind of like saying at a job interview that your biggest flaw is being a perfectionist.

And, travesty of travesties, Hominids actually won the Hugo, if you can believe it. I’m even more sick and tired of whole books that just set up the reader for the sequels. This book is utter drek, a long overly-simplistic, willfully-ignorant screed. What made you think of me for this, perhaps Oldest Living Vampire? Ponter’s daughter Jasmel believes in Adikor’s innocence, but to prevent a horrendous miscarriage of justice Adikor could be sterilizedshe must try to reopen the portal and bring her father home.

Mar 17, Paul sawyeer it did not like it Shelves: As the consequences of Ponter’s transposition unfold in two universes, Sawyer shows us what might have been if evolution had happened differently, and he presents an interesting contrast to contemporary human society. The main character, Mary Vaughan, is raped in her opening sxwyer, doesn’t report the rape because the plot requires itbut tells Ponter about it moments before he leaves to return to his universe. I can handle rbert of that shit, but when it’s the whole point of your poorly-written scientifically illiterate novel, that’s too fucking much.

With the use of computer-aided communication devices, readers get to see only a glimpse of barast language. Sawyer is just okay, and Hominids is equally okay. Despite this separation of sexes, the barast find the homindis of considering either sex better than the other for any reason to be completely foreign female barast do not suffer any large-scale physical incapacity due to pregnancy.

Oct 01, Chris Kelly rated it really liked it. It is not that I object to these points being argued as possible sometimes definite demerits; it is the fact that Ponter’s human interlocutors do hominis seem to raise any even half-hearted attempt at explanation of long-held beliefs or the state of our world.


Reviewers praise Sawyer for his concise prose, which has been compared to that of the science-fiction master Isaac Asimov. I willingly concede that Sawyer has some good ideas, and he expresses them with a level of just okayness that is okay for anyone who enjoys okay Sci-Fi, which I do if the mood takes me, but he never goes beyond okay, and Crichton was able to go beyond the okay at least once or twice in his career.

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

So far it’s actually not as bad as I thought it would be, but the sexy scientist has just come upon the scene, and in this book and the second volume when he’s writing about the Neanderthals his quirks don’t seem as bad, maybe because they are all imagination based, or maybe because Sawyer is much more sympathetic to them as a whole than to the Homo-sapien sapien.

It’s just that the themes and messages Sawyer offers here are stale sawyet best and condescending and offensive at worst, and some of its most dramatic moments border on unintentional comedy. And Ponter becomes an instant celebrity on Earth.

Sawyer did his research. I found myself moving quickly through the book, interested in what Ponder might experience and his reaction to it The angel from paradise in this case is a member of the species we know as “Neanderthals”.

The Neanderthal Parallax – Wikipedia

I totally believed a lot of Neanderthal society as an extension of what we know from fossils and DNA. Hominids is a pretty good first book in a trilogy hominidd a cool premise, namely, that there is a parallel universe where Neanderthals became dawyer dominant hominid species on an otherwise-identical Earth. At what stage in the novel’s development process did THAT seem like a good idea?

Barast do not have a monetary economy. A lot of this was done well here.

It is theorized that this difference is an additional reason for the lower occurrence of extinction events: Oct 29, Althea Ann rated it it was ok.