Humans

Neanderthal Parallax

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Robert J. Sawyer, the award-winning and bestselling writer, hits the peak of his powers in Humans, the second book of The Neanderthal Parallax, his trilogy about our world and parallel one in which it was the Homo sapiens who died out and the Neanderthals who became the dominant intelligent species. This powerful idea allows Sawyer to examine some of the deeply rooted assumptions of contemporary human civilization dramatically, by confronting us with another civilization, just as morally valid, that has made other choices. In Humans, Neanderthal physicist Ponter Boddit, a character you will never forget, returns to our world and to his relationship with geneticist Mary Vaughan, as cultural exchanges between the two Earths begin.

As we see daily life in another present-day world, radically different from ours, in the course of Sawyer's fast-moving story, we experience the bursts of wonder and enlightenment that are the finest pleasures of science fiction. Humans is one of the best SF novels of the year, and The Neanderthal Parallax is an SF classic in the making.

Humans is a 2004 Hugo Award Nominee for Best Novel.


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The 13th Science Fiction MEGAPACK® continues the bestselling anthology series, presenting modern and classic works of speculative fiction. This edition features an interview with author Robert J. Sawyer plus 26 great stories! Included are:

SARGASSO OF LOST STARSHIPS, by Poul Anderson
THE DAY IS DONE, by Lester del Rey
X MARKS THE PEDWALK, by Fritz Leiber
RAFT, by Larry Tritten
SPACEMAN ON A SPREE, by Mack Reynolds
THE MASKED WORLD, by Jack Williamson
THE GOD-PLLLNK, by Jerome Bixby
A GUEST OF GANYMEDE, by C. C. MacApp
WALLFLOWER, by Thomas A. Easton
THE GIRL IN HIS MIND, by Robert F. Young
TO SAVE EARTH, by Edward W. Ludwig
THE HERMIT OF MARS, by Stephen Bartholomew
A MATTER OF MONSTERS, by Manly Banister
WHEN YOU GIFFLE..., by L.J. Stecher
THE NIGHT OF THE TROLLS, by Keith Laumer
DANGLING CONVERSATIONS, by Edward M. Lerner
GUARDSMEN, FED TO TIGERS, by A.R. Morlan
THE FOREVER FOREST, by Rhys Hughes
DISCOVERY TIME, by Frank Belknap Long
A HITCH IN SPACE, by Fritz Leiber
TO THIS THEIR LATE ESCAPE, by Jay Lake
STEAK TARTARE AND THE CATS OF GARI BABAKIN STATION, by Mary A. Turzillo
VITAL INGREDIENT, by Charles V. De Vet
JAMES P. CROW, by Philip K. Dick
COMMON DENOMINATOR, by John D. MacDonald
HUMAN SPIRIT, BEETLE SPIRIT, by John Gregory Betancourt

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Macmillan
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Jul 6, 2010
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384
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9781429914628
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Book 3
In Hominids, Nebula Award-winning author Robert J. Sawyer introduced a character readers will never forget: Ponter Boddit, a Neanderthal physicist from a parallel Earth who was whisked from his reality into ours by a quantum-computing experiment gone awry-making him the ultimate stranger in a strange land.

In that book and in its sequel, Humans, Sawyer showed us the Neanderthal version of Earth in loving detail-a tour de force of world-building; a masterpiece of alternate history.

Now, in Hybrids, Ponter Boddit and his Homo sapien lover, geneticist Mary Vaughan, are torn between two worlds, struggling to find a way to make their star-crossed relationship work. Aided by banned Neanderthal technology, they plan to conceive the first hybrid child, a symbol of hope for the joining of their two versions of reality.

But after an experiment shows that Mary's religious faith--something completely absent in Neanderthals - is a quirk of the neurological wiring of Homo sapiens' brains, Ponter and Mary must decide whether their child should be predisposed to atheism or belief. Meanwhile, as Mary's Earth is dealing with a collapse of its planetary magnetic field, her boss, the enigmatic Jock Krieger, has turned envious eyes on the unspoiled Eden that is the Neanderthal world . . . .
Hybrids is filled to bursting with Sawyer's signature speculations about alternative ways of being human, exploding our preconceptions of morality and gender, of faith and love. His Neanderthal Parallax trilogy is a classic in the making, and here he brings it to a stunning, thought-provoking conclusion that's sure to make Hybrids one of the most controversial books of the year.



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Robert Sawyer's SF novels are perennial nominees for the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, or both. Clearly, he must be doing something right since each one has been something new and different. What they do have in common is imaginative originality, great stories, and unique scientific extrapolation. His latest is no exception.

Hominids is a strong, stand-alone SF novel, but it's also the first book of The Neanderthal Parallax, a trilogy that will examine two unique species of people. They are alien to each other, yet bound together by the never-ending quest for knowledge and, beneath their differences, a common humanity. We are one of those species, the other is the Neanderthals of a parallel world where they, not Homo sapiens, became the dominant intelligence. In that world, Neanderthal civilization has reached heights of culture and science comparable to our own, but is very different in history, society, and philosophy.

During a risky experiment deep in a mine in Canada, Ponter Boddit, a Neanderthal physicist, accidentally pierces the barrier between worlds and is transferred to our universe, where in the same mine another experiment is taking place. Hurt, but alive, he is almost immediately recognized as a Neanderthal, but only much later as a scientist. He is captured and studied, alone and bewildered, a stranger in a strange land. But Ponter is also befriended-by a doctor and a physicist who share his questing intelligence and boundless enthusiasm for the world's strangeness, and especially by geneticist Mary Vaughan, a lonely woman with whom he develops a special rapport.

Meanwhile, Ponter's partner, Adikor Huld, finds himself with a messy lab, a missing body, suspicious people all around, and an explosive murder trial that he can't possibly win because he has no idea what actually happened. Talk about a scientific challenge!

Contact between humans and Neanderthals creates a relationship fraught with conflict, philosophical challenge, and threat to the existence of one species or the other-or both-but equally rich in boundless possibilities for cooperation and growth on many levels, from the practical to the esthetic to the scientific to the spiritual. In short, Robert J. Sawyner has done it again.

Hominids is the winner of the 2003 Hugo Award for Best Novel.



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