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Incorporating the Hugo & Nebula award–nominated novella “Identity Theft”

The name’s Lomax—Alex Lomax. I’m the one and only private eye working the mean streets of New Klondike, the Martian frontier town that sprang up forty years ago after Simon Weingarten and Denny O’Reilly discovered fossils on the Red Planet. Back on Earth, where anything can be synthesized, the remains of alien life are the most valuable of all collectibles, so shiploads of desperate treasure hunters stampeded here in the Great Martian Fossil Rush.

 I’m trying to make an honest buck in a dishonest world, tracking down killers and kidnappers among the failed prospectors, the corrupt cops, and a growing population of transfers—lucky stiffs who, after striking paleontological gold, upload their minds into immortal android bodies. But when I uncover clues to solving the decades-old murders of Weingarten and O’Reilly, along with a journal that may lead to their legendary mother lode of Martian fossils, God only knows what I’ll dig up...

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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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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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Mar 26, 2013
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352
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9781101622216
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