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  • Hominids: The Neanderthal Parallax, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1243)
    Performance
    (589)
    Story
    (595)

    Neanderthals have developed a radically different civilization on a parallel Earth. A Neanderthal physicist, Ponter Boddit, accidentally passes from his universe into a Canadian underground research facility. Fortunately, a team of human scientists, including expert paleo-anthropologist Mary Vaughan, promptly identifies and warmly receives Ponter. Solving the language problem and much else is a mini-computer, called a Companion, implanted in the brain of every Neanderthal. But it can't help his fellow scientist back in his world, Adikor Huld, when the authorities charge Adikor with his murder.

    Scott says: "Scicen Fiction Can Be Literature"
    "Enjoyable book - good story, good sci-fi."
    Overall

    I am a fan of alternate history, and a book about an alternate universe filled with Neanderthals fits my criteria. The book has good science fiction, decent character development, and shows an alternate society which has an entirely different social structure. You see some good and bad in the Neanderthal society (in the two later books, he loses all balance and presents them as the ultimate ideal of what humans should be). My advice is to buy this book and ignore the two later books in the series, as they are nothing like the first at all, and become nothing more than social commentary for the author's personal viewpoints.

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