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Hominids: The Neanderthal Parallax, Book 1 | [Robert J. Sawyer]

Hominids: The Neanderthal Parallax, Book 1

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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. A computerized guardian spirit, however, doesn't eliminate cross-cultural confusion; permanent male-female sexuality, rape, and overpopulation are all alien to Ponter. Nor can it help his housemate and fellow scientist back in his world, Adikor Huld, when the authorities charge Adikor with his murder.

BONUS AUDIO: Author Robert J. Sawyer explains why Ponter Boddit is his favorite among all the characters he's created.

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©2002 by Robert J. Sawyer; (P)2008 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Hugo Award Winner, Best Novel, 2003

"Sawyer is a writer of boundless confidence and bold scientific extrapolation." (The New York Times)

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    L. T. Denby Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 02-09-13
    L. T. Denby Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 02-09-13 Member Since 2009
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    "All 3 books- Oddly Excellent"
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    This is a thought provoking trilogy with original refreshing characters intermingled with believable scientific imagination stirred with the right amount of human behavior and a little romance. A challenging story line that really works. When is the movie coming out?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mike New Canaan, CT, USA 07-21-12
    Mike New Canaan, CT, USA 07-21-12 Member Since 2002
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    "Super interesting story"
    Where does Hominids rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Middle of the road


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hominids?

    When the time wall is breached


    What does Jonathan Davis and Robert J. Sawyer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    emotional weight


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    A story out of the ordinary. You have to like Sci Fi

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jerry 12-26-11
    Jerry 12-26-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book"
    What did you love best about Hominids?

    I like 'realistic' scifi and once you accept the basic premise this was well thought our and very interesting.


    What other book might you compare Hominids to and why?

    Stirlings Islands in the Sea of Time series


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


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    Barbara Harker Heights, TX, USA 06-22-10
    Barbara Harker Heights, TX, USA 06-22-10
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    "Enjoyed"

    I purchased the first this book and right away downloaded the two follow up books. They were very interesting. Not a concept I had thought about before. Would love to see a 4th book in this series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Shawna Medford, OR United States 03-28-10
    Shawna Medford, OR United States 03-28-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Perfect for Sci Fi Fans"

    This entire series is a must for sci fi fans. Smart, fast paced, integrated - I wish there were more.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Joel Washington, DC, United States 08-04-09
    Joel Washington, DC, United States 08-04-09 Member Since 2014
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    "Juvenile"

    I have to admit that I've read a lot of "beach books" with simplistic characters and wooden dialog, but this one is special: it adds ham-fisted politically correct subthemes. Not worth listening to.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Andre New York, NY, United States 02-19-09
    Andre New York, NY, United States 02-19-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Compelling concepts. So-so writing."

    The maxim of "show, don't tell" is clearly one that this author has never heard. The book is heavier on science than good fiction. However, even the science couldn't get me to engage in the sequel. If this is a Hugo Award-winner...well, then, SF ain't what it used to be.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Alan Reno,, NV, USA 07-26-08
    Alan Reno,, NV, USA 07-26-08
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    "Fast read"

    This book was a "fast" read. I enjoyed it, and wanted to go on to the next book. The characters are fully developed, and the premise is interesting. There is also social commentary.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Fred Chapel Hill, NC, USA 02-14-09
    Fred Chapel Hill, NC, USA 02-14-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Graphic Rape Scene"

    Hi, I don't want to sound too prude, but this book has an early graphic rape scene. In a regular book, it isn't a problem to fast forward through this, but in an audio format, it is just a little bit creepy.

    I really felt awkward listening to this and just wanted to pass it on to others. I realize this may come off as old-fashioned, but having to listen to it is very different than reading through it (where you can skip lines and/or pages).

    20 of 43 people found this review helpful
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    Charlie Lethbridge, AB, Canada 06-20-08
    Charlie Lethbridge, AB, Canada 06-20-08 Member Since 2006
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    "Slow But Interesting"

    Sawyer has some interesting ideas that make this book worth reading, but the story's pace dragged considerably in my opinion. At times the story tends to slip into thinly veiled political commentary that does little to advance the plot, or develop the characters. What it seems Sawyer is tryng to convey is a dystopic view of our world seen through the eyes of a neanerthal from a parallel universe. If you don't agree with some of the interpretations, it can be quite jarring (which perhaps was the point). I think this story would appeal to fans of "hard" science fiction - where the focus is on the speculation within.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful

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