Neanderthal Parallax

3 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 3,243 ratings

Hominids 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.

©2002 by Robert J. Sawyer (P)2008 Audible, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • Hominids

    • The Neanderthal Parallax, Book 1
    • By: Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,716
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,028
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,033

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Scicen Fiction Can Be Literature

    • By Scott on 08-10-09

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 2

    • Humans

    • The Neanderthal Parallax, Book 2
    • By: Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 884
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 518
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 527

    In this Hugo-nominated novel, Neanderthal physicist Ponter Boddit brings Canadian geneticist Mary Vaughan back to his world to explore the near-utopian civilization of the Neanderthals. Boddit serves as a Candide figure, the naive visitor whose ignorance about our society makes him a perfect tool to analyze human tendencies toward violence, over-population, and environmental degradation.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Wanted to love it, but...

    • By West02139 on 03-11-15

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 3

    • Hybrids

    • The Neanderthal Parallax, Book 3
    • By: Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 643
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 386
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 385

    Scientists (and lovers) Mary Vaughan, who is human, and Ponter Boddit, who is Neanderthal, embark on the harrowing adventure of conceiving a child together. To overcome the genetic barbed wire of mismatched chromosomes, they must use banned technology obtainable only from a Neanderthal scientist living in the northern wilderness.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Hated it!

    • By dissipatedfog on 08-30-08

    Regular price: $24.95