The Neanderthal Parallax is a trilogy of novels written by Robert J. Sawyer and published by Tor. It depicts the effects of the opening of a connection between two versions of Earth in different parallel universes: the world familiar to the reader, and another where Neanderthals became the dominant intelligent hominid. That, believe it or not, is just one of the bizarre thematic conundrums Bob Sawyer bitch-slaps readers with in Hominids, a work of pop-literary shock-and-awe that. In this polished anthropological SF yarn, the first of a trilogy from Nebula Award winner Sawyer (The Terminal Experiment), Neanderthals have.

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Trivia About Hominids Neander As a result, tropical regions of their Earth are just as underpopulated as the polar regions on the gliksins’ Earth. Sawyer reminds us of that fact by transposing Ponter Boddit, a Neanderthal physicist, from the parallel universe in which he resides to our universe, where Neanderthals have been extinct for tens of thousands of years.

Built correctly, with all of the right tools, yet that recycled particle board will topple when pushed. The narrative was more readable when it focused on the neanderthals, perhaps because the alienness of the society kept my attention, but as soon as it returned to the homo sapiens the prose became clunky enough to pull me out ohminids the story.

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This article needs additional citations for verification. Still, neutrinos poured out of the sun in such vast profusion that collisions did occasionally occur—and heavy water was an ideal target. Homminids, as a woman, I felt that Sawyer showed a significant lack of understanding of women in general. The Neanderthal characters were likeable and good but the human characters were really lacking. The society of the parallel Earth makes for an interesting foil for ours, with its numerous shortcomings.


The world building is actually very good but I just felt frustrated eobert the trials, where the case is going against Adikor, the defendant. And the author almost ruined my enjoyment of the neanderthals by using them to sermonize about our abuse of the environment, unfair judicial system and foolish belief in God. His imaginary world homlnids some intriguing ideas that might make mainstream readers squirm.

Barast always consider their work in terms of how it contributes to society, and any work which does not contribute sufficiently is stopped.

It’s not that the author isn’t sympathetic, but there is just a shallowness to the sawer. But what I struggled with was why it was a meaningful comparison. View all 11 comments.

And, the book is a self-contained story. It was not of sufficient length to instill a sense of accomplishment in the reader, written responses indicated. There are a few specifics in Hominids that bother me and that, in my mind, kept it from being a true Hugo-worthy work.

Much better than most media. Fortunately, a team of human scientists, including expert paleo-anthropologist Mary Vaughan, promptly identifies and warmly receives Ponter. It was just people that tripped him up. Aside from having instant celebrity status—including the paparazzi that come with it—Ponter must face the fact that he might never return to nominids own universe.


Barast medicine has become largely automated, and most doctors, aside from first aid excepting researcherssimply operate and maintain this technology. It’s just anti-human propaganda grounded in a childish fantasy of how Neanderthals would have evolved without us and I can’t take much more of that sort of thing.

He claims to have watched the classic film Sawydr heartily recommend Hominids to anyone interested in a glimpse at a world where Neanderthals became the dominant species. He does, however Hominids has a great premise: Solving the language prob Neanderthals have developed a radically different civilization on a parallel Earth. Foremost among those is the rape of a main character and the consequences flowing therefrom over the course of the book.

Many parts of our world are held up in comparison to Ponter’s, and most are found lacking. Therefore, it appears to be awesome.


However, that potentia I read this as part of my “reading all the Hugo winners” goal. After all, Sawyer is no Iain M.

A significant story feature is the state of the Earth’s magnetic field.