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. “Bring Me the Head of Robert J. Sawyer” seems to be a recurring written leitmotif. Still, he has this knack for managing to get one of his eminently. 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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What did it add to the story? No wonder; your brains are tiny and you can’t smell each other’s pheromones properly with those tiny noses! There’s plenty to work roberh there, lots of potential. And back in his universe, this has ramifications for people he cares about. This isolation is voluntary, and they can have visitors or opt to return to the community at any time, although returning requires that they resume providing a meaningful contribution and cease any dangerous work, if that was the reason for leaving.

Hominids (Neanderthal Parallax, #1) by Robert J. Sawyer

Sawyer’s first published book, Golden Fleeceis an adaptation of short stories that had previously appeared in the science-fiction magazine Amazing Stories. Subsequent early reviewers feel accomplished when finished. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

This book is drivel. View all 5 comments. Whether or not I agree with his points is not relevant, the problem is that the topics are introduced and discussed in such a clunky fashion.

Sawyer uses Ponter, ultimately, to indict the whole human race, not just hokinids icky lustful males but mostly usfor our foibles. This eugenic practice serves to keep any undesirable elements out of the gene pool without severely punishing an offender, beyond his loss of genetic heritage.

Early reviewers complained, however, that the book, at approximately pages, was too short. A mass of contradictions, she feels a bit under the weather because of the rape for a day or so, but very quickly perks up again. I read this as part of my “reading all the Hugo winners” goal.

It does leave room for a sequel, but doesn’t require that you read it. The total barast population is much lower, numbering only million worldwide ohminids to the gliksins’ humans’ 6 billion. The narrative was more rpbert when it focused on the neanderthals, perhaps because the alienness of the society kept my attention, but as sawwyer as it returned to the homo sapiens the prose became clunky enough to pull me out of the story. Popularity comes not so much because it is a good movie but because it gives the newly socially acceptable answers to contemporary progressive social issues.


This also leads to some over-specialization, as driving is considered a specialized contribution and how to do so is known only to public conveyors whose sole contribution is to taxi people from point to point or hominiss drive public buses. Jun 11, Chris rated it liked it. A bad TV courtroom drama in that the sxwyer and the accused face off and go at one another with few rules and very little intervention from an adjudicator.

This leads to a lack of knowledge in certain areas, such as astrophysics, as such pursuits are stopped once they ceased to produce meaningful improvements in ordinary life. Dick Here Gather the Stars aka: Ponter gets passed along a chain of scientists Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert.

All barasts would homknids themselves bisexual by the gliksin definition; they form same-sex bonds while two are not one. I have grown really sick and tired of books rbert take pages to get into. I, indeed, wish that this had been the process so I could have watched the movie instead. Never was Neanderthal society used to critique rape culture, which sh So disappointed by this book.

He’s the first man Mary’s ever met who likes her for who she is as a person, doesn’t care about hominds looks, yada yada.

Culture shock follows and a compare and contrast between our present society and the what might have been aawyer Neanderthals lived and we just disappeared only to be known by a handful of bones found here and there. While building a quantum computer, a Neanderthal man accidentally crosses over into the human universe.

Down in a deep shaft, Neanderthal research scientist Ponter Boddit, whose mate has died of leukemia, is working on a new quantum computer measuring hydrogen particles when he is transported to a similar experiment in our world. Sawyer manages to take disparate, well-used ideas, like that of a “surveillance society” and combine them in order to create a well-realized, seemingly functional society filled with Neanderthals.

It’s certainly a leftie’s heaven.

As a result, tropical regions of their Earth are just as underpopulated as the polar regions on the gliksins’ Earth. Rather than using anesthesia for surgery, this technology uses direct neural blocks to cut off signals from any body part being operated on while the operation is performed in full view of the doctor and the patient being operated on.


No barast would ever dream of attempting to take more than they need from society, and because of their stable population, there are no issues with scarcity the population level was stabilized at the point it was in order to prevent such issues from even developing. And when crimes among Neanderthals do occur, the accused doesn’t exactly enjoy the presumption of innocence — and convicted criminals as well as their offspring face sterilization, to prevent any tainting of the gene pool. They would not be able to generally ask for assistance from the greater community, and would also in some cases remove their Alibi Archive implant as protest so their life after leaving the community would not be recorded or have it removed involuntarily to prevent any further recording regarding dangerous work.

Ponter is a living Neanderthal man. Children remain with their appropriate parent until the approximate age of Solving the language problem and much else is a mini-computer called a Companion implanted in the brain of every Neanderthal. Oct 29, Althea Ann rated it it was ok. But these two conscious species, while both achieving success and dominance on the planet, have developed very distinct societies. Even though Hominids is the first book in a trilogy, it is very self-contained, so don’t worry that you will be left with tons of loose ends and teasers for the second book.

Apr 01, Mike Moore rated it did not like it. Sawyer’s explanation of the Copenhagen interpretation is quite misleading.


Despite this separation of sexes, the barast find the idea of considering either sex better than the other for any reason to be completely foreign female barast do not suffer any large-scale physical incapacity due to pregnancy.

We hunted to extinction.

Ponter ends up in a Canadian lab and his part of the story is about his interactions with these scientists. So anyway, what are the great insights this man can bring us?