By Robert J. Sawyer
Robert Sawyer's SF novels are perennial nominees for the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, or either. essentially, he has to be doing whatever correct given that each has been whatever new and diversified. What they do have in universal is creative originality, nice tales, and detailed medical extrapolation. His most up-to-date is not any exception.
Hominids is a sturdy, stand-alone SF novel, yet it's additionally the 1st publication of The Neanderthal Parallax, a trilogy that might learn certain species of individuals. they're alien to one another, but sure jointly by means of the endless quest for wisdom and, underneath their changes, a typical humanity. we're a kind of species, the opposite is the Neanderthals of a parallel international the place they, no longer Homo sapiens, grew to become the dominant intelligence. In that international, Neanderthal civilization has reached heights of tradition and technology such as our personal, yet is especially various in heritage, society, and philosophy.
During a dicy scan deep in a mine in Canada, Ponter Boddit, a Neanderthal physicist, by accident pierces the barrier among worlds and is transferred to our universe, the place within the comparable mine one other test is happening. harm, yet alive, he's presently famous as a Neanderthal, yet merely a lot later as a scientist. he's captured and studied, by myself and bewildered, a stranger in a wierd land. yet Ponter can also be befriended-by a physician and a physicist who proportion his questing intelligence and boundless enthusiasm for the world's strangeness, and particularly via geneticist Mary Vaughan, a lonely lady with whom he develops a different rapport.
Meanwhile, Ponter's associate, Adikor Huld, unearths himself with a messy lab, a lacking physique, suspicious humans throughout, and an explosive homicide trial that he can't in all probability win simply because he has no proposal what really occurred. speak about a systematic challenge!
Contact among people and Neanderthals creates a courting fraught with clash, philosophical problem, and possibility to the lifestyles of 1 species or the other-or both-but both wealthy in boundless chances for cooperation and progress on many degrees, from the sensible to the esthetic to the medical to the religious. briefly, Robert J. Sawyner has performed it back.
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For me, the chance to study life in a distant planetary system. Except for Earth, the life forms in our Solar System are quite primitive, and I hope to encounter something more advanced around Epsilon Eridani. ” “Pretty much the same thing. I’ve been to all the major planets and moons in our system and am interested in seeing the geology somewhere else. It’ll be hard to leave my family behind, however. ” “I also saw my parents. I’m an only child. ” i*DBOVOEFSTUBOEUIBU5PPCBEUIFZDPVMEOUHPXJUIZPVw “Yes, the lucky ones get to take family members with them if the spouse had a needed skill, but we single folk are on our own.
Hominids (Neanderthal Parallax, Book 1) by Robert J. Sawyer