Hominids

Neanderthal Parallax (Volume 1 of 3)

Robert J. Sawyer

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Hominids examines two unique species of people. We are one of those species; the other is the Neanderthals of a parallel world where they became the dominant intelligence. The Neanderthal civilization has reached heights of culture and science comparable to our own, but with radically different history, society and philosophy.

Ponter Boddit, a Neanderthal physicist, accidentally pierces the barrier between worlds and is transferred to our universe. Almost immediately recognized as a Neanderthal, but only much later as a scientist, he is quarantined and studied, alone and bewildered, a stranger in a strange land. But Ponter is also befriended—by a doctor and a physicist who share his questing intelligence, and especially by Canadian geneticist Mary Vaughan, a woman with whom he develops a special rapport.

Ponter’s partner, Adikor Huld, finds himself with a messy lab, a missing body, suspicious people all around and an explosive murder trial. How can he possibly prove his innocence when he has no idea what actually happened to Ponter?
 
Hominids is the winner of the 2003 Hugo Award for Best Novel.

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Chapter OneDAY ONE FRIDAY, AUGUST 2 148/103/24The blackness was absolute.Watching over it was Louise Benoît, twenty-eight, a statuesque postdoc from Montreal with a mane of thick brown hair stuffed, as required here, into a hair net. She kept her vigil in a cramped control room, buried two kilometers--"a mile an' a quarder," as she sometimes explained for American visitors in an accent that charmed them--beneath the Earth's surface.The control room was next to the deck above the vast, unilluminated cavern housing the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory.

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“Sawyer is a writer of boundless confidence and bold scientific extrapolation.”—The New York Times

“A rapidly plotted, anthropologically saturated speculative novel . . . [with] Sawyer-signature wide appeal.” –The Globe & Mail

“Hominids takes sophisticated paleoanthropological data, cutting-edge theoretical physics, and characters that will warm your heart; and mixes then into a charming, witty, and provocative novel. Hominids is anthropological fiction as its best.” - W. Michael Gear & Kathleen O’Neal Gear, authors of Raising Abel

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Robert J. Sawyer

Robert J. Sawyer is the Hugo Award-winning author of Hominids, the Nebula Award-winning author of The Terminal Experiment, and the Aurora Award-winning author of FlashForward, basis for the ABC TV series. He is also the author of the WWW series—Wake, Watch and Wonder—and many other books. He was born in Ottawa and lives in Toronto.

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Hominids
Robert J. Sawyer

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Hugo Award - Winner, John W. Campbell Memorial Award - Third Place, Spectrum Awards - Finalist

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Mass Market Paperbound
Tom Doherty Associates
Tor Science Fiction
February 2003
Mass Market Paperbound
ISBN: 9780765345004
ISBN10: 0765345005
4 3/16 x 6 3/4 inches, 448 pages
$7.99

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Tom Doherty Associates
Tor Books
February 2003
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429914635
ISBN10: 1429914637
448 pages
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