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Humans

Neanderthal Parallax

Robert J. Sawyer

Tor Books

Robert J. Sawyer, the award-winning and bestselling writer, hits the peak of his powers in Humans, the second book of The Neanderthal Parallax, his trilogy about our world and parallel one in which it was the Homo sapiens who died out and the Neanderthals who became the dominant intelligent species. This powerful idea allows Sawyer to examine some of the deeply rooted assumptions of contemporary human civilization dramatically, by confronting us with another civilization, just as morally valid, that has made other choices. In Humans, Neanderthal physicist Ponter Boddit, a character you will never forget, returns to our world and to his relationship with geneticist Mary Vaughan, as cultural exchanges between the two Earths begin.

As we see daily life in another present-day world, radically different from ours, in the course of Sawyer's fast-moving story, we experience the bursts of wonder and enlightenment that are the finest pleasures of science fiction. Humans is one of the best SF novels of the year, and The Neanderthal Parallax is an SF classic in the making. Humans is a 2004 Hugo Award Nominee for Best Novel.

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Chapter One
 
 
It was Mary Vaughan's final evening in Sudbury, and she was experiencing decidedly mixed feelings.
She had no doubt that getting out of Toronto had done her good. After what had happened down there--My God, she thought, had it really only been two weeks ago?--leaving town, getting away from all the things that would have reminded her of that horrible night, was surely the right course. And although it had ended on a melancholy note, she wouldn't have traded her time here with Ponter Boddit for anything.
There was an unreal quality to her recollections; it
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"The biggest job of science fiction is to portray the Other. To help us imagine the strange and see the familiar in eerie new ways. Nobody explores this territory more boldly than Robert Sawyer."—David Brin on Humans

"Hominids is anthropological fiction at its best."-- W. Michael Gear & Kathleen O’Neal Gear, USA Today-bestselling authors of Raising Abel

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

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  • Robert J. Sawyer is the author of the Neanderthal Parallax series, including the Hugo Award-winning Hominids. He won the Nebula Award for The Terminal Experiment and the Aurora Award for  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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    Humans

    Neanderthal Parallax

    Robert J. Sawyer

    Hugo Award - Nominee
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