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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I, indeed, wish that this had been the process so I could have watched the movie instead. There’s no question sxwyer Any serious crime has a single punishment: And while I knew the plot, the thought experiment is still strong and is a delight to read. Foremost among those is the rape of a main character and the consequences flowing therefrom over the course of the book.

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 to drive public buses.

Aren’t these people cool? What homunids author has done – taking a few facts about Neanderthal culture and extrapolating them as consistent trends through to a high-tech society is interesting and imaginative 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.

No, focus group results confirm what the consultants already knew – readers of the target cross-section of society have already made up their mind on popular social issues and do not wish to be exposed to contrary evidence or arguments aswyer threaten their already settled opinions. The story splits in two – one half following Ponter, the Neanderthal scientist in Ourworld, and the other half following Adikor, his partner left back in Neanderthalworld.


Rape is a monstrous crime, saawyer worse than murder in some cases, and the men guilty of it are among the worst wastes of skin and air ever conceived. He does, however, fall prey to the Swiftian tendency to idealize his imaginary society, while being pretty hard on this own.

Further investigation reveals that his world is in fact also Earth however one where Homo Sapiens died off and Neanderthal became the dominant human species. View Full Version of PW. The exception is sexual crimes committed by a partner. Following the resounding success of my Locus HomibidsI faced a dilemma: Besides, they’ve all blended together in my mind at this point, and so this book is doomed to merge with a composite that includes the Dispossessed, the Man who Fell to Earth and Crocodile Dundee.

SF : Hominids / Robert J. Sawyer ☆☆

He claims to have watched the homiinids film Meanwhile, while most of Ponter’s world is held up as a seeming paragon of peaceful coexistence and harmony, the problems it presents particularly the travesty that is made of its justice system, which rolls over nicely to facilitate drama are left largely unaddressed.

A lot of this was done well here. The Neanderthals are somewhat of a caricature themselves—the caricature of the technologically advanced, peaceful, non-violent, egalitarian society—but that I find only mildly bothersome.

He gets the premise, quantum computing breaching a parallel universe, as a freebie. Hominids is a pretty good first book in a trilogy with a cool premise, namely, roberf there is a parallel universe where Neanderthals became the dominant hominid species on an otherwise-identical Earth. Jul 01, Jonathan rated it it was ok Shelves: Ruler over the back of the knuckles!

A computerized guardian spirit, however, doesn’t eliminate hominid confusion—permanent male-female sexuality, rape and overpopulation are all alien to Ponter—nor can it help his housemate and fellow scientist back in his world, Adikor Huld, when the authorities charge Adikor with his murder.


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 ohminids life after leaving the community would not be recorded or have it removed involuntarily to prevent any further recording sadyer dangerous work. The outcome is already predictable and I felt that we, the readers, should be exploring this fascinating world instead of sitting through a fairly pedestrian legal drama legal thriller author Scott Turow even gets a name check.

HOMINIDS by Robert J. Sawyer | Kirkus Reviews

Want to Read saving…. Sawyer is careful not to present Neanderthal society as a homihids simplistic alternative for how we ought to be. Hominids examines two unique species of people. These include not only birds such as the passenger pigeonbut also megafauna such as the woolly mammoth.

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. I find it interesting that some reviewers tout the Neanderthal Big Brother system as a “totalitarian” state, while it is made quite clear that there is no political coercion and that the members of this society can indeed vote.


This isn’t the worst example of the dialogue, but it’s the point where I finally decided to make a note of it. But the vast majority are heterosexual. Sawyer is one of Canada’s best known and most successful science fiction writers.

The price for lack of crime seems to be a form of constant surveillance, I am not sure what Sawyer is advocating here. Jan 24, Jamie Collins rated it it was ok Shelves:

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