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... show more
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.
Publish date: February 17th 2003
Publisher: Tor Science Fiction
Pages no: 444
Edition language: English
, Science Fiction Fantasy
, Science Fiction
, Book Club
, Alternate History
, Near Future
, Alternate Universe
Series: Neanderthal Parallax (#1)
A very interesting story providing food for thought. So, is the Neanderthal world better than our world? By what measure?
I read this as part of my "reading all the Hugo winners" goal.All I have to say is: This book was up against China Mieville's 'The Scar' - and THIS won? WHAT?Sorry, but this is just not a very good book.The premise is that, due to an accident that occurs during a quantum physics experiment, a Neande...
This is the second book of Sawyer's that I've read, and I'll surely read more. While I do enjoy Sawyer's philosophizing of the big ideas his stories revolve around, I do feel the lack of having an epic storyline to correspond with his epic ideas. Based on the preview I read, I'm guessing that the ep...