Humans: Volume Two Of The Neanderthal Parallax

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Humans: Volume Two Of The Neanderthal Parallax

by Robert J. Sawyer

Tom Doherty Associates | September 15, 2003 | Mass Market Paperbound |

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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.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 352 Pages, 3.94 × 6.69 × 0.79 in

Published: September 15, 2003

Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0765346753

ISBN - 13: 9780765346759

Found in: Science Fiction and Fantasy

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Humans: Volume Two Of The Neanderthal Parallax

Humans: Volume Two Of The Neanderthal Parallax

by Robert J. Sawyer

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 352 Pages, 3.94 × 6.69 × 0.79 in

Published: September 15, 2003

Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0765346753

ISBN - 13: 9780765346759

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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 all seemed so fantastic. And yet there were countless photographs and videos and even some X rays to prove that it had really happened. A modern Neanderthal from a parallel version of Earth had somehow slipped into this universe. Now that he was gone, Mary hardly believed it herself. But it had happened. Ponter had really been here, and she had indeed. Was she overstating it? Magnifying it in her mind? No. No, it was indeed what had occurred. She had come to love Ponter, maybe even to be in love with him. If only she''d been whole, complete, unviolated, untraumatized, perhaps things would have been different. Oh, she''d still have fallen for the big guy--of that she was sure--but when he''d reached out and touched her hand that night while they were looking up at the stars, she wouldn''t have frozen. It had been too soon, she''d told him the next day. Too soon after. She hated the word; hated t
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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.

About the Author

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.

Editorial Reviews

"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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