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Hybrids

by Robert J. Sawyer

Tom Doherty Associates | September 28, 2010 | Trade Paperback

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This is the climactic book of Robert J. Sawyer''s Neanderthal Parallax trilogy. Torn between two worlds, geneticist Mary Vaughan and Neanderthal physicist Ponter Boddit struggle to find a way to make their relationship work. Aided by banned Neanderthal technology, they plan to conceive the first hybrid child, a symbol of hope for the peaceful coexistence of two versions of reality.

But after an experiment shows that Mary''s religious faith--something completely absent among Neanderthals--is a quirk of Homo sapiens neurology, Ponter and Mary must decide whether their child should be predisposed to atheism or belief. Meanwhile, as Mary''s Earth faces the impending collapse of its planetary magnetic field, Mary''s boss, the enigmatic Jock Krieger, has turned envious eyes on the unspoiled Eden of the Neanderthal world.

In Hybrids, Sawyer concludes his signature speculations about alternative ways to be human, exploding our preconceptions of morality and gender, faith and love.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 400 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.88 in

Published: September 28, 2010

Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0765326345

ISBN - 13: 9780765326348

Found in: Science Fiction and Fantasy

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from somewhat lacklustre close to an interesting trilogy Multiple award-winning author Robert Sawyer's third instalment in his "Hominids" trilogy, "Hybrids" is a pleasantly flowing science fiction novel that continues the tale of our near-future contact between two parallel universe Earths that have been joined through the development of a quantum computer generated link. Set in circa 2015 Toronto-area southern Ontario, Canada, Sawyer peppers his books with frequent Canadianisms and other references to local customs and geography that create a sense of regional culture. The author bases his novel on substantial research of our current understanding of Neanderthal society. He contrasts Neanderthal and Homo sapiens attitudes about religion, the social status of women, environmentalism, and sexual relationships in this credible and engaging example of speculative science fiction. Unlike some of his other more action-based novels, the plot progresses predictably until the tension rises in the last third with the development of a gene-based technological weapon that threatens the Neanderthal earth, Jantar. Interesting foreshadowing keeps the reader engaged throughout the book. His parallel universe earth presents Sawyer's ideas about a utopian society with a stable population of 185 million humans who live peacefully amid nature in small urban societies. The Neanderthal culture is presented as more sophisticated both technologically and culturally than that of Homo sapiens. It is free of the sexual taboos and violence whose root causes Sawyer associates with religion. Throughout his novel, the author incriminates religion as the source of many of our social and environmental ills and failings. Readers who wish to explore speculations about the possible superiority of Neanderthals and their differences with modern humans may refer to Colin Wilson's "Atlantis and the Kingdom of the Neanderthals: 100,000 Years of Lost History".
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the entire series is great Not only is this simply a good story with believable characters and relationships, but also great in terms of social commentary and scientific theory. I am already looking forward to rereading the series all over again. I definitely recommend beginning with Hominids, then proceeding through the series to Humans, then Hybrids.
Date published: 2013-10-29

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Hybrids

by Robert J. Sawyer

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 400 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.88 in

Published: September 28, 2010

Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0765326345

ISBN - 13: 9780765326348

About the Book

This is the climactic book of Robert J. Sawyer's Neanderthal Parallax trilogy. Torn between two worlds, geneticist Mary Vaughan and Neanderthal physicist Ponter Boddit struggle to find a way to make their relationship work. Aided by banned Neanderthal technology, they plan to conceive the first hybrid child, a symbol of hope for the peaceful coexistence of two versions of reality.
But after an experiment shows that Mary's religious faith--something completely absent among Neanderthals--is a quirk of Homo sapiens neurology, Ponter and Mary must decide whether their child should be predisposed to atheism or belief. Meanwhile, as Mary's Earth faces the impending collapse of its planetary magnetic field, Mary's boss, the enigmatic Jock Krieger, has turned envious eyes on the unspoiled Eden of the Neanderthal world.
In "Hybrids," Sawyer concludes his signature speculations about alternative ways to be human, exploding our preconceptions of morality and gender, faith and love.

From the Publisher

This is the climactic book of Robert J. Sawyer''s Neanderthal Parallax trilogy. Torn between two worlds, geneticist Mary Vaughan and Neanderthal physicist Ponter Boddit struggle to find a way to make their relationship work. Aided by banned Neanderthal technology, they plan to conceive the first hybrid child, a symbol of hope for the peaceful coexistence of two versions of reality.

But after an experiment shows that Mary''s religious faith--something completely absent among Neanderthals--is a quirk of Homo sapiens neurology, Ponter and Mary must decide whether their child should be predisposed to atheism or belief. Meanwhile, as Mary''s Earth faces the impending collapse of its planetary magnetic field, Mary''s boss, the enigmatic Jock Krieger, has turned envious eyes on the unspoiled Eden of the Neanderthal world.

In Hybrids, Sawyer concludes his signature speculations about alternative ways to be human, exploding our preconceptions of morality and gender, faith and love.

About the Author

Robert J. Sawyer is the author of the Neanderthal Parallax series, including the Hugo Award-winning Hominids, and Humans. 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

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

“A fine combination of love story, social commentary, and ecothriller closes a terrific series with a bang.”
--Booklist, starred review on Hybrids

“Science fiction has a long tradition of stories examining our hominid cousins…. But few such works exhibit the degree of serious research and fertile inventiveness that Sawyer brings to his trilogy.… All in all, it''s an anthropological creation worthy of Le Guin.”
--SciFi Weekly on Hybrids
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