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Hybrids

by Robert J. Sawyer

Tom Doherty Associates | November 1, 2004 | Mass Market Paperbound

Hybrids is rated 4 out of 5 by 2.
In the Hugo-Award winning Hominids, Robert J. Sawyer introduced a character readers will never forget: Ponter Boddit, a Neanderthal physicist from a parallel Earth who was whisked from his reality into ours by a quantum-computing experiment gone awry - making him the ultimate stranger in a strange land.

In that book and in its sequel, Humans, Sawyer showed us the Neanderthal version of Earth in loving detail - a tour de force of world-building; a masterpiece of alternate history.

Now, in Hybrids, Ponter Boddit and his Homo sapiens lover, geneticist Mary Vaughan, are torn between two worlds, struggling to find a way to make their star-crossed relationship work. Aided by banned Neanderthal technology, they plan to conceive the first hybrid child, a symbol of hope for the joining of their two versions of reality.

But after an experiment shows that Mary''s religious faith - something completely absent in Neanderthals - is a quirk of the neurological wiring of Homo sapiens brains, Ponter and Mary must decide whether their child should be predisposed to atheism or belief. Meanwhile, as Mary''s Earth is dealing with a collapse of its planetary magnetic field, her boss, the enigmatic Jock Krieger, has turned envious eyes on the unspoiled Eden that is the Neanderthal world . . .
Hybrids is filled to bursting with Sawyer''s signature speculations about alternative ways of being human, exploding our preconceptions of morality and gender, of faith and love. His Neanderthal Parallax trilogy is a classic in the making, and here he brings it to a stunning, thought-provoking conclusion that''s sure to make Hybrids one of the most controversial books of the year.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 400 pages, 6.75 × 4.19 × 0.97 in

Published: November 1, 2004

Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 076534906X

ISBN - 13: 9780765349064

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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: 2008-05-04
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: 2007-04-01

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Hybrids

by Robert J. Sawyer

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 400 pages, 6.75 × 4.19 × 0.97 in

Published: November 1, 2004

Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 076534906X

ISBN - 13: 9780765349064

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Chapter One   " My fellow Americans--and all other human beings on this version of Earth--it gives me great pleasure to address you this evening, my first major speech as your new president. I wish to talk about the future of our kind of hominid, of the species known as Homo sapiens: people of wisdom ."     "Mare," said Ponter Boddit, "it is my honor to introduce you to Lonwis Trob." Mary was used to thinking of Neanderthals as robust--"Squat Schwarzeneggers" was the phrase the Toronto Star had coined, referring to their short stature and massive musculature. So it was quite a shock to behold Lonwis Trob, especially since he was now standing next to Ponter Boddit. Ponter was a member of what the Neanderthals called "generation 145," meaning he was thirty-eight years old. He stood about five-eight, making him on the tall side for a male of his kind, and he had muscles most bodybuilders would envy. But Lonwis Trob was one of the very few surviving members of generation 138, and that made him a staggering one hundred and eight years old. He was scrawny, although still broad-shouldered. All Neanderthals had light skin--they were a northern-adapted people--but Lonwis''s was virtually transparent, as was what little body hair he had. And although his head showed all the standard Neanderthal traits--low forehead; doubly arched browridge; massive nose; square, chinless jaw--it was completely devoid of hair. Ponter, by comparison, had lots of blond hair (parted in the c
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In the Hugo-Award winning Hominids, Robert J. Sawyer introduced a character readers will never forget: Ponter Boddit, a Neanderthal physicist from a parallel Earth who was whisked from his reality into ours by a quantum-computing experiment gone awry - making him the ultimate stranger in a strange land.

In that book and in its sequel, Humans, Sawyer showed us the Neanderthal version of Earth in loving detail - a tour de force of world-building; a masterpiece of alternate history.

Now, in Hybrids, Ponter Boddit and his Homo sapiens lover, geneticist Mary Vaughan, are torn between two worlds, struggling to find a way to make their star-crossed relationship work. Aided by banned Neanderthal technology, they plan to conceive the first hybrid child, a symbol of hope for the joining of their two versions of reality.

But after an experiment shows that Mary''s religious faith - something completely absent in Neanderthals - is a quirk of the neurological wiring of Homo sapiens brains, Ponter and Mary must decide whether their child should be predisposed to atheism or belief. Meanwhile, as Mary''s Earth is dealing with a collapse of its planetary magnetic field, her boss, the enigmatic Jock Krieger, has turned envious eyes on the unspoiled Eden that is the Neanderthal world . . .
Hybrids is filled to bursting with Sawyer''s signature speculations about alternative ways of being human, exploding our preconceptions of morality and gender, of faith and love. His Neanderthal Parallax trilogy is a classic in the making, and here he brings it to a stunning, thought-provoking conclusion that''s sure to make Hybrids one of the most controversial books of the year.

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.

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"Some of the most outrageous, stimulating speculation since Robert A. Heinlein''s Stranger in a Strange Land questioned our tired, timid conventions."
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