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