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Hominids

(2002)
(The first book in the Neanderthal Parallax series)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Hugo Best Novel
John W Campbell Memorial Award Best Novel (nominee)
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?


Genre: Science Fiction    Get it on Google Play

Praise for this book

"Hi-tech Neanderthals from a parallel continuum, with a social system like none we ever heard of. Can two very different people bridge that gap? While our world begins changes we can only try to understand. In Humans, Sawyer gives us a rich mix of mind-stretching concepts and personal crises." - F M Busby

"Robert Sawyer hits another SF homerun with Hominids: an utterly intriguing conceptual seed, state-of-the-scientific-arts theory, challenging social consciousness, and characters you want to take home for dinner." - Jane Fancher

"Sawyer has carried the banner of Asimovian science-fiction into the twenty-first century. Hominids is based in cutting-edge contemporary science--paleoanthropology, quantum computing, neutrino astronomy, among others--and furnished at the same time with touching human (and parahuman) stories. Precise, detailed, and accomplished. The next volume is eagerly anticipated." - Robert Charles Wilson


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Used availability for Robert J Sawyer's Hominids

Hardback Editions

June 2008 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Hominids
Author(s): Robert J Sawyer
ISBN: 1-4352-9779-2 / 978-1-4352-9779-1 (USA edition)
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February 2003 : USA Hardback

Title: Hominids
Author(s): Robert J Sawyer
ISBN: 1-4177-2204-5 / 978-1-4177-2204-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: San Val
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May 2002 : USA Hardback
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Title: Hominids (Neanderthal Parallax)
Author(s): Robert J Sawyer
ISBN: 0-312-87692-0 / 978-0-312-87692-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tor Books
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Paperback Editions

February 2003 : USA Paperback
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Title: Hominids: Volume One of The Neanderthal Parallax
Author(s): Robert J Sawyer
ISBN: 0-7653-9234-8 / 978-0-7653-9234-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tor Books
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February 2003 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Hominids: Volume One of The Neanderthal Parallax
Author(s): Robert J Sawyer
ISBN: 0-7653-4500-5 / 978-0-7653-4500-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tor Science Fiction
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Audio Editions

September 2015 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Hominids: Volume One of The Neanderthal Parallax
Author(s): Robert J Sawyer
ISBN: 1-5012-9887-9 / 978-1-5012-9887-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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November 2011 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Hominids: Volume One of The Neanderthal Parallax
Author(s): Robert J Sawyer
ISBN: 1-4558-5731-9 / 978-1-4558-5731-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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November 2011 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Hominids: Volume One of The Neanderthal Parallax
Author(s): Robert J Sawyer
ISBN: 1-4558-5825-0 / 978-1-4558-5825-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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November 2011 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Hominids: Volume One of The Neanderthal Parallax
Author(s): Robert J Sawyer
ISBN: 1-4558-5919-2 / 978-1-4558-5919-1 (USA edition)
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November 2011 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Hominids: Volume One of The Neanderthal Parallax
Author(s): Robert J Sawyer
ISBN: 1-4558-6013-1 / 978-1-4558-6013-5 (USA edition)
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April 2008 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Hominids: The Neanderthal Parallax, Book 1
Author(s): Robert J Sawyer
Publisher: Audible Studios
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April 2008 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Hominids: The Neanderthal Parallax, Book 1
Author(s): Robert J Sawyer
Publisher: Audible Studios
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April 2008 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Hominids: The Neanderthal Parallax, Book 1
Author(s): Robert J Sawyer
Publisher: Audible Studios
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Kindle Editions

November 2017 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Hominids (The Neanderthal Parallax Book 1)
Author(s): Robert J Sawyer
Publisher: SFWRITER.COM Inc.
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February 2003 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Hominids: Volume One of The Neanderthal Parallax
Author(s): Robert J Sawyer
Publisher: Tor Books
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