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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.

Publisher: New York : Tor, 2010, c2003
ISBN: 9780765326348
Branch Call Number: SF F SAW
Characteristics: 396 p. ; 21 cm


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Nov 27, 2018

Excellent conclusion to the trilogy. Rich, complex and novel in both story-line and character development. The issues that it explores are as timely now as when it was written. The unspoiled parallel world of brilliant and gentle Neanderthals is particularly appealing. Their dramatically different decisions as a species have produced objectively superior results. This book continues to explore major social, moral and political decisions using the classical SF device of posing them in an unfamiliar setting and from a different perspective (to reduce preconceptions). One criticism might be that the author shows his Canadian identity a bit too much, which is fine for his fellow citizens like me. Hopefully others can forgive that small conceit.

Mar 22, 2011

Excellent Canadian sf novel of a scientist who is romantically involved with a member of the recently arrived Neanderthals who have come from a parallel Earth due to their technological advances.

Mary stuggles with the cultural differences, environment differences, and moral differences, especially her religious upbringing in light of the other species total lack of religion, and recent experiments suggesting the differences are physiological.

He got the genetics wrong though. Homo sapiens and Neanderthals both have the same number; unlike simians.

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