|Author: Robert J. Sawyer|
|In this follow-up to "Hominids," Neanderthal physicist Ponder Boddit returns to his relationship with human geneticist Mary Vaughn, as cultural exchanges between the two Earths begin.|
From the Publisher:
Neanderthal physicist Ponder Boddit, a character you will never forget, returns to our world and to his relationship with geneticist Mary Vaughn, in this sequel to Hominids, winner of the Hugo Award for best novel, as cultural exchanges between the two Earths begin.
Robert J. Sawyer, an award-winning and bestselling writer, hits the peak of his powers in this trilogy about our world and a parallel one in which Neanderthals became the dominant intelligent species. This powerful idea allows Sawyer to examine some of the deep-rooted assumptions of contemporary human civilization, by confronting us with another civilization, just as morally valid, that made other choices. As we see daily life in a present-day world that is radically different from ours, we experience the bursts of wonder and enlightenment that are the finest pleasures of science fiction.
HUMANS is the second volume in Sawyer's Neanderthal Parallax trilogy, the sequel to HOMINIDS (2002). The series is set on an alternative Earth, where homo sapiens is extinct, Neanderthals rule, and our hero is Ponter Boddit, a physicist. Meanwhile, back on the real Earth, a Canadian geneticist named Mary Vaughan, who became friends with Boddit in the earlier adventure, misses him, especially after she is raped. The two are reunited when Mary travels to the Neanderthal world--a utopian society though one with, as she discovers, some disturbing aspects. And the romance between these two unlikely creatures begins to heat up.