Hybrids (Neanderthal Parallax, 3)

Hybrids (Neanderthal Parallax, 3)

Robert J. Sawyer

Synopsis of Hybrids (Neanderthal Parallax, 3)

In Hominids, Nebula Award-winning Author 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 sapien 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 . . . .

Reviews of Hybrids (Neanderthal Parallax, 3)


In all, although Hybrids features Sawyer's typically engaging prose, there is less story here than in the previous Books, and readers be forewarned: The title is deceptive. -- Mark Graham, The Rocky Mountain News

Sawyer uses SF's particular strengths to examine in depth such hot topics as consciousness studies, the possible neurological basis for religion, and political systems, among many other topics. -- Paul Di Filippo, Scifi.com

Where Humans and Hominids were leisurely explorations, Hybrids is fast paced and Sawyer jumps from one development to the next, racing towards a shocking, dramatic conclusion -- Asta Sinusas, SFRevu

HYBRIDS is the thrid Book in a Series about the earth-human/neanderthal reconnection. My guess is that Sawyer had said everything he wanted to say in the first two. -- BooksForABuck