Hybrids (Neanderthal Parallax #3)
In that book and in its sequel, Humans, Sawyer showed us the Neandertha
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...more
The characters? Abysmal, cardboard cutouts who go on rants which last pages. Worse than Ayn Rand, worse than Arthur C. Clark.
The ideas? Nothing new at all. Just more of the same. Neanderthals are smarter, nicer, more moral, and all-around-better than Homo Sapiens. Their world is unspoiled, ours is a hell hole.
The political ideas?
- Eugenics are great. It would benefit society to force-s...more
I really like the premise of...more
I really enjoy Sawyer as an author, and while the concepts of these books is really cool, I felt like I could see the cogs working here. Meaning that the story and characters seemed purely to be a conduit for social, religious, political, and moral discussion. Which is all well and good--I am a firm believer that science fiction challenges us to rethink our world and to reexamine it in the light of oth...more
Mary has fallen in love with Ponder, one of the Neanderthal scientists. The “Barasts” have their own code of ethics and Mary struggles with it as it interferes with her Catholic faith.
Much is made of Mary’s beliefs and her struggles, much more than she deserves. She’s a flighty character, who discovers th...more
In this book we find Dr Mary Vaughan (human geneticist) and Ponter Boddit (Neanderthal physicist) continuing their relationship that developed when they first met. Mary has gone over to the parallel Neanderthal world to learn more about their culture.
From the first books we have learned that in the Neanderthal world:
1) The population has been limited to 185 million
2) All the men...more
As a conclusion to the trilogy, the book was incredible. Once again, it is a book (and series) that makes you think about the world you live in and the consequences of our actions. The author does a wonderful job of balancing multiple plots & subplots and revisiting them at just the perfect time and at just the perfect order to keep them active, relevant and interesting. His commentary on society is very aware and acute and whether I agree or not...more
Everyone in these novels seems to use extremely short and simple declarative sentences, even when they aren't trying to communicate across a language and species barrier. I have no idea if this is a deliberate stylistic choice and what if anything it means, but I suppose one might try them out on a...more
Having said that, I didn’t like the Jock storyline and I won’t say more about it because I don’t want to spoil it for those who have not read it yet. The book s...more
Now, in Hybrids, Ponter Boddit and his Homo sapiens 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 versi...more
I have to say that if a gateway opened up to "the other side" right now, I'd try to grab my family and make a run for it. It would be amazing to live in a world like that and l...more
These books point out what is best and what is worst about humanity. Without preaching, the author highlights where we (as a global society) triumph, and where we've failed ourselves. Some of these failings are things we could correct here and now, while others are decisions made too l...more
* Couldn't finish
** I had nothing else to do
*** Passed the time, would be **** for genre / author fans
**** Everyone could enjoy this book
***** Everyone should read this book, I'll read it again
I think there are a lot more issues that can be addressed. The comment of why continue to build a portal by the UN if males can no longer travel to the Barast world...Child rearing issues on both worlds...How to accuse a Barast of a crime and keep the rest of your family safe...
Ponter deals his own type of justice...a bomb is placed at the Barast world...Polution, over-population, crime & punishment.
Robert Sawyer grew up in...more