Hybrids

Hybrids

Book - 2003
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In the Hugo-Award winning Hominids , 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 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 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 . . .
Hybrids is filled to bursting with Sawyer's signature speculations about alternative ways of being human, exploding our preconceptions of morality and gender, of faith and love. His Neanderthal Parallax trilogy is a classic in the making, and here he brings it to a stunning, thought-provoking conclusion that's sure to make Hybrids one of the most controversial books of the year.

Publisher: New York : Tor, 2003
Edition: 1st US ed
ISBN: 9780765349064
076534906X
9780312876906
0312876904
Branch Call Number: SAWY 21
Characteristics: 396 p

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SunKing2
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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