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Humans: Volume Two of The Neanderthal Parallax Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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Rob has won Japan's Seiun Award for best foreign novel three times (for END OF AN ERA, FRAMESHIFT, and ILLEGAL ALIEN), and he's also won the world's largest cash-prize for SF writing -- the Polytechnic University of Catalonia's 6,000-euro Premio UPC de Ciencia Ficcion -- an unprecedented three times.
In 2007, he received China's Galaxy Award for most favorite foreign author. He's also won fourteen Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Awards ("Auroras"), an Arthur Ellis Award from the Crime Writers of Canada, ANALOG magazine's Analytical Laboratory Award for Best Short Story of the Year, and the SCIENCE FICTION CHRONICLE Reader Award for Best Short Story of the Year.
Rob's novels have been top-ten national mainstream bestsellers in Canada, appearing on the GLOBE AND MAIL and MACLEAN'S bestsellers' lists, and they've hit number one on the bestsellers' list published by LOCUS, the U.S. trade journal of the SF field.
Rob is a frequent keynote speaker at conferences, teaches SF writing occasionally, and edited his own line of Canadian science-fiction novels for Red Deer Press.
His novel FLASHFORWARD (Tor Books) was the basis for the ABC TV series of the same name. He enjoyed spending time on the set and wrote the script for episode 19 "Course Correction."
His WWW trilogy, WAKE, WATCH, and WONDER (Ace Books), is all about the World Wide Web gaining consciousness.
RED PLANET BLUES is Rob's noir detective novel about the only private detective working the mean streets of Mars. It's his most-recent novel in paperback.
Next up is Quantum Night (Ace Books), March 2016. Set in the present day, QUANTUM NIGHT is an exploration of the concept of the Philosophical Zombie: someone whose lights are on but no one is home. Sawyer posits that our population is dominated by these easily led, emotionally vacant followers. And who leads this vast mob? Psychopaths.
For more information about Rob and his award-winning books, check out his web page: http://sfwriter.com
Top Customer Reviews
"..letting women labor - funny how that word had a double meaning for females, Mary thought - in an environment free of men and their egos."
"..she was beginning to think just about anything was possible - especially if there were no men around."
The majority of this second book in the series revolves around the love relationship of Ponter (Neanderthal) and Mary (sapien), and the interesting parts about science and society are glossed over except when used to point out how inferior our sapien lives are.
Despite all this, I'm enjoying the series, and have hopes for the final book, Hybrids, which I just cracked open.
Sawyer's universe is well thought-out, including the alternate-reality Neanderthal version of Earth. He also brings back a number of our old favourites from "Neanderthals" - Mary the geneticist, Reuben the Jamaican doctor, Louise the human physicist. He also provides some neat science - he picks a side in the debate over whether Neanderthals were their own species, and convincingly describes the science and its dissemination. Reading the book is like watching a familiar TV show - we know the characters and their surroundings, and are thrilled to hear more about them.
Unfortunately, nothing really happens! It's like Sawyer is killing time between the previous book and the next one (which I hope is much better!). I was reminded of the second Star Wars trilogy - Episode II was nothing but filler to get between Ep. I and III. Hopefully "Hybrids," the third book, continues the pattern established by Star Wars, where Ep. III is the best.
Once I realised nothing was going to happen, little things started to irritate me more. Things like the social commentary that is relentlessly in favour of the pro-socialist Neanderthal society (and I'm a socialist myself!).Read more ›
Rather than exploring new ground, Mr. Sawyer has Ponter (the main Neanderthal character) repeatedly asking questions that highlight how we humans are so unpleasant to each other. This is not a bad thing in itself, but it is not a substitute for a plot either. By the time Ponter asks his 4th or 5th such question, with Mary providing an uninspired pro forma defense, the trick is as stale as my hiking socks. I especially "liked" the cocktail discussion with Mary's colleagues, with verbatim quotes from Jared Diamond's excellent Guns, Germs and Steel.
The Neanderthals' policy of castrating criminals and their immediate relatives smacks of eugenics, despite recent statistical research on the hereditary component of criminality. How did they avoid judicial errors, before the oh-so-convenient alibi machines? Is that policy ever defended? Nope, no need to, they are perfect after all.
Like others, I wonder how the Neanderthals can have such advanced technology, without our population base, our manufacturing base, or indeed our wars. I see several possibilities, and I would have welcomed more insight from the book.
a) Not having civilization collapses is more efficient in the long term (tortoise vs. hare).
b) The Neanderthals are smarter as they have bigger brains. What is Ponter doing with Mary then?
c) Technological research has been long been driven by the military, though nowadays, consumer/business oriented research seems to be more important. But pure science may be less influenced by military spending.Read more ›
This book did give me a better insight into our own world however. After the upteenth time a Neanderthal criticized us I realized why our ancestors had wiped them out.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The main idea I got from the book was "Canada good, USA bad"...Published 5 hours ago by Amazon Customer
Things get rather complex and we see the issues a society that is monitored at all times.
It's not the utopia that one would like it to be.
Oh, Canada indeed.
I'm trying to figure out if this series was written for the Canadian market or if the author has traveled much. Read more
A really engaging read. The physics is not too difficult, and the idea of inter-species love is just too irresistible for me.Published 3 months ago by Karen
First book in a long time I really got sucked into.
I read the first book in this trilogy when it was published in Analog, and I am just now reading the sequel. Read more
This second book gives us a closer look at the Neanderthal way of life. Things are also getting more complicated for Ponter and Mary as they develop their personal relationship.Published 7 months ago by Darlene K.
I love the concept. Interesting to think about the possibilities and complications of such unions. Looking forward to book 3.Published 8 months ago by scott mader
The series started out very well with the idea of two (or more) intersecting dimensions with humans the superiors in one and neantherdals superior in another. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Mary A. Wilson
I've enjoyed reading Robert Sawyer so was not trepidatious at all about downloading Humans. But this is not one of Sawyer's best. The story isn't as compelling as Hominids. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Doug vanDyke