Robert J. Sawyer

Synopsis of Humans

Robert J. Sawyer, the award-winning and bestselling writer, hits the peak of his powers in Humans, the second Book of The Neanderthal Parallax, his trilogy about our world and parallel one in which it was the Homo sapiens who died out and the Neanderthals who became the dominant intelligent species. This powerful idea allows Sawyer to examine some of the deeply rooted assumptions of contemporary human civilization dramatically, by confronting us with another civilization, just as morally valid, that has made other choices. In Humans, Neanderthal physicist Ponter Boddit, a character you will never forget, returns to our world and to his relationship with geneticist Mary Vaughan, as cultural exchanges between the two Earths begin.

As we see daily life in another present-day world, radically different from ours, in the course of Sawyer's fast-moving story, we experience the bursts of wonder and enlightenment that are the finest pleasures of science fiction. Humans is one of the best SF novels of the year, and The Neanderthal Parallax is an SF classic in the making.

Reviews of Humans


The hardest questions are asked too late. -- J.B. Peck,

Humans is a deeper and more satisfying read than Hominids, the first entry in the trilogy, but we'll have to wait until Dec. 2003, to see if he's saved the best for last. -- Asta Sinusas, SFRevu

It's a worthy successor to Hominids and another solid, thought-provoking novel from Canada's finest SF Author! -- John C. Snider, ScifiDimensions

Read Humans and you will want to read Hominids to see how it all began, and will be committed to reading Hybrids to learn how it will end. -- Terry Baker, The Alien Online