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Hybrids (Neanderthal Parallax) (udgave 2010)

af Robert J. Sawyer

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In Hominids, Robert J. Sawyer introduced a character listeners 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. 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 . . . Filled to bursting with his signature speculations about alternative ways of being human, exploding our preconceptions of morality and gender, of faith and love, Sawyer's Neanderthal Parallax trilogy is a classic in the making, and here he brings it to a stunning, thought-provoking conclusion. The conclusion to the Neanderthal Parallax trilogy… (mere)
Medlem:shawn.raiford
Titel:Hybrids (Neanderthal Parallax)
Forfattere:Robert J. Sawyer
Info:Tor Books (2010), Edition: Reissue, Paperback, 400 pages
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My overall feeling at the end of this series is that I am very much interested in the combined universe that this trilogy is talking about, but I am not as thrilled with the plot set in them as I could have been.

Mary as a character was frustrating for me. She is intelligent and I think most of the time she made the right choices, but her conflicts over spiritual matters and her looks just don't ring very true for me. At the same time I'm not pleased by how the author chose to introduce her. His poor decision there is a major ding on the whole plot that forms a domino effect that plows through to the end of the last book in a rock-slide of unpleasantness. I felt like that incident drove a plot all the way through that was a sort of war-between-the-sexes story told with a baseball bat. Heavy handed, to say the least. I was interested in the cultural and sexual differences between the species there, but how the author explored them didn't go over well with me. I mean, this regimented sort of polyamory where same-sex relationships are the nesting partner relationships opens the world up to a big in-depth investigation of ethics, gender, sexuality, and all manner of things, but instead of that we get this lackluster investigation that privileges the Ponter-Mary bond!

Ponter comes across as both human and alien, which is the point I would guess. I am fond of him. For their parts, most of the Neanderthal characters were attractive to me, excepting a couple notable exceptions. I wish I had been able to see their world changed more by the contact. If I were to tell the truth, I'd really like a fourth book set in these combined worlds addressing each species coming to terms with how their social systems oppress them and changing, even a little bit. I would like to see Bandra the new main character for instance. What if, once her last daughter gave birth to her second child she finally said something about her man-mate and tried to change the major flaw in Neanderthal society? Do they petition to stop influencing the gene pool like this? How does the species react to this after so long in contact with their wild, but passionate neighbors? How does our species change after so much contact with them? There is so much COMPLEX material to work with in this combined universe, but our author chose to tell a ham-fisted battle of the sexes story with a side dish of religious skepticism.

Final thoughts? I'm into it, but it could have been way better. ( )
  Noeshia | Oct 23, 2020 |
Huh, I'm actually satisfied by the way the major issues in the relationship between Ponter and Mary were resolved, and delighted that Mary ended up with a woman-mate, also. That was unexpected, but great. ( )
  thewanlorn | Feb 24, 2020 |
Sin ser sobresaliente es entretenida. ( )
  maxtrek | Jan 30, 2019 |
Hybrids is the least likeable of the Neanderthal Parallax trilogy. The implications for Man of a doorway to another alternate Earth is put aside as a subplot in favor of Mary’s transformation.

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 that Man’s religious beliefs, thanks to a pseudo-scientific experiment, creates religious fervor. But the atheistic Barasts don’t have this “fault.”

Much is also made of the genetic device, banned on the Neanderthal world, that can rewrite any DNA and makes it possible to have a human/barast child, thus the Hybrid part of the tale.

Do we get a cure for AIDS or cancer? Do we finally handle birth defects? Nope. Let’s create a bio weapon!

Sawyer rushes the end and I’m really disappointed to see that. Most of the time Sawyer’s writing is pretty good, pace is good and not a lot of characters are cardboard.

But as Mary goes from being concerned about her husband’s divorce (“I don’t want us to be excommunicated!”) to not giving a whit that her kid will not have the “religion gene”, it was just too much to sort out.

Bottom Line: Not a lot of story regarding the scientists, athletes and so on, as they improve Man’s lot. Instead we get a woman who wants all men to die (at least the ones with a special Y chromosome, since that’s why some men are evil) and develops a bio weapon to handle that. Oh, and the New Year’s scene and the final wedding scene are highly disappointing.

Not recommended, except for Sawyer purists.


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  James_Mourgos | Dec 22, 2016 |
I enjoyed this 3rd book in Sawyer's Neanderthal Parallax series. From the ending, it looks like a 4th book will be coming. As usual, Sawyer uses his story to display his ideas about technologies. These are interesting and worth reading about. However, this leaves the plot-lines a little thin. Still, the book is worth reading and gradually becomes a page-turner. ( )
  rondoctor | Oct 14, 2016 |
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In Hominids, Robert J. Sawyer introduced a character listeners 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. 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 . . . Filled to bursting with his signature speculations about alternative ways of being human, exploding our preconceptions of morality and gender, of faith and love, Sawyer's Neanderthal Parallax trilogy is a classic in the making, and here he brings it to a stunning, thought-provoking conclusion. The conclusion to the Neanderthal Parallax trilogy

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