Robert J. Sawyer

Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer

Archive for the 'Neanderthal' Category

Quantum computing in the Neanderthal books and real life

Friday, March 19th, 2010

Great blog post from Canadian computing trade journal ComputerWorld Canada about quantum computing in the novels of Robert J. Sawyer — and now in reality. W00t! Robert J. Sawyer online:Website • Facebook • Twitter • Newsgroup • Email

The Neanderthal Parallax began 10 years ago today

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

It was ten years ago today, on Thursday, February 17, 2000, that I wrote the first words for what became Hominids, the first volume of my “Neanderthal Parallax” trilogy. That day, I wrote the opening below — not one line of which made it into the final book — leading up to establishing the setting [...]

Take that, you filthy Barast!

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

My friend Melody Friedenthal sent me a link to this story about new evidence that a Homo sapiens speared a Homo neanderthalensis. In my novel Hominids and its sequels, I argue that our kind of humanity (referred to as Gliksins by the Neanderthals in those books) were responsible for the demise of the Neanderthals (which [...]

Lovely review of my Neanderthal books

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

The business blog Knights on the Road has just posted a very nice review of all three volumes of my Neanderthal Parallax trilogy (Hominids, Humans, and Hybrids). You can read the review, by Reg Nordman, here. Healthy day! Visit The Robert J. Sawyer Web Siteand WakeWatchWonder.com

Lions and Tigers and Bears, oh my! Trilogies everywhere you look!

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

My friend Melody Friedenthal asked me an intriguing question this morning: At what point in your creative process did you decide that Wake et al., would be a trilogy? And was it the same point for your first trilogy (or 2nd) or was the first one more of the publisher’s choice (as in “this is [...]

Neanderthal genome

Friday, February 13th, 2009

In my novels Hominids, Humans, and Hybrids, I argued that Neanderthals and Homo sapiens probably didn’t crossbreed in nature. At the time I was writing those books, it was a very contentious issue in paleoanthropology, with some vociferously arguing that, in fact, Neanderthals hadn’t really gone extinct at all, but that we’d just co-opted them [...]

Interview for Fantascienza: Flash Forward, Neanderthals

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

In honor of the release of the Italian edition of my novel Humans, second volume of my Neanderthal Parallax trilogy, Sosio Silvio conducted a by-email interview with me, although many of the questions were actually about the upcoming Flash Forward TV pilot. The Italian version of the interview is online at Fantascienza.com here, and the [...]

Obama’s America includes atheists

Saturday, February 7th, 2009

In his inaugural address, Barack Obama said of America, “We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus, and nonbelievers.” In my 2003 novel, Hybrids, I had the next president of the United States (the one coming to office in 2009) refer to nonbelievers, too: So, yes, indeed, now is the time to [...]