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Canadian Robert J. Sawyer Wins China's Top SF Honour

by Chadwick Ginther - Wednesday, Aug 29, 2007 at 2:23pm

Science fiction author, Robert J. Sawyer, has won China's top science fiction award, The Galaxy Prize, in the category "Most Popular Foreign Author of the Year".

Coverage of the the award has been extensive, the Globe and Mail interviewed Sawyer, as did CBC.

In addition to his fiction, Robert Sawyer also writes a popular "how-to-write" column for China's Science Fiction World magazine.

Sawyer, has long been a friend of McNally Robinson Booksellers, and we couldn't be happier for him. Congratulations Rob!

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Winner of the 2003 Hugo Award Hominids is the first book of The Neanderthal Parallax, in which two species that are alien to each other are bound together by the never-ending quest for knowledge and, beneath their differences, a common humanity. We are one of those species, the other is the Neanderthals of a parallel world where they, not Homo sapiens, became the dominant intelligence. In that world, Neanderthal civilization has reached heights of culture and science comparable to our own, but is very different in history, society, and philosophy. During a risky experiment deep in a mine in Canada, Ponter Boddit, a Neanderthal physicist, accidentally pierces the barrier between worlds and is transferred to our universe, where in the same mine another experiment is taking place. Hurt, but alive, he is almost immediately recognized as a Neanderthal, but only much later as a scientist. He is captured and studied, alone and bewildered, a stranger in a strange land. But Ponter is also befriended - by a doctor and a physicist who share his questing intelligence and boundless enthusiasm for the world's strangeness, and especially by geneticist Mary Vaughan, a lonely woman with whom he develops a special rapport. Meanwhile, Ponter's partner, Adikor Huld, finds himself with a messy lab, a missing body, suspicious people all around, and an explosive murder trial that he can't possibly win because he has no idea what actually happened. Contact between humans and Neanderthals creates a relationship fraught with conflict, philosophical challenge, and threat to the existence of one species or the other-or both-but equally rich in boundless possibilities for cooperation and growth on many levels, from the practical to the esthetic to the scientific to the spiritual.