I got quite a response from readers concerning today's "You Pick The Topic Day"
I am going to post more than once today, in hopes of talking about some of the things that were bought up, but first, we have a description of what I am reading now.
I am sure that many of you know that I am a big science fiction geek. Those that didn't, well.... I am.
The book I am reading now is the third in a trilogy by prolific Canadian author
Robert J. Sawyer, who is a new discovery for me, and I am so glad that I found him.
The book is called "Hybrids", which followed "Hominids", and "Humans".
The name of the trilogy is: "The Neanderthal Parallax", and although it isn't what anyone would call "hard" science fiction, it is certainly enjoyable.
The thrust of the trilogy is that about 40,000 years ago modern humans and neanderthals were coexisting in parts of the world, when there was a "great awakening" of awareness in modern humans. Naturally, in our way, modern humans wiped out the competing neanderthals, and we became top dogs on earth (HEY! WAKE UP! YOU ASKED FOR THIS, REMEMBER??).
Fast forward to today, and in a Canadian research laboratory located in a nickel mine in Ontario, Physicists are conducting and experiment using heavy water. The experiment seems to go awry and a man appears in the tank. Not just any man, but a living, breathing, Neanderthal man, named Ponter Boddit.
As it turns out, Ponter Boddit is a Physicist from a parallel universe, who was doing a quantum computing experiment in a mine in the exact same place, at the exact same time.
Many adventures ensue, and eventually, Ponter meets and falls in love with Canadian Geneticist Mary Vaughn.
I am halfway through the last book, and am thoroughly enjoying it. Sawyers writing is clean and not the least bit ponderous.
If you are a science fiction reader, give it a try. It won't take terribly long, and you'll probably enjoy it.
PS: Mad props to Paige for giving me the topic.