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In an alternate universe where Neanderthals developed into the only form of humans, a portal to our universe opens inadvertantly and a Neanderthal man, Ponter Bobbit, finds himself on our earth. On his world, his disappearance is deemed a murder and his partner is accused. On our world, he copes with new surroundings and befriends a woman coping with the effects of a recent rape.
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The review of this Book prepared by Joan Zuckerman

On an alternate Earth, Neanderthal scientists Ponter Boddit and Adikor Huld are performing experiments with the first quantum computer. An accident opens an unexpected portal and Boddit is transported to the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory, located deep in a nickle mine.
Ponter is rescued and becomes a worldwide celebrity, all the while pining for his home, which is radically different than our own structurally while roughly equal technologically.
His Companion Implant solves the language barrier and Homo Sapiens talks to Homo Neanderthalus for the first time ever.
Back in Ponter's universe, however, his partner Adikor is being charged with murder, with accusations being leveled by a vindictive relative.
Adikor is able to trick his way into the quantum computer lab and reactivate the machine, reopening the portal..a robot is sent through, and repair workers send word to Ponter that he can finally go home.
Although he has grown fond of his human friends, especially a biologist who has been recently raped, he must return not only to see his family but to clear his partner of murder charges.
It turns out the portal can be kept open indefinitely, and plans are made to exchange everything from scientific knowledge to tourists..
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 15%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 15%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 40% Tone of book    -   very upbeat FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   alternate history Explore/1st contact/ enviro story    -   Yes Explore:    -   dimension travel--general    -   dimension travel--a parallel earth Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Cultural problems, alien culture    -   Yes Culture clash-    -   one person from different culture of other persons Intense exploration of society's culture?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   scientist    -   computer programmer Age:    -   40's-50's


Terrain    -   Forests Earth setting:    -   near future (later in 21st century)    -   current (early 21st century) Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   quite a lot of techical jargon Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   rape/molest (yeech!) How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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