January's book will be Hominids by Robert J. Sawyer. Hominids is a strong, stand-alone SF novel, but it's also the first book of The Neanderthal Parallax , a trilogy that will examine two unique species of people. They are alien to each other, yet 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, andphilosophy. 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.
As always, you can (and should :) suggest and/or vote on books at the website: http://mikefenwick.com/vegan-book-club/