genres: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Anthropology
Pamela Loveridge is a retired Pharmacist who lives in Sydney. The Spear Thrower is her second novel and follows on from her previous novel The Neanderthals: A Story of Courage which was published in 2015.
In The Neanderthals she looks at the issue of what happened when modern humans finally moved into Europe about 41,000 years ago, and came across the Neanderthals, who had been living there for many thousands of years, while in The Spear Thrower she goes further back in time to about 80,000 years ago, when modern humans were still living in Africa.
There are two profound questions for which we still do not know the answers: what does it mean to be human, and how did it happen?
Pamela looks at these issues in The Spear Thrower and explains how the invention of the throwing spear was really a great leap forward for modern humans, who were already living in Africa. This invention made man the top predator in Africa, and probably helped modern humans to more easily conquer other archaic people living in and out of Africa, as well as the Neanderthals.
The year is 2076, and an advanced Artificial Intelligence prematurely escapes a laboratory and manages to communicate with robots working in the community. These robots start to cause havoc presenting a major challenge for humankind, who must find a way to take control and override their program. Human cunning, good police work and sound judgment prove a formidable match.
About eighty thousand years ago in eastern Africa, a young native named Nibu witnesses some lions kill his parents while out hunting. It is extraordinary that even after such a horrific event, Nibu is inspired to invent the throwing spear, a weapon that is far superior to the old hand spear and which will change our history forever.