Paul Levinson's astonishing science fiction novel is a surprise and a delight: In the year 2042, Sierra, a young graduate student in Classics, is shown a new dialog of Socrates, recently discovered, in which a time traveler tries to argue that Socrates might escape death by travel to the future! Thomas, the elderly scholar who has shown her the document, disappears, and Sierra immediately begins to track down the provenance of the manuscript with the help of her classical scholar boyfriend, Max.
The trail leads her to time machines in gentlemen's clubs in London and in New York, and into the past--and to a time traveler from the future, posing as Heron of Alexandria in 150 AD. Complications, mysteries, travels, and time loops proliferate as Sierra tries to discern who is planning to save the greatest philosopher in human history. Fascinating historical characters from Alcibiades to William Henry Appleton, the great nineteenth-century American publisher, to Hypatia and Socrates himself appear. With surprises in every chapter, Paul Levinson has outdone himself in The Plot to Save Socrates.
Tropes: Time Loop, Time Travel
Word Count: 95000
Setting: New York City, Cape Cod, London, Ancient Athens
Languages Available: English, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
Translators: Emilia De Paola, Vasco Bento, Liliana Ganduglia
Series Type: Same Universe / Various Characters
on Publisher's Weekly:
John DeNardo on S F Signal wrote:
"engaging time-travel yarn"
Colin Harvey on Strange Horizons wrote:
"a thinking person’s time travel story"
Thomas M. Wagner on SF Reviews wrote:
"There's a delightfully old-fashioned feel to The Plot to Save Socrates. . . . Levinson's cool, spare style reminded me of the writing of Isaac Asimov."
Jerry Wright on Bewildering Stories wrote:
"an absolute treat to sit back and be wrapped up in a story that gives a retro SF premise like time travel such a brilliant new kick"
Laurie Thayer on Rambles.net wrote:
"a tapestry of times and characters and philosophies, with an excellent look at history"
Kanti Burns on Kanti Burns, Poems, Book Reviews and more wrote:
"an extremely engaging, entertaining story"
Kath Middleton on Ignite Books wrote:
"I was hooked by the second page."
"I was rapidly drawn into this tapestry"