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The Plot to Save Socrates

by Paul Levinson

The Plot to Save Socrates - Paul Levinson
Part of the Sierra Waters series:
Editions:Hardcover: $ 18.94
ISBN: 978-0765305701
Pages: 271
Paperback: $ 26.00
ISBN: 978-0765311979
Pages: 272
Kindle: $ 7.99
Pages: 272
Audiobook: $ 10.00

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.

Reviews:Tom Russo on Entertainment Weekly wrote:

"challenging fun"

on Publisher's Weekly:

"engaging time-travel yarn"

John DeNardo on S F Signal wrote:

"a thinking person’s time travel story"

Colin Harvey on Strange Horizons 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."

Thomas M. Wagner on SF Reviews 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"

Jerry Wright on Bewildering Stories wrote:

"a tapestry of times and characters and philosophies, with an excellent look at history"

Laurie Thayer on wrote:

"an extremely engaging, entertaining story"

Kanti Burns on Kanti Burns, Poems, Book Reviews and more wrote:

"I was hooked by the second page."

Kath Middleton on Ignite Books wrote:

"I was rapidly drawn into this tapestry"

About the Author

Paul Levinson, PhD, is Professor of Communication & Media Studies at Fordham University in NYC.  His science fiction novels include The Silk Code (winner of the Locus Award for Best First Science Fiction Novel of 1999), The Consciousness Plague, The Pixel Eye, Borrowed Tides,  The Plot to Save Socrates, Unburning Alexandria, and Chronica.. His award-nominated novelette, “The Chronology Protection Case,” was made into a short film and is on Amazon Prime Video. His nonfiction books, including The Soft Edge, Digital McLuhan, Realspace, Cellphone, McLuhan in an Age of Social Media, and Fake News in Real Context have been translated into 15 languages. He appears on CBS News, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, the Discovery Channel, National Geographic, the History Channel, and NPR.  His 1972 album, Twice Upon A Rhyme, was re-issued in  Japan and Korea in 2008, and in the U. K. in 2010.  His first new album since 1972, Welcome Up: Songs of Space and Time, was released on  Old Bear Records and Light in the Attic Records in 2020.