The Plot to Save Socrates [NOOK Book]

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Paul Levinson's astonishing latest science fiction novel is a surprise and a delight: In the year 2042, Sierra Waters, 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...
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The Plot to Save Socrates

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Paul Levinson's astonishing latest science fiction novel is a surprise and a delight: In the year 2042, Sierra Waters, 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, Plato, and Socrates himself appear. With surprises in every chapter, Paul Levinson has outdone himself in The Plot to Save Socrates.
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In this light, engaging time-travel yarn, Levinson (The Silk Code) ponders the problem of saving someone who refuses to be saved, in this case Socrates, the Athenian philosopher condemned to death in a shameful moment for democracy. Inspired by a newly discovered dialogue of Socrates in which he's offered escape by time travel, Sierra Waters, classics grad student in 2042, joins her professor, Thomas O'Leary, in a quest to return to the past. Along the way, Sierra gains a lover, the charismatic
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016082240
  • Publisher: JoSara MeDia
  • Publication date: 12/12/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 704,059
  • File size: 939 KB

Meet the Author

My novel The Silk Code won the Locus Award for Best First Nove1 of 1999, and was published as an "author's cut" Kindle edition in 2012. My other science fiction and mystery novels include Borrowed Tides (2001), The Consciousness Plague (2002), The Pixel Eye (2003), and The Plot To Save Socrates (2006; author's cut Kindle 2012), which Entertainment Weekly called "challenging fun". My short stories have been nominated for Nebula, Hugo, Edgar, and Sturgeon Awards. Nine nonfiction books, including The Soft Edge (1997), Digital McLuhan (1999), Realspace (2003), Cellphone (2004), and New New Media (2009, 2nd edition 2012) have been the subject of major articles in the New York Times, Wired, the Christian Science Monitor, and have been translated into Chinese, Japanese, and eight other languages. I appear from time to time on MSNBC, Fox News ("The O'Reilly Factor"), NPR, BBC Radio and other TV and radio programs - I like talking just as much as writing. I'm also a songwriter, and have been in several bands over the years - one had two records out on Atlantic Records in 1960s. My 1972 album Twice Upon a Rhyme (on HappySad Records) was re-issued on CD by Beatball/Big Pink Records in 2009, and on re-pressed vinyl by Whiplash/Sound of Salvation Records in 2010. I was listed in The Chronicle of Higher Education's "Top 10 Academic Twitterers" in 2009, and review the best of television on my Infinitte Regress.tv blog. Last but not least: I have a PhD in Media Theory from New York University and am Professor of Communication & Media Studies at Fordham University in New York City.
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  • Posted April 30, 2009

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    Will Loan My Copy

    I read a lot of books. I usually read them, make some notes about them in my journals, and then pass them on to other writers. I met Paul Levinson on Myspace. To be honest, I bought THE PLOT to SAVE SOCRATES because I liked the title. I was intrigued by the idea of a discovered dialogue that reveals that Socrates may have taken an opportunity that I can image Socrates being willing to take. I enjoyed strapping myself to this remarkable time-traveling adventurous romp and can't give this book away. I must keep it. If you don't "get it" after the first reading I recommend reading it a second time.

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  • Posted April 26, 2009

    A DELIGHTFULLY THOUGHT-PROVOKING READ!

    THE PLOT TO SAVE SOCRATES

    There's an old saying, "If you love Greek history and you're fascinated by time travel, you'll love Paul Levinson's The Plot To Save Socrates. If you're reading this in 2009, you'll likely disagree that it's an old saying, but if you time travel to 2061, you'll find that it's true.

    Paul Levinson's delightful sci-fi book opens in New York in 2042. Sierra Waters, a student of the classics who is working on her dissertation, comes across a newly discovered dialog of Socrates. In it, an unidentified time traveler tries to convince Socrates to escape his death sentence by letting a cloned double drink hemlock while Socrates travels to the future.

    As the characters time travel to different periods in the past and the future, the reader cannot help but be absorbed in not only the engaging plot, but also by the myriad questions that time travel raises. I think we all can relate to even the smallest incidents in our own lives that have profoundly changed the course of our personal history. In that sense, The Plot To Save Socrates really challenges our minds as we're led to contemplate how even the smallest adjustments in history could literally change its course.

    Though written in a lighthearted style, the depth of research and thought that Paul Levinson put into the writing is clear and the result is truly a thought-provoking, breathtaking, and highly entertaining novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2007

    Great premise & story but too many loose ends

    I read this entertaining novel in a single afternoon and evening, so it obviously kept my interest. The premise was intriguing, the characters and dialogue lively and credible, the plot riveting. Levinson has certainly assembled a fascinating cast from various eras. I wish, however, that Levinson had added a couple of hundred pages to the book, because, contrary to what some reviews have suggested, Levinson does not tie all the threads together in a satisfying way. Here's my inventory of major omissions: 1) more description of the times and places visited, especially Heron's Alexandria and Socrates' Athens 2) tying up some very important loose ends, including the motivation and ultimate fate of some major characters 3) a more honest grappling with the paradoxes of time travel. The novel's characters talk constantly about whether they will be changing history or merely fulfilling it, so I was expecting some surprises at the end. The surprise we are offered is rather disappointing. Since Socrates begins to speak for himself late in the novel, I wish he had been allowed to say more. I will read more books by Paul Levinson. I got my money's worth from this one. But it had the potential to be one of my all-time favorites, and it isn't.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2006

    Highly original and fun

    I can honestly say that I've never read anything like this before..in my eyes, The Plot to Save Socrates is highly original, creative and engaging. I enjoyed it from the first page. The story starts out in the year 2042, when Sierra, a young woman scholar is shown a piece of an old dialog of Socrates. The dialog details a conversation between Socrates himself, and another man, Andros. Andros is from the future and tells Socrates he has a way to save him from his immediate death and continue with his life. From here, Sierra's life changes forever. She finds herself drawn into a world of time travel, romance, mystery and twists that will keep readers guessing until the last page. The story is easy to follow, despite the numerous time jumps and twists. It's a fun and different read, that I would recommend to anyone looking for something unusual to read. You won't regret itl. It's incredibly well researched and written. Two thumbs up!

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    fun lighthearted time travel romp

    In 2042 Classics Professor Thomas O¿Leary shows Manhattan¿s Old School doctorate candidate Sierra Waters a recently discovered fragment of a Socrates Dialogue. Sierra is stunned when the great philosopher discusses an opportunity offered by a visitor Andros to his prison to escape his impending state sponsored death by traveling in time. After discussing the Dialogue with her boyfriend Max, Sierra talks to her faculty advisor who says he is going to a Wilmington hospital for an operation on an aneurysm near his heart and that he trusts Sierra to do the right thing when it comes to Socrates. --- Sierra and Max soon investigate the reality of time travel not just the theories and learn of a machine in London. There they begin a journey through time to several BCE eras, the nineteenth century and two decades into their future in an attempt to persuade Socrates to escape imminent death by hemlock. However the great philosopher has other plans for the leadership of Athens even while Sierra is attracted to the ¿enemy¿ and there is no guarantee that the two graduate students will return to their doctorate present. --- THE PLOT TO SAVE SOCRATES is a fun lighthearted time travel romp that in some ways will remind the audience of Bill and Ted though Sierra and Max are a lot more intelligent than the latter two. The story line is fast-paced as the twenty-first century travelers move back and forth in time with several intriguing surprises to include meeting real historical figures and a terrific final spin. Paul Levinson provides a strong science fiction thriller in which readers will have all the time in the world to join the quest to save Socrates. --- Harriet Klausner

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