Plot to Save Socrates

Plot to Save Socrates

by Paul Levinson

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ISBN-13: 9780765311979
Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
Publication date: 02/20/2007
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.17(w) x 9.16(h) x 0.73(d)

About the Author

Paul Levinson's eight nonfiction books, including The Soft Edge (1997), Digital McLuhan (1999), Realspace (2003), and Cellphone (2004), have been the subject of major articles in the New York Times, Wired, the Christian Science Monitor, and have been translated into ten languages. New New Media will be published in the summer of 2009. His science fiction novels include The Silk Code (1999, winner of the Locus Award for Best First Novel)., Borrowed Tides (2001), The Consciousness Plague (2002), The Pixel Eye (2003), and The Plot To Save Socrates (2006). His short stories have been nominated for Nebula, Hugo, Edgar, and Sturgeon Awards. Paul Levinson appears on "The O'Reilly Factor" (Fox News), "The CBS Evening News," "NewsHour with Jim Lehrer" (PBS), "Nightline" (ABC), and numerous national and international TV and radio programs. He reviews the best of television in his InfiniteRegress.tv blog, and was listed in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s "Top 10 Academic Twitterers" in 2009. Paul Levinson is Professor of Communication & Media Studies at Fordham University in New York City.

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Plot to Save Socrates 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Author_DB_Pacini More than 1 year ago
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.
LisetteBrodey More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
lithicbee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love a good time traveling story, and this one has the added bonus of being a mystery, an adventure, an a Platonic dialogue all wrapped in one. My only complaint would be that some characters' motivations are unclear; the book seems to beg a sequel to explain these loose ends. Or maybe I just couldn't wrap my head around it. At any rate, I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone interested in time travel or philosophy. I also recommend reading it in one sitting (quite possible), to have the best chance of keeping the characters, times, and plots in good order in your own mind.