The Plot to Save Socrates

Version: Abridged
Author: Paul Levinson
Narrator: Mark Shanahan
Genres: Science Fiction
Publisher: Listen & Live Audio
Published In: June 2006
# of Units: 7 CDs
Length: 10 hours
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Paul Levinson's astonishing new 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 a time machine in a gentlemen's club in London and in New York, and into the past, and to a time traveler from her 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, or to do so herself. And she finds that time travel raises more questions than it answers. Fascinating historical characters from Alcibiades (of the honeyed thighs) and Thomas Appleton, the great 19th century American publisher, to Socrates himself, appear. With surprises in every chapter, Paul Levinson has outdone himself in The Plot to Save Socrates.

Reviews (1)


Written by Elorah Dannon from Montgomery, AL on October 30th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This was a fun book. The plot was interesting and the reading was good. The ending was a little on the sad side but the whole experience was worth the ride.

Author Details

Author Details

Levinson, Paul

Paul Levinson's "The Soft Edge" and "Digital McLuhan" have been the subject of major articles in "The New York Times" and "WIRED," and his science fiction novel, "The Silk Code," won the Locus Award for Best First Novel. Paul has published more than 100 articles on history, philosophy, and the future of communications media. He has appeared on the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, the O'Reilly Factor, and dozens of television and radio shows. He is Professor and Chair of Communication & Media Studies at Fordham University in New York City. His website is