The Plot to Save Socrates
by Paul Levinson
Edited by David G. Hartwell
Cover Artist: Gaelano Gandolfi (1734-1802)
Tor Books Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765311979
Date: 20 February 2007 List Price $14.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
Book Description: Paul Levinsons astonishing new SF novel is a surprise and a delight: In the year 2042, Sierra, a young graduate student in Classics, is shown a recently discovered new dialog of Socrates, 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. The trail leads her to a time machine in a gentlemen's club that exists in London and in New York, as well as into the past where a time traveler from her future is posing as Heron of Alexandria in 150 AD. Complications, mysteries, and time loops proliferate as Sierra tries to discern who is planning to save the greatest philosopher in human history. She finds that time travel raises more questions than it answers. Fascinating historical characters from Alcibiades (of the honeyed thighs) and Appleton, the great nineteenth century American publisher, to Socrates himself appear. With surprises in every chapter, Paul Levinson has outdone himself in The Plot to Save Socrates.
(Source: Tor Books)