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The Plot to Save Socrates

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Publisher: Tor Books

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Language:English | Number of Pages: 272 | Format: Hardcover

Isbn-10: 0765305704 | Isbn-13: 9780765305701 | Publish date:  | Edition 1

Also available as: Paperback , Others

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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 new dialogue 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 showed 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 gentlemens clubs in London and in New York, and into the pastand 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. Fascinating historical characters, from Alcibiades (of the honeyed thighs) to Thomas 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.
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    interesting premise. time travelers set out to save Socrates. i don't know a lot about philosophy, so I'm not sure if the representations of the philosophers were accurate, but they seemed fine. It felt stiff - many of the characters were very flat. And the representation of the one woman in ...continue

    interesting premise. time travelers set out to save Socrates. i don't know a lot about philosophy, so I'm not sure if the representations of the philosophers were accurate, but they seemed fine. It felt stiff - many of the characters were very flat. And the representation of the one woman in the book was particularly one-dimensional .
    But - it was interesting. the plot kept moving and all the pieces fell together in the end. I did finish it. And I don't regret reading it, so that's something.

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