Paul Levinson


New Kindle editions

Now available.... the "author's cut" of Paul Levinson's three Phil D'Amato novels - The Silk Code (Paul's award-winning 1999 first novel), The Consciousness Plague, and The Pixel Eye - are now available from JoSara Media as Kindle editions for you to download and enjoy, with new, original cover art by award-winning illustrator Joel Iskowitz. Introducing these novels the way the author intended them... read them for the first time... read them again! Download yours now!

The Sierra Waters time travel trilogy is also now available from JoSara Media in Kindle The Plot to Save Socrates, its sequel Unburning Alexandria, and Chronica, the newest novel in the series... as Sierra travels through time trying to preserve history, meeting up with historical figures past and present. Featuring new cover art designed by artist Joel Iskowitz specifically for these Kindle editions.

Get your copies now!

And now... introducing the Jeff Harris stories... originally published in Analog magazine, now available from Connected Editions in brand new Kindle editions... Jeff Harris, a college professor in the late 20th century, is going back to 1986 to try to stop the Challenger disaster - when time travel hell breaks loose... download the stories and enjoy!

Other news

Updated second edition (2012) of Paul Levinson's latest non-fiction book,New New Media, is now available! This ground-breaking work, originally released in 2009 by Penguin Academics (a Pearson, Allyn and Bacon company), is a cutting-edge tour of the newest user-driven "new new media", turning consumers into producers. The new edition features Facebook, Twitter, blogging, YouTube, Foursquare, Wikipedia, more... how this transformation has revolutionized just about all aspects of our personal lives from the way we watch television to the way we pick our Presidents... with special focus on the global impact of these new new media, affecting protest movements from the Arab Spring to Occupy Wall Street... and more...

New New Media second edition..... now available... also available on Kindle!

Lots of news about Twice Upon a Rhyme!

Paul is delighted to announce the release on iTunes, Amazon and eMusic of his classic 1972 original 13-track record album, Twice Upon A Rhyme. Buy individual tracks, or the whole album!

This coincided with the exciting reissue of a high-quality vinyl remastered re-pressing by Sound of Salvation/Whiplash Records in the UK in December 2010, and the earlier re-issue in South Korea by Big Pink-Beatball Records and in Japan by Vivid Records of a new CD containing the complete original 13-track album plus three bonus tracks. Copies of the re-pressing and CD are available - read all about it!

Enjoy these reissues, and if you want the real thing..... a limited number of original 1972 sealed vinyl copies are also still available for purchase by collectors and connoisseurs of the fine sound of mint condition original LPs.

Listen to some samples here!

What's up ahead

Coming up... The Hurricane Wars... the fourth Phil D'Amato novel.

Next up in non-fiction: The Third Golden Age of Television Drama.... expanding on many of the themes Paul explores in his popular blog,

And an anthology, Touching the Face of the Cosmos (edited with Michael Waltemathe), of essays and short stories about religion and outer space.

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Paul Levinson, PhD, is Professor of Communication & Media Studies at Fordham University in New York City. His nine nonfiction books, including The Soft Edge (1997), Digital McLuhan (1999), Realspace (2003), Cellphone (2004), and New New Media (2009/2012) have been the subject of major articles in The New York Times, Wired, The Christian Science Monitor, and other publications and have been translated into ten languages. New New Media, exploring blogging, Twitter, YouTube and other "new new" modes of communication, was published by Penguin Academics in 2009, revised and updated in 2012. His science fiction novels include The Silk Code (1999/2012, winner of the Locus Award for Best First Novel), Borrowed Tides (2001), The Consciousness Plague (2002/2013), The Pixel Eye (2003/2014), The Plot To Save Socrates (2006/2012), Unburning Alexandria (2013), and Chronica (2014). His short stories have been nominated for Nebula, Hugo, Edgar, and Sturgeon Awards. Paul Levinson has appeared 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 blog, hosts popular podcasts, and was listed in The Chronicle of Higher Education's "Top 10 Academic Twitterers" in 2009.

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Paul Levinson writes science fiction, sf/mystery and popular and scholarly non-fiction. His most recent novels, now available in Kindle editions, are the Sierra Waters trilogy: The Plot to Save Socrates (2006/2012), Unburning Alexandria (2013), and Chronica (2014). His newest non-fiction book is New New Media (2009/2012). The Silk Code (1999/2012) won the Locus award for Best First Novel of 1999. His novel The Consciousness Plague (2003/2013) won the 2003 Mary Shelley Award for outstanding Fictional Work. He has published more than 30 science fiction stories, some of which are now available on His novella "Loose Ends" - the first of the Jeff Harris stories - was a 1998 Hugo Award finalist, a finalist for the 1998 Sturgeon Award, and a finalist for the 1997 Nebula Award. The radioplay of his novelette "The Chronology Protection Case" was nominated for an Edgar Award for Best Mystery Play of 2002. Digital McLuhan won the 2000 Lewis Mumford Award for Outstanding Scholarship. His fiction and non-fiction work has been translated into sixteen languages.


Paul's latest novels are The Plot to Save Socrates and its sequels Unburning Alexandria and Chronica - all three Sierra Waters novels now available in Kindle editions.

Paul's novel The Plot to Save Socrates, was published in February 2006 - the first edition went into three hardcover printings. The book was also available in a trade paperback edition and now as a Kindle edition. The Plot has been translated into Spanish and Romanian, available as e-books.

You can listen to Paul read the first chapter here - your own private reading in your living room, or download it to your iPod and take it with you!

What they're saying about The Plot to Save Socrates:

Entertainment Weekly magazine calls it "challenging fun". The New York Daily News calls it a "Da Vinci-esque thriller"...

A thoughtful review by Colin Harvey on says "There's a delightfully old-fashioned feel to The Plot to Save Socrates... Levinson's cool, spare style reminded me of the writing of Isaac Asimov... The Plot to Save Socrates is a book that will bear repeated rereading." And Fantasybookspot calls it "a philosophically rich, engaging time travel story... a charming portrayal of Socrates"...

A STARRED review in Library Journal says... "...Levinson spins a fascinating tale that spans the centuries from 400 B.C.E. to 2061 C.E. and ranges from ancient Greece and Egypt to Victorian London and future New York. An intriguing premise with believable characters and attention to period detail make this an outstanding choice... Highly recommended."

Steve Powers, in the Dallas Morning News, calls it "a fun book to read"...

Brian Charles Clark's detailed and enjoyable review (be aware, a few surprise plot points are revealed!) on Curled Up With a Good Book says The Plot to Save Socrates "resonates with the current political climate" and he finds "a bite to Levinson's wit"... and he notes that "heroine Sierra Waters is sexy as hell"...

John Joseph Adams, writing in Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show calls The Plot to Save Socrates " elaborately- reasoned temporal tale - a novelized thought experiment whose logic and ideas Socrates would have approved of..."

Pamela Sargent's SciFi Weekly review calls it "highly original," "conscientiously researched and well rendered," "emotionally satisfying and extremely moving." She concludes, "The Plot to Save Socrates will provoke thought long after readers have finished the book, at which point many may want to pick it up and read it again, to savor its twists and turns."

Tom Easton, writing in Analog magazine, calls The Plot to Save Socrates "very satisfying... a tour de force..." and he says "Watch for it on award ballots."

Kristin Gray, in the Davis, California, Enterprise says the book is "fast-paced and full of plot twists"...

And this from Gavin Grant in Bookpage: "It's obvious that Levinson had a lot of fun and did a lot of research to write this book, and readers are sure to enjoy his take on the paradoxes of time travel."

Fantasybookspot calls it "a philosophically rich, engaging time travel story... a charming portrayal of Socrates"...

Thomas M. Wagner, writing on, raves about "this yummy little pretzel of a story" ... calling it "deliriously mind-boggling time travel... Paul Levinson's The Plot to Save Socrates is a rare example of a novel actually thriving on paradoxes... daring with both its ideas and its approach to narrative structure... It's an absolute treat to sit back and be wrapped up in a story that gives a retro SF premise like time travel such a brilliant new kick, and it's doubly delightful to find the story as fun and entertaining as it is thought-provoking. Brain candy and brain vegetables, all in one serving. ... I just have to recommend the book to any and every SF reader looking for something truly original for a change."

Book.of.the.moment says "I've never read anything like this before... The Plot to Save Socrates is highly original, creative, and engaging. I enjoyed it from the first page."

Publisher's Weekly calls it a "light, engaging time travel yarn" and says " the surprise end, Levinson succeeds in tying the main narrative together in a way that neatly satisfies the circularity inherent in time travel, whose paradoxes he links to Greek philosophy..."

Booklist says "The plot twists across itself, filling the book with paradoxes and potential paradoxes in total disregard for linear time, betrayal, and plotting. In the end, Socrates' fate and Andros' motivations and identity conclude a quick-to-read, entertaining treatment of the problems inherent in time travel with style and flair."

And Meme Therapy joins Far Sector andSciFi Wire with feature interviews with Paul about time travel and the writing of The Plot to Save Socrates...

The Plot to Save Socrates ... political intrigue... ancient mysteries... time travel... past and future locales... deception and subterfuge...

And Sierra Waters' adventures back and forth through time continue in the sequels Unburning Alexandria (2013) and Chronica (2014) where she tries to rescue the ill-fated scrolls of the Library of Alexandria and challenges Heron of Alexandria, attempting to thwart his evil intentions - encountering historical figures along the way from Ptolemy to Tesla.

Get the complete Sierra Waters trilogy Kindle editions!

Some of Paul Levinson's earlier fiction:

The Silk Code, winner of the Locus Award for Best First Novel of 1999, features NYPD forensic detective Dr. Phil D'Amato - hero of three of Paul Levinson's earlier award-nominated novelettes - was first published by Tor Books (David Hartwell, editor) in 1999 in hardcover; mass-market paperback in 2000. The "author's cut" Kindle edition is now available.

The Silk Code reached #8 on the Locus Paperback Best Seller List in February 2001. Gerald Jonas in The New York Times Book Review said "As a genre-bending blend of police procedural and science fiction, The Silk Code delivers on its promises..."; Booklist called it "cerebral but gripping"; Locus picked it as New and Notable in November 1999 and called it an "exceptional first novel." In a separate Locus review, Gary K. Wolfe said "It's a rare thriller that actually achieves its goals as a detective tale and a work of boldly speculative sf." WIRED called the mystery in The Silk Code "as twisted as a double helix." The Silk Code also was a runner-up in Barnes & Noble's Explorations "Maiden Voyages" contest for best first sf or fantasy novel of 1999. The book is available in a Polish translation. Along with Greg Bear's acclaimedDarwin's Radio, The Silk Code was highlighted in the 2002 History Channel documentary Fantastic Voyage: Evolution of Science Fiction, as indicative of the direction science fiction is taking in the 21st century, examining biological themes.

Listen to the podiobook serial of Paul's 1999 award-winning first novel... The Silk Code - read by Shaun Farrell - now available for your listening pleasure!

Click here for more about the weekly installments of this podiobook - introduced by famed authors such as Joe Haldeman who said The Silk Code was "an impressive debut". The podiobook is now available for free subscription to download to your computer or iPod.

His second novel, Borrowed Tides, was published by Tor Books in hardcover in March 2001, mass-market paperback in January 2002, and tells the story of the first mission to Alpha Centauri led by a philosopher of science, and a specialist in Native American mythology, two old friends from the Bronx in their seventies. From the reviews: Library Journal said Borrowed Tides is "...packed with layers of meaning that blend ancient legends and modern science and provides an intriguing glimpse into the mysteries of time and space"; Gerald Jonas in The New York Times Book Review said that Borrowed Tides is "....bizarre enough to satisfy readers..."; Booklist called it a "to-the-last-page spellbinder"; Publishers' Weekly said "Politics blends neatly with spirituality in Levinson's second novel ... an ingenious narrative that loops back on itself like a Moebius strip"; and Gary K. Wolfe, writing in Locus, said "Levinson does a terrific job .... [reminiscent] of the philosophic space fiction of James Blish or the reality- testing scenarios of Philip K. Dick"; Locus also picked it as New and Notable in April 2001. It was a May 2001 Science Fiction Book Club (SFBC) Selection.

Dr. Phil D'Amato returns in a gripping New York City sf mystery, as this NYPD forensics detective faces a strange series of murders and memory losses in The Consciousness Plague, Levinson's third novel for Tor, published in hard cover in 2002; trade paperback in August 2003 JoSara Media has now put out a Kindle edition. This novel won the 2003 Mary Shelley Award for Outstanding Fictional Work. Roland Green, writing in Booklist, said The Consciousness Plague "more nearly reaches the heights of Isaac Asimov's classic sf mysteries than those of most other genre hands who attempt them manage to do these days"; Tom Easton said in the November 2002 issue of Analog that "This is Levinson's best to date"; Library Journal said "Levinson's intelligent blend of police procedural and speculative fiction should appeal to fans of mystery and sf"; Locus' Gary K. Wolfe called it "a pretty crisp murder mystery"; and Paul Di Filippo says in SFWeekly that "D'Amato [is] ... an earnest Everyman, operating on a shoeshine and a hunch". Locus picked The Consciousness Plague as "New and Notable" in April 2002. And it was selected as a Spring 2002 Science Fiction Book Club (SFBC) Featured Alternate and a Spring Editor's Pick of the Mystery Guild. A Polish translation has also been published.

The Pixel Eye, now available in a Kindle edition, was published in hardcover in 2003, trade paperback edition in June 2004. Paul's fourth novel is a gritty Phil D'Amato mystery with sf overtones. The Pixel Eye, where holograms, cellphones and squirrels are used for surveillance in near-future New York City.

Connie Willis says "Forensic detective Phil D'Amato is one of my favorite characters".

The New York Times Book Review says "The nuttiness of the premise and the grittiness of the near-future New York ambience are equally appealing" and they selected and reprinted several paragraphs from The Pixel Eye in the August 17, 2003 "NY Bookshelf: Novels: Tales of Detectives, Art and Squirrels" feature in The City section -- one of four new "New York" books.

Tom Easton, writing in Analog, says "Paul Levinson's latest Phil D'Amato romp ... is nicely straightforward and an interesting take on the real world of the moment."

Publisher's Weekly calls The Pixel Eye a "breezily chilling story" and says it is "enough to send a shiver down most readers' spines."

Library Journal says "Levinson's latest novel featuring the resourceful and wise-cracking D'Amato delivers another satisfying mix of hard sf intrigue and detective story set against a 21st-century New York City" that is "a fast-moving story that belongs in most libraries."

SF Weekly says "The Pixel Eye is a thoroughly enjoyable book, extremely readable, and brave in confronting the consequences of September 11."

Cinescape magazine says "D'Amato is a charming narrator, and an intriguing character, which also contributes to Pixel's successes."

SFRevu says "Long time readers of science fiction should consider him [Levinson] their first choice when it comes to spreading the word of sf..."

Two of Paul Levinson's novelettes have been reprinted in major anthologies: "The Mendelian Lamp Case" in David Hartwell's 1998Year's Best SF3 and "The Chronology Protection Case" in Jack Dann's 1998Nebula Awards 32. "The Mendelian Lamp Case" is also reprinted as one of five stories - alongside Kevin J. Anderson, Gregory Benford, David Brin, and Marc Zicree - in the 1999 anthology Science Fiction Theater (Quadrillion/MGM) and appears in David Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer's anthology The Hard SF Renaissance (Tor, 2002). His short fiction has been translated into French, Italian, and Czech.

Paul's reviews of science fiction have appeared in The New York Review of Science Fiction and in Tangent .

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Paul Levinson has published nine non-fiction books including his most recent New New Media published in 2009, revised and updated in 2012. Here are some of them:

Paul's non-fiction book New New Media was first published in 2009 by Penguin Academics (a Pearson, Allyn and Bacon company), with a revised and updated second edition released in 2012. New New Media is a cutting-edge tour of the newest user-driven "new media", turning consumers into producers - blogging, YouTube, Twitter, Wikipedia, Facebook, Digg, more... and how this transformation has revolutionized just about all aspects of our personal lives from the way we get our news to how we watch television to the way we pick our Presidents. The second edition is expanded to include a special focus on the global impact of these new new media, affecting protest movements from the Arab Spring to Occupy Wall Street... and more...

Joan Walsh, Editor-in-Chief of, says:

"Paul Levinson takes you on a walking tour - actually, it's more like a running tour - of the media innovations that are transforming our world. He's not just a scholar, he's an explorer, immersing himself in MySpace, Facebook, Twitter and multiple blogging platforms to help us make sense of the galloping changes in media. Have we entered a glorious new era of media democracy, or are these innovations leveling standards of fairness and authority? Levinson remains an optimist without being blind to the dark side of change. Whether you want to learn to blog, podcast or Twitter yourself, or just keep track of the way such tools are remaking the world around you, New New Media is an indispensable guide."

Jeff Jarvis, Director of New Media Program, City University of New York's Graduate School of Journalism; Founder, Entertainment Weekly; Creator, BuzzMachine blog, says:

"Paul Levinson provides an invaluable and encyclopaedic guide to the newest of new media invented so far."

Mignon Fogarty, creator of the award-winning Grammar Girl podcast, and author of the New York Times bestseller Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing, says:

"Insightful and comprehensive. The overviews are great for people who want to quickly get up-to-speed on the entire landscape or more experienced Web addicts who want to branch out, and the anecdotes and history will delight people who consider themselves old-timers."

New New Media is available in paperback and also now in a Kindle edition. It has been translated into Chinese, Korean, Polish, and Arabic.

Cellphone: The Story of the World's Most Mobile Medium and How It Has Transformed Everything! was published by Palgrave/Macmillan in April 2004 and available and for online order.

Sir Arthur C. Clarke said about Cellphone, "A superb and often amusing account of one of the greatest revolutions in human history, in which we are now living. The wristwatch phone of the old science fiction stories is now a reality! What more can we expect? Direct brain to brain communication? Stay tuned...." Douglas Rushkoff, writing in, calls Paul Levinson "a worthy appraiser of the function of this most ubiquitous wireless media tool in human affairs." And he says Cellphone makes "an excellent case for the cell phone's ability to reinstate the supremacy of the written word." Pamir Gelenbe calls the book "a thought-provoking analysis" that is "certainly worth a read," in the British publication, MediaWeek.

Chinese and Polish translations of Cellphone are now available.

Realspace: The Fate of Physical Presence in the Digital Age, On and Off Planet, published by Routledge in July 2003, explores the need for real face-to-face interaction and physical movement in an age of cyberspace... the destiny of humanity to reach beyond this planet and explore outer space... and how these themes play in our 21st century world.

Publisher's Weekly says "Fans of Levinson's previous works, as well as those interested in the relations between cyberspace, 'real space' and outer space, should relish this challenging and mind-opening read."

The Midwest Book Review says "Realspace is an essential, thought-provoking purchase".

And Edward Tenner, author of Why Things Bite Back, called Realspace "a rich, original, and sophisticated work that will be rewarding reading both for science fiction enthusiasts and for professionals in the history and sociology of science and technology".

The Christian Science Monitor published an in-depth interview with Paul and said Realspace "offers an irresistible perspective". And Paul's Realspace media appearances included an interview on national network overnight television -- ABC World News Now now available on the Web... and on BBC Radio 4 on Thinking Allowed -- now also available on the web -- in a conversation with Brian Stableford.

Read the first chapter of Realspace now... and order a copy! A Chinese translation of the book was released in 2007.

Digital McLuhan: A Guide to the Information Millennium, was published worldwide in hardcover by Routledge in 1999; trade paperback edition 2001. Digital McLuhan won the 2000 Lewis Mumford Award for Outstanding Scholarship. WIRED's Kevin Kelly said about Digital McLuhan, "Paul Levinson completes McLuhan's pioneering work. Read this book if you want to decipher life on the screen." The New York Times said "Levinson performs a useful service ... [he] applies McLuhan's work to almost every facet of modern communications" and in another article "Digital McLuhan presents McLuhan in a new light, [for] a generation grappling with the transforming effects of cyberspace, cell phones and virtual reality." Digital McLuhan is included on Robert Anton Wilson's " Recommended Reading List," of "the bare minimum of what everybody really needs to chew and digest before they can converse intelligently about the 21st Century." Professors in graduate and undergraduate classes around the world use this book to help their students put the Internet into perspective. The book has been published in Japanese, Chinese, Croatian, Romanian, Macedonian, and Korean translations.

The Soft Edge: A Natural History and Future of the Information Revolution (Routledge hardcover 1997, trade paperback 1998) received major critical acclaim -- ranging from WIRED ("Remarkable in both scholarly sweep and rhetorical lyricism...") and The Financial Times of London ("a book that is both full of insights and provocative") to's Cyberculture editor ("Levinson has a knack for making his reader feel intelligent and respected") and Analog ("...defies the critics of technology") -- and the book was the subject of a 90-minute talk he gave at Borders at New York City's World Trade Center, which aired on C-SPAN's "About Books" on February 28, 1998. It is used in university classes around the world with its comprehensive view of where our communications technologies have been and where they are going. Translations of The Soft Edge are available in Portuguese, Polish, Turkish, and Chinese.

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About Paul Levinson

Paul Levinson is a professor, media commentator, and writer of award-winning fiction and non-fiction. His popular blogs and podcasts include and "Light On Light Through" - reviewing the best of television and movies - and he was listed in The Chronicle of Higher Education's "Top 10 Academic Twitterers" in 2009. His non-fiction books include The Soft Edge (1997), Digital McLuhan (1999), Realspace (2003), Cellphone (2004), and New New Media (2009/2012). His novels include The Silk Code (1999/2012, winner of the Locus Award for Best First Novel), Borrowed Tides (2001), The Consciousness Plague (2002/2013), The Pixel Eye (2003/2014), The Plot To Save Socrates (2006/2012). Unburning Alexandria (2013), and Chronica (2014). His short stories have been nominated for Nebula, Hugo, Edgar, and Sturgeon Awards.

Paul has been interviewed more than 500 times on radio and television in the United States, Canada, England, Italy and Australia including ABC's "NightLine", "CBS Evening News with Dan Rather", PBS' "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer", "The O'Reilly Factor", "Scarborough Country", "Jesse Ventura's America", "The Big Story with John Gibson", ABC's "World News Now", "Daybreak", "Your World with Neil Cavuto", PBS, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, CNBC, Discovery Channel, the History Channel, "Today in New York", "Good Day New York", WNBC-TV, WCBS-TV, WB-11, "Inside Edition", AP Radio, CBS Radio Network News, Bloomberg Radio, CNN Radio, NPR's "Talk of the Nation", "Morning Edition", "The Diane Rehm Show", "On the Media", "The Connection","on Point", "Public Interest (The Kojo Nnamdi Show)", "Odyssey", "Tech Nation", "New York and Company", and many local NPR affiliates and local radio and tv, and the BBC's "NewsNight" and "Thinking Allowed" and he has been quoted frequently in publications including The New York Times, Politico, Huffington Post, USA Today, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Esquire, Smithsonian Magazine, U.S. News and World Report, Forbes, The Christian Science Monitor, New York Daily News, New York Post, Newsday, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, Hollywood Reporter, Daily Variety, Billboard, Toronto Star, Montreal Gazette, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Houston Chronicle, Philadelphia Inquirer, Miami Herald, Newark Star-Ledger, Orlando Sentinel, Cleveland Plain-Dealer, Detroit News, Dallas Morning News, the Cape Cod Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Associated Press, Reuters, UPI, Scripps-Howard, and dozens of other major newspapers, magazines, and news services.

He has published more than 100 scholarly articles on the history and philosophy of communication and technology, and his essays have appeared in The Village Voice, Shift, The Industry Standard, Omni, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Analog, and eight times in WIRED. He was editor-in-chief of the Journal of Social and Evolutionary Systems from 1990-2000; he was Associate Editor of et cetera from 1977-1979.

In the late 1960s to early 1970s Paul was a songwriter, singer and record producer. He worked with music business greats ranging from Ellie Greenwich to Murray the K. His songwriting career featured recordings by the Vogues and other 1960s groups. He wrote lyrics and sometimes music, often in collaboration with other songwriters such as noted composer Jimmy Krondes and a then unknown young songwriter named Linda Kaplan who years later wrote the Toys 'r' Us jingle.

One of Paul's songs, "Hung Up On Love," written by Paul Levinson & Mikie Harris, and recorded by Paul's group The Other Voices for Atlantic Records in 1968 (produced by Ellie Greenwich and Mike Rashkow), was released by Rhino Handmade in February 2004 in a compilation CD album called Come To The Sunshine: Soft Pop Nuggets, and in 2005 in the UK as A Whole Lot of Rainbows: Soft Pop Nuggets. Entertainment Weekly gave the CD an "A-" review, calling it "inspired and strange." Steven Rosen, reviewing the compilation for Los Angeles City Beat, notices Paul's trademark internal rhyming, citing "the Other Voices´┐Ż cheerfully sincere 'Hung Up on Love,' with its couplet rhyming sunshine and lunchtime." David Bash in Shindig Magazine says the compilation "may be the best compendium of soft pop the world has yet to hear" and he calls "Hung Up On Love" one of the "absolute best of the lot." Patrick Rands, writing in Gullbuy, also raves about the compilation, and then says this recording of "Hung Up On Love" is "a really exciting pop masterpiece ... which has a 5th Dimension/Tokens sound to it, really upbeat and chipper in a harmony pop kind of way." That "Tokens sound" is Paul, doing his infamous falsetto harmony, with Stu Nitekman and Ira Margolis making the magical three-part sound that The Other Voices (originally called The New Outlook) were known for.

Paul's LP record album, Twice Upon a Rhyme, was released in 1972 and appears from time to time on cult collectors' lists. The July 2002 issue of Japan's Record Collectors' Magazine featured Twice Upon a Rhyme in its roundup of American 1960s "Psychedelic Movements". The reviewer, Taro Miyasugi, said, "It's human mystical pop music... wonderful songs." Vinyl copies are still available for purchase.

Listen to a few sample tracks of Paul's music from 30+ years ago, which we'll be changing from time to time... right now, "Not Yet Ready to Say Goodbye" ... "Unbelievable (Inconceivable You)"... "Murray the K's Back in Town" ...

He holds a PhD in Media Theory from New York University and is founder of Connected Education, Inc., which offered graduate courses on the Internet for over a dozen years, starting in 1985. His 30-year teaching career has included positions at the New School for Social Research, Hofstra University, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Polytechnic University of New York, Audrey Cohen College, St. John's University, and the Western Behavioral Sciences Institute. He is now Professor of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University, New York City, where he teaches undergraduate classes and graduate students in the Masters of Arts in Public Communications program. He was named the "2004 Teacher of the Year" by the Graduate Students Association.

Paul Levinson was President of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) from December 1998 through June 2001. He previously served as the organization's Vice President. Paul is a member of SFWA and of Mystery Writers of America.

Paul lives near New York City. His wife, Tina Vozick, is his publicist -- coordinating booksignings, appearances, interviews and other publicity matters -- contact her if you'd like to arrange a booking, or for more information.

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Meet Paul Levinson

See and hear Paul on the Web

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  • Listen to Jason Rennie's interview with Paul on the Sci Phi Show about Robert Heinlein vs. Barack Obama: the meaning of voting, March 10, 2008
  • Hear Maia Whitaker interview Paul about social networking as a promotional tool for writers on The Knitwitch Zone, February 26, 2008
  • Stephen Euin Cobb's February 6, 2008 episode of The Future And You featured an interview with Paul about science and what Paul calls "The New New Media" ... listen to the interview here
  • The December 14, 2006 Sci Phi Show featured an "outcast" of Paul interviewed by Jason Rennie about the fascinating intersection of philosophy and science fiction... hear it here
  • Paul was interviewed here by Shaun Farrell for the March 28, 2007 podcast of Shaun's Adventures in Scifi Publishing- talking about science fiction and academia
  • Carl Zeigler interviewed Paul for more than an hour on his brand-new Rendered Artist show, September 2, 2006, about a century of science fiction movies, novels, and stories... and about Paul's writing career
  • Music critics Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot interviewed Paul on Chicago Public Radio's Sound Opinions, August 5, 2006, about MTV's 25th anniversary - listen here
  • interview with Patrick Rands on June 30, 2006 on Boston's WZBC radio about Paul's music career - with recordings of many of his songs and including a live performance of his new song, "Lime Streets"
  • Voice of America, internationally broadcast report with Rosanne Skirble - discussion about personalized ringtones for cellphones, January 19, 2005
  • Local NPR's "What the Tech?" (WXXI-AM, 1370 Radio, Rochester, New York)- discussion about Cellphone, July 17, 2004, Stephen Jacobs, host
  • Bill O'Reilly's "The Radio Factor," - talking about Saddam Hussein on trial, July 2, 2004, noon, Judge Andrew Napolitano, guest host
  • Wisconsin Public Radio's "Conversations with Joy Cardin," - discussion about Cellphone, May 25, 2004, 7:00 AM, Joy Cardin host
  • Minnesota Public Radio's "Midmorning," - discussion about Cellphone, May 24, 2004, Hour 2, Kate Smith, host
  • Local NPR's "Focus 580," (WILL-AM 580 Radio, Urbana, Illinois) - discussion about Cellphone, May 13, 2004, David Inge, host
  • Nationally aired NPR's "Talk of the Nation", - discussion about Cellphone, May 12, 2004, Joe Palco, host
  • Boston NPR affiliate's "On Point" (WBUR-FM, 90.9, Boston, Massachusetts) - discussion about Howard Stern and the First Amendment, March 10, 2004, Tom Ashbrook, host
  • Local NPR's "What the Tech?" (WXXI-AM, 1370 Radio, Rochester, New York)- discussion about Realspace, September 6, 2003, Stephen Jacobs, host
  • Local NPR's "Focus 580," (WILL-AM 580 Radio, Urbana, Illinois) - discussion about Realspace, July 18, 2003, Jack Brighton, host
  • BBC Radio 4's "Thinking Allowed" - Paul has a conversation with Brian Stableford aboutRealspace, July 16, 2003, Laurie Taylor, host
  • NPR's The Connection - featured guest on "Revisiting Marshall McLuhan" -a discussion about the importance of Marshall McLuhan's work in understanding the 21st century, August 27, 2002
  • SciFi Dimensions - interview about The Consciousness Plague, the past and future of science fiction, and his non-fiction work on communications media, McLuhan, and space exploration, May 2002
  • Odyssey - panel discussion, "Marshall McLuhan Revisited", on WBEZ radio (NPR), Chicago, November 13, 2001
  • Public Interest with Kojo Nnamdi - interview about Digital McLuhan, on WAMU radio (NPR), Washington, DC, July 17, 2001
  • Hour 25 - interview about Digital McLuhan and science fiction, June 2001
  • Seeing Ear Theater, "Digital Plato", readings from The Silk Code (novel) and The Soft Edge (information theory) plus interview, a 40-minute video taped at Fordham University, June 2000
  • AnnOnline, interview and reading of excerpt from The Silk Code
  • Infoculture, Canadian Broadcasting Company's Online Arts and Culture Magazine, an interview on Digital McLuhan, "McLuhan and Me"
  • AnnOnline interview and reading of excerpt from Digital McLuhan
  • Infoculture, Canadian Broadcasting Company's Online Arts and Culture Magazine, an interview on "Intellectual Property and the Net"
  • C-SPAN's "About Books", talking about The Soft Edge
  • AnnOnline, interview and reading of excerpt from The Soft Edge
  • Stein Online, interview about the history and future of information technology
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Have you listened to Paul's podcasts?

Paul has been blogging for a while - about television, writing, politics, and all sorts of popular culture topics. Check it out... add your comments....

And he's also podcasting... his signature show is Light On Light Through... a more-or-less monthly commentary on technological, media, and popular culture issues ranging from Wikipedia to Battlestar Galactica to the First Amendment... available free of charge through iTunes, or by RSS subscription, or here:

Paul also has another podcast called Ask Lev! - where he gives advice to writers and talks about the writing life.

Go to Paul's Podcast Jukebox and listen, or subscribe on iTunes!

From July 2006 to January 2008 Paul had a weekly interview spot on Los Angeles radio KNX (CBS all news radio) on Sunday mornings....

Larry Van Nuys interviewing (2006):
July 9: humans in space
July 16: social impact of cellphones
July 23: respect the First Amendment (part 1)
July 30: respect the First Amendment (part 2)
August 6: only idiots don't watch tv
August 13: terrorism in a media age
August 20: media coverage of sensational news stories
August 27: the Emmys!
September 3: Fall television season
September 10: media aftermath, 5 years after September 11
September 17: are the media too aggressive?
September 24: outer space tourism
October 1: Clinton vs. Wallace on Fox News Sunday
October 8: Bob Woodward's books on Bush and the war
October 15: the benefits of strong opinions on cable news
October 22: YouTube's impact on politics
October 29: 'tis the season for political ads
November 5: Bluetooth technology: the intelligent earring
November 12: viral marketing
November 19: swarming cellphones
November 26: the new James Bond
December 3: another look at Fall tv
December 10: John Lennon's continuing influence
December 17: Golden Globes!
December 24: Time's Person of the Year is You, the YouTube producer

Todd Leitz interviewing (2006-7):
December 31: intelligent advertising: you determine the ads
January 7, 2007: Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth": the media on global warming
January 14: how we watch Presidential speeches
January 21: Keith Olbermann and 24
January 28: Foxing Obama
February 4: Super Bowl ads
February 11: Blockbuster, Netflix, the Web: The Future of Watching Movies
February 18: the FCC - at it again
February 25: Oscars!
March 4: the RIAA and fair use
March 11: free Josh Wolf: we need a Federal Shield Law
March 18: blogger journalism
March 25: media drop the ball on reporting John Edwards news
April 1: media coverage of British-Iranian hostage story
April 8: the ethics of hostages selling their stories
April 15: don't let Imus off the hook by blaming the culture
April 22: how the media handled the Virginia Tech tragedy
April 29: demonstrating violence in the classroom May 6: the first Presidential debates and the LA police riot
May 13: mistreatment of online Ron Paul support
May 20: Fox's spin on after-debate poll reporting (Bob Brill interviewing)
May 27: Star Wars celebration!
June 3: Ward Churchill and sockpuppetry
June 10: the media and Paris Hilton
June 17: The Sopranos finale
June 24: Hillary Soprano and Obama-girl videos

Bob Brill interviewing (2007):
July 1: Elizabeth Edwards vs. Ann Coulter
July 8: the iPhone
July 15: Harry Potter movie
July 22: You Tube-CNN Presidential debate
July 29: Chinese censorship of the Internet
August 5: teens are getting their news from Digg not The New York Times
August 12: the lack of media coverage of Ron Paul
August 19: Big Brother satellites in the sky
August 26: in praise of George Lotz, the kid who cracked the iPhone
September 2: NBC and iTunes split
September 9: celebrity endorsements of political candidates
September 16: the Emmys!
September 23: OJ Media coverage; "Betray us" ad
September 30: Sputnik's 50th anniversary
October 7: FCC auctions off new bandwidth
October 28: fake FEMA press conference
November 4: Writers Guild of America strike
November 11: WGA strike continues
November 18: Obama: Better at speeches than debating?
November 25: impact of the WGA strike
December 2: how important are polls in elections?
December 9: how important are celebrity endorsements in politics?
December 16: newspaper endorsements of Clinton and Obama
December 23: FCC relaxes concentration rules: Good!
December 30: dirty tricks in presidential campaign

Mark Austin Thomas interviewing (2008):
January 6, 2008: Iowa, New Hampshire primaries and the media
January 13: the dangers of a national ID card

Paul Levinson is proud to be included once again in the Freedom Forum's prestigious
2007 First Amendment Desk Calendar.

He is quoted on the May 8, 2007 page:

"What begins as a seemingly innocent campaign against indecency...
always segues in short order into political censorship."

-from his Keynote Address at the 2005 Media Ecology Conference in New York City

Paul talked about the extraordinary social impact of the cellphone on Discovery Channel's new series The Inside Story of... the Cellphone which premiered on December 27... check your local listings for replays and set your TiVo!

Want to read more about the impact of cellphones? Take a look at Paul's recent book Cellphone: The Story of the World's Most Mobile Medium, and How it Has Transformed Everything! - the book that Sir Arthur C. Clarke called "A superb and often amusing account of one of the greatest revolutions in human history, in which we are now living. The wristwatch phone of the old science fiction stories is now a reality! What more can we expect? Direct brain to brain communication? Stay tuned...." Available for online order today!

Paul penned an op-ed for Newsday titled "TV's New Golden Age." Published on July 23, 2006, this piece develops his argument that "only idiots don't watch tv," finding groundbreaking excellence in programming ranging from "Battlestar Galactica" and "Da Ali G Show" to "Rome" and "24". Paul has been an outspoken defender of tv at least since his 1980 article "The Benefits of Watching Television."

Non-fiction book news... Digital McLuhan trade paperback has gone into another printing! Continually in print since its original hardcover publication in 1999, Digital McLuhan has been translated into five languages and is used around the world as a clear, instructive guide to the 21st century relevance of Marshall McLuhan's brilliant and prescient explorations.

Some major television appearances.... On January 2006, Paul appeared on PBS' NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, talking about departing Federal Reserve Board chair Alan Greenspan as pop culture icon... earlier that evening Paul appeared on New York City's WCBS-TV Channel 2 News on the same story....

Paul Levinson has long been a vocal critic of government attacks on the First Amendment -- from the FCC's threats to freedom of speech... to the assault on freedom of the press in meting out jailtime to reporters who must protect their sources... and other incursions on our freedoms.

In October 2005 he was quoted in Peter Johnson's column in USA Today in support of a Federal shield law for reporters...

... subsequently Judith Miller, the New York Times reporter who was jailed for 85 days for refusing to reveal a source, quoted Paul's comments in her testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on why we need a Federal shield law...

... and Kelly Wallace interviewed Paul for CNN's American Morning about Maureen Dowd's sharp criticism of Miller...

...and finally , Paul was interviewed on CNN Radio about Judith Miller's departure from The New York Times ...

Paul is also writing a book on the threat to our Constitutional freedoms, The Flouting of the First Amendment, and frequently talks to the press and to groups about these important issues.

Paul has praise for reinvigorated media advocacy in their reporting on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina:

  • Major quotes in AP piece on Sunday September 25 about Fox News Shepard Smith's extraordinary coverage of the plight of evacuated New Orleans residents who seemed to have been abandoned by the government - this piece picked up by media outlets around the US and abroad...
  • Writing an op-ed for the Sunday "Opinions" section of Newsday on September 11, 2005, "The Media's Righteous Outrage" -- the piece was reprinted in numerous newspapers around the world. An excerpt from this piece was featured by Bill O'Reilly on Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor on September 12...
  • Quoted in USA Today on September 5, "...the beginning of the media's reassertion of aggressive, in-your-face reporting"...
  • Referenced in Dan Froomkin's Washington Post column-blog, "The media rose to the occasion, shone their light on the desolation and the needy, and kept it focused there until the cavalry finally began to arrive"...
  • Interviewed by Canadian Press for newspapers around Canada saying "Hurricane Katrina has reawakened the sleeping giant, and I believe we'll now see a return to the Watergate era of hard-hitting reporting in the United States"...

Paul Levinson's non-fiction book -Cellphone: The Story of the World's Most Mobile Medium, and How It Has Transformed Everything! - continues to receive notice and he is writing and talking about the impact of the cellphone in interviews, op-eds, and on radio and tv...


  • In the St. Petersburg [Florida] Times on October 5, talking about how cellphones are getting smaller and, smarter he predicts, "We're going to wind up in essence with 'intelligent earrings'"...

  • Quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle on August 7, about cellphones as fashion statements...

  • Back-to-back stories in the Palm Beach (Florida) Post: on July 29, about cellphones in Europe...and on July 30, on cellphone etiquette...

  • On Los Angeles' CBS news radio outlet, KNX-AM, interviewed by Larry Van Nuys about the social impact of cellphones on July 16...

  • On July 10, quoted in an opinion column in the Ventura County (California) Star about cellphone etiquette among teenagers...

  • An AP story on April 2, picked up by news outlets around the country, on the cellphone's impact on area codes and our perception of them...

  • A second hour-long interview about the book on NPR's state-wideWisconsin Public Radio with Ben Merens on March 24... listen to the interview...

  • A spot on NPR's WBUR (Boston)"On Point" program, talking about cellphones in airplanes (preview: unsurprisingly, Paul is in favor... ), also on March 24...

  • Quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle on February 27 and the Scripps- Howard News Service on March 6, on the culture of cellphones...

  • An interview on NPR's WFUV (New York) on January 28...


  • Extensively quoted in a piece on cellphones in the office in the British web publication,, August, 2005...

  • Cited by Clarence Page in a PBS-TV essay about cellphones on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on August 24... listen here to the RealAudio!

  • Paul was invited to pen an op-ed piece about cellphones, published as "When the call comes, ignore it" in the August 7 edition of Newsday, the well- respected, high-circulation newspaper of Long Island and New York and reprinted in many newspapers around the world.

    And The Week magazine - a weekly survey of "The Best of the U.S and International Media" - selected Paul's Newsday piece as a "Best Column" in their August 14th issue.

  • The Philadelphia Daily News ran a piece on August 3 about Cellphone...

  • a major, comprehensive, laudatory review appeared in the Sunday July 24 Philadelphia Inquirer...

  • same day, quoted by Clarence Page in his July 24 op-ed column in the Chicago Tribune.

  • Paul is quoted on the front page of The New York Times Thursday "Style" section on July 7 in a story about cellphone etiquette in the office...

  • and he gave an hour-long radio interview on June 16, 2005, about cellphone "addiction" and cellphone benefits - on the Ben Merens Show on Wisconsin Public Radio.

Cellphone: The Story of the World's Most Mobile Medium and How it Has Transformed Everything!... check it out!

Paul Levinson is speaking out in 2005 on the ongoing threat to freedom of the press and all of our First Amendment freedoms...

  • In USA Today on July 1, Paul criticizes the decision of Time magazine to turn over reporter Matt Cooper's notes and email about the Valerie Plame CIA leak to a Federal judge, while Cooper is facing jail for refusing to name his sources.

    Paul is quoted as saying, "How is some local paper in a rural state going to find the courage to stand up to this kind of thing if Time doesn't have the courage?"

    This quote was picked up by Montana's Great Falls Tribune on July 2 as their Quote of the Week...

  • In an interview on Detroit's WJR Radio by Mitch Albom on July 1, Paul discusses the first amendment implications of Time's decision...

  • In two interviews on AP Radio, on July 5 and July 6, Paul attacks Federal prosecutors for the decision to jail New York Times reporter Judith Miller, and for seeking jail for Matt Cooper, for refusing to name their sources in this case...

  • On ABC News Now "Guilt or Innocence" segment on July 11, discussing the culpability of Karl Rove vs. Judith Miller and other reporters...

  • And Paul discusses the history and continuing incursions on our First Amendment rights in "The Flouting of the First Amendment," ... his Keynote Address at the 6th Annual Media Ecology Association Convention at Fordham University in New York City on June 23... request a transcript here...

Click here for earlier quotes on First Amendment issues... and here... and here...

Appearing on television, radio, and widely quoted in print, Paul weighs in on the acquittal of Michael Jackson and the positive impact it could have on Jackson's career:

In his comments on Newsweek's retraction of their reporting of alleged Koran desecration at Guantanamo, Paul points out the damage that can be done when top journalists appear to forget the basic rules of Journalism 101: check your sources. He appeared on May 16 and 17th on New York City television news programs on WNBC-TV's "Live at Five", WB- 11 and UPN-9, Toronto area 570NEWS radio, Vancouver's CKNW radio Stirling Faux Show, and was quoted in articles in Newsday, USA Today, and in Toronto's The Globe and Mail.

And Paul greets the release of Star Wars Episode III: The Revenge of the Sith with observations to the New York Daily News, Reuters News Agency (widely reprinted), ABC- Network radio and CNN-radio, seeing the Star Wars phenomenon as achieving in two generations what it took the Iliad and Odyssey millennia to accomplish, and discussing the political lessons we can learn from the saga.

Available as of June 2005... Levinson novel on CD ... Stage actor Mark Shanahan has produced and narrates an 8 hour, 7 CD abridged audio-book of Paul's Phil D'Amato novel The Consciousness Plague, with music and sound effects, now also available for download on And The Consciousness Plague audiobook was a finalist in the 2005 "Audie" awards known as the "Oscars" of audiobooks. As they say, it would have been great to win, but it was an honor to be nominated! Watch for announcements of more audiobooks of Paul's novels... pick up a copy of the print version...

On April 1, Paul's book Cellphone: The Story of the World's Most Mobile Medium, and How It Has Transformed Everything! was featured in a nationally broadcast CBS News "The Early Show" segment on kids and cellphones as part of their special series, "Cellular Nation." See Paul interviewed on the video and read an excerpt from the book...

And we're happy to announce that Palgrave/Macmillan recently rushed a second printing of Cellphone.

In another wave of appearances, Paul continued to discuss the book and comment on issues regarding cellphones, including the recent decision by the FCC to review the ban on cellphones in airplanes. Unlike many media critics, Paul is against banning cellphones on planes, provided there is no safety issue regarding the plane's navigation, and was quoted on this story in the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune on December 16, 2004.

On February 13, 2005 the Sacramento Bee ran a story about the feelings people have about their cellphones, quoting him and mentioning Cellphone.

He was interviewed about the book for Bloomberg Radio, in a feature story that aired all day on February 26, 2005.

Paul started 2005 speaking out about the FCC and its threat to the First Amendment, and the chilling effect of fear of government censorship:

  • Quoted in AP and Scripps-Howard articles about Kevin Martin's appointment as new FCC Chair: "a step in the worst possible direction... the Bush Administration had a chance to finally stand up and respect the First Amendment. Instead, it has signaled dark and dangerous days ahead for those who share the Jeffersonian ideal of freedom of expression", March 16-18;
  • Interviewed by Kelly Wallace on CNN's American Morning Monday February 7;
  • talking with Joy Cardin on Wisconsin Public Radio's morning show, Monday February 7;
  • an op-ed piece published in Westchester's Gannett newspaper, the Journal-News, Sunday February 6;
  • quoted in February 3 AP article that was widely reprinted throughout the country ...

In related stories, Paul appeared on MSNBC's Scarborough Country two weeks in succession: on February 7, sparring with Joe Scarborough and Ann Coulter about academic freedom, tenure, and the state of the university in America... and again on February 16, debating with Joe and Bob Kohn about the lessons learned from the Dan Rather- CBS memo controversy... read the transcripts...

Paul has been interviewed widely about the major changes that all of network news is facing: ABC's Peter Jennings' illness and subsequent death, Ted Koppel's departure from NightLine and Barbara Walters' announced departure; NBC's handover of the Nightly News from Tom Brokaw to Brian Williams; and Dan Rather's exit from The CBS Evening News and his place in the history of journalism. Paul has been quoted on these stories in the Hollywood Reporter, New York Daily News, Westchester Journal- News, and on AP Radio; and in the Houston Chronicle, AP, Reuters, and on New York City's WB-11 evening news program. Click here for more quotes and interviews on this topic...

And Paul returned to MSNBC's Scarborough Country on April 12 (read the transcript) to explain and justify the differences in media coverage of allegations against current House Majority Leader Tom DeLay and former Clinton official Sandy Berger, pointing out that DeLay's powerful governmental position demands media attention and scrutiny...

Paul is frequently called by the media to comment on the popular culture and on stories in the news about celebrity personalities, prominent events and the news and entertainment industries. Recent people and topics include Katie Couric and Meredith Vieira, Amy Fisher (picked up on 12/21/05 by!), Arnold Schwarzenegger, Johnny Carson, Michael Jackson, Liz Smith and Martha Stewart; media coverage of the Schiavo case, the death of Pope John Paul II, the Star Wars phenomenon, the popularity of "reality tv", and the proliferation of awards shows. On the occasion of Arthur Miller's death, he told Reuters that "Arthur Miller stole Marilyn Monroe from Joe DiMaggio, providing hope to all the nerds and intellectuals of the world that the jock athlete doesn't always get the girl." This quote appeared in publications around the world, and was listed as the top "quote of the week" in London's Daily Mail Sunday edition, on February 13, 2005.

In January 2005, Paul headed South, sidestepping a blizzard in New York, to be a Guest of Honor alongside author Larry Niven at a Southern literary science fiction convention: Chattacon 30 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Read a con report by John Snider of Scifi Dimensions...

Paul Levinson was on television, radio and in print this past Fall, talking about the major media stories of the year: discussing the rise of cable news and the decline in popularity of network news, looking at media bias and choices made in reporting, talking about media coverage of the Presidential debates and the election, commenting on the dangerous climate of fear of governmental censorship, defending the First Amendment, and more...

In an hour-long interview on Tampa, Florida's WMNF community radio program "Critical Times", on December 17, Paul took a look back at a year of unprecedented attacks on American media by the FCC, in blatant violation of the First Amendment...

On the departures of Tom Brokaw and Dan Rather from the nightly evening network news programs, Paul has been widely quoted on his view that this signals the beginning of the end of the network news anchor as we know it, while he speculates on ways that their successors could be successful. He had several interviews with Reuters that were picked up by newspapers across the country and around the world, as well as interviews with the Miami Herald, the Denver Post, on CBS national radio, AP and Bloomberg radio (one picked up on the Howard Stern radio program), in The New York Post, and... he was cited by Keith Olbermann on MSNBC's Countdown on November 30.

Appearing two more times on CNBC's Bullseye decrying potential government censorship of videogames - on December 16, Paul talked about the dangers of making sale of some videogames to minors illegal, preferring that parents, not government, decide what is in their children's best interests and on November 22, he suggested that the best response to offensive media such as a new video game about the JFK assassination is for the public, parents, consumers to denounce and boycott it, but warning against government interference...

Back on MSNBC's Scarborough Country November 18 with guest host Pat Buchanan and guest Bob Kohn, talking about media bias and who decides what stories we get to see... read the transcript... watch the videoclip...

Returning to The O'Reilly Factor on November 16, Paul spars with Bill and guest Mark Bowden about whether the media should edit or curtail their broadcasts of real footage of war horrors such as Abu Ghraib... Read the transcript... watch the videoclip... This is Paul's third appearance this year on this top-rated Fox News Channel cable tv show, and he also appeared on The Radio Factor this summer...

On the decision of some ABC affiliates to pull the Veteran's Day 2004 broadcast of Saving Private Ryan, fearing possible FCC imposition of fines for "indecent" language, on CNBC (national cable tv), Bullseye, November 11. This appearance continues Paul's outspoken defense of the First Amendment in the face of real and potential governmental censorship of the media.

On the Presidential debates and campaign coverage:

  • on MSNBC (national cable tv), Scarborough Country, Paul defends The New York Times' publication of the story about missing ammunition in Iraq, against guest host Pat Buchanan and author Bob Kohn, October 27... read the transcript...
  • quoted in the Rocky Mountain News, Paul slams Sinclair Broadcasting's plans to compel their stations to air an anti-Kerry documentary before the election. While cautioning against government censorship of Sinclair, he warns about "the dangers of media concentration that allows one company to control the programming and thought process of numerous outlets. I don't think any one company should be programming politically oriented material for 62 TV stations" ...
  • on CBS Radio Network News (nationally broadcast), live commentary immediately following final Presidential debate, October 13; excerpts from subsequent interview broadcast October 14...
  • on Fox News Channel (national cable TV), The Big Story with John Gibson, commenting on bias in news coverage of the campaign, October 11...
  • on CBS Radio Network News (nationally broadcast), live commentary immediately following second Presidential debate October 8; excerpts from subsequent interview broadcast October 9...
  • quoted in the Dallas Morning- News and picked up by Knight-Ridder News Service newspapers around the country about debate timing, October 8...
  • on KTSA Radio (San Antonio, Texas) about the first debate, October 1...
  • on AP Radio (nationally broadcast) about the first debate, October 1...
  • on Fox News Live with Alan Colmes, Fox Radio (nationally broadcast) about the first debate, October 1...

On the Dan Rather-Bush document controversy, putting the story into perspective:

  • on WNBC-TV (New York City), Weekend Today in New York September 26...
  • on WB-11 (New York City WPIX-TV), News Close-up with Marvin Scott, September 26...
  • on Fox News Channel (national cable TV), The Big Story with John Gibson, September 22...
  • on Bloomberg Radio (nationally syndicated), September 20...
  • interviewed by David Diaz, Channel 2, WCBS-TV News (NYC), September 16 ...

And commenting on censorship of political ads, Paul has an op- ed piece "A Modest Suggestion on Political Ads" in The Journal- News, Westchester Gannett newspaper, September 5, 2004.

Paul brings the perspective of a media historian to the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather on October 6 with his comments on Howard Stern's announced move from restrictive, regulated broadcast radio to unfettered Sirius Satellite radio. And he is quoted on the same story in the Newark Star-Ledger, also on October 6.

Summertime 2004 media appearances... Paul live on MSNBC July 7, talking about the New York Post's "exclusive" front page story erroneously announcing Kerry's VP choice as Gephardt...

On July 4th weekend Paul talked about the indictment and upcoming trial of Saddam Hussein... on Bill O'Reilly's The Radio Factor with guest host Judge Andrew Napolitano on July 2... and on July 4th on CNN's Sunday Live with Fredricka Whitfield...

And Paul spoke with Kelly Wallace on CNN's American Morning,on June 24, about Bill Clinton's new book, My Life, and its anticipated impact as a news-rich summer begins.

Special New York City summer event... Reading from The Pixel Eye in beautiful Bryant Park's outdoor Reading Room next to the New York Public Library at 42nd Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, on Monday June 28, 2004 as part of the park's "Word for Word" lunchtime series. For those who haven't read the book yet: after a daring escape from the Grace Building on 42nd Street, Paul's forensic detective Dr. Phil D'Amato catches his breath in Bryant Park, looks at the Library, and ponders his next move. What could be a better location for this reading!

Paul was on NPR's nationally-broadcast "Talk of the Nation" on Wednesday May 12, talking about his book Cellphone. If you missed it, you can listen on the web...

And he talked about Cellphone on several local public radio, commercial broadcast, and satellite radio shows and on cable television:

  • WILL - Urbana, Illinois NPR - May 13
  • "Louisiana Live" public radio - May 18
  • Minnesota Public Radio - May 24
  • Wisconsin Public Radio - May 25
  • KCMO - Kansas City, Missouri - June 1
  • WXXI - Rochester, NY NPR - June 8
  • WXXI - Rochester, NY NPR "What the Tech?" - July 17
  • Time Warner Cable Television - New York City - Conversations with Harold Channer, September 29
  • Sirius Satellite radio - national - The John McMullen Show - October 7
  • Voice of America - international - Rosanne Skirble reporting - January 19, 2005

  • And.... Paul was quoted in The New York Times, "Area Codes Divorced from their Access," - October 1

    watch for more....

Paul Levinson is speaking out on government attacks on the First Amendment... about the FCC, Congressional hearings, and the acquiescence of media organizations such as Clear Channel to the government's pressure to censor what goes out on the airwaves, cautioning that first amendment rights to free speech are under attack when the government interferes with the content of radio and television shows and attempts to censor on-air personalities such as Howard Stern. In February, March and April 2004, Paul was on radio, television, online and in print speaking out on this crucial topic:

  • Appearing on the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather on February 26...
  • quoted in the March 6 issue of Billboard in commentary by Keith Girard, picked up by MSNBC, Reuters, Yahoo News and other news outlets...
  • defending the First Amendment on National Public Radio station WBUR's "On Point" in an hour-long program on March 10...
  • on CNN's Financial Network, where Paul said, "The government roared, and the media are beginning to run away like scared little mice.... I think Thomas Jefferson would turn over in his grave if he were seeing what [Clear Channel] was saying today." (February 26)...
  • on Bloomberg Radio, where he said "The Bush administration couldn't find the weapons of mass destruction, so they are going after an easier target," speaking about Clear Channel's decision to suspend Howard Stern's radio show (February 26)...
  • and talking with AP and Reuters, picked up by many news outlets around the world, on February 26, March 30 and April 9.
  • He also has an op-ed piece in the Sunday February 15 Atlanta Journal- Constitution taking on the FCC and Congress as they investigate "indecency" in media... and more to come.

Paul was back in the "No Spin Zone" on April 12, 2004, sparring again with Bill O'Reilly on the number one national cable-tv news program - Fox News'The O'Reilly Factor - speaking up for the media against Bill's accusations that they deliberately lie to the public. His earlier appearance this year, on January 23, was about whether public people can have private lives ...

Head-to-head for a half-hour with Jesse Ventura on the Governor's MSNBC program, Jesse Ventura's America, on Saturday October 18, 2003... Paul defends the news media against Jesse's attacks on their excesses the transcript...see the videoclips!

Cellphone is available! Published in April 2004 by Palgrave Macmillan, Paul Levinson's acclaimed non-fiction book is available to purchase...

Sir Arthur C. Clarke, author of 2001: A Space Odyssey, calls it "a superb and often amusing account." Douglas Rushkoff, writing a major review essay in, says Cellphone makes "an excellent case for the cell phone's ability to reinstate the supremacy of the written word." And Pamir Gelenbe calls the book "a thought-provoking analysis" in MediaWeek.

Paul gave a preview to receiver online magazine of Cellphone, in "Cellphone: The Jangling Saviour." And the book has been published in Chinese translation in the People's Republic of China and in Polish.

And a trade paperback of The Pixel Eye hit bookstores in June 2004, and is available for online order ...

Gerald Jonas, writing in the Sunday October 12 New York Times Book Review says "The nuttiness of the premise and the grittiness of the near-future New York ambience are equally appealing." The New York Times also excerpted a section ofThe Pixel Eye-- a "New York" book -- on Sunday August 17 in The City section's "NY Bookshelf: Tales of Detectives, Art, and Mysterious Squirrels."

Tom Easton in Analog says this "Phil D'Amato romp... is nicely straightforward and an interesting take on the real world of the moment."

Publisher's Weekly calls this science fiction thriller "breezily chilling ... enough to send a shiver down most readers' spines."

SF Weekly says "The Pixel Eye is a thoroughly enjoyable book, extremely readable, and brave in confronting the consequences of September 11."

The Pixel Eye was a finalist for the 2004 Prometheus Award, given by The Libertarian Futurist Society. Pick up a copy!

Levinson's 2004 rolling book tour continues... with appearances across the Northeast at conventions, bookstores, and special events. Stop by and see Paul as he visits your area reading from and speaking about Cellphone and The Pixel Eye and as he previews The Plot to Save Socrates... with stops scheduled for Philadelphia, New York and Boston with more to come...

Now available in a handsome trade paperback edition, The Consciousness Plague wins award ... Levinson's novel The Consciousness Plague won the 2003 Mary Shelley Award for Outstanding Fictional Work presented by the Media Ecology Association.

The MEA is a scholarly organization devoted to studying the impact of media and information technology on human life. The Mary Shelley Award -- given for the first time this year -- honors a book, movie, or other work of fiction in which information technology and communication theory play a major role. The Consciousness Plague explores the possibility that our consciousness and mentality may be the result, in part, of a symbiotic micro-organism that has been living in our brains for millennia. It is the second Levinson novel that features NYPD forensic detective Dr. Phil D'Amato, who is back for another appearance in The Pixel Eye.

Paul Levinson's "The Chronology Protection Case" radioplay nominated for Edgar award for Best Play of 2002! The Edgar Allan Poe Awards of 2003, given by the Mystery Writers of America, honor the "best in mystery fiction, non-fiction, television, film and theatre published or produced in 2002". The radioplay of Paul Levinson's novelette "The Chronology Protection Case," adapted by Mark Shanahan with Paul Levinson and Jay Kensinger, was nominated for this coveted award in the Best Play category. Although they didn't win, the three writers were honored by the nomination and delighted to attend the formal Mystery Writers of America annual banquet in New York City on May 1 - posing for posterity the next day in their normal clothes...

This story has legs! First published in Analog in September 1995, reprinted in several anthologies including Jack Dann's 1998 Nebula Awards 32, and available in electronic edition on, this time travel story was a Nebula and Sturgeon Award nominee in 1996, and marked the first appearance of Dr. Phil D'Amato, NYPD forensic detective whose exploits are further detailed in The Silk Code, The Consciousness Plague, and in Paul's latest novel, The Pixel Eye. In 2001, filmmaker Jay Kensinger made a 40-minute movie of this novelette which is on a screening tour - see more below. In 2002, Mark Shanahan, with Paul Levinson and Jay Kensinger, adapted Paul's story into a radioplay. The Stage Shadows production of this radioplay premiered before a standing-room-only audience at the Mark Goodson Theater, Museum of Television and Radio, in New York City in September 2002, where it was taped for subsequent radio broadcast. The CD of this performance, complete with music and sound effects, was enjoyed at science fiction conventions in 2002 and 2003. The script of this radioplay was a nominee for the Edgar Award for Best Play of 2002.

Levinson on cable and video ... Paul is extensively interviewed in Fantastic Voyage: Evolution of Science Fiction, a two-hour History Channel cable television documentary which had its debut broadcast in September 2002, and is regularly re-broadcast in the US and around the world.

Here's what the History Channel says about this program: "For centuries, we've been hypnotized by tales of scientific speculation, alien invasion, and future fantasy. From the pioneers of science fiction to the dime novels of the 1930s, from the atomic age and its B-movies to the age of Trekkies, our Fantastic Voyage combines surprising stories, visionary personalities, provocative ideas, and colorful visuals to salute the history of an enduring and important genre." Don't miss this exciting look at what Paul calls the "quintessential literature of the human species." Videotapes are available from if you missed the show which also interviewed such notables as Greg Bear, Stanley Schmidt, Chip Delaney, William Shatner, Majel Barrett, Nalo Hopkinson, David Kyle, Roger Corman, Robert Wise, Paul Verhoeven and Forrie Ackerman.

Levinson novelette on film ... More about "The Chronology Protection Case" ... Filmmaker Jay Kensinger's 40-minute movie of Paul Levinson's first Phil D'Amato story continues to make the rounds on its screening tour ...

Kensinger and Levinson were on hand for the well- received debut screening of the film at I-Con in April 2002, as was Ernest Lilley, editor of SFRevu, who chronicled the event and reviews the film in his May 2002 issue. Paul spoke at 2002 screenings for the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society, at Balticon, Readercon, and Albacon. More screenings are planned for 2003 science fiction conventions.

And ... the film is now showing on the Web at Timelinks -- the foremost Internet site devoted to the consideration of time travel in science, theory, and science fiction -- no charge, just click here and enjoy!

Levinson speaks out in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on "Schwarzenegger and the Fame Game"

... and in Locus Online ... read about Paul's new realizations about fantasy and science fiction on seeing Lord of the Rings, in his piece "Confessions of a Science Fiction Chauvinist, as Occasioned by Seeing The Two Towers" ... and Paul on Star Wars Episode 2: Attack of the Clones... as he takes on the critics of the most recent Star Wars movie in his "Ten Reasons to Like the Clones" ...

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