Paul Levinson's featured books
Announcing! Paul Levinson's new non-fiction book, New New Media - just released by Penguin Academics (a Pearson, Allyn and Bacon company) - 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 watch television to the way we pick our Presidents...
What they're saying about New New Media....
Joan Walsh, Editor-in-Chief of Salon.com, 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."
Read a sample chapter... all about Twitter!
The Plot to Save Socrates
Paul's acclaimed fifth novel is a blend of historical mystery and science fiction...a tale of time travel and ancient intrigue...
Read what they're saying about the book, including a new review here, coinciding with the February 2007 release of the trade paperback edition...
The Silk Code
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. Published by Tor Books, it reached #8 on the Locus Paperback Best Seller List in February 2001.
"As a genre-bending blend of police procedural and science fiction, The Silk Code delivers on its promises." - Gerald Jonas, The New York Times Book Review
"As twisted as a double helix. " - Wired
"D'Amato is an appealingly savvy character, and Levinson brings a great deal of invention to the endeavor." - San Francisco Chronicle
"It is hard to put down, easy to pick up again, and an interesting read. " - San Diego Union-Tribune
"Mixes up-to-the-minute biotechnology with ancient myth, science fiction with police procedure, and prehistory with the near future. It's an impressive debut." --Joe Haldeman
"Forensic detective Phil D'Amato is one of my favorite characters, and the puzzles he solves are always imaginative, ingenious, and addictive, but Paul Levinson really outdoes himself this time in a mystery involving murders, moths, mummies, the Silk Road, poisons, fireflies, and forensics, all woven into a mystery only D'Amato could solve! A marvelous book!" -- Connie Willis
"This damn book has everything: interesting science, suspense, characters that live on the page - and that we like! -- and it debuts a new series hero, Dr. Phil D'Amato, forensic detective. I couldn't put The Silk Code down. I'll wager you won't be able to either. Oh, and this is the kicker: The Silk Code is Paul Levinson's first novel. " - Jack Dann
"At last we get Paul Levinson's superb forensic sleuth, Phil D'Amato, in a full-length novel. If you know Phil from his previous appearances, I need say no more. If you don't, kick back and enjoy a mystery that spans the ages." --Jack McDevitt
"The Silk Code is an intriguing story refreshingly rich not only in action but in ideas. Seldom have I seen a story so engagingly weave together so many seemingly disparate (dare I say it?) threads." --Stanley Schmidt, editor of Analog
"Paul Levinson is an exceptional new writer, behind whose work stands an impressive body of knowledge and a great deal of human understanding. His first novel signals a writer to watch for the provocation and pleasure that he will bring to thoughtful readers. The Silk Code is smoothly written, evocative, and spicy! Highly recommended." --George Zebrowski
"The Silk Code is a splendidly imaginative novel that explores worlds of ideas both scientific and philosophical, while carrying the reader effortlessly across countries, times, and cultures." -- Charles Sheffield
"The Silk Code is science fiction in the classic style, with an innovative mystery that breaks new ground. Acclaimed for his short fiction and insightful writing on the computer age, Paul Levinson now brings his many talents to a complex novel that will keep you guessing until the last page. " - Catherine Asaro
"...cerebral but gripping" - Booklist
"Combining Neanderthals and mechanical looms, cantaloupes and coded butterflies, Levinson's debut novel...offers a flurry of amazing prehistoric technologies, demonstrating that the mysteries of our past can be just as fruitful as those of our future... Levinson creatively explain gaps in both ancient history and biology... providing more wonders than many a futuristic epic." -- Publishers Weekly
"...well-informed and imaginative" - Kirkus Reviews
"...spins an ingenious web of genetic manipulation and anthropological evidence" - Library Journal
"A fascinating concept that pulls together a wide and varied array of ideas and recent discoveries." - The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction
"A rare thriller that actually achieves its goals as a detective tale and a work of boldly speculative sf." - Gary K. Wolfe, Locus Magazine
Cellphone: The Story of the World's Most Mobile Medium and How It Has Transformed Everything!
This is Paul's highest profile non-fiction book. Cellphone covers everything from books to laptops in exploring the the evolution of media mobility. It focuses on the personal impact and social change-- both freeing and limiting-- of the cellphone in every day life.
Realspace: The Fate of Physical Presence in the Digital Age, On and Off Planet
Realspaceexplores 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."
Digital McLuhan: A Guide to the Information Millennium
Professors in graduate and undergraduate classes around the world use Digital McLuhan to help their students put the Internet into perspective. This book applies media theorist Marshall McLuhan's ideas from the television age to modern technologies. 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 was included on the late 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." Digital McLuhan won the "2000 Lewis Mumford Award for Outstanding Scholarship". The Soft Edge
The Soft Edgereceived 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 Amazon.com's Cyberculture editor ("Levinson has a knack for making his reader feel intelligent and respected") and Analog ("...defies the critics of technology"). The book was the subject of a 90-minute talk that aired on C-SPAN's "About Books" in February 1998, at New York City's World Trade Center. It is used in university classes around the world, providing a comprehensive view of where our communications technologies have been and where they are going.
Paul's second novel, Borrowed Tides, 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." 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. and it was a May 2001 Science Fiction Book Club (SFBC) Selection.
Dr. Phil D'Amato returns in a gripping New York City science fiction mystery, as this NYPD forensics detective faces a strange series of murders and memory losses in The Consciousness Plague. 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." 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.
Paul's fourth novel from Tor is a darker, 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 -- published in hardcover in 2003 and trade paper in 2004.
Paul's award-winning short fiction - science fiction, dark fantasy, mystery - has appeared ten times in Analog, the leading science fiction magazine. His 29 short stories, novelettes, and novellas have also been published in anthologies, reprinted, translated, and adapted into other genres.
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