by Gavin GrantFebruary, 2006
Turning back time
Paul Levinson's novel The Plot to Save Socrates is an old-fashioned science fiction adventure novel of time travel, academics and Greek philosophy. A document is discovered in which Socrates is offered a chance at escaping his famous death-by-hemlock. The dialogue intrigues a grad student who discovers a network of time machines and crafts a scheme to save one of the originators of Western philosophy. 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. Gavin J. Grant runs Small Beer Press in Northampton, Massachusetts.