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Paul Levinson

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Paul Levinson, PhD, is an author, professor, and media commentator. His first novel, The Silk Code, won the Locus Award for best first science fiction novel of 1999. Entertainment Weekly called his 2006 novel, The Plot to Save Socrates, “challenging fun”. Both novels were reissued as "author's cut" ebooks in 2012, and Unburning Alexandria, sequel to The Plot to Save Socrates, was published in 2013. Chronica - the third novel in the Sierra Waters time travel trilogy - followed in 2014. His nine nonfiction books on the history and future of media have been translated into a dozen languages around the world, and have been reviewed in The New York Times, Wired, and major newspapers and magazines. Two shorter books, McLuhan in an Age of Social M ...more

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I decided to review the final three episodes of Humans, Season 3, as a single piece, since they're even more closely connected than episodes usually are in this fine series.   The upshot of these episodes, and a great foundation for a fourth season, is that it's possible to have a true synch-human hybrid - true, that is, and assuming I'm understanding this correctly, on the genetic level.

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“what I call the “first love syndrome,” found not only in what we most like in online systems but in movies, television shows, and novels.The principle is that we most love what we first experience”
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Paul Dean wrote: "Thank you for being my friend Paul :)))"

I never say no to a poet!

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Dean Pusell Thank you for being my friend Paul :)))

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Paul Chad wrote: "Paul, thanx for accepting my friend request :)"

Any time!

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Paul Matthew wrote: "Any chance of a sequel to Plot/Socrates?"

PS - Here's a video clip of me reading from the first chapter of Unburning Alexandria

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Paul Matthew wrote: "Any chance of a sequel to Plot/Socrates?"

As fate would have it, I just finished writing Unburning Alexandria last week. I need to let it simmer, and go over it one or two more times, and then it will be published - figure some time next mont (in April).


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Matthew Any chance of a sequel to Plot/Socrates?

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Paul ♥iLoveBooks♥ wrote: "Thanks for asking to be my friend! I can't wait to read your book then! :)

~Brook J."

Ha - hope you enjoy, when you get to it! Here's a link to the new Kindle extended edition, if that helps


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Paul Hey Evelyn - Good to see you here!


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Evelyn Johnson Hi Paul! Thanks for being a friend. I had not been here since I joined. I have been missing out. How's NY? That's my hometown, I do not recall telling you that.
I just finished uploading Wild Child by Mike Wells on Kindle for free @Amazon. It is a thriller for YAs . So I shall see, but there is no way Jose that I will read that tonight. Going to call it a night, was up til 7am this morn. Good night.

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Paul Peg wrote: "Thanks for your Goodreads friendship, Paul."

My pleasure!

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Peg Brantley Thanks for your Goodreads friendship, Paul.

Pamela Hey Paul...Thanks for accepting my friend request.

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Kelly Moran Thanks for the nice words, Paul!!!

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Kelly Moran Thanks for the add. Pleasure to meet you!
Kelly Moran

Rosemary Paul, The Plot to Save Socrates just arrived in the mail. I'm looking forward to sharing it with my son.

Jeremy I want to apologize for the all the recommendations from me today. I wanted to share the Stoker Award news, and I only pressed the send button once--I'm not sure what happened to create so many messages. Some weird glitch.

Argh...this is terrible...

Again, I'm very sorry.


Rosemary Paul, thanks for the invitation. Your books look marvelous. I'm ordering Socrates for my philosopher son (who is very nice about sharing books with me).

I was just in NYC last month and loved it (as always)--bookstores and coffee shops and snow.

Jeremy Hi Paul!

Here’s wishing you a yippee-filled Yuletime overflowing with yard-long yams, yapping yoyo-yanking yetis, yak-milk yeast-cakes, and yellow yarn-yielding year-end yard-gnomes.

-Jeremy :)

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