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Paul Levinson PhD - Air date:- 01-05--98

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Paul Levinson writes science fiction, sf/mystery and popular and scholarly non-fiction. The Silk Code won the Locus award for Best First Novel of 1999. His novel The Consciousness Plague won the 2003 Mary Shelley Award for outstanding Fictional Work. He has published 29 science fiction stories, some of which are now available on fictionwise.com. His novella "Loose Ends" 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 work has been translated into twelve languages.
Paul Levinson has published seven non-fiction books.
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 and Chinese and translations are underway in Croatian, Romanian, and Korean.
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 Amazon.com'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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