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Main Fiction: “The Chronology Protection Case” by Paul Levinson

Originally published in Analog, reprinted in The Mammoth Book of Time Travel SF.

Paul Levinson, PhD, is Professor of Communication & Media Studies at Fordham University in NYC. His nonfiction books, including The Soft Edge (1997), Digital McLuhan (1999), Realspace (2003), Cellphone (2004), and New New Media (2009; 2nd edition, 2012), have been translated into ten languages. His science fiction novels include The Silk Code (winner of Locus Award for Best First Science Fiction Novel of 1999, author’s cut ebook 2012), 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) – the last three of which are also known as the Sierra Waters trilogy, and are historical as well as science fiction. He appears on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, the Discovery Channel, National Geographic, the History Channel, NPR, and numerous TV and radio programs. His 1972 LP, Twice Upon a Rhyme, was re-issued in 2010. He reviews television in his blog, and was listed in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Top 10 Academic Twitterers” in 2009.

Narrated by Mikael Naramore

Mikael Naramore has worked in the audiobook industry since 2001 when, fresh out of college, he was hired as a recording engineer for publisher Brilliance Audio (now Brilliance Publishing, subsidiary of Over time, he transitioned to Director, all the while absorbing technique and nuance from the best actors in the business.  To date, Mikael has narrated well over 100 titles, under his own and assumed names.   Authors range from best-sellers Nora Roberts, Lisa Gardner, Edward Klein and Clive Barker to sci-fi rising stars Wesley Chu, Ramez Naam and Mark E. Cooper.

He was recently chosen to narrate prolific playwright and Oscar-nominated screenwriter Robert Ardrey’s seminal Nature of Man series which includes the international best-sellers African Genesis and The Territorial Imperative, titles which reportedly had a very heavy influence on Arthur C. Clarke and Stanley Kubrick in their development of 2001: A Space Odyssey as well as Kubrick’s adaptation of A Clockwork Orange.

Mikael is also an active writer, musician and recording artist, having scored the soundtrack to an independent short film, produced and engineered critically acclaimed rock records, and written, performed and recorded several “silly little lo-fi rock songs” of his own.  He currently resides in the wild and scenic Columbia River Gorge outside of Portland, Oregon with his wife, two small boys and their beloved Golden Retriever.


Fact: Looking Back At Genre History by Amy H. Sturgis

Interview: Jonathan McDowell – Is this the end of the world!

Dr. Jonathan McDowell is an astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian
Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, MA, USA. He studies black holes,
quasars and X-ray sources in galaxies, as well as developing data
analysis software for the X-ray astronomy community. Dr. McDowell has a
B.A in Mathematics (1981) and a Ph.D in Astrophysics (1987) from the
University of Cambridge, England. He currently leads the group which
plans and tests the science analysis software for the Chandra space
telescope. Dr. McDowell’s scientific publications include studies of
cosmology, black holes, merging galaxies, quasars, and asteroids.

He is also the editor of Jonathan’s Space Report, a free internet
newsletter founded in 1989 which provides  technical details of
satellite launches, and he was formerly a columnist in Sky and Telescope
Magazine. Dr. McDowell’s web site,, provides the most
comprehensive historical list of satellite launch information starting
with Sputnik, and he carries out research on space history topics using
original sources including declassified DoD documents and
Russian-language  publications.

McDowell was born in Atlanta, Georgia of British parents and is a dual
UK/US citizen. Educated in the UK, he moved to the USA in 1988.

Minor planet (4589) McDowell is named after him.


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