“Unburning Alexandria” by Paul Levinson is the sequel to his earlier work “The Plot to Save Socrates.” The narrative continues to explore the philosophical and ethical implications of time travel. The protagonist, Sierra Waters, returns and is on a mission to save the lost works of the Library of Alexandria, a historical treasure trove of knowledge that was destroyed.
In this mind-bending journey, Levinson intertwines historical facts with speculative fiction, raising questions about the philosophy of history and the paradoxes that arise when one tries to change the past. The narrative delves deep into intellectual and academic realms, touching on the historical figures such as Hypatia and Socrates, all while maintaining a gripping plot filled with suspense and intrigue.
The book is not just a time-travel adventure but also a contemplation on the impact of knowledge and history on human civilization. It appeals to readers who enjoy thoughtful science fiction that goes beyond the usual tropes, offering instead a cerebral exploration of complex themes. “Unburning Alexandria” adds to Levinson’s reputation as a writer capable of blending complex philosophical ideas with engaging storytelling.