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The Consciousness Plague is here
« on: October 02, 2013, 11:28:40 am »
The Consciousness Plague (Phil D'Amato) is here ...

Dr. Phil D' Amato returns from The Silk Code, winner of the Locus Award for Best First Science Fiction Novel of 1999, with another blend of biological science fiction and hard-boiled police-procedural mystery.

Memory itself is the suspect in The Consciousness Plague - more particularly, loss of memory, in slivers of time deducted from a growing number of individuals, which plays havoc with everything from the investigation of serial stranglings to candlelight dinners. D'Amato, NYPD forensic detective, investigates a spate of unusual cases and finds evidence of a bacteria-like organism that has lived in our brains since our origin as a species and may be responsible for our very consciousness.

A new antibiotic crosses the blood-brain barrier and inadvertently kills this essential bug. Phil himself falls victim to this memory hole, and must struggle to get the proper authorities to pay attention before everyone loses so much memory that they forget that they forgot in the first place.

"more nearly reaches the heights of Isaac Asimov's classic SF mysteries than those of most other genre hands who attempt them manage to do these days" - Roland Green, Booklist
"Levinson's intelligent blend of police procedural and speculative fiction should appeal to fans of mystery and science fiction" - Library Journal
"Intriguing speculation, solid sleuthing, and agreeably baffling suspects" - Kirkus
"A satisfying blend of murder mystery, police procedure, and science fiction" - Orlando Sentinel
"D'Amato [is] ... an earnest Everyman, operating on a shoeshine and a hunch" - Paul Di Filippo, SFWeekly



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    Re: The Consciousness Plague is here
    « Reply #1 on: October 02, 2013, 11:29:20 am »
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    Re: The Consciousness Plague is here
    « Reply #2 on: October 02, 2013, 01:29:25 pm »
    good cover and interesting book, thanks for the post.

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    Re: The Consciousness Plague is here
    « Reply #3 on: October 02, 2013, 03:48:34 pm »
    good cover and interesting book, thanks for the post.

    Shane

    Thanks!  And here's giveaway for The Consciousness Plague that just went live today http://www.starpulse.com/Contests/The_Consciousness_Plague_By_Paul_Levinson/9129/

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    Re: The Consciousness Plague is here
    « Reply #4 on: October 11, 2013, 10:31:55 pm »
    more reviews ...

    "Quincy would be proud!" - SciFiDimensions
    "satisfying and properly links up the plots" - Scott's Corner
    "a quick, enjoyable read" - Rambles

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    Re: The Consciousness Plague is here
    « Reply #5 on: October 18, 2013, 12:47:40 pm »
    "Highly enjoyable" - New England Science Fiction Association Members' Reviews

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    Re: The Consciousness Plague is here
    « Reply #6 on: October 25, 2013, 05:23:44 pm »
    Levinson "infuses mysteries with cutting edge forensics and infuses science fiction with philosophical meaning" http://huffduffer.com/Clampants/7845 Kojo Nnamde show, NPR

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    Re: The Consciousness Plague is here
    « Reply #7 on: November 12, 2013, 11:25:03 pm »
    "A little bit mystery, a little bit sci-fi and a whole lot of inquisitive character development kept me glued to The Consciousness Plague from beginning to end. For those interested in medicine, serial killers and mysteries youll find this book a quick read and youll wish it didnt have to end so soon."  -scrink.com



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    Re: The Consciousness Plague is here
    « Reply #8 on: November 13, 2013, 04:58:09 am »
    I really like the book cover. Omw to check out the page on amazon!

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    Re: The Consciousness Plague is here
    « Reply #9 on: November 13, 2013, 12:29:36 pm »
    Thank you - the cover is the work of world-renowned illustrator Joel Iskowitz https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joel_Iskowitz

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    Re: The Consciousness Plague is here
    « Reply #10 on: November 22, 2013, 01:11:29 pm »
    "enthralling ... highly recommended" - The Midwest Book Review

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    Re: The Consciousness Plague is here
    « Reply #11 on: October 04, 2014, 04:24:05 pm »
    The Consciousness Plague is "a pretty crisp murder mystery" - Locus Magazine

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    Re: The Consciousness Plague is here
    « Reply #12 on: November 05, 2014, 10:11:11 am »
    new, mixed review of The Consciousness Plague - but, hey, I'll take it :)   http://avishabilis.tumblr.com/post/101697253948/number-books-a-year-episode-cutting-the-garden-down

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    Re: The Consciousness Plague is here
    « Reply #13 on: August 06, 2016, 07:58:26 pm »
    new, 5-star review of The Consciousness Plague "fascinating concept ... if we accept the idea, then rest of book is terrific" https://www.amazon.com/review/R3FWQ54JG4W6U5/?_encoding=UTF8&ASIN=B00FEYVELG 

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