Barton Paul Levenson

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Barton Paul Levenson
BPL 2011.jpg
Born (1960-05-09)May 9, 1960
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA
Pen name BPL
Occupation Writer
Nationality United States
Genres Fantasy, Science fiction

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Barton Paul Levenson (May 9, 1960–present) is an American writer of science fiction, fantasy and the macabre.[1] He is a long-standing member of one of Pittsburgh's oldest Science-Fiction and Fantasy Writer's Workshops, Carnegie-Mellon University-based Pittsburgh Worldwrights,[2] which includes Pittsburgh science fiction writer Kenneth Chiacchia among its members.

Background[edit]

Levenson was born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He started writing in 1974.[1] He is a 1983 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh[1] He became a Christian in 1984.[3] His first work of fiction was a short story, "Twenty Peasants," published in Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy Magazine in 1991.[4] Levenson is a two-time winner of the "Confluence Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Story Contest" for "Virtual Bridges" and "Reality Forbidden", cited herein.[5] He is a former member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc.[6] Levenson's first separate novel in paperback format, I Will, was released in June 2010.[7] One of Levenson's most intriguing characters, Khuminay, has returned again in "Khuminay and the Servant" in 'Cosmic Crime Stories' and now in "Khuminay and the Axe-Wielding Psycho, which will appear in Electric Spec, both cited hereinbelow. This follows on the heels of the long awaited on-again, off-again novel "Year of the Human", cited herein.

Style[edit]

Reviewers consider Levenson's writing complex.[8] It is often in the first-person and it sometimes takes on other genders[9] or species.[10] Levenson's works often contain Christian Parables,[11][12] cat-like aliens[13] and complex scientific concepts.[14] Levenson's focus on Science Fiction started when he was eight years old, when his parents took him to the film 2001: A Space Odyssey[15] He has described his writing process in a 2010 interview with author Sonya Clark, stating that he starts writing with either a broad plot outline in mind, or even one daydreamed scene. Often, the process will fail and the result is an incomplete work.[15] His work is inspired by authors ranging from C.S. Lewis to Edgar Allan Poe.[1] In "The Closet" Chiaroscuro, 2003,[16] humankind's unwillingness to accept the consequences of their own choices is examined. Several of his stories are based in Pittsburgh, often in different eras. For example; in "The Boogie-Woogie, Time-Traveling, Cyborg Blues" he chooses Pittsburgh in the 1930s as a back-drop.

Controversy[edit]

One of Levenson's most cited essays, "The Ideology of Robert A. Heinlein."[17] has been reprinted in several languages (See Essays herein-below). Levenson argues that Heinlein was making a case for the value of fascism. Levenson has been writing about Climate issues for many years. His colloquoys can often be found on: Real Climate [18] Levenson's first peer-reviewed scientific article as sole author was published in 2011: "Planet Temperatures with Surface Cooling Parameterized." in Advances in Space Research 47, 2044–2048, a COSPAR Publication of Elsevier, cited herein below. Levenson's Japan-themed story: "Temple Cat", cited herein-below, is reprinted in the charity anthology: "Healing Waves" from Sky Warrior Book Publishing and edited by Phyllis Irene Radford, who is donating all proceeds from the sales to disaster relief in Japan.[19]

Bibliography[edit]

Novels[edit]

  • "Dark Gods of Alter Telluria" Assent Publishing, 2014[20]
  • "The Celibate Succubus" Barking Rain Press, 2013[21]
  • "Year of the Human" Solstice Publishing, February, 2012[22]
  • "Max and Me." Lyrical Press, June 2010.[23]
  • "I Will." Virtual Tales, June 2010.[24]
  • "Ella the Vampire." Lyrical Press, December 2008[25] (See discussion of the basis of the novel).[26]

Novellas[edit]

  • "Parole." Lyrical Press: March 2009[23]

Short Fiction[edit]

  • "Changing the Past," Daily SF, Expected 2014[27]
  • "Khuminay and the Axe-Wielding Psycho" Electric Spec, Expected 2014[28]
  • "Investigation of Murder" Stone Thread Publishing, Anthology - "The Least He Could Do", 2013,[29]
  • "In the Machine" Stone Thread Publishing, Anthology - "Things You Can Create", 2013[30]
  • "Henry Fairfield" Cosmos Online, Luna Media Pty Ltd, 2013[31]
  • "The Commoner and the Queen." Anotherrealm, 2013[32]
  • "Lifting" Cosmos Online, Luna Media Pty Ltd, 2012[33]
  • "Arlena's House" Interstellar Fiction, 2012[34]
  • "The Beautiful Young Man" Vampires 2, 2012[35]
  • "The Wall" Anotherrealm, 2012[36]
  • "Sheep Lie!" Ray Gun Revival 2011[37]
  • "Ballad" Ray Gun Revival 2011[37]
  • "Sophie and the Supernova." in the Anthology 'Cheer Up, Universe!' (paperback) Whortleberry Press 2011[38]
  • "Gauntlet" Andromeda Spaceways In-flight Magazine (Australia) 2011[39]
  • "Brianna the Pie Girl" in the Anthology: 'WTF?!', Pink Narcissus Press, Expected 2011[40]
  • "Khuminay and the Servant" in 'Cosmic Crime Stories', published by Karen L. Newman July 2011.[41]
  • "An Exercise in Logic" in the Anthology 'Infinite Space, Infinite God II' (paperback) 2011[42]
  • "Khuminay and the Shapeshifter" in the Anthology 'Space Cops', compiled by David Reilly June 2009.[43]
  • "The Boogie-Woogie, Time-Traveling, Cyborg Blues" 'Electric Spec' February 2009[44]
  • "Colonizing Mars" 'M-Brane' 2008[45]
  • "The Primitives" 'Wrong World' (Audio) 2008[46]
  • "Second Visit" 'Whispering Spirits' Issue Number 19 - November 20, 2008[47]
  • "Raid" Atomjack Issue Number 11 - August 2008 [48]
  • "Wisdom." Anathema On-Line Anthology, January, 2008[49]
  • "Wifey." Written Word, Holiday Edition 2007[50]
  • "The Fate of the Crystal Eye." In the anthology Forbidden Speculation (2007)[51]
  • "Side Trip." Science Fiction Trails, #2, 2007
  • "Katie Belle." Whispering Spirits, October 2007
  • "Dedication Day." Art & Prose, October 2007
  • "The Rescue." Beyond Centauri, Issue 18, 2007[52]
  • "Problem in Logic." Staffs & Starships, Issue 1, 2007[53]
  • "The Extraordinary Circumstances On Board H.M.S. Steadfast." Cicada, January–February 2007.
  • "The Curse." In the anthology Shadow Regions[54](2006)
  • "Rain and Revenge." RAGE Machine Issue #2,[55] March 2006
  • "The Intruder." In the anthology, Travel Guide to the Haunted Mid-Atlantic Region[56](2006)
  • "Pet Cat." In the anthology Animal Magnetism[57] (2005)
  • "All the Horrible Dragons." The Sword Review, December 2005.
  • "Van Helsing in London." Hungur magazine Issue 1, Halloween 2005. See Review
  • "Undead." Insidious Reflections, July 2005.
  • "The Problem of Pain." The Sword Review, July 2005. Forum
  • "The Horror in the Monkey-Squeezing Room." ScienceFictionFantasyHorror.com, June 2005.
  • "Temple Cat." Cricket, Vol. 32 Issue 10, p20-26, June 2005.[58]
  • "The Closet." Chiaroscuro, March 2003, see also podcast Read by British Actor Alasdair Stuart Pluggd TV.
  • "Writer's Block." Dark Seasons, January 2003.
  • "Along with Captain Gooding." Future Orbits, Vander Neut Publications LLC June 2002.
  • "Scrunched Up." Future Orbits, Vander Neut Publications LLC February 2002.
  • "Sometimes We Lie." Eternity On-Line, March 2000. ...Reprinted in the anthology Leaps of Faith 2003, (Writer's Cafe Press.)
  • "The Physics of Space Beer Considered as a Helix of Semi-Precious Clones." Maelstrom, April 1999.
  • "Reality Forbidden." Confluence Program Book 1998 (First Prize Winner).
  • "Virtual Bridges." Confluence Program Book 1997 (First Prize Winner).
  • "Twenty Peasants." Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy Magazine, [59] August 1991.

Short Fiction - Publisher Out of Business Prior to Publication[edit]

  • "Aquilonia, my Zelky" Fender Stitch, 2012[60]
  • "The Starship Pilot", in the anthology 'Warrior Wisewoman IV', Roby James Editor, 2012[61]

Poems[edit]

  • "Do Red Dwarfs Have Habitable Planets?" Astropoetica Volume 7.1, Spring 2009[62]
  • "Off-Topic." Astropoetica Volume 4.2, Spring 2006

Essays[edit]

  • "The Ideology of Robert A. Heinlein." The New York Review of Science Fiction, June 1998. ...Reprinted in Gigamesh (Spain) 1999. ...Reprinted in Ikarie (Czech Republic) 2003. "In a scorching analysis, Barton Paul Levenson has attempted to show that his [Robert A. Heinlein's] final point was a version of fascism (Levenson, 1998)." p. 59, X, Y, Z, T: Damien Broderick[63]

Book reviews[edit]

  • "S. L. Viehl's Stardoc." The New York Review of Science Fiction, November 2002.
  • "Jeffrey Sackett's Candlemas Eve." The New York Review of Science Fiction, March 2001.
  • "James White's The Dream Millennium." The New York Review of Science Fiction, April 1999.

Non-Fiction and scientific[edit]

  • "Planet Temperatures with Surface Cooling Parameterized." Levenson, B.P. 2011. Advances in Space Research, 47, 2044–2048.[64]
  • "Analysis of the August 17, 1989 Total Lunar Eclipse." The Strolling Astronomer (J. Am. Lunar Planetary Soc.) 38, 61-64. Graham, Francis G. and B.P. Levenson 1995.
  • "An Examination of Jules Verne's Moon Gun, 'Columbiad'." Selenology 7, 19-21. Levenson, B.P. 1988.
  • "Social Design Considerations for a Lunar Colony." Selenology 6, 22-28. Levenson, B.P. 1987.
  • "Statistical Data on Orthoselection for Intelligence." Tripolitan (J. Tripoli Sci. Assn.) 15, 5-10. Levenson, B.P. 1983.

Awards[edit]

  • "StorySouth Million Writers Award" 2009 Notable Stories 2009 "The Boogie-Woogie, Time-Traveling, Cyborg Blues" by Barton Paul Levenson[65]

Reviews[edit]

  • A Succubi's Tale - "A Review of The Celibate Succubus by Barton Paul Levenson" Tera December 22, 2013 [66]
  • Rise Reviews - "I Will by Barton Paul Levenson" Beatrice Underwood-Sweet January 1, 2011[67]
  • Toni V. Sweeney - "Max and Me by Barton Paul Levinson" Toni V. Sweeney August 19, 2010[68]
  • Bookwenches - "Max and Me" Bobby D. Whitney August 17, 2010[69]
  • Manic Readers - "Ella The Vampire" Stacey May 2, 2010[70]
  • Marginalia - "The Boogie-Woogie, Time-Traveling, Cyborg Blues" Boudica June 16, 2009[71]
  • E Book Guru - "Parole" Staff March 23, 2009[72]
  • You Gotta Read Reviews - "Parole" Stephanie March 12, 2009[73]
  • Emmatyville - "Parole" Emma Wayne Porter March 2, 2009[74]
  • Dark Diva Reviews - "Ella The Vampire" Jennifer Campbell February 23, 2009[75]
  • You Gotta Read Reviews - "Ella The Vampire" Tami February 22, 2009[76]
  • Literary Nymphs - "Parole" Scandalous Minx February 18, 2009[77]
  • Toasted Scimitar - "Raid" Staff August 12, 2008[78]
  • Blogtide Rising - "Problem in Logic" Deven D Atkinson January 4, 2008[79]
  • Horror World - "The Curse" Joe Kroeger January 2007[80]
  • SFReader - "Problem in Logic" Robert J. Santa November 13, 2006[81]
  • Tangent Online - "All the Horrible Dragons" Paul Abbamondi October 14, 2006[82]
  • SFReader - "Van Helsing in London" David A. Olson September 21, 2006[83]
  • Oz Horror Scope (Australia) - "The Curse" Miranda Siemienowicz August 9, 2006[84]
  • Tangent Online - "The Curse" Janice Clark December 24, 2005[85]

Interviews[edit]

  • "The Celibate Succubus: Barton Paul Levenson" Book Signing at Rickert and Beagle Books, Dormont, Pennsylvania, November 16, 2013 "Barton Paul Levenson Book Signing" - YouTube
  • "Monday's Friend: Barton Paul Levenson" Imaginary Friends, Sara Jayne Townsend, July 8, 2013[86]
  • "Books and Tales Author Interview: Barton Paul Levenson" Books and Tales, Annette Gisby, May 30, 2012[21]
  • "Page Readers Talks with Barton Paul Levenson" BlogTalkRadio - Hosted by Page Readers, February 2010 [87]
  • "Interview with B.P. Levenson" Art & Prose Magazine, October 2007, p. 40. #61 Showcase Writer

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Art & Prose Magazine, October 2007, p. 40. #61 Showcase Writer, Interview with B.P. Levenson
  2. ^ "Pittsburgh Worldwrights Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Writer's Workshop". Mary Soon Lee. Pittsburgh, PA 2005. Retrieved 10/4/2010. 
  3. ^ Art & Prose Magazine, October 2007, p. 40. #61 Showcase Writer, Interview with B.P. Levenson
  4. ^ "Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy Magazine, Fiction Index, Na-Zz in "CyberSpace Spinner Archive of Horror and Fantasy Fiction"". hycyber.com. 2000. Archived from the original on 7 October 2010. Retrieved 10/4/2010. 
  5. ^ "Goldstrom, Jean. ""Parsec" Pittsburgh's Premiere Science Fiction Organization For the promotion of literary Science-Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and other Speculative Fictions". The Influence of Confluence Convention report. Kevin Geiselman, Web Designer. Pittsburgh, PA 2010. Retrieved 10/04/10. 
  6. ^ Knight, Damon. "Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America". "Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc.". Archived from the original on 4 October 2010. Retrieved 10/04/2010. 
  7. ^ "Levenson, Barton. "I Will" page, "Virtual Tales". Law, Dave; Diehl, June; George, Jake; Gormley, Sherri - Directors 2009. ISBN 978-1-935460-10-7. LCCN 2010920010. Retrieved 10/04/2010. 
  8. ^ See commentary at: Levenson, Barton. "Red Jack Books". "Wisdom". Heidi Lampietti, Editor 2009. Retrieved 10/04/2010. 
  9. ^ "Ella The Vampire" cited herein
  10. ^ "Temple Cat" cited herein
  11. ^ "Sometimes We Lie" cited herein
  12. ^ (See the in-depth review by Joe Wetterling, titled "Old Heresies vs New Prophets" about "An Exercise in Logic" from the Anthology "Infinite Space, Infinite God II") http://www.baptizedimagination.com/2011/04/old-heresies-vs-new-prophets.html
  13. ^ "Rain and Revenge" cited herein
  14. ^ "The Physics of Space Beer..." cited herein
  15. ^ a b "Sonya Clark". Sonya Clark. 2010-10-27. Retrieved 2011-07-20. 
  16. ^ cited herein
  17. ^ "The Ideology of Robert A. Heinlein." The New York Review of Science Fiction, June 1998
  18. ^ http://www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2011/02/from-blog-to-science/comment-page-5/
  19. ^ https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/89580?ref=MHBonham
  20. ^ http://www.assentpublishing.com/AuthorAnnouncements.aspx
  21. ^ a b http://booksandtales.blogspot.com/2012/05/today-we-have-interview-with-sciene.html
  22. ^ http://www.solsticepublishing.com/
  23. ^ a b "Lyrical Press", cited above.
  24. ^ Virtual Tales, cited above.
  25. ^ "Levenson, Barton. "Lyrical Press, Ella The Vampire". Ella The Vampire. Frank and Renee Rocco - Publishers/Owners New York 2010. Retrieved 11/17/10. 
  26. ^ You Gotta Read Guest: A Sit down with Barton Paul Levenson
  27. ^ http://dailysciencefiction.com/
  28. ^ http://electricspec.com/
  29. ^ http://stonethreadpublishing.com/contest-iii/
  30. ^ http://stonethreadpublishing.com/contests/specfic-ii/
  31. ^ http://www.cosmosmagazine.com
  32. ^ http://www.anotherealm.com
  33. ^ http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/fiction/6003/lifting
  34. ^ http://interstellarfiction.com/
  35. ^ http://www.vampires2.com/
  36. ^ http://www.anotherealm.com/2012/ar070112.php
  37. ^ a b http://www.raygunrevival.com/
  38. ^ Ahmed Khan, ed. (2011). Cheer up Universe! [Paperback]. Whortleberry Press. Retrieved 8/12/2011. 
  39. ^ http://www.andromedaspaceways.com/
  40. ^ http://www.duotrope.com
  41. ^ http://samsdotpublishing.com/cosmiccrimestoriesgl.htm
  42. ^ Karina L. Fabian (Editor), Robert Fabian (Editor), ed. (2010). Infinite Space, Infinite God II [Paperback]. Paladin Timeless Books (November 15, 2010). ISBN 978-1-60619-231-3. Retrieved 10/4/2010. 
  43. ^ Amazon.com: Space Cops (9781442178908): David B. Riley: Books
  44. ^ The Boogie-Woogie, Time-Traveling, Cyborg Blues by Barton Paul Levenson
  45. ^ M-Brane Sf
  46. ^ www.wrongworld.com
  47. ^ Whispering Spirits Digital Magazine
  48. ^ Levenson, Barton. (no longer online) "Atomjack". "Raid". Adicus Ryan Garton, Editor. Retrieved 2/02/2011. 
  49. ^ Wisdom
  50. ^ Written Word
  51. ^ http://www.theopinionguy.com/shortstorycontest.html
  52. ^ Bestsellers
  53. ^ Premier Issue of Staffs & Starships | Sheer Speculation
  54. ^ Publisher: Surreal Books (Cavern Press) 2006 edited by César Puch
  55. ^ eBook Publisher: TIME m a c h i n e Books, March, 2006, Thomas, Hughes and Mackenzie, editors
  56. ^ Publisher: NSP BOOKS Copyright: © 2006
  57. ^ Publisher: SFH Charity Anthologies Copyright: © 2005 by S.A. Parham and W. Olivia Race
  58. ^ Cited in Britannica Online Snow Leopard
  59. ^ http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/title.cgi?61042
  60. ^ http://fenderstitch.com/
  61. ^ http://www.norilana.com/norilana-ww-guidelines.htm
  62. ^ http://www.astropoetica.com
  63. ^ Dimensions of Science Fiction. Holicong, PA: Wildside Press 2004
  64. ^ J. Lastovicka, ed. (2011). "Planet Temperatures with Surface Cooling Parameterized in Advances in Space Research 47, 2044-2048". Elsevier. Retrieved 2011-1-28. 
  65. ^ http://electricspec.com/about-us/awards/awards.asp
  66. ^ http://www.succubus.net/blog/2013/12/22/a-review-of-the-celibate-succubus-by-barton-paul-levenson
  67. ^ I Will by Barton Paul Levenson | Rise Reviews
  68. ^ Welcome To The Toniverse
  69. ^ August 2010 Reviews - BookWenches
  70. ^ Manic Readers - Review of Ella The Vampire by Barton Paul Levenson - THE source for books, reviews and authors
  71. ^ Boudica Marginalia
  72. ^ http://www.ebookguru.org/index.php/2009/03/parole-by-barton-paul-levenson-fiction-ebook-review/
  73. ^ You Gotta Read Reviews: Review - Parole by Barton Paul Levenson
  74. ^ Emmatyville
  75. ^ Dark Diva Reviews: Ella the Vampire by Barton Paul Levenson
  76. ^ You Gotta Read Reviews: Review - Ella the Vampire by Barton Paul Levenson
  77. ^ Literary Nymphs Reviews Only: Parole
  78. ^ The Toasted Scimitar: Procrastination Central
  79. ^ Review: Staffs & Starships, V1 #1, 2007 « Blogtide Rising
  80. ^ Horror World Reviews
  81. ^ Firebrand Fiction Reviews at SFReader.com
  82. ^ The Sword Review, #9, December 2005
  83. ^ Hungur Magazine (Issue 1), by Terrie Leigh Relf
  84. ^ HorrorScope: Review: Shadow Regions anthology
  85. ^ Shadow Regions edited by César Puch
  86. ^ http://sayssara.wordpress.com/2013/07/08/mondays-friend-barton-paul-levenson/
  87. ^ http://www.blogtalkradio.com/page-readers/2010/02/19/page-readers-talks-with-barton-paul-levenson

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