(1961- ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "1992 the Worldcon That Wasn't" in Alternate Worldcons and Again, Alternate Worldcons (anth 1996) edited by Mike Resnick. He won a Hugo for "Tk'tk'tk" (March 2005 Asimov's), a slick tale about a salesman having trouble on an Alien planet that demonstrated Levine's familiarity with the tropes of sf Satire with a smile; similarly reminiscential was The Tale of the Golden Eagle (2004 ebook chap), a baroque Space Opera tale. Both stories and other material were assembled as Space Magic (coll 2008).
Levine's first novel, Arabella of Mars (2016), is set in an Alternate Cosmos in which the planets comprising the Solar System share a single atmosphere; the tale, mostly set in an early nineteenth century Britain, and told in a Scientific Romance tone that permits some incisive Satire of British morés, follows its young female protagonist through various social trials, until she luckily finds herself aboard a ship being navigated in the direction of Mars by a Steampunk automaton. Levin's use of these not uncommon topoi is assured, and is accompanied by a grounded sharpness. [JC]
David D Levine
born Minneapolis, Minnesota: 21 February 1961
collections and stories
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