Phil D'Amato, a forensic scientist working for the NYPD, is visiting an old friend in rural Pennsylvania--home of the Amish. When the friend with no known allergies drops dead of a sudden allergic reaction, D'Amato decides to investigate. He finds himself at the center of a 30,000 year-old biowar being waged with genetically engineered weapons. As he probes deeper, it becomes apparent that the Amish are not the technophobes they appear to be.
In his first novel, Levinson was not afraid to tackle big concepts. His narrative spans 1,300 years and several continents, from the Tocharians, a tribe living in Xinjiang on the Silk Road route around 750 A.D., to a New York library janitor who may or may not be entirely human. When the bodies of what look like recently dead Neanderthals start turning up in Toronto and London, the book revs into high gear. We hurtle through a dozen murders, theories for the origins of Homo sapiens and the demise of the Neanderthals; touch on aspects of the philosophy of science and the possibility that cave paintings are really prehistoric movies; and wrap up with an interesting vision of what humanity might have been--if only things had turned out differently.
Phil D'Amato made his first appearance in Analog, and fans of his forensic sleuthing will love this full-length treatment. It is biological SF of the Old School--plenty of adventure with no fancy writing and very little character development to get in the way of the plot. --Luc Duplessis
"An impressive debut."--Joe Haldeman
"Delivers on its promises."--The New York Times Book Review
"The Silk Code is an intriguing story refreshingly rich not only in action but in ideas."--Stanley Schmidt, editor of Analog
Phil D'Amato, NYC forensic detective (also featured in several of Levinson's popular short stories and two subsequent novels), is caught in an ongoing struggle that dates all the way back to the dawn of humanity on Earth--and one of his best friends is a recent casualty. Unless Phil can unravel the genetic puzzle of the Silk Code, he and his loved ones will soon be just as dead.
Winner Locus Award for Best First Science Fiction novel of 1999.
When one of his friends turns up dead, Phil D'Amato, a forensic investigator for New York City, finds himself caught up in an ingenious biological plot to insure immortality, as he races against time to solve the puzzle of the "Silk Code" before it is too late.
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
eight nonfiction books, including The Soft Edge
(1997), Digital McLuhan
(2003), and Cellphone
(2004), have been the subject of major articles in the New York Times, Wired
, the Christian Science Monitor
, and have been translated into ten languages. New New Media
will be published in the summer of 2009. His science fiction novels include The Silk Code
(1999, winner of the Locus Award for Best First Novel)., Borrowed Tides
(2001), The Consciousness Plague
(2002), The Pixel Eye
(2003), and The Plot To Save Socrates
(2006). His short stories have been nominated for Nebula, Hugo, Edgar, and Sturgeon Awards. Paul Levinson appears on "The O'Reilly Factor" (Fox News), "The CBS Evening News," "NewsHour with Jim Lehrer" (PBS), "Nightline" (ABC), and numerous national and international TV and radio programs. He reviews the best of television in his InfiniteRegress.tv blog, and was listed in The Chronicle of Higher Education
’s "Top 10 Academic Twitterers" in 2009. Paul Levinson is Professor of Communication & Media Studies at Fordham University in New York City.