About the Author
Lev AC Rosen is the author of the critically acclaimed All Men of Genius, which was an Amazon Best of the month, on over a dozen best of the year lists, and has been nominated for multiple awards. Publisher’s Weekly says it “puts a steampunk spin on the Victorian comedy of manners while sneakily critiquing the gender biases of both genres.” The Onion’s A.V. Club declares that it “slyly examines the psychology and the aesthetics behind the act of human invention,” and Locus Magazine says it “mixes genres with fearless panache.”
At 22, Lev’s short story Painting was the inaugural piece for the ‘New Voices’ section of the renowned Esopus magazine. He has written articles on steampunk, postmodernism, and writing for numerous blogs, including booklifenow and tor.com.
Lev has studied with David Young, David Walker, David Hollander, and many people not named David, including Mary LaChapelle, Ernesto Mestre-Reed, Paul Lisicky, Whitney Otto, Arnost Lustig, Brian Morton, Joan Silber, and Dan Chaon. He received his BA from Oberlin College and his MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College.
Lev is originally from lower Manhattan and now lives in even lower Manhattan, right at the edge. He teaches creative writing, and is hard at work on something new, he promises.
Lev is currently represented by Joy Tutela, of the David Black Literary Agency.
Praise for All Men of Genius
One of Amazon’s Best SF/F Books of September
A 2011 Best of the Year from Fantasy Book Critic, January Magazine, SF Signal, The Booksmugglers, Fantasy Cafe, Slatebreakers, Sci-Fi Fan Letter, The Mad Hatter’s Bookshelf and Book Review, Jason Heller, Tansy Rayner Roberts, Skron 3.0 & Karissa’s Reading Review
Longlisted for the 2011 James Tiptree Jr. Award
Finalist for the 2013 Audie Award
“A marvelous reimagining of both Twelfth Night and The Importance of Being Earnest.”
–The Folger Shakespeare Library
“Rosen’s lighthearted debut puts a steampunk spin on the Victorian comedy of manners while sneakily critiquing the gender biases of both genres…Decommissioned robots, mysterious mechanisms, strange squid creatures, blackmail, and a number of vivid characters add up to a great deal of fun.”
“A nimble twist on Victorian romance that’s woven into Rosen’s intricate web of attractions, repulsions, and matrimonial machinations. But he never lets his mesh of relationships—or his fluid, playful views of sexuality—overwhelm a sprawl of vibrant, witty characters… Steampunk soap-opera, as elevated as it is, isn’t all Rosen has up his sleeve. Tackling the genre at its root, All Men slyly examines the psychology and the aesthetics behind the act of human invention.”
–A- from The A.V. Club
“Rosen writes with color and verve, particularly in his descriptions of mechanical marvels, and also offers moments of unexpected poignancy, such as the sad history of Cecily’s governess Miriam, whose characterization far exceeds the depth of her initial inspirations, Earnest’s ditzy Miss Prism and Twelfth Night’s comic maid Maria”
“All Men of Genius makes no attempt to hide its main sources of inspiration: an odd couple of famous comedies, Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest… In itself, an ambitious task, but Rosen has more in mind. While holding true to the antic spirit of both plays, he also manages to bring in the exploratory worldview of SF…[M]ayhem in climactic scenes set in a science faire at the Crystal Palace… turn[s] a high-toned event into chaos worthy of H.G. Wells – one further inspiration for an author who mixes genres with fearless panache in his novelistic debut.”
“A charming and fast-paced debut… Fans of Shakespeare and Wilde will delight in the transformation of the source material into something wholly original.”
–RT Book Reviews
“All Men of Genius is a true steampunk novel, a romance, a mystery, and a fun romp through an alternative Victorian England…a fast-moving, joyful experience that will leave the reader thoroughly satisfied.”
–The Seattle Post-Intelligencer
“This debut literary steampunk novel fits well on the shelf with Gail Carriger’s “Parasol Protectorate” series (Heartless), with broad crossover appeal to fans of sf, historical romance, and young adult fiction.”
“This tale of cross dressing, science, romance, and rampaging automatons, complete with a host of quirky professors that may remind readers of those in the Harry Potter series, will delight teen readers, as will the rough and tumble descriptions of college life, with the young men’s focus on sex and drinking…The romance will appeal to recent teen fans of Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate series…a brilliantly fun novel.”
–School Library Journal’s Adult Books 4 Teens