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The Ship That Sailed the Time Stream

(Time Stream #1)

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  71 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Joe Rate, captain of the experimental Navy yawl Alice, figured that everything that could happen to him in one day had already happened. First, after a freak electrical storm at sea the Alice had been thrown a thousand years backward in time, and it looked like they were stranded in the past. They had provisions for two weeks at the most. Then there was the voluptuous ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 274 pages
Published August 28th 1981 by Ace (first published 1965)
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Alan
Jan 27, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those of a rather antiquarian bent
The novel comprises one half of a crumbling Ace Double - actually, more like two thirds; the collection on its obverse is very short - that I picked up in Wheeling WV. This book is a time capsule of mid-20th Century attitudes, almost far enough estranged from us now as to be a different and most mythical land. An American navy composed of nuclear battleships has one last wooden sailing ship, quietly searching for undersea invaders; its illicit brandy still under an evacuated bell jar turns out ...more
Steve Rainwater
Sep 25, 2019 rated it liked it
McHale's Navy meets the Time Tunnel

Two things to note up front with this book: First, the description on the book cover is flat out wrong as to the mechanism of time travel. I have no idea why, it's not a spoiler and is revealed within the first few pages. Second, I gather from the reviews that there are two distinct versions of the book, a shorter 1965 version and an expanded 1978 version. I read the longer edition with cover art by Steve Hickman.

It's an enjoyable book with a lot of humor and
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ladysugarquill
This book is the literary equivalent of those direct-to-video scifi movies with a B-list star and terrible CGI: kinda fun, but the sexism that's this author's thing and the general historically inaccurate bullshit lost it whatever points it may have gotten.
Roddy Williams
'OPERATION TIME-SLIP

Ensign Joe Rate, captain of the experimental Navy yawl, Alice, figured that everything that could happen to him in one day had already happened. First, after a freak electrical storm at sea the Alice had somehow been thrown a thousand years backward in time, and it looked like they were stranded in the past. They had provision for two weeks at the most. Then there was the voluptuous barbarian girl they’d saved from captivity – her presence on board a ship full of normal
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Tomislav
This 1965 Nebula nominee is a lightweight adventure story about a US Navy research sailing ship with a small oddball crew that accidentally finds themselves transported from 1965 back 1000 years. That said, I did enjoy the plot and the internal workings of the captain, so totally disconnected from his own feelings. In fact, this book is much better than Blue Face, my only prior G. C. Edmondson read.

And who knew that time travelers could encounter so many naked women? The book is kind of
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Sheri
May 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
really, surprisingly good. The stoey flowed and I really enjoyed all the bits of history that was thrown in. Sad about Raquel though
Ann aka Iftcan
An interesting treatment of time travel and the Navy.
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Garry Edmondson (full name "José Mario Garry Ordoñez Edmondson y Cotton").

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