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The Dancer from Atlantis by Poul Anderson
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The Dancer from Atlantis (original 1972; edition 1972)

by Poul Anderson (Author)

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A mesmerizing tale of adventure and romance: An anomaly of time transports a twentieth-century man backward through history toward the greatest catastrophe the world has ever known Looking out over the Pacific Ocean from the deck of a luxury cruise liner, American architect Duncan Reid is suddenly caught up in an inexplicable event--and when he awakens he is somewhere . . . different. Duncan has inadvertently fallen victim to a fatally malfunctioning time machine from the future, along with three equally startled companions from vastly different epochs and civilizations, and now he stands with them on the rocky Mediterranean coast of Egypt in the year 4000 BCE. With the aid of miraculous technology supplied by the dying time machine, the displaced four are able to communicate and share their stories, the most startling being the tale told by the one woman among them, the bewitching Erissa. Only decades removed from her actual time, she claims to be a priestess from Atlantis who views Duncan as a god, and she represents perhaps their only hope of returning to their rightful eras. But to do so will entail immersing themselves in the savage turmoil of an ancient world and placing themselves in harm's way on the eve of the most terrible devastation in human history.   A true giant of twentieth-century fantasy and science fiction, multiple Hugo and Nebula Award winner Poul Anderson astounds once more with a powerful adventure through history and legend that set a towering standard for time travel fiction.… (more)
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Four individuals from various eras are swept back in time to the age of Theseus, the Minotaur, and Atlantis. One of the things I liked about this story was that even though Reid, the most modern of the travelers, is fairly well-versed in both history and mythology, he still doubts his knowledge because he realizes that stories passed down thousands of years will change, and that recorded history may not be accurate in the first place. ( )
  chaosfox | Feb 22, 2019 |
Tried to read this in 2009). Couldn't get into it. Nor did my husband like it enough to push me to finish.
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 5, 2016 |
People from various times somehow find themselves in Atlantis back when it existed. Two of them, an American man from about now and a priestess from about then, work together. ( )
  raizel | Apr 15, 2016 |
While on a scientific mission to view the past, a far-future Earth time vehicle crashes on a strange shore. In doing so, it pulls with it people from different ages - a man from the 1950's, a Hun, a Russian trader from the 11th century and a young girl from Atlantis. Another time anomaly takes them back to ancient Greece, just before the destruction of Knossos - the Atlantis of legend. They must now try to prevent the tragedy and attract the attention of time watchers who will return them to their proper times. Unfortunately, Mr. Anderson choose to confuse the nature of time and have the young bull Dancer from Atlantis and Duncan, the 20th century American, remember being in love with each other and repeat the process. Isn't that creating an infinite loop? To make it worse, the returned to the past woman and her younger self meet each other, repeatedly! Not bad, but confusing. ( )
  Karlstar | May 24, 2015 |
I was initially pretty skeptical about the underlying idea of this book, but it proved to offer the potential for a surprisingly decent time travel paradox yarn, complete with a concept that Dan Simmons would later use effectively in one of my all time favorite series, the Hyperion Cantos. It is one of those books which can take you in a entertaining direction, but only if you are willing to suspend asking questions about whether any of the major plot turns actually make any sense whatsoever.

The books biggest problem is the characters and their relationships. Half of our time travelling quartet is barely sketched, and the other half grows less sympathetic and less believable as the story progresses. ( )
  clong | Jan 12, 2014 |
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Friedmann, KárolyTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.
And the first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth, and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.

And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood; and the third part of the creatures which wee in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of he ships were destroyed.

And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters; and the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.

And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the starts; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise.

And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe to the inhabiters of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound!

Revelation, viii, 6-13
Where is the fair assemblage of heroes.
The sons of Rudra, with their bright horses?
For of their birth knoweth no man other.
Only themselves their wondrous descent.

The light they flash upon one another;
The eagles fought, the winds were raging;
But this secret knoweth the wise man.
Once that Prishni her udder gave them.

Our race of heroes, through the Maruts be it
ever victorious in reaping of men.
On their way they hasten, in brightness the brightest,
Equal in beauty; unequalled in might.

--Rig-Veda vii, 56
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A mesmerizing tale of adventure and romance: An anomaly of time transports a twentieth-century man backward through history toward the greatest catastrophe the world has ever known Looking out over the Pacific Ocean from the deck of a luxury cruise liner, American architect Duncan Reid is suddenly caught up in an inexplicable event--and when he awakens he is somewhere . . . different. Duncan has inadvertently fallen victim to a fatally malfunctioning time machine from the future, along with three equally startled companions from vastly different epochs and civilizations, and now he stands with them on the rocky Mediterranean coast of Egypt in the year 4000 BCE. With the aid of miraculous technology supplied by the dying time machine, the displaced four are able to communicate and share their stories, the most startling being the tale told by the one woman among them, the bewitching Erissa. Only decades removed from her actual time, she claims to be a priestess from Atlantis who views Duncan as a god, and she represents perhaps their only hope of returning to their rightful eras. But to do so will entail immersing themselves in the savage turmoil of an ancient world and placing themselves in harm's way on the eve of the most terrible devastation in human history.   A true giant of twentieth-century fantasy and science fiction, multiple Hugo and Nebula Award winner Poul Anderson astounds once more with a powerful adventure through history and legend that set a towering standard for time travel fiction.

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BANISHED TO YESTERDAY

Architect Duncan Reid is enjoying a leisurely cruise to Japan. then, without warning, a freak scientific accident transports him to the distant past, along with three other victims of the same temporal displacement: a medieval Russian trader, a barbaric ancestor of Attila the Hun, and a beautiful priestess from a doomed island that would someday be known as Atlantis.

From the scorching sands of ancient Egypt to the war-like Athens of Theseus, these unlikely companions struggle to survive - and perhaps find a way home to the times that birthed them. But as the cataclysmic destruction of Atlantis grows ever nearer, Reid must wonder; Can he avert the disaster, change the course of history? And, more importantly, should he?

In the end, all depends on the courage and passion of The Dancer From Atlantis
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