Leo Frankowski's popular Cross-Time Engineer series, the first three novels of which fill this volume, has gone through six novels to date, with frequent reprintings and translated editions in Italy, Spain, and Poland. In addition, he wrote the novels A Boy and His Tank, The Fata Morgana and Conrad's Time Machine for Baen. In collaboration with Dave Grossman, he also wrote The War With Earth, Kren of the Mitchegai, and The Two-Space War. Frankowski was nominated for the John W. Campbell award for best new writer. His occupations ranged from scientist in an electro-optical research lab to chief engineer to company president. His work in chemical and optical instrumentation earned him several patents.
Conrad's Time Machineby Leo Frankowski
Born to Be Weird...
When Tom Kolczyskrenski got his discharge papers from the Air Force, he decided to look up his old pals—and the world would never be the same. At one time, the oddly mismatched trio had been roommates, then they'd gone their separate ways. Tom, for lack of money, enlisted in the Air Force to learn electronics. The other two had… See more details below
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Born to Be Weird...
When Tom Kolczyskrenski got his discharge papers from the Air Force, he decided to look up his old pals—and the world would never be the same. At one time, the oddly mismatched trio had been roommates, then they'd gone their separate ways. Tom, for lack of money, enlisted in the Air Force to learn electronics. The other two had finished college, lan McTavish going into mechanical engineering and a job with GM, and Jim Hasenpfeffer into behavioral science, leading to his having gotten a Department of Defense grant to—this is serious stuff, now—study social interactions in motorcycle gangs.
So the three set out to be their own motorcycle gang. But these easy riders had barely begun to closely observe their own interactions when they ran across a strange perfectly hemispherical hole in the ground where a house used to be, with everything that had been in the sphere of influence slowly materializing in bits and pieces in the surrounding area. And they found the plans for the machine that had done this, and were sure they could duplicate it and get rich. But before long they would be wishing they had kept on being the three musketeers on bikes, instead of the three stooges of time travel....
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Like some movies who's trailers show all of the funny parts and the movie itself leaves much to be desired, so it is with this story. The cover picture is gravely misleading and the inside flap and Author's forward lead you to believe this story will be new and innovative, while elimiting common paradoxes in most time travel stories. Sad to say Frankowski fails in both departments. *semi-spoler* Like the Terminator movie series, people from the future travel to the past and effectively create their own future, or rather do what they can to guarantee their version of the future happens. I was hoping for a fresh take on time travel but what I got was nothing more than an a raunchy romp on an island of women who felt no shame in walking around nude 24/7, bonking any man (namely the 3 "hero's") who comes along. There is very little actual time travel, and what is there is confusing at most. It's more about these 3 guys who mess with a time travel device and try and make it safe for human use, and later about their sexual exploits. The story has a weak plot, difficult to understand science, and little time travel. The novel is less sci-fi and more of a combination harlequin romance/jr. high school-boy fantasy/xxx porno. Not to mention the title, who's Conrad? Judging from other titles, I realize he is from other Frankowski novels, but the man makes no appearance nor mention in this book. I have not read his other stuff nor do I plan on doing so. Very disappointing.