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Conrad's Time Machine

(A book in the Adventures of Conrad Stargard series)
A novel by

Since the publication of The Cross-Time Engineer in 1993, Frankowski's Conrad Stargard series about a bunch of socially immature male engineers has amused many readers, but this sloppy, adolescent prequel, which roughly explains the origin of the time machine featured in the other novels, is for die-hard fans only. Soon after leaving the U.S. Air Force in 1968, Tom Kolczyskrensi hooks up with two old college buddies, Jim Hasenpfeffer, a grad student about to get his doctorate in Behavioral Psychology, and Ian McTavish, a mechanical engineer at General Motors. (Tom himself is a college drop-out.) The three of them learn how to create a time machine and amass the financial wherewithal to build it. During a motorcycle vacation, they encounter a massive "implosion," which just happens to send out one intact piece of paper with electrical schematics and bits of humans. This fortuitous accident sets them on the way to wealth, health and unlimited sex with hosts of compliant and beautiful young women, the narration of which occupies more than a third of the novel. The story's opening postdates the end, highlighting the conventional time-travel paradoxes as well as most of the author's literary flaws, chiefly wooden, repetitive prose. In a foreword Frankowski informs the reader that he began the book as a high school student in the 1950s. It's too bad his more mature self apparently chose to finish it at the same level.
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Genre: Science Fiction
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Hardback Editions

August 2002 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: Conrad's Time Machine
Author(s): Leo Frankowski
ISBN: 0-7434-3557-5 / 978-0-7434-3557-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Baen
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Paperback Editions

January 2004 : USA Mass Market Paperback
thumbTitle: Conrad's Time Machine (Adventures of Conrad Stargard)
Author(s): Leo Frankowski
ISBN: 0-7434-7191-1 / 978-0-7434-7191-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Baen
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Kindle Editions

January 2014 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Conrad's Time Machine (Conrad Stargard Series Book 1)
Author(s): Leo Frankowski
Publisher: Baen Books
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