This novel was probably written in the 1960's or 70's.

I recall the book cover had a man floating possibly in a raft on a red ocean and that it may involve time travel.

It also may have been the first book in a series.

Possibly about alternate futures the main character was more like an anthropologist( or archaeologist). The main character name possibly started with a "Q" (but its not "Q" from star trek) and may have been religious possibly Christian?

The main character ends up in an asylum.

I believe it was on Earth. Don't believe space travel was involved but on the book cover he may have been wearing a space suit.

Read the book back in the 90's and would like to re-read apologies for the vagueness.

Its not

  • "The Godhead Trilogy" - James Morrow. Which has the two-mile-long corpse of God found floating at sea
  • "Out of the Silent Planet" or its sequel "Perelandra" - C. S. Lewis
  • "Interstellar Pig" - William Sleator. Which mentions "At sea, the Captain rescued a man floating in the ocean..."
  • "Raft" - Stephen Baxter
  • ''Worlds Apart (The Outer Limits)''

The following image is similar to what I remember on book cover (apart from the missing man of course)

example red sunset

  • That's a bit vague. Remember anything else about the plot or characters? – DCShannon Mar 2 '16 at 21:55
  • Do you remember if there was any space travel involved? Were the events on Earth? – DCShannon Mar 2 '16 at 23:58
  • @amaretto Reminded me of that a bit as well. Perelandra is the sequel to Out of the Silent Planet. Those books had a bit of a religious bent, as well. – DCShannon Mar 2 '16 at 23:59
  • @amaretto I don't believe he was wearing a helmet. And in my vague recollection I feel that he didn't require the suit in the book. – Sam Mar 3 '16 at 0:11
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    @ATB Looks to have been written by Chris Dickie. I don't believe this is it :( Thanks – Sam Mar 4 '16 at 22:01

Could it be Seeking the Mythical Future, which was written by Trevor Hoyle and published in 1977? Chris Queghan, an anthropologist, appears to travel in a space suit through the event horizon of a black hole into an alternate universe, and lands in a blood-red sea on Earth IVn.

I haven’t read it myself, but there are more details, which may contain spoilers, at Trevor Hoyle’s Wikipedia article and most of the details seem to match.

The cover:

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  • @amaretto Added it in. – Mithical Mar 8 '16 at 14:10
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    Thanks for the cover art! I wrote my answer on my iPad, with one of my cats insistently sleeping on my hand. I saw the cover, but typing was hard enough and then the claws slowly came out. It was clear that my hand had to stop moving. Immediately. – rosesunhill Mar 8 '16 at 19:11
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    @rosesunhill That's it, Thank you very much – Sam Mar 8 '16 at 22:02
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    That's impressive, I rather doubted this one would get identified! – Organic Marble Mar 9 '16 at 18:43
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    @OrganicMarble That was my belief also rusesunhill did well :) – Sam Mar 9 '16 at 20:50

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