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, 2016 at 21:55
  • Do you remember if there was any space travel involved? Were the events on Earth?
    – DCShannon
    Mar 2, 2016 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, 2016 at 23:59
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    @ATB Looks to have been written by Chris Dickie. I don't believe this is it :( Thanks
    – Sam
    Mar 4, 2016 at 22:01
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    This is not the book you were looking for, but you might also like The Last Day on Mars, which incidentally also has time travel and a similar cover!
    – user21820
    Jun 5, 2022 at 18:10

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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, 2016 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. Mar 8, 2016 at 19:11
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    @rosesunhill That's it, Thank you very much
    – Sam
    Mar 8, 2016 at 22:02
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    That's impressive, I rather doubted this one would get identified! Mar 9, 2016 at 18:43
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    @OrganicMarble That was my belief also rusesunhill did well :)
    – Sam
    Mar 9, 2016 at 20:50

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