A space craft takes the group to various planets. These turn out to be from their imaginations or books they have read, such as Alice in Wonderland. They are pursued by men in black (hats?).


There is a reasonable likelihood that this is Heinlein's The Number of the Beast.

The "spacecraft" is a flying car named "Gay Deceiver", and the people comprise two couples.

They visit Earth on alternate timeline, Mars in the Burroughs timeline (Barsoom), Oz and others. Heinlein's world-as-myth concept is first introduced in this book.

There is an extended subplot concerning who is to be the officer in charge with all four crew taking a turn at it before one of their number of selected by consensus.

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    That's a hell of a name. – Valorum Mar 8 '17 at 18:33
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    Yes, this is likely it. The bad guys are referred to as Black Hats as well. A good book to forget, IMHO. – Organic Marble Mar 8 '17 at 19:04
  • @OrganicMarble All Heinlein books are good to forget. – Darth Egregious Mar 8 '17 at 20:33
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    Starship Troopers is still one of my favorites. I first read it when I was ten, with Chinook choppers flying over my house for rappelling practice (jump troops) at Camp Arthur Currie (since then renamed Currie Barracks, and later CFB Calgary) – pojo-guy Mar 8 '17 at 23:21
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    I like most Heinlein up to and including The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress. After that....OMG. – Organic Marble Mar 9 '17 at 0:29

This vague description sounds like you may be thinking of Robert A. Heinlein's "The Number of the Beast--" (Wikipedia page) (ISFDB page)

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    A day late and a dollar short :-) – Valorum Mar 8 '17 at 18:41
  • Meh. I took the time to find the link in Wikipedia as well - dmckee posted his while I was typing mine. – Jeff Zeitlin Mar 8 '17 at 19:01
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    The problem with not being the fastest gun in the west is that you.get.shot. – Valorum Mar 8 '17 at 19:02
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    Given his 666 rep, he may be the best person around to post this answer – Matty Mar 9 '17 at 11:28
  • :) It wasn't 666 at the time I posted it... – Jeff Zeitlin Mar 9 '17 at 12:20

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