This is a book I read years ago - likely in the late 1960s or early 70s. It was a hardback, and I think (long time ago) the cover had a T-Rex strapped to the back of a rocketship in space.

I am sure most of the story went over my head at the time, but I think the plot was of aliens that somehow were stranded on earth in the time of the dinosaurs. T-Rex was vaguely similar to the aliens, so they put them through some forced evolution to make companion/servants. There was plotting by the T-Rex against their creators.

The book ended with the aliens managing (either through time dilation or time travel), to get to a "big crunch" of the universe collapsing into a black hole and a subsequent big bang. By being around during the big bang they were able to shape the new universe more to their liking, and they ended up back on Earth - and I wasn't sure if "our" earth was the new one universe or the old one.

I think that the author was east European or Russian, but now I don't know why I think that.

Despite reading it as a kid, it was definitely not young adult material, which is why I may have missed whole important elements of the book, but it has always stuck with me.

  • This sounds a little like End of an Era by Robert J Sawyer. It has dinosaurs, alien life and time travel but I believe was written in the mid 1990's. Are you sure it is from the 1960's?
    – skyjack
    Commented Jun 13, 2017 at 6:26
  • Thanks for the clue, but definitely earlier than the 90s - I remember reading it in my early teens, and I was in my 30s in the 90s.
    – Joe Fromm
    Commented Jun 14, 2017 at 20:57

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Try J.O. Jeppson (a pseudonym for Janet Asimov), "The Second Experiment"
I never read this, so don't know for sure if this is your query, but the cover image always stayed in my memory.

Cover of *The Second Experiment*, showing a T-Rex straddling a spaceship

THE ROIISS—once the masters of the universe, now evolved to pure thought forms. Engaged in war with Life itself, they had no time for Rya, their single surviving daughter.

She was the last of the dynasty. With her faithful robot Tec, she took the last ship to a star with nine planets, the third of which had life.

Then she decided it was time to find a mate. And that this planet was as likely a spot as any to begin her search....

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