The Dancer From Atlantis Author:Poul Anderson Review ? 2000 by Thomas M. Wagner. — The story begins when Duncan Reid, an American architect vacationing with his wife on a ship in the Pacific, finds himself inexplicably plucked from his time and deposited in another one alongside three other people (from different times) who have clearly experienced the same shock. Nearby is a strange vessel ... more »of some kind, and when its human inhabitant emerges very near death, he explains in his final breaths what happened: how his vessel, a time machine from the distant future, experienced some sort of fantastic energy anomaly during its voyage, with the resulting rift in space-time accidentally yanking four hapless humans from their respective times and depositing them all here together in this undetermined time and place.
Armed with this scanty knowledge, plus a fascinating helmet-like device that enables everyone to understand each other's language, Reid pieces together where and when they all might be: the Mediterranean coast of Egypt, possibly around 4000 BCE. But what truly amazes him is the revelation of one of his companions, a priestess named Erissa, nearing middle age, who thinks Duncan is some sort of god and claims to come from a place called Atlantis! She also seems to be the one of the group least displaced from her original time, only by a handful of years, and she claims to remember the tragedy that befell this legendary city.
The story then settles into an exciting adventure as our displaced heroes find themselves among the Acheans, the forerunners of modern Greece, and swept up in a power struggle between Achean prince Theseus, the Minos in Knossos who rules the Mediterranean, and the Keftiu high priestess in Altantis--which, as Reid suspects, corresponds to the island Thera, which was destroyed by a volcanic cataclysm bigger even than Krakatoa.« less