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Top Ten Time Travel Books

The Time ​Machine​
The Time ​Machine​

The Time Machine is a science fiction novella by H. G. Wells, published in 1895 and written as a frame narrative. The work is generally credited with the popularization of the concept of time travel by using a vehicle that allows an operator to travel purposely and selectively forwards or backwards in time.

The Time ​Traveler's Wife​
The Time ​Traveler's Wife​

The Time Traveler's Wife is the debut novel of American author Audrey Niffenegger, published in 2003. It is a love story about a man with a genetic disorder that causes him to time travel unpredictably, and about his wife, an artist, who has to cope with his frequent absences and dangerous experiences.

Slaughterhouse-​Five​
Slaughterhouse-​Five​

I just finished Slaughterhouse Five for the second time and the first time the time travel just sort of confused me and made the story difficult...

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The End of ​Eternity​
The End of ​Eternity​

The End of Eternity is a Hugo Award-shortlisted 1955 science fiction novel by American writer Isaac Asimov, with mystery and thriller elements on the subjects of time travel and social engineering. Its premise is that of a causal loop - a type of temporal paradox in which events and their causes form a loop.

11.22.63: ​Enhanced Edition​
11.22.63: ​Enhanced Edition​

11/22/63: A Novel - Kindle edition by Stephen King. ... Enhanced Typesetting: ... Take 5 20111119 'You have to take a leap of faith with time-travel novels, ...

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Kindred​
Kindred​

The immediate effect of reading Octavia Butler’s Kindred is to make every other time travel book in the world look as if it’s wimping out. The Black Death in Doomsday Book? Wandering about your own life naked in Time Traveller’s Wife? Pikers. Only Days of Cain and The Devil’s Arithmetic can possibly compete.

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Doomsday ​Book​
Doomsday ​Book​

Doomsday Book has 39,590 ratings and 4,163 reviews. j said: Somehow, by the year 2053, we'll have invented time travel but lost the use of cell phone tec...

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The Man Who ​Folded Himself​
The Man Who ​Folded Himself​

Gerrold's The Man Who Folded Himself is really the first time-travel story I've read. (Except for A Sound of Thunder of course, which now seems extraordinarily tepid by comparison.) That I rate it so highly may follow from this fact.

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Time and ​Again​
Time and ​Again​

Charming, but Flawed, Tale of Time Travel to 1882 New York "Time and Again" is certainly worth reading, but it has its flaws. For one thing,its far too long and plodding. It would have been a much better book at half its length. The really interesting action doesn't get started until well into the book's second half.

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The Anubis ​Gates​
The Anubis ​Gates​

The Anubis Gates is a 1983 time travel fantasy novel by American writer Tim Powers. It won the 1983 Philip K. Dick Award and 1984 Science Fiction Chronicle Award.

A Connecticut ​Yankee in King Arthur's Court​
A Connecticut ​Yankee in King Arthur's Court​

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court is an 1889 novel by American humorist and writer Mark Twain. The book was originally titled A Yankee in King Arthur's Court. Some early editions are titled A Yankee at the Court of King Arthur.

A Wrinkle in ​Time​
A Wrinkle in ​Time​

A Wrinkle in Time is a science fantasy novel written by American writer Madeleine L'Engle, first published in 1962. The book won the Newbery Medal, Sequoyah Book Award, and Lewis Carroll Shelf Award, and was runner-up for the Hans Christian Andersen Award.

The Door Into ​Summer​
The Door Into ​Summer​

'The Door Into Summer' was written in 1957 with the plots story based between 1970 - 2001. Robert A. Heinlein had to do a lot of predicting to paint a believable world set in 2001 in which he succeeds creating a believable account of time travel which isn't over the top or far fetched as most time travel novels seem to be.

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A Sound of ​Thunder​
A Sound of ​Thunder​

"A Sound of Thunder" is a science fiction short story by Ray Bradbury, first published in Collier's magazine in the June 28, 1952, issue and Bradbury's collection The Golden Apples of the Sun in 1953.

Outlander​
Outlander​

The Eighth Book in the Outlander Series… The eighth major novel in the Outlander series of novels is titled WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART’S BLOOD. It continues the story of Jamie and Claire and the constellation of other OUTLANDER characters. I call the book “MOBY” for short. My Own Heart’s Blood = MOHB = MOH-B = Moby.

To Say ​Nothing of the Dog​
To Say ​Nothing of the Dog​

Part time travel adventure, part comedy of manners and part mystery, To Say Nothing of the Dog is a little bit of everything I love about books. To Say Nothing of the Dog takes its name (and much of its sensibility) from the famous novella by Jerome K. Jerome, Three Men in a Boat, To Say Nothing of the Dog.

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The Time ​Ships​
The Time ​Ships​

The Time Ships is a 1995 science fiction novel by Stephen Baxter. A sequel to The Time Machine by H. G. Wells, it was officially authorised by the Wells estate to mark the centenary of the original's publication. The Time Ships won critical acclaim.

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How to Live ​Safely in a Science Fictional Universe​
How to Live ​Safely in a Science Fictional Universe​

The conceit of Charles Yu’s new meta-science-fictional novel, “How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe,” is a touch wacky. Yu’s protagonist, a time machine repairman also named Charles Yu, has lived the past decade of his life boxed up in a tiny TM-31 Recreational Time Travel Device.

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The House on ​the Strand​
The House on ​the Strand​

The House on the Strand is one of her lesser-known novels; the penultimate novel by Daphne du Maurier from 1969. It is an unusual work about time travel and mind-expanding drugs; themes which could be thought of as apposite for the time.

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Blackout/All ​Clear​
Blackout/All ​Clear​

Blackout and All Clear are the two volumes that constitute a 2010 science fiction novel by American author Connie Willis. Blackout was published February 2, 2010 by Spectra. The second part, the conclusion All Clear, was released as a separate book on October 19, 2010.

Night Watch​
Night Watch​

Night Watch is a fantasy novel by British writer Terry Pratchett, the 29th book in his Discworld series, published in 2002. The protagonist of the novel is Sir Samuel Vimes, commander of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch.

The ​Accidental Time Machine​
The ​Accidental Time Machine​

The Accidental Time Machine is a science-fiction novel by Joe Haldeman that was published in 2007. The novel was a finalist for the Nebula Award in 2007, and the Locus Award in 2008.

Timescape​
Timescape​

Timescape is a classic science fiction, not quite about time travel but considering how history might be affected by the possibility of sending messages to the past. Half of the novel is set in San Diego in 1963, and half in Cambridge in 1998, with chapters more or less alternating between the two settings.

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Lest Darkness ​Fall​
Lest Darkness ​Fall​

The book has also been collected with David Drake's novella "To Bring the Light" in Lest Darkness Fall and To Bring The Light (Baen Books, 1996), with other works by de Camp in Years in the Making: the Time-Travel Stories of L. Sprague de Camp (NESFA Press, 2005), and with works by other authors in Lest Darkness Fall and Related Stories (Phoenix Pick, 2011).

Time ​Travelers Never Die​
Time ​Travelers Never Die​

Finished "Time Travelers Never Die" by Jack McDevitt. Of all the time travel books and movies I've read/seen so far (and there are a LOT of them), this one is the lamest. It's not that the writing was necessarily bad. It's just that the two protagonists were just that stupid throughout.

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The Year of ​the Quiet Sun​
The Year of ​the Quiet Sun​

The Year of the Quiet Sun is a 1970 science fiction novel by American writer Wilson Tucker, dealing with the use of forward time travel to ascertain future political and social events. It won a retrospective John W. Campbell Memorial Award in 1976.

Dragonfly in ​Amber​
Dragonfly in ​Amber​

Dragonfly in Amber is the second book in the Outlander series of novels by Diana Gabaldon. Centered on time travelling 20th century nurse Claire Randall and her 18th century Scottish Highlander warrior husband Jamie Fraser, the books contain elements of historical fiction, romance, adventure and science fiction/fantasy.

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Up the Line​
Up the Line​

Up the Line (1969) is a time travel novel by American science fiction author Robert Silverberg. The plot revolves mainly around the paradoxes brought about by time travel, though it is also notable for its liberal dosage of sex and humor.

In the Garden ​of Iden​
In the Garden ​of Iden​

She is sent to Elizabethan England to collect samples from the garden of Sir Walter Iden. But while there, she meets Nicholas Harpole, with whom she falls in love. And that love sounds great bells of change that will echo down the centuries, and through the succeeding novels of The Company.

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Bid Time ​Return​
Bid Time ​Return​

Bid Time Return is a 1975 science fiction novel by Richard Matheson. It concerns a man from the 1970s who travels back in time to court a 19th-century stage actress whose photograph has captivated him. In 1980, it was made into the cult classic film Somewhere in Time, the title of which was used for subsequent editions of the book.

The Eyre ​Affair​
The Eyre ​Affair​

The Eyre Affair takes place in an alternate version of 1985 England, where the Crimean war still continues between Russia and England, and where Wales has declared independence. But there is more to the world that just the two above mentioned events.

The Shining ​Girls​
The Shining ​Girls​

The Shining Girls is a novel by South African author Lauren Beukes. The book centers on a time-traveling Depression-era drifter who must murder the "shining girls" in order to continue his travels.

Lightning​
Lightning​

The energy used to move through time disrupts the natural environment during the arrival at the target time and place, which causes massive unexplained lightning storms (and the book's title). The departure from the future back to the present does not cause a lightning storm.

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The Fiery ​Cross​
The Fiery ​Cross​

The Fiery Cross is the fifth book in the Outlander series of novels by Diana Gabaldon. Centered on time travelling 20th century doctor Claire Randall and her 18th century Scottish Highlander warrior husband Jamie Fraser, the books contain elements of historical fiction, romance, adventure and science fiction/fantasy.

Voyager​
Voyager​

The 14 Greatest Star Trek Time Travel Adventures 0. ... The best Voyager time travel episode included an awesome scene in which the ship crash ... Books (375) Cartoons

An Echo in ​the Bone​
An Echo in ​the Bone​

An Echo in the Bone is the seventh book in the Outlander series of novels by Diana Gabaldon. Centered on time travelling 20th century doctor Claire Randall and her 18th century Scottish Highlander warrior husband Jamie Fraser, the books contain elements of historical fiction, romance, adventure and science fiction/fantasy.

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Beyond the ​Highland Mist​
Beyond the ​Highland Mist​

"Beyond the Highland Mist" is the first book in Karen Marie Moning's "Highlander series." Stubborn and lusty Scottish warriors have been a literary delight of mine since I first read Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series when I was 19.

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Just One ​Damned Thing After Another​
Just One ​Damned Thing After Another​

"History is just one damned thing after another." Behind the seemingly innocuous façade of St Mary's, a different kind of historical research is taking place. They don't do 'time-travel' - they 'investigate major historical events in contemporary time'.

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A Knight in ​Shining Armor​
A Knight in ​Shining Armor​

Hailed worldwide as one of the most romantic novels of all time, A Knight in Shining Armor is “a glorious love story that spans centuries, worlds, and souls. It is the epitome of every woman’s fantasy” (Chicago Daily Herald).

Looking ​Backward​
Looking ​Backward​

Looking Backward: 2000–1887 is a utopian science fiction novel by Edward Bellamy, a journalist and writer from Chicopee Falls, Massachusetts; it was first published in 1888. It was the third-largest bestseller of its time, after Uncle Tom's Cabin and Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ.

Timebound​
Timebound​

Timebound has 24,150 ratings and 2,330 reviews. Traci said: I have to give kudos to the author for attempting a young adult book about time travel. It'...

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The Best Time ​Travel Stories of the 20th Century​
The Best Time ​Travel Stories of the 20th Century​

The Best Time Travel Stories of the 20th Century has 806 ratings and 78 reviews. Susan said: As is true in so many compilations, the stories in this book... The Best Time Travel Stories of the 20th Century has 806 ratings and 78 reviews.

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Drums of ​Autumn​
Drums of ​Autumn​

Drums of Autumn is the fourth novel in the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. The novel takes place in the colony of North Carolina from 1767 to 1770, as well as in Inverness and Boston from 1969 to 1971.

The Mirror​
The Mirror​

Shelves: 2014-book-challenge, historical-fiction, mystery-crime, rated-books, reviewed-books, time-travel, fantasy, 5-star-books, horror This is a remarkable book, one that I had never heard of until a few weeks ago.

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Timequake​
Timequake​

On re-reading 8/18/15 in preparation for English 298: The Novels of Kurt Vonnegut (which will probably be canceled due to low enrollment): After a decade, re-reading this same novel, as if in a timequake, I can only repeat what my thoughts were the first time I read it: Wow, this is one of the best book's I've ever read.

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From Time to ​Time​
From Time to ​Time​

574 books based on 1340 votes: The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, 11/22/63 by Stephen King, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, The Time Machine by...

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A Breath of ​Snow and Ashes​
A Breath of ​Snow and Ashes​

A Breath of Snow and Ashes is the sixth novel in the best-selling Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. The novel takes place in the colony of North Carolina, from early 1773 to late 1776.

All Our Wrong ​Todays
All Our Wrong ​Todays

Read or Download All Our Wrong Todays: A BBC Radio 2 Book Club Choice 2017 PDF. Similar dystopian science fiction books

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Timeline​
Timeline​

Did some fool time travel and step on a butterfly, putting us in this messed up reality? Because these books have shown us alternate timelines can happen. Here's seven of the best time travel books.

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Charlotte ​Sometimes​
Charlotte ​Sometimes​

Charlotte Sometimes was first published in 1969 by Harcourt in the United States, and by Chatto and Windus in the UK in the same year. Penelope Farmer arranged many of the incidents in Charlotte Sometimes ahead of time, based upon family experiences.

Pastwatch: ​The Redemption of Christopher Columbus​
Pastwatch: ​The Redemption of Christopher Columbus​

Pastwatch: The Redemption of Christopher Columbus (1996) is the first science fiction novel in a proposed Pastwatch series by Orson Scott Card. The book's focus is the life and activities of explorer, Christopher Columbus.