An Alphabetical List by Title of Over 200 Books Relating to Time Travel (incl. a Plot Synopsis)

In homage to Albert Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, I will begin this post with an old limerick whose author I have not been able to verify.

       There was a young lady called Bright
       who traveled much faster than light.
       She traveled one day, in a relative way
       and returned home the previous night! 

In this post, I will be maintaining an alphabetical list, by book title, of books I have either read, or of which I am aware, which involve time travel in some fashion.

This list usually will also include a brief synopsis of each book so that you may decide whether or not the author’s particular take on time travel is something in which you may be interested.  I certainly don’t expect you to be interested in all of these books just because they deal with time travel in some way.

If a particular author wrote more than one book relating to time travel, each book will be listed alphabetically by name, but there will be a cross-reference to other books by the same author included with each book.

If I am aware of, or may have discovered during research, some tidbits of information about the book, or about the author, I will include those in this post as well.  For example, if I am aware that a book has been made into a movie, I will list that.

If no synopsis is included, then I may still be in the process of researching it.  If there is a more lengthy plot description, it is very likely because I have personally read the book.  If I include a full description of the book, including spoilers, I will clearly precede that description with the following icon …

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This will be a living, growing list going forward.  I am fairly confident that my initial list includes most of the best known novels about time travel, and quite a few lesser known ones as well.  But I am under no illusion that I have identified them all.

If you check the list and don’t see a book about time travel that you know of, please let me know and I would happy to add it to my list.  Just email the book title and the author’s name to .

Also, if you know someone who may, like us, be interested in the subject of time travel, please let them know about my blog and about this particular post.  I am most interested in hearing from other time travel enthusiasts.

This list is alphabetical by book title.  I also have two other posts related to this which include just an alphabetical list – one by book title, and the other by author.

To see either of these posts, please select All Things Time Travel > Time Travel Books from the menu at the top of the left sidebar on my personal blog – .

Books Relating to Time Travel  (Details, Synopsis and Tidbits)

11/22/63; 2011 by Stephen King

  • This is the story about a man who travels back in time to try and prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
  • Reader alert:  This novel is over 900 pages long, so be forewarned about what you are getting yourself into.

The 13th Hour; 2009 by Richard Doetsch

  • Nick is arrested for the murder of his wife, Julia.  Just as things look hopeless, he is given a watch by a stranger who visits him as he is being interrogated by the police.  The watch allows him to travel back in time but only one hour at a time, for a total of 12 hours.  As each new hour passes, he makes decisions, and slowly finds out how and why his wife was murdered.  Only, he finds that some changes he makes to try and prevent her murder actually end up causing her murder once again in a new timeline.
  • The book is interestingly written beginning with chapter 12 – the 12th hour of his day in which the murder of his wife occurred.  Each successive chapter relates what happens when he goes backward in time an additional hour.
  • For a complete review of this novel The 13th Hour, please see my online blog  Once there, from the fly out menus in the top of the left sidebar, select …

         All Things Time Travel > Time Travel Books > The 13th Hour

1632; 2000 by Eric Flint

  • The first in the 1632 book series also known as the Ring of Fire series
  • There are many more books in this series
  • This novel, which began the Ring of Fire series, involves an entire West Virginia town, including all of its inhabitants, being transported back to 17th century Germany during the time of the Thirty Years War.  The Thirty Years war basically began due to religious persecution and expanded to involve most of Europe.  The inhabitants from West Virginia of the future try to impose their knowledge of the future onto this period in history.

3 RMS, Good View; 1990 by Karen Huber

  • Short story about a woman who works in present day (1990) San Francisco but also lives in 1960’s San Francisco.  She has signed some sort of rental agreement not to interfere with history while living in the past.  But she must decide if she can violate the agreement in order to save a young girl in the 1960’s.

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court; 1889 by Mark Twain

  • A man from 19th century Connecticut goes back in time to the days of King Arthur.  He passes himself off as a magician and attempts to impart his knowledge of the future to improve life in 6th century England.
  • Twain wrote this as a comedy apparently in response to a dream that he had.

A Ghost of a Chance at Love; 2011 by Terry Spear

  • A woman just wants to get away from her divorce proceedings but she finds herself in the 19th century old west.  She has seemingly taken the identify of another woman whose cowboy lover realizes she is not the same person, but is attracted to her anyway.  He finally realizes that he must help her get back to her proper identity.

A Little Something for us Tempunauts; 1975 by Phillip K. Dick

  • Dick is also the author of another more classic time travel novel Counter Clock World (1967) and also the author of an alternative world theory novel – The Man in High Castle (1962).
  • In this story, time travelers (Tempunauts) are sent into the very near future. In it, they learn that their return to the present results in their death.  The story relates to them being in a seemingly endless loop, where they go forward, return and die and they have to try and figure out how to stop the continuing loop.

A Knight in Shining Armor; 1989 by Jude Devereaux

  • Historical romance novel.

A Sound of Thunder; 1952 by Ray Bradbury A Little Something for us Tempunauts

  • Originally a short story
  • Made into a feature film by the same name in 2005, starring Ben Kingsley, Edward Burns and Catherine McCormack
  • Bradbury’s book took the term “butterfly effect” which was coined by 20th century mathematician and meteorologist Edward Lorenz and incorporated it literally into the story. Lorenz formulated the “chaos theory” as the unintended consequences the smallest of actions might have on future events.  That theory has also been referred to as the “butterfly effect”.
  • A Sound of Thunder describes how a man took a time safari back from the year 2055 to go on a dinosaur hunt in prehistoric times.  The man makes a seemingly innocuous mistake which has consequences when he returns to the present.
  • This concept was also incorporated into another feature film, The Butterfly Effect, which was released in 2004 starring Ashton Kutcher.

A Wrinkle in Time; 1962 by Madeleine L’Engle

  • Made into a TV movie by same name in 2005
  • Will be released in 2018 as a feature film by the same name, starring Chris Pine and Reese Weatherspoon
  • Note also the book review which has not yet been posted.

About Time; 1986 by Jack Finney

  • The author of Time & Again (1970) and its sequel From Time to Time (1995)
  • A collection of 12 short stories

The Accidental Time Machine; 2007 by Joe Haldeman

  • A research assistant accidentally creates a time machine, but one which he learns will only transport the traveler ahead in time.  On one of his leaps, he is arrested for murder, but bailed out by a mysterious person who obviously is also a time traveler.  When he travels ahead in time again, he learns that person took credit for his time machine and was awarded the Nobel prize.
  • Each time the man presses the button on the machine, he leaps forward in the future by an exponentially larger amount, and he can only keep going forward.  His goal eventually becomes to go far enough into the future where he might be able to find out how to travel back in time to where he started.  Along the way, he meets a woman who ends up accompanying him on his leaps.
  • Haldeman also wrote three novels in the Forever War series.

Air Raid; 1977 by John Varley

  • This short story was also written by Varley into a novel called Millenium.  That was made into a feature film by the same name in 1983, starring Kris Kristopherson and Cheryl Ladd.
  • The story is about a future world which has become devastated such that they need to replenish their source of humans.  Their plan is to go back in time and extract accident victims at the moment before they are actually killed, thereby taking people who otherwise would have died anyway.
  • In the movie, Kristopherson plays an NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) investigator looking into a plane crash.  He finds a strange object which was left behind by one of the beings from the future when they were extracting victims just before the plane crashed.
  • For a complete review of the novel Millenium, and movie into which it was made, please see my online blog Once there, from the fly out menus in the top of the left sidebar, select …All Things Time Travel > Time Travel Book and Movie Reviews > Millenium (a review of the book and movie)

The All Clear series; 2010 by Connie Willis

  • Blackout – Part I
  • All Clear – Part II
  • Also the author of the The Doomsday Books series
    • Fire Watch (1982)
    • To Say Nothing of the Dog (1998)
    • Blitz (2010
    • The stories revolve around a graduate study program in England where part of the graduation requirement is that candidates travel back in time and observe major events in history.

All the Myriad Ways; 1971 by Larry Niven

  • A collection of 14 short stories, one of which is The Theory and Practice of Time Travel.
  • The main purpose of time travel is to change the past; and the prime danger is that the Traveler might change the past.” – Larry Niven
  • Niven postulated Niven’s Law of Time Travel where travel into the past is not possible. This is similar to the “Morphail Effect” which is described by Michael Moorcock in his series The Dancers at the End of Time.

All Our Wrong Todays; 2017 by Elan Mastai

  • Man ends up in the future (2016) and has to decide whether or not to live in the future, or make a change that could affect the past.
  • Synopsis.  Read: Feb/Mar 2018.   No spoilers.
    • This novel was written in 2017 and takes place in 2016 – but a 2016 which is very technologically different from the 2016 we know.  In that 2016, much of the technology and achievements that were only dreamed about in the 1960’s have come to pass, all because of the development of an unlimited energy source back in 1965.
    • In that 2016, a young, neer-do-well 20 something man named Tom Barren is involved in his brilliant, and distant, father’s time travel experiment.  Tom is an incredible disappointment to his father, and to himself.  Although himself never intended to actually be sent back in time, Tom ends up going back to 1965, to the day when the unlimited energy source was first created.  However, his appearance disrupts the creation of that energy source and when he is returned to 2016, 2016 has changed into the 2016 that we know today, with all of its flaws and no unlimited energy.
    • Almost everything is changed but Tom now has both his previous memories of Tom but also the new memories of John Barren who was born into this new existence.  In this 2016, John is a successful architect and Tom’s father is a decent, but not as spectacularly successful scientist who is no longer disappointed in his son.  Tom also finds a girl who is similar, but quite different from the girl he fell in love with, but lost, in the old 2016.
    • So Tom is faced with a choice to continue to live in this new existence, which although better for him, has been changed for the worse for the other billions of people who live on Earth.

All Our Yesterday – volumes 1 and 2; 2013 by Cristin Terrill

  • Two, separate, young-adult novels which involve a girl and boy, initially trapped in a sort of prison.  They escape when the girl finds a note that she wrote to herself sometime in the future.  They go back in time.
  • Some reviews compare the events in the two novels to the Divergent book series.

All You Zombies; 1958 by Robert A. Heinlein

  • Short story that explores the idea of the time paradox, when a man goes back to the past and effects changes on himself when he was a younger man.
  • Made into a feature film in 2014, Predestination, by an Australian company, starting Ethan Hawke
  • Other time travel novels by this author are By His Bootstraps, The Door Into Summer and The Number of the Beast

Anachron; 1954 by Damon Knight

  • A short story involving the effects of time paradox.  A scientist determines a way to retrieve objects from previous time periods.  Eventually the scientist disappears and his brother learns about the time travel capability.

The Anubis Gates; 1983 by Tim Powers

  • Set in 1983, when this book was published, a millionaire (J. Cochran Darrow) unlocks the secret of time travel (the Anubis Gates) which dates back to the British occupation of Egypt in the 1800’s.   He then organizes a trip for some of his fellow millionaires to travel back to England in the 1810.  He hires a professor (Brendan Doyle) to travel with them and to record what they learn.  However, the group is somehow identified by one of the creators of the method of time travel.  Everyone except for Doyle escapes back into the future.  Doyle is trapped in London and must survive and somehow find a way back to 1983.

The Battle of Long Island; 1993 by Nancy Kress

  • Short story about an army nurse in the year 2001 who ends up treating casualties from The Battle of Long Island in 1776 between the Americans and the British.

The Beautiful Land; 2012 by Alan Averill

  • This novel’s hero, a Japanese-Irish American named Takahiro (Tak), works for a company called Axon.  His job is to explore alternative timelines for the corporation using a time travel device that they discovered.  However, he learns that Axon’s plan is to use information brought back by Tak in order to change the past and create profits for Axon.  Tak also realizes that if they are successful, the woman he has loved since school (Samira) will no longer exist in the new timeline.
  • The book’s title, The Beautiful Land, comes into play when a third party – the inventor of the original time travel device, is also discovered to be searching for his own ultimate alternative timeline which is called The Beautiful Land.  He will stop at nothing to destroy all other timelines in order find that ultimate one.

Behold the Man; 1969 by Michael Moorcock

  • The Dancers at the End of Time series (1970) are other time travel books by Michael Moorcock.
  • Behold the Man is the story of a man from 1970 who travels back in time to the year 28AD.  His goal is to meet Jesus of Nazareth.  But he becomes trapped in that era.

The Big Time; 1958 by Fritz Leiber

  • Short story about two warring factions, each with the capability of time travel.  They battle each other, in what is referred to as a “change war”, by going back in time and changing history to benefit each other’s respective sides.

Bring the Jubilee; 1953 by Ward Moore

  • This story, like The Man in High Castle (1962) by Ward Moore, is really more about an alternative history, as opposed to time travel.
  • A novel exploring what it would be like if there was an alternate version of history.  In this case, the South won the Civil War and a man later goes back in time to see what happened to cause the South to win that war.
  • There is also another novel about what it would be like if the South had won the Civil War called The Guns of the South (1992) by Harry Turtledove.

The Brooklyn Project; 1948 by William Tenn

  • Short story exploring the idea of the time paradox and that time cannot be changed by traveling to the past.

By His Bootstraps; 1941 by Robert A. Heinlein

  • In this novella, a man writing a thesis on an aspect of time travel, Bob Wilson, is visited by two men who say they are from the future.  One tells Bob that he can venture into the future himself by going through the time gate.  The other warns Bob not to go.  During a fight, Bob is pushed through the gate and ends up 30,000 years into the future.  The aspect of time travel explored in this novella is the theory of the time “loop” – what happens when current events are affected by someone from the future going back and interacting with the “present”.
  • Although I have not yet read this novella, the concept sounds very much like something that is also explored in the 2016 time travel movie Synchronicity which is available on DVD.  I have seen and enjoyed that movie.
  • Other time travel novels by this author are All You Zombies, The Door Into Summer and The Number of the Beast

The Chronos Files series by Rysa Walker

  • Timebound (2012)
  • Time’s Echo (2014)
  • Time’s Edge (2014)
  • Time’s Mirror (2015)
  • Time’s Divide (2015)
  • Simon Says (2015)
  • This series began with the young adult novel Timebound about a teenage girl whose family members begin to vanish. She determines the cause to be related to a religious group with whom her grandfather was involved.

Chronospace; 2001 by Alan Steele

  • Time travelers from the 24th century go back in time and inadvertently cause the Hindenburg to land successfully, thereby disrupting the future timeline.

City at the End of Time; 2008 by Greg Bear

  • Three drifters in Seattle are each troubled by dreams of a city in the far distant future.

Convergence; 2007 by Thomas Settimi

  • Roswell 1947 (2013) is the sequel also by Thomas Settimi
  • In 1863, Confederate soldiers see a vapor trail from a jet aircraft up in the air.  In 1968, a Navy pilot returning from a mission over Laos disappears along with his airplane.  His grieving mother is told he is missing in action, but she later learns that may not be the whole truth.  A professor and his female protégé help her try to solve the mystery.

Counter Clock World; 1967 by Phillip K. Dick

  • Dick is also the author another more classic time travel novel A Little Something for us Tempunauts (1975) and also the author of an alternative world theory novel – The Man in High Castle (1962).

Crisis; 1986 by James Gunn

  • A man of the distant future is haunted by dreams of things that might take place if he does not go back in time and prevent certain events from taking place.

The Dancers at the End of Time series; 1970 by Michael Moorcock

  • An Alien Heat (1972)
  • The Hollow Lands (1974)
  • The End of All Songs (1976)
  • The “Morphail Effect” is a time travel theory proposed in this novel where travels in time are only allowed into the future because of the possibilities of paradox which are created when someone travels back in time.
  • The ‘Morphail Effect” is also written about by Larry Niven and is referred to as Niven’s Law of Time Travel where travel into the past is not possible.
  • Behold the Man; (1969) is another time travel book by Michael Moorcock.

The Destoyermen series by Taylor Anderson

  • Into the Storm (2008)
    • 1st book in the series.  Read in Oct/Nov 2018
    • This book involves a parallel/alternate universe premise – not specifically time travel – although the participants have in fact traveled back in time as well.
    • Starts in the Pacific two months after Pearl Harbor in 1942. Capt Matthew Reddy commands the USS Walker, a “four stacker” destroyer which had been built for World War I.  Along with the USS Mahan and a number of other aging members of the US fleet at that time, they were sent to fight against a vastly superior Japanese fleet in the Pacific at the beginning of the war.  As Walker & Mahan’s group is being badly beaten, they retreat into a storm squall for cover.  Something happens while they are in the squall and, when they emerge, they find themselves in a world that looks physically like the one they know, but otherwise is totally different.
    • They appear to be alone, no longer surrounded by Japanese. The waters contain huge, voracious sea animals.  When they pass land, they see prehistoric looking creatures, some of which resemble smaller dinosaurs.
    • The Walker and Mahan eventually become separated. Reddy and his crew stumble upon living beings whom they eventually refer to as Lemurians – named because they appear to most closely resemble large Lemurs from the world that they knew.  They slowly develop an alliance and friendship as the Walker chooses sides to help the Lemurians when they are attacked by their Ancient Enemy – the Grik – a lizard-like, warrior race.
    • This first book continues to tell the story of how the relationship between the crew of the Walker and the Lemurians evolves and how they learn more about the tremendous threat that the Grik represent.
  • Crusade (2008)
    • Book 2 in the series. In this book, we learn more about the Grik and also find that the Walker and the Mahan were not the only ones pulled into this parallel universe.  The vast Japanese carrier Amagi, whom they were battling at the time of the squall, had also been transported to this place and time.
  • Crusade (2008)
  • Maelstrom (2009)
  • Distant Thunders (2010)
  • Rising Tides (2011)
  • Firestorm (2011)
  • Iron Gray Sea (2012)
  • Storm Surge (2013)
  • Deadly Shores (2014)
  • Straits of Hell (2015)
  • Blood in the Water (2016)
  • Devil’s Due (2017)

The Doomsday Books; by Connie Willis

  • These stories revolves around a graduate study program in England where part of the graduation requirement is that candidates travel back in time and observe major events in history.
  • Fire Watch (1982)
    • In Fire Watch, a student reluctantly travels back to World War II London and is involved in the efforts to protect St Paul’s Cathedral from the German fire bombing. People on “fire watch” spend evenings on the roof of St Paul’s watching for German incendiaries that may alight on the roof and their job is then to put them out before they start a fire.
  • To Say Nothing of the Dog (1998)
    • In To Say Nothing of the Dog, which continues the theme of time travel being an element of graduate studies, this novel is primarily a comedy about an exhausted time traveler who has gone back multiple times to Victorian England.
  • Also the author of the All Clear series (2010)
    • Blackout – Volume 1
      • The time traveling scholars from Oxford go back in time to the London Blitz to evaluate how ordinary Englanders are handling the experience, but they then have difficulty returning to the future.
    • All Clear – Volume 2
      • This book is the culmination of the adventures of the students, which was begun in Blackout.
    • In these other books, which contains two, separate volumes, in the All Clear series, another graduate student (Kivrin) and friend of the protagonist in Fire Watch, makes multiple travels of her own back into the past.

The Door Into Summer; 1957 by Robert A. Heinlein

  • Other time travel novels by this author are All You Zombies, By His Bootstraps and The Number of the Beast
  • The novel is about a businessman who is tricked by his business partner and his fiancée into going into suspended animation, just before he realizes significant success with his business.  When he is awakened thirty years later, he learns that he can travel back in time and does so to seek revenge.
  • I read this novel in February of 2018.  It was excellent. Written in 1957, Heinlein sets the novel in the then future of 1970 – a very futuristic 1970 at that.  The protagonist, Daniel Boone (D.B.) Davis, is an engineer who designs and builds increasingly sophisticated robots which become very popular and quite lucrative.  But he is swindled out of his company and sent into the future via a process called the “Cold Sleep”.  When he awakens in 30 years (2000), he eventually becomes aware of the possibility of time travel and makes plans to subvert the swindling plans of his business associate and former fiancée.
  • As with 1970, the year 2000 as described by Heinlein is a much advanced, and basically optimistic one.  Heinlein’s very optimistic theories about what the future may hold come through very clearly in this novel.  Heinlein died in 1988.  I’m afraid he already knew by then that his prediction for 1970 was overly optimistic, and my guess is that he was pessimistic that the year 2000 would be anything like he envisioned back in 1956 as well.  Still, I think that he would still have remained optimistic that the future he envisioned was still a possibility – albeit one on a far different time line than he had anticipated.

E for Effort; 1947 by T.E. Sherrod

  • Two men get together and use the “time viewer” created by one of them, to produce movies which become very successful, and make them famous, until one of them goes terribly wrong.

The End of Eternity; 1956 by Isaac Asimov

  • Pebble in the Sky (1950) is another time travel novel by Asimov.
  • This is considered by many to be a classic work of science fictions and time travel.  Far into the future, an elite group of people, named the Eternal, are in charge of evaluating what changes in the past could be done to most benefit the people of the future.  During one of these trips to the past, a member of the Eternal falls in love with a woman of the past.  Making the change he has been tasked with will result in her death.  He saves her but then, back in the future, he is sentenced to go back in time again and correct what he did which will cause his love to die.

The Endochronic Properties of Resublimated Thiotimoline; 1948 by Isaac Asimov

  • A tongue-in-cheek, scientific paper by Asimov where he proposes the existence of a chemical called Thiotimoline. What is unique about Thiotimoline is that it will begin to dissolve before it makes contact with water.

The First 15 Lives of Harry August; 2014 by Claire North

  • A time looping novel similar to Replay (1986) by Ken Grimwood.

Flashforward; 1999 by Robert J. Sawyer

  • In this novel, scientists conducting an experiment, inadvertently send the collective consciousness of the entire world 20 years into the future, but only for a few minutes.  When people reawaken into the present, problems occur as some people were, for example, in the process of driving a car when their consciousness “flashed forward”.  When they reawaken, in some cases accidents happen.  But even more distressing, some people are aware of what they saw in the future, and in some cases, they want to prevent that from happening.
  • A TV show by the same name ran from Sept 2009 to May of 2010 (1 season) and was loosely based upon this novel.  It starred Joseph Fiennes (brother of Ralph Fiennes (aka Lord Voldemort) and John Cho (Sulu in the new Star Trek movies).

Forever to a Hudson Bay Blanket; 1972 by James Tiptree Jr.

  • A present day man is visited by a woman from the future who says that she is in love with him.

The Forever War and Forever Peace series by Joe Haldeman

  • Forever War series
    • The Forever War (1974)
    • Forever Free (1999)
    • A Separate War (2006).  A short story that is included in the book A Separate War and Other Stories.
  • Forever Peace series
    • Forever Peace (1997).  Published in a combined novel – Peace and War.
    • Forever Bound (2010).  A short story in the novel Warriors.  This is a prequel to Forever Peace.
  • Haldeman also wrote another time travel novel – The Accidental Time Machine.

From Time to Time; 1995 by Jack Finney

  • The sequel to Time & Again (1970) which was written over 25 years after the original book.
  • Published the same year (1995) in which the author died
  • The author also wrote About Time (1986), a collection of 12 short stories
  • Synopsis:
    • The story revisits the story of Simon Morley, begun in the novel Time & Again, who participated in a secret, government time travel project in the early 1970’s.  The idea was to surround a person with all of the elements possible to duplicate the time to which they wanted to go back.  To do that, a warehouse in New York City was converted into multi-compartmented areas, each built and designed to reflect a particular time.  Then the participants were clothed in appropriate attire for the time, and they were taught how to put themselves in a state of self hypnosis which would theorhetically send them back in time.  Simon was one of the very few who could successfully do this.

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    • Spoiler alert for those who have not yet read Time & Again:  Simon travelled back to New York City in 1990, met and fell in love with a woman, Julia, and decided to stay in that time period.  He also sought out the initial meeting of the couple who would become the parents of the developer of the government time travel project, Dr. Danzinger, and he prevented them from meeting, in hopes of preventing the time travel project from ever happening and ensuring that he would stay in the past.
    • In From Time to Time, the story begins with people in current day New York City, including one of the other members of the time travel project team, Ruben Priem, dealing with memories/hallucinations concerning things that were not apparently true, but of which they had clear memories.  For example, one man has clear memories of himself as a child greeting travelers on the Titanic as it reached New York City.  That was obviously impossible since the Titanic had hit an iceberg and sank in the Atlantic on the way to New York.
    • Because Simon had changed the past when he prevented Dr. Danzinger from being born, that created a number of variable time lines.  But Ruben somehow figures out that Morley must have somehow changed the future.
    • Another successful time traveler is sent back to stop Simon from preventing Dr Danzinger from being born.  Simon decides that he must go back to present day New York City and confront Dr. Danzinger.

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    • Spoiler alert for those who have not yet read From Time to Time:  Simon returns to present day New York but he is convinced by Ruben that he must now go back in time again and somehow find and correct a situation which ultimately might have prevented the start of World War I.  After returning, he determines that what happened is that an envoy from President Roosevelt went to Europe and brokered a peace deal which would have prevented World War I from beginning.  But he died when the Titanic sunk on its way taking him back to America, so Roosevelt never found out.
    • Simon is assisted by a young woman, who he learns only at the end of the book, had also been sent back by Ruben to make sure Simon completed his task.  She and Simon board the Titanic in hopes of preventing it from hitting the iceberg.  Simon tries unsuccessfully to convince the captain and also to convince the envoy that when the ship hits the iceberg, to head for one of the lifeboats that Simon knew was going to survive.  He tells Simon, however, that even if this did happen, he could never do that cowardly a thing and save himself when he could have a chance to save many others.
    • Simon gives up, but his companion, before the ship is about to strike the iceberg, distracts one of the ship’s engineers and moves the ship only slightly off its course.  That change was enough to prevent the Titanic from hitting the iceberg.
    • Simon returns home to Julia and their son Willy.

The Girl From Everywhere series by Heidi Heilig

  • The Girl From Everywhere (2016)
  • The Ship Beyond Time (2017)

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time; 2008 by Mamora Husoda

  • Romance

A God in Ruins; 2015 by Kate Atkinson

  • Atkinson is also the publisher of the precursor to this novel, named Life After Life; 2013.
  • This novel continues the story begun in Life after Life, and centers around the younger brother of the woman who was the protagonist in the first novel.

The Guns of the South; 1992 by Harry Turtledove

  • This story, like The Man in High Castle (1962) by Ward Moore, is really more about an alternative history, as opposed to time travel.
  • A novel exploring what it would be like if there was an alternate version of history.  In this case, the South won the Civil War and a man later goes back in time to see what happened to cause the South to win that war.
  • There is also another novel about what it would be like if the South had won the Civil War called Bring the Jubilee (1953) by Ward Moore.

Hall of Mirrors; 1953 by Fredric Brown

  • A short story about a professor who suddenly finds that he has been transported by a time machine fifty years into the future (2004).  He learns that somehow he must become the keeper of the time machine until such time as the rest of humanity is able to safely use it.

Hawksbill Station; 1967 by Robert Silverberg

  • Political prisoners from the future are sent to Hawksbill Station, a prison camp created billions of years in the past.
  • Silverberg is also the author of another time travel novel –  Up the Line (1969)

He Walked Among Us; 2011 by Norman Spinrad

  • A comedy agent discovers a comedian named Ralf in the Catskills.  Ralf is talented but also claims to be from a dysfunctional future and a world in chaos.

The Custodians; 1978 by Richard Cowper

  • Contains four short stories of science fiction, including The Hertford Manuscript.
  • A sequel to H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine
  • The story involves the discovery of an otherwise unremarkable 1700’s document – The Hertford Manuscript. However, within the document are found pages written in a different hand, from someone who quite obviously is from the 19th  The pages relate the efforts of the original Time Traveller in H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine, attempting to return forward in time.  But his machine malfunctions and he becomes stranded in the 17th century.
  • The only thing “wrong” with this story is that it is way too short. It in interestingly written, and is a quite logical follow-up to Well’s original Time Machine.

The Highlander series by Karen Marie Moning

  • Beyond the Highland Mist (1999)
  • To Tame a Highland Warrior (1999)
  • The Highlander’s Touch (1999)
  • Kiss of the Highlander (2001)
  • The Dark Highlander (2002)
  • The Immortal Highlander (2004)
  • Spell of the Highlander (2005)
  • Into the Dreaming (2006)
  • Scottish-based romance novels with lead character Duncan McCleod
  • Made into a syndicated TV series The Highlander which ran from 1992-1998, starring Adrian Paul in the lead role.
  • Also made into a feature film, The Highlander (1986) starring Sean Connery.

The Hourglass series by Lisa McEntire

  • Hourglass (2011)
  • Timepiece (2012)
  • Infinityglass (2013)

The House on the Strand; 1969 by Daphne de Maurier

  • de Maurier may be best known as the author of The Birds which was famously made into a movie in 1963 by Alfred Hitchcock.
  • This story involves a potion that, when consumed, will send a person back to the 14th century.  The catch is that if the person touches anyone in that century, they will immediately be returned to present day.  A time traveler gets intoxicated with this type of ability and eventually enters into a relationship with a woman from the 14th century which has horrific implications upon the present.
  • This story was also made into a radio drama in 1973 starring Ian Richardson.

How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe; 2010 by Charles Wu

  • The author himself is the main character in this novel.  Wu is a time travel technician whose job is to monitor other people who go back in time and prevent them from damaging themselves, or the future.  However, Wu is also obsessed with finding his own father who was the inventor of the ability to travel through time.

Island in the Sea of Time series; S.M. Stirling

  • Alternate history series of novels. The island of Nantucket Rhode Island and all its residents are transported back in time to the Bronze Age – 1250BC.
  • Island in the Sea of Time (1998)
  • Against the Tide of Years (1999)
  • On the Oceans of Eternity (2000)

Just One Damned Thing After Another; 2013 by Jodi Taylor

  • This novel follows the exploits of scientists at St Mary’s Institute of Historical Research.  Their job is to go back and explore and document historical events but to try and not change history or do other type of future damage in the process.

Kindred; 1979 by Octavia E. Butler

  • This novel explores slavery as the heroine is an African American woman from 1976 California who time travels to a plantation in pre-Civil War Maryland.

The Langoliers; 1990 by Stephen King

  • One of four, excellent novellas in King’s book Four Past Midnight.
    • Other stories are The Sun Dog, The Library Policeman and Secret Window, Secret Garden.
  • Made into a 2-part, made for TV movie, The Langoliers (1995), starring David Morse, Patricia Wettig and Dean Stockwell.
  • The story involves a quite unique examination of the effect of inadvertent time travel. A plane full of people goes through some sort of disturbance up high in the atmosphere.  After the plane passes through the disturbance, the only people still on the plane are those who were asleep at the time the plane passed through the disturbance.  One of the survivors was a pilot who was dead-heading on the plane.
  • The plane eventually lands at a major airport only to find that no one is there, and that the air has a mysterious deadness to it. The story continues to revolve around some drama created by some of the survivors while others try to determine just what has happened.

The Legion of Time series; 1952 by Jack Williamson

  • Legion of Time is the first of two stories by the American writer Jack Williamson.
  • After World’s End is the second in the series.
  • The story involves a college student, Denny, who is approached by two different women from the future. Each of them represents an alternate version of the future where they are from two, opposing and warring races.  It is up to Denny to somehow determine the fate of the future.

Lest Darkness Fall; 1941 by L.Sprague de Camp

  • This novel is acclaimed as an early, and excellent example of the “alternate history” genre of science fiction.  The protagonist is an American archeologist who is accidentally transported back in time to Rome in 535AD.

Life After Life; 2013 by Kate Atkinson

  • Atkinson is also the publisher of a follow-up novel named A God In Ruins (2015).
  • This novel is an example of time looping, where the protagonist born in 1910, lives out numerous, different iterations of her life in England.

Looking Backward:  2000-1887; 1888 by Edward Bellamy

  • This was the third largest selling novel of its time, only exceeded by Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Ben-Hur.  It also spawned what some of referred to as a mass movement, and influenced many great thinkers of the period.
  • The story involves a 19th century American man named Julian, who is hypnotized into sleep, and then wakes up in the year 2000.  In 2000, the United States has become what is described by others as a “social utopia”.  Julian wants to learn about this society and he is shown around by a doctor.  The author describes this ideal, very socialist society and that apparently is what influenced the creation of many groups who promoted that ideal.

The Man from When; 1966 by Dannie Plachta

  • A man is visited by a stranger who claims to be from the future.  The novel explores the consequences that time travel into the past may have on current events.
  • This novel was also made into a movie in 2005 by the same name.

The Man in High Castle; 1962 by Phillip K. Dick

  • Also a television series from 2015 to present on Amazon Prime.
  • This story, like Bring the Jubilee (1955) by Ward Moore, is really more about an alternative history, as opposed to time travel. Phillip Dick credits Bring the Jubilee as one of his inspirations for writing this novel.
  • This story takes place in an alternative future, 15 years after the end of World War II which was won by the Germans and Imperial Japan.
  • Much of the drama of this novel surrounds characters who are able to obtain and read a book (or watch newsreels in the TV series) called The Grasshopper Lies Heavy. That book/newsreel reveals another depiction of a world in which the allies defeated Germany and Japan in World War II.
  • Dick is also the author or two more classic time travel novels: A Little Something for us Tempunauts and Counter Clock World.

The Man Who Came Early; 1956 by Paul Anderson

  • Anderson is also the author of the Time Patrol series of four novels, including Guardians of Time (1955).

The Man Who Folded Himself; 1973 by David Gerrold

  • This novel explores the idea that past events can be changed which in turn will affect the future.  The protagonist inherits a time machine and finds that he can travel back and forth in time to correct things that have happened previously.  Even if something unexpected happens in the future as a result, he can return to correct his mistake.  However, he eventually learns that there are limits to what he can accomplish.

The Man Who Loved Morlocks; 1981 by David J. Lake

  • A sequel to H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine (1895)
  • This author also wrote The Truth about Weena (1997)
  • In The Man Who Loved Morlocks, the time traveler again returns to the future prepared to do battle, if necessary, with the Morlocks whom he met during his first trip into time which was chronicled in H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine. But what he finds this time is completely unexpected.

The Map of Time trilogy by Felix J. Palma

  • The Map of Time (2011)
  • The Map of the Sky (2012)
  • The Map of Chaos (2015)

Marooned in Realtime; 1986 by Vernor Vinge

  • This is the story of a group of people who may be the sole survivors of an invasion by aliens.
  • This is the second book in the series Across Realtime.  The first two books in that series are The Peace War (1984) and The Ungoverned (1985),

Millenium; 1983 by John Varley

  • This novel was based upon the short story Air Raid which was also written by Varley.
  • Millenium was made into a feature film by the same name in 1983, starring Kris Kristopherson and Cheryl Ladd.
  • The story is about a future world which has become devastated such that they need to replenish their source of humans.  Their plan is to go back in time and extract accident victims at the moment before they are actually killed, thereby taking people who otherwise would have died anyway.
  • In the movie, Kristopherson plays an NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) investigator looking into a plane crash.  He finds a strange object which was left behind by one of the beings from the future when they were extracting victims from the plane crash.
  • For a complete review of the novel Millenium, and movie into which it was made, please see my online blog Once there, from the fly out menus in the top of the left sidebar, select …

All Things Time Travel > Time Travel Book and Movie Reviews > Millenium (A review of the book and movie)

Morlock Knight; 1979 by K.W. Jeter

  • This novel builds upon the race of Morlocks, first introduced in H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine.  In the story, the Morlocks build their own time machine and travel back to Victorian London and interact with King Arthur and Merlin.

On the Nature of Time; 1981 by Bill Pronzini and Barry Malzberg

  • Short story involving an exploration of the ultimate time travel paradox – going back in time and killing your own father.

The Origin Mystery series; by A.G. Riddle

  • The Atlantis Gene (2013)
  • The Atlantis Plague (2014)
  • The Atlantis World (2014)

The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon

  • Go Tell the Bees that I am Gone (2016)
  • Written in My Own Heart’s Blood (2014)
  • An Echo in the Bone (2009)
  • A Breath of Snow and Ashes (2005)
  • The Fiery Cross (2001)
  • Drums of Autumn (1996)
  • Voyager (1993)
  • Dragonfly in Amber (1992)
  • Outlander (1991)
  • Also made into the 2014 TV series Outlander on the Starz network.

Passenger; 2016 by Alexandra Bracken

  • This is the story of Etta and Nicholas.  Etta is a violin prodigy in modern day Manhattan.  Nick is a seafarer in the 1800’s.  Etta is transported back to Nick’s ship as an unexpected “passenger” by a mysterious time traveler who has his own agenda.  Together, Etta and Nick try to unravel the mystery of what the time traveler is attempting to accomplish.

Pebble in the Sky; 1956 by Isaac Asimov

  • The End of Eternity (1956) is another time travel novel by Asimov.

The Proteus Operation; 1980 by James P. Hogan

  • Thrice Upon a Time (1980) is another time travel novel by James P. Hogan

Replay; 1986 by Ken Grimwood

  • This book involves a 43 year old man going back and in time to when he was 18 and then reliving those 25 years of his life. However, he keeps repeating these cycle, each time with a little different result.
  • This book was the inspiration for the 1993 feature film Groundhog Day, starring Bill Murray.

Ripples in the Dirac Sea; 1988 by Geoffrey Landis

  • Short story involving a scientist who explores time travel only to learn that certain rules exist such as only be able to travel to the past, not being able to bring anything back with you when you return to the future, and the future cannot be changed.  He learns of his fate in the future but can only postpone, but not change that fate.

The River of No Return; 2013 by Bee Ridgeway

  • A romantic and historical interpretation of time travel.  An Englishman about to die in battle with Napolean in the 1800’s is suddenly brought forward to 21st century London by a group of time travelers.  They tell him he cannot return to the past but the man longs to be with the woman he loved back in his own time.

The River of Time series by Lisa T. Bergren

  • Waterfall (2011)
  • Torrent (2011)
  • Cascade (2012)
  • Bourne & Tributary (2012)
  • Deluge (2014)

The Rose Garden; 2011 by Susanna Kearsley

  • As with Bee Ridgeway’s “The River of No Return”, this novel also deals with travel from present day to and from the 1800’s and also with romance.  A present day Californian woman travels home to England to spread the ashes of her famous sister who just died.  She returns to their childhood home but realizes that their home is now a time portal back to the 1800’s.  During a trip back, she falls in love.

Roswell 1947; 2013 by Thomas Settimi

  • Sequel to Convergence (2007), also by Thomas Settimi
  • The professor and his female protégé from the earlier novel Convergence, help a former lieutenant at the Roswell Army Air Field in New Mexico try to reconstruct the strange, possibly extraterrestrial events that happened at Roswell in 1947.

The Ruby Red Trilogy; by Kristin Gier

  • Ruby Red – Book 1; 2009
  • Sapphire Blue – Book 2; 2009
  • Emerald Green – Book 3; 2013
  • This trilogy details the time-travelling of a modern day London girl – Gwyneth Shepherd.

Sense of the Past; 1917 by Henry James

  • Romance

The Shadow Out of Time; 1936 by H.P. Lovecraft

  • H.P. Lovecraft is a writer of horror/fiction.  This book centers around the dreams of an American university professor living in the early 1900’s.  He has vivid, and increasingly longer dreams that find him being possessed by a race of beings from the future.

The Shining Girls; 2013 by Lauren Beukes

  • This is a variation on a serial killer mystery.  A murderer from the past travels forward in time to depression era Chicago.  He plans to murder each of a group of women, known as the Shining Girls, and then to slip back in time after each murder, only to reappear later to claim another victim.  One of the girls escapes his plans and then must find a way to stop the killer.

Slaughterhouse Five; 1969 by Kurt Vonnegut

  • Timequake (1996) is another time travel novel by Vonnegut
  • Slaugherhouse-Five was also made into a motion picture by the same name in 1972 starring Michael Sacks.
  • The novel is the story of Billy Pilgrim who travels through time through the second world war.  One of the crucial elements in the story is Billy surviving the fire bombing of Dresden Germany.  Kurt Vonnegut was an actual survivor of the Dresden bombing.

Soldier from Tomorrow; 1957 by Harlan Ellison

  • This is the story of a soldier, Quarlo, from many years in the future who time travels back to the present.  The soldier had been trained from birth to be the perfect killing machine in defense of his country in the many wars that the future holds.  Quarlo meets a government agent, Lyle Sims, and becomes an ardent advocate for non-violence and tries to warn the people of present day Earth about the coming wars in the future.
  • This story was adapted for television in 1964 as an episode of The Outer Limits called The Soldier.
  • Harlan Ellison wrote many screenplays for television, and also for the 1966 motion picture, The Oscar, starring Stephen Boyd and Elke Summer.
  • However, Ellison is perhaps best known as the writer of many episodes of the original Star Trek TV series.  His episode City of the Edge of Forever, guest starring Joan Collins, is considered by most, including myself, to be the best episode in the three year run of the original Star Trek series.

Thief of Time; 2001 by Terry Pratchett

Thrice Upon a Time; 1980 by James P. Hogan

  • The Proteus Operation (1980) is another time travel novel by James P. Hogan
  • Thrice Upon a Time explores the idea of time travel that is done by communicating with the past, rather than someone physically being transported into the past.
  • This idea of being able to send messages back in time is also explored in the novel Timescape, also written in 1980 by Gregory Benford.

The Thursday Next series; by Jasper Fforde

  • Thursday Next is the name of the female protagonist of this series of time travel books set in an alternate England of the future.
  • The Eyre Affair; 2001.
  • Lost in a Good Book; 2002.
  • The Well of Lost Plots; 2002.
  • Something Rotten; 2004.
  • First Among Sequels; 2007.
  • One of Our Thursdays is Missing; 2011.
  • The Woman Who Died a Lot; 2012.

Time and Time Again; 2014 by Ben Elton

  • An ex-soldier, and government agent, is sent back from the year 2024 to the time before World War I in hopes of being able to prevent that war from occurring.

The Time Between Us series by Tamara Ireland Stone

  • Time Between Us (2012)
  • Time After Time (2013)

The Time Machine; 1895 by H.G. Wells

  • A full review of this novel is included in the post Literature > Time Travel
  • Also made into two feature films by the same name – the first in 1960 starring Rod Taylor, and another in 2002 starring Guy Pearce. The most recent version was directed by Simon Wells – H.G. Wells’ great grandson.
  • During research, I have discovered that there are a number of books that are either direct or indirect, and both authorized and unauthorized sequels of sorts to Wells’ original novel.  The following is a list of those books, each of which is also included in this overall list.
    • The Hertford Manuscript (a short story contained in the 1978 book The Custodians by Richard Cowper)
    • The Man Who Loved Morlocks; 1981 by David J. Lake
    • The Time Machine – A Sequel; 2010 by David Haden
    • The Time Machine II; 1981 by George Pal and Joe Morhaim
    • The Time Ships; 1995 by Stephen Baxter
    • The Truth about Weena; 1997 by David J. Lake

The Time Machine – A Sequel; 2010 by David Haden

  • A sequel to Wells’ original novel which focuses on the Time Traveller going forward in time once again to try and rescue Weena.  This is definitely a more contempory sequel, which I have read contains references to the 2002 movie, and also even to Dr. Who.
  • I have not been able to establish whether or not this sequel was authorized, but my guess is that it was not.

The Time Machine II; 1981 by George Pal and Joe Morhaim

  • A sequel to H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine
  • George Pal is the director of the original movie, The Time Machine, made in 1963 starring Rod Taylor and Yvette Mimieux
  • For a complete review of the novel The Time Machine, please see my online blog Once there, from the fly out menus in the top of the left sidebar, select …All Things Time Travel > Time Travel Books > The Time Machine

A Time Odyssey series by Arthur C. Clarke

  • Time’s Eye (2003). Co-written by Stephen Baxter
  • Sunstorm (2005)
  • Firstborn (2007)
  • This series is based upon, and is a follow-up to Clarke’s earlier Space Odyssey series, the most famous of which is 2001: A Space Odyssey.

The Time Patrol series by Poul Anderson

  • Guardians of Time (1955)
  • Time Patrolman (1983)
  • The Year of the Ransom (1988)
  • The Shield of Time (1990)
  • Anderson is also the author of another time travel novel, The Man Who Came Early (1956).
  • The Time Patrol, featured in these books, are a group of men and women dedicated to preserving history and protecting the future from individuals who would otherwise change things to suit their own needs.

The Time Patrol series by Bob Mayer

  • Black Tuesday (2015)
  • Ides of March (2016)
  • D-Day (2016)
  • Independence Day (2016)
  • Nine Eleven (2016)
  • The Fifth Floor (2016)
  • While I have not read these books yet, it appears that these six titles are all part of a book that revolves around a shadowy group known as the Time Patrol that sends one of their members back to each of six dates in time to prevent history from being changed.

The Time Ships; 1995 by Stephen Baxter

  • An authorized sequel to H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine
  • For a complete review of the novel The Time Ships, please see my online blog Once there, from the fly out menus in the top of the left sidebar, select …All Things Time Travel > Time Travel Books > The Time Ships

Time Travel:  A History; 2016 by James Gleick

Time Travelers Never Die; 2009 by Jack McDevitt

  • A man receives a package from his missing father containing objects which he discovers allows him to travel back to any point in time.  He goes back in time, along with a friend, to try and discover why his father disappeared.
  • While in the past, a paradox occurs when one of them dies … multiple times.  A woman somehow completes a love triangle and the three of them try to correct/prevent that paradox which would destroy the current timeline in which they live.
  • A complete review of this book appears in this blog …

“What you quickly learn after reading a few books on time travel is that almost every author’s take on what time travel would actually look like is often very different.  Not only are the machines they use to allow travel through time wonderfully diverse (from a DeLorean to a wardrobe closet, and everything in between) but each author’s take is different on how their time traveler treats their responsibility when travelling through time.”


That is an excerpt from a book review which just posted to my online blog – A selectable list of all of my previous book reviews may be found in either the “ALL ABOUT TIME TRAVEL”  or the “LITERATURE” flyout menu near the top of the left sidebar on the Home page.

The Time Traveler’s Wife; 2003 by Audrey Niffenegger

  • Also a movie by the same name, released in 2009 starring Rachel McAdams and Eric Bana. This is one of my personal favorite time travel movies.
  • Henry DeTamble begins time-travelling when he is in his early forties and he goes back in time and meets his future (previous?) wife, Claire Abshire, who is six years old at the time. Claire eventually meets Henry in real time when his is in his late twenties.  They marry and the story revolves around Henry going both forward and back in time, often interacting with his own self, and with Claire.  They also end up having a daughter, Alba, who has the time-travelling gene as well.

The Time Tutor; 2014 by Bee Ridgeway

Time & Again; 1970 by Jack Finney

  • Man travels back in time from 1970 to 1882, falls in love and brings the lady back to 1970 New York City.
  • The author also wrote the following time travel sequels
  • About Time; 1986
    • A collection of 12 short stories
  • From Time to Time; 1995
    • A sequel to Time & Again. This was published 25 years after the original novel Time & Again
  • The author is probably most famous for writing The Invasion of the Body Snatchers, published in XXXX and also made into a movie.
  • Time & Again was planned to be made into a feature movie, first by Robert Redford and then again when the rights were sold to Lionsgate in 2012. But that has not yet happened.

The Time and Again series; by Nora Roberts

  • Time Was; 1989 (Book 1). Typically romance oriented, as are many of Roberts’ other novels, this novel finds 23rd century time traveler Caleb Hornblower trapped in the the present day 21st  He longs to return to his time but falls in love with Liberty Stone.
  • Times Change; 1990 (Book 2). Caleb’s brother Jacob follows his brother back in time to the 21st century in hopes of returning his brother to their time.  However, he falls in love with Liberty’s sister, Sunny.

Time Trap; 1948 by Charles Harness

  • Time Trap was Harness’s first work – a short story.

Time’s Legacy; 2010 by Barbara Erskine

  • This is more of a mystical take on time travel, as a recently ordained female minister in the Church of England, uses a crystal orb to look far back into England’s past and uncover mysteries of the church.

Timeline; 1999 by Michael Crighton

Timequake; 1996 by Kurt Vonnegut

  • Slaughterhouse Five (1969) is another time travel novel by Vonnegut

Timescape; 1980 by Gregory Benford

  • Not technically a “time travel” book but this book deals with the concept of being able to send information back through time to try and prevent things which happened in current day.
  • The book alternates between speaking from the perspectives of two groups of scientists.  One group is at Cambridge in England in 1998 who discover that they can send messages back to the past using tachyons.  The other group is in San Diego California in 1962 who are trying to decypher the messages that are being sent back to them from 1998.  In 1998, the world is in the throes of a biological catastrophe that affects the oceans but which is affecting all life on the planet.
  • Be aware that when reading this book it can be very technical much of the time, trying to explain the actual physics of what was happening.  I found myself skimming through a lot of the overly technical stuff.
  • This idea of being able to send messages back in time is also explored in the novel Thrice Upon a Time, also written in 1980 by James P. Hogan.

Timetipping; 1975 by Jack M. Dann

  • Short story about a Jewish man who learns how to travel through and observe time by simply using his mind.

Transcendence; 2014 by Shay Savage

  • This is the story of prehistoric caveman Ehd, and Elizabeth, a woman from the present day.  Elizabeth is somehow transported back to Ehd’s time and he captures her as his mate.  Ehd does not understand the strange language that Elizabeth speaks, and Elizabeth wants nothing to do with Ehd, but only to get back to her own time.

The Truth about Weena; 1997 by David J. Lake

  • This author also wrote The Man Who Loved Morlocks
  • The Truth about Weena is a sequel to H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine.
  • This is a short story that recounts how the original time traveler from H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine, traveled forward in time once again to find Weena, whom had to leave behind in the first novel. He successfully brings Weena back to turn of the century England, but he is uncertain if this is the same Weena he left, and what effect bringing Weena back will have on the original future he traveled to when he found Weena in the first place.

Up the Line; 1969 by Robert Silverberg

  • Silverberg is also the author of another time travel novel –  Hawksbill Station (1967)

When You Reach Me; 2009 by Rebecca Stead

The Winter Sea; 2008 by Susanna Kearsley

Woman on the Edge of Time; 1976 by Marge Piercy

  • A Mexican-American woman, Connie, from the streets of New York City in the 1980’s has lost everything and is committed to an insane asylum.  But she is visited by time travelers from the year 2137 and shown a world which is utopian in some respects, but also may contain great peril … depending upon the actions of Connie.

The Year of the Quiet Sun; 1970 by Wilson Tucker

  • Written in 1970, and set in 1970, this story focuses on three me identified to be time travelers – two military men and an arrogant scholar of the bible.  They all fall in love with their female handler prior to being sent ahead in time.
  • From descriptions I have read, there are predictions about the future (beyond 1970) in this book that have not come true.  This is potentially always the case when a book is written prior to present day, or when the future to which time travlelers are sent is actually earlier than the actual present day. But reviewers have said that does not present a problem for this novel.

2 thoughts on “An Alphabetical List by Title of Over 200 Books Relating to Time Travel (incl. a Plot Synopsis)”

  1. I knew you had read voraciously over the years and thought your genre was mainly detective novels ala Robert B. Parker. Little did I know how extensive your dive into time travel has been. You amaze me! All the plane rides over the years certainly afforded you plenty of time to read!


    1. I most certainly have not read a lot of books on this list. However, in doing research for this post, I have become aware of a number of books that certainly appear to interest me, some of which I have read within the past few months. A surprising thing I have found is that some of my most favorite time travel books have sequels of which I was not even aware. Those are some that I have recently read.


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