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I love the concept of time travel. Especially when it’s done well (which it isn’t always, especially when it doesn’t go into some potential implications of traveling into the past – would you be changing history, or would you just be doing what’s already been done?). This is most probably part of the reason I love Doctor Who so much.

All of the book I’ve listed today have something to do with time travel – whether in the traditionally popular sense, or not.

  1. Orion. Written by Ben Bova. Originally Published 1984. In each part of this book, Orion is sent to an era of time previous to the one he was just in. In fact, the whole series deals with different times in history (or our future, depending on the book). In this particular book in the series, Orion starts in present time and eventually ends up sent back to the beginning of the human race, with a few other stops along the way.
  2. The Time Machine. Written by H.G. Wells. Originally Published 1895. The time traveller in this book travels to the future to see what becomes of the human race – to see some very disturbing results of our class systems.
  3. Many Waters. Written by Madeleine L’Engle. Originally Published 1986. This is the one book in the Time Quartet that centres around Sandy and Dennis, the Murray twins. They inadvertently transport themselves back to Biblical times (think Noah’s ark and that huge massive flood).
  4. Both Sides of Time. Written by Caroline B. Cooney. Originally Published 1995. I loved this book growing up. Annie travels 100 years into the past through the Stratton Mansion, where she meets and falls in love with one of the mansion’s residents.
  5. Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict. Written by Laurie Viera Rigler. Originally Published 2007. A modern-day woman finds herself back in Jane Austen’s times.
  6. A Christmas Carol. Written by Charles Dickens. Originally Published 1843. Scrooge has run-ins with both the Ghost of Christmas Past and Ghost of Christmas Present, allowing him to see moments from his past, and potential moments from his future.
  7. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Written by J.K. Rowling. Originally Published 1999. Hermione Granger has the use of a Time Turner to attend classes for their third year at Hogwarts – at the end of the year, Harry and Hermione use the Time Turner to rescue Sirius Black and Buckbeak.
  8. Runaways: Dead End Kids. Written by Joss Whedon. Collection Originally Published 2008. A group of superhero kids find a device made by their parents, and it transports them back to 1907.
  9. Beauty. Written by Sheri S. Tepper. Originally Published 1991. A retelling of the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale (with appearances of Cinderella and Snow White) that brings Beauty into contact with time travelers, and brings her to a crazy dystopian future.
  10. The Restaurant at the End of the Universe. Written by Douglas Adams. Originally Published 1980. Our group of travelers head to the future to eat in a restaurant that allows them to see the universe end.

What time traveling stories do you like?

Posted by Courtney Wilson @ 6:14 pm June 29, 2009.
Category: Listed

  • raidergirl3

    The Time-Traveller’s Wife and The Outlander (and the whole series) by Diana Gabaldron.

  • Erin

    Have you read The Time Traveler’s Wife? I read it 2 summers ago and loved it and they’re making a movie soon!

  • Nymeth

    I love the concept of time travel too. There was an adventure series I loved as a kid which was about 2 kids who were friends with a scientist who owned a time machine, and he took them to visit several historical periods. Fun stuff :P

    A few time travel stories I’ve been meaning to read: Kindred by Octavia Butler, The Devil’s Arithmetic by Jan Yolen, and Beauty Sheri Tepper.

  • Danielle

    I’m sure I’ve read more than one or two books with time travel, but only the HG Wells and Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander come to mind. Does Lost in Austen count–it’s a movie?

  • Court

    raidergirl3 – both of those I’ve heard are really good, but haven’t gotten around to them yet. People RAVE about the outlander series.

    Erin – I haven’t read it yet, but I do want to see the movie. Think I’ll read it AFTER the movie, otherwise I’ll hate the movie though. :)

    Nymeth – Ooooh, that sounds like it would be such an awesome series!! I hope you enjoy Beauty, I quite liked it, but some people find that it can be a bit too preachy at times.

    Danielle – of course Lost in Austen counts!! :)

  • Sharon Rosen

    I’ve read most but not all the time travel novels you mention, and largely agree with your judgments, so I think you would enjoy “Time for Patriots”, 203 pages hc, author Thomas Hamilton, publisher (200) Strategic Book Publishing. A large group is sent back to 1770 by a screwed up physics experiment. The ones running things try to avoid impacting history, with limited success. Various incidents involve a one night stand with Ben Franklin, the amusing way women are getting the vote early, and Mozart living longer.