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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?