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Do you love a good book with time travel? Parallel universes? Check out these suggestions.
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The classics

Time travel is a recurrent theme in science fiction literature.  There are thousands of books that incorporate time travel some of them written in the 18th century.  Here are some classics from the genre.  If our library owns the title, it is followed with a double **.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.**

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain.  A 19th century citizen goes to King Arthur's time (528 AD).  What fun he has!

The Time Machine by H.G. Wells.  An Inventor creates a time machine and travels to the year 802,701 A.D., where he finds humanity have evolved into two races, Morlocks and Eloi.

 A Traveller in Time by Alison Uttley.  A child goes back into Derbyshire of the Babbington Plot and Mary Queen of Scots.

That Hideous Strength by C.S. Lewis.  Merlin travels through time to dispel a N.I.C.E. dystopia in post war England.

The End of Etermity by Isaac Asimov.  The use of time machines to transfer goods between centuries.

The Door into Summer by Robert A. Heinlein.  After thirty years trapped in suspended animation, a man uses a time machine to go back and exact revenge on his friend and finace for stealing his business.

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut.  A man is randomly traveling through time in his life jumping from one event to another in no particular order.





Authors who build on H.G. Wells' idea and story

Taking on H.G. Wells' idea of a time machine and often including him in their stories, many authors extended or adapted his original idea.  Here are a few.

Time after Time by Karl Alexander.  H.G. Wells builds a time machine, which is stolen by Jack the Ripper so he can escape the authorities and continue his killing spree.

Morlock Night by K.W. Jeter.  What happened when H.G. Wells' time machine returned from the future.

The Man who Loved Morlocks by David J. Lake.  H.G. Wells' time traveller confronts the Morlocks again, this time equipped with a camera and revolver.

The Time Ships by Stephen Baxter.  An authorised sequal to H.G. Wells' The Time Machine.



Time travel to specific historical times

We usually enjoy a good story that takes a person from their time to another well-known time, or someone from a well-known time is transported to the future.  How are things changed because of it?  Here are a few examples.  What do the time travelers learn?

Kindred by Octavia butler.  Dana, an African American woman, is inexplicably transported from 1976 Los Angeles to early 19th century Maryland.  She meets her ancestors:  Rufus, a white slave holder, and Alice an African-American woman who was born free but orced into slavery later in life.

Running Against Time by Stanley Shapiro.  In an effort to prevent the Vietnam War, a man travels back in time to prevent the assissination of John F. Kennedy.

Lightning by Dean Koontz.  A time traveler from Nazi Germany interferes with the life of a young woman in the future.

Doomsday Book by Connie Willis.  This is one of my favorites!  Travel through time from 2048 to the 14th century and and the time of the plague.  Time travel is limited by the laws of physics.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.  This well known series is well loved, especially by people interested in Scotland in the 1700's and in later books, America during the civil war.  A female doctor travels through time from 1940 to 1740.

The Cross Time Engineer by Leo Frankowski.  A 20th century Polish Engineer is transported back to 13th century Poland 10 years before the Mongol invasion.

Pastwatch:  The Redemption of Christopher Columbus by Orson Scott Card.  A fabulous books where scientists "spy" on a past time to answer questions and to help their own time.

King of Shadows by Susan Cooper.  Susan Cooper is well known for her books in the Dark is Rising sereis, wrote this book somewhat later.  A modern boy switches places with a Shakespearan actor who needs to be cured by modern medicine so as to return to his own age and help Shakespeare to greater success on the state.


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Large groups travel back in time!

1633 by Eric Flint.  A West-Virginian town is taken back to the Thirty Years War in Germany and gives them insight to the future.

Island in the Sea of Time by S.M. Stirling.  Nantucket is transported 3000 years back in time because of a space disturbance.

Axis of Time by John Birmingham.  A naval task-force from 2019 is accidentally sent back to the battle of Midway.



Small groups travel in time


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