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Old 12-09-2010, 12:17 PM
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Books about time travel?


Gonna have some time on my hands this holiday. Looking for recommendations; Books where time-travel figures prominently.

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I'll start with Replay by Ken Grimwood. My favorite time-travel novel to date. Yours?
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Old 12-09-2010, 12:20 PM
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ROADMARKS, by Roger Zelazny - apparently after he wrote it, he shuffled half the chapters into a random order and inserted them between the other half
THE ANUBIS GATES, by Tim Powers - one of the tightest closed-loop time-travel stories I've ever read, and great fun besides
ALL OF AN INSTANT, by Richard Garfinkle
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Old 12-09-2010, 12:24 PM
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An essential classic to my mind, Time and Again, by Jack Finney.
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Old 12-09-2010, 12:26 PM
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Old 12-09-2010, 12:37 PM
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The Accidental Time Machine is good. Not great, but a quick, fun read.
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Old 12-09-2010, 12:37 PM
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Madeleine L'Engle's 'A Wrinkle in Time.' Still one of my favorite books, altho I never read another novel of hers.
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Old 12-09-2010, 12:45 PM
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Madeleine L'Engle's 'A Wrinkle in Time.' Still one of my favorite books, altho I never read another novel of hers.
A Swiftly Tilting Planet was my favorite book of that set, reading them as a kid, and the one most concerned with time travel.
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Old 12-09-2010, 12:48 PM
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Lightning, by Dean Koontz.
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Old 12-09-2010, 12:52 PM
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Lest Darkness Fall by L. Sprague de Camp. And, arguably, The Glory That Was* by him also. his Rivers of Time is also good -- it's his original short story A Gun for Dinosaur followed by lots of follow-up stories with the same cast. And several of his other short stories, including Aristotle and the Gun.

Leo Frankowski's Cross-Time Engineer series. At least the early ones.


James Hogan's The Protreus Operation.


Heinlein's stories All You Zombies and By His Bootstraps

Robert L. Forward's TimeMaster, the work of a physicist who doesn't buy the "Grandfather Paradox", and wanted to write an accurate Time Travel story.

David Gerrold's The Man who Folded Himself, which seems to be a determined effort to put every Time Travel idea and cliche into a single book.


*don't spoil things for those who haven't read it.
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Lightning, by Dean Koontz.
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A Swiftly Tilting Planet was my favorite book of that set, reading them as a kid, and the one most concerned with time travel.
hmm. soon as i finish off the dresden files (2 books to go) i'll check that out.
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Old 12-09-2010, 01:46 PM
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The Time Traveler's Wife, although that may not be exactly what you're looking for.
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Old 12-09-2010, 01:53 PM
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Millennium by John Varley. Bonus: all the chapter titles are titles of other time travel stories.
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Old 12-09-2010, 01:57 PM
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And the granddaddy of them all, The Time Machine by H. G. Wells
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Old 12-09-2010, 03:11 PM
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Fritz Leiber's The Big Time.

Simon Hawke's Time Wars series is fun if not very deep.
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Old 12-09-2010, 03:13 PM
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Guns of the South by Harry Turtledove - time travel AND alternative history. A 2-for-1 combo plate.
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Old 12-09-2010, 04:08 PM
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The End of Eternity, by Isaac Asimov
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Old 12-09-2010, 04:20 PM
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THE ANUBIS GATES, by Tim Powers - one of the tightest closed-loop time-travel stories I've ever read, and great fun besides
Another vote for this one. I love the part where the main character hears someone whistling "Yesterday"...in 1810.

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Old 12-09-2010, 04:29 PM
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My favorites are Connie Willis's novels, all set in the same universe and featuring historians from the Oxford University of the future:

Doomsday Book - time travel to England during the Black Plague, very sad.
To Say Nothing of the Dog - time travel to Victorian England, very funny.
Blackout and All Clear (both published this year) - time travel to WWII England during the Blitz. There's also a short story called Fire Watch that is set during the Blitz at St. Paul's Cathedral.
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Old 12-09-2010, 04:31 PM
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Einstein's Bridge, by John Cramer.

The Door Into Summer, by Robert Heinlein

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, by JK Rowling
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Old 12-09-2010, 04:33 PM
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Pretty much everything I've read from S.M. Stirling involves time travel, though usually as a single unexplained event and with all the story in the aftermath. His T2 trilogy starts from the end of that movie and could have made three far better sequels than T2 ended up with.

ETA: Watch out for his Change series. It's good, but shifts from SF into Fantasy midstream. It can be jarring if you aren't ready for it.

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Old 12-09-2010, 04:40 PM
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Eric Flint's 1632 and sequels is another one with a single incident of time travel (of an American town and environs, to Germany in 1632) and the rest is dealing with the consequences.
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Old 12-09-2010, 09:06 PM
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'll start with Replay by Ken Grimwood. My favorite time-travel novel to date.
Mine, as well. Never heard anyone else talk about it though. Phenominal book.

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Old 12-10-2010, 12:57 AM
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Blackout by Connie Willis
The Plot to Save Socrates by Paul Levinson
Dr. Futurity by Philip K. Dick
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Old 12-10-2010, 05:50 AM
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Disappointingly, the vast majority of these recommendations aren't available for the Kindle.
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Old 12-10-2010, 07:09 AM
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Up the Line by Robert Silverberg - it's about a tour guide working for the Time Service, showing groups of boorish tourists the glories of the rise and fall of Byzantium. Lots of sex, violence and time loops, and one of the most famous last lines in the genre.
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Old 12-10-2010, 07:29 AM
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For "Good Reads" I'd recommend Poul Anderson. The Corridors of Time, The Dancer from Atlantis (though that is a one off accident), There will be Time, and the Time Patrol series of short stories.
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Old 12-10-2010, 07:45 AM
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The End of Eternity by Isaac Asimov hasn't been mentioned yet, and it's very good.
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Old 12-10-2010, 07:52 AM
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The End of Eternity by Isaac Asimov hasn't been mentioned yet, and it's very good.
Post #17.



And I have to admit, much as I love Asimov, I was bored by it.
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Old 12-10-2010, 08:21 AM
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Gah. I didn't see it. Someone must have snuck it in there when I wasn't looking.

It's been a while since I read it, and I was reading or re-reading everything by Asimov that I could get my hands on.
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Old 12-10-2010, 09:51 AM
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Here's two more - "Dinosaur Beach" by Keith Laumer, and "Behold The Man" by Michael Moorcock.

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Old 12-10-2010, 12:31 PM
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And I have to admit, much as I love Asimov, I was bored by it.
Well, I liked it. More than The Stars Like Dust anyway, to take another Asimov novel.
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Old 12-10-2010, 12:43 PM
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Disappointingly, the vast majority of these recommendations aren't available for the Kindle.
Project Gutenberg has Fritz Leiber's The Big Time, previously mentioned. Plus No Great Magic, also set in The Time War; I read this one on its original publication in Galaxy--when I was very young.

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Old 12-10-2010, 02:58 PM
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For amazingly funny (not to say absurdist) time travel, among other things, try the Thursday Next books (read 'em in order) by Jasper Fforde. The first one is THE EYRE AFFAIR.
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Up the Line by Robert Silverberg - it's about a tour guide working for the Time Service, showing groups of boorish tourists the glories of the rise and fall of Byzantium. Lots of sex, violence and time loops, and one of the most famous last lines in the genre.
I second this recommendation. This is a novel that's specifically about time travel rather than using time travel as a device for some other plot.
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Old 12-10-2010, 03:15 PM
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I really enjoyed The Time Traveler's Wife, too, although it's by no means your typical sf time travel story. Replay is also fantastic - I spent great chunks of that book just grinning like an idiot. Now that I'm thinking about it again, I want to reread it!

Imzadi by Peter David is the best Star Trek time travel book I've ever read. Really, really good. (Skip the sequel, though).

Jerry Yulsman's Elleander Morning is a little too sketchy on how its time travel works, but as a story it can't be beat - a woman who lost a son on D-Day decides to go back and kill Hitler while he's still a starving artist in Vienna. Fascinating to see how history unfolds instead.

Although dated now, John Jakes's Time Gate isn't bad (about trying to prevent a presidential assassination through time travel). Good for teens.

Two deservedly-classic short stories on the subject: Robert Heinlein's "-All You Zombies-" and Ray Bradbury's "A Sound of Thunder."
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The Time Traveler's Wife, although that may not be exactly what you're looking for.
Also, in that same vein, Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series. Okay, it's really about a marriage, so definitely chick-lit; but time travel is a key point, and her research (Scotland, France, and colonial North Carolina in the eighteenth century) is pretty good - if you overlook the Mackenzies wearing metal clan crests in their bonnets, that is.
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Ummm, my serial Christmas story for this year: 25 Doors.

I'm writing it one chapter per day in December until Christmas, so there are holes you could drive a truck through, but I'm enjoying it at least!
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The End of Eternity by Isaac Asimov hasn't been mentioned yet, and it's very good.
Agreed; Excellent book. (and thanks to Suranyi, as well).
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There are some duplicates but I recommend
Galileo's Dream by Kim Stanley Robinson
Evolution by Steve Baxter. No time travel per se, but Baxter extrapolates primate history from 75,000,000 B.C. to 500,000,000 A.D.
The Dancer from Atlantis, The Corridors of Time, and There will be Time by Poul Anderson. Also, his story "The Man Who Came Early," is a classic short story.
"The Shadow out of Time" by H.P. Lovecraft
"The Sound of Thunder" by Ray Bradbury. This is in his collection, R is for Rocket, which contains some other wonderful stories
"Soldier," both as short story and teleplay by Harlan Ellison

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I'm still very fond of Stephen Fry's Making History, though I've never heard from anyone else who's read it.
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An essential classic to my mind, Time and Again, by Jack Finney.
This is one of my all-time favorite time-traveling books.
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