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Time-Travel Novels Worth Reading

Steve "metsfansince1962"
The list author says: "Lots of history, fantasy, and suspense here! Here are some time-travel novels worth your time and money."
The Door into Summer
The Door into Summer
"An extremely enjoyable and clever time-travel novel about a cat-loving engineering genius, who is frozen and sent into the future, but discovers a way to return to his own time, as well."
Child of Time
Child of Time
"A very good novel by two top science fiction authors. It tells the story of a monumental battle between a nurse, hired to take care of a Neanderthal child kidnapped from his tribe 40,000 years ago by a research company, Stasis Technologies, and the firm, which exploits him."
Up the Line
Up the Line
"A well written and clever time-travel novel, which has many funny passages. The protagonist takes time tourists 'up the line' to Byzantium, but gets into trouble when he has a sexual encounter with one of his ancestors, and then creates paradoxes, which put him in danger of being punished by the Time Patrol enforcement unit."
The End of Eternity
The End of Eternity
"A generally entertaining and thought-provoking novel, with suspense, romance, and philosophy all provided"
Lightning
Lightning
"Dean Koontz's novel combines mystery, time-travel, alternative history, romance, and suspense, and the result is a book you will not be able to put down."
Time and Again
Time and Again
"An innovative, captivating, and charming time-travel/mystery 'classic,' with interesting details about NYC in 1882."
From Time to Time
From Time to Time
"A sometimes intriguing, sometimes tediously detailed sequel to Time and Again, with our hero on the Titanic trying to prevent the ship going down and also attempting to avert WWI."
Forever: A Novel
Forever: A Novel
"A moving and informative novel, which starts in Ireland in 1728 and ends in New York City in 2001.  One man lives through a slave revolt, the American Revolution, and 9/11, and befriends Boss Tweed."
Kindred
Kindred
"This book is eye-opening, moving, and memorable. It is not so much a time-travel novel, but rather a horrific creation, which details slavery in the United States in the early nineteenth century."
Doomsday Book
Doomsday Book
"A moving, intelligent, and captivating work, in which an Oxford history student from the mid-twenty-first century is sent back to mid-fourteenth-century England and the Black Death."
To Say Nothing of the Dog
To Say Nothing of the Dog
"A time-travel, who-done-it hoot about a mission from the future to the Victorian past and the bombing of Britain in 1940."
The Guns of the South
The Guns of the South
"A riveting novel about Robert E. Lee and the Confederacy winning the Civil War with help from South African racists from the future.  Fascinating and insightful!"
Replay
Replay
"A man dies and goes back to his college days, whereupon he decides to do things differently, while making lots of money betting on stocks and sports events, about which he knows the results! He "replays" his life several times, meeting a woman who also is given this "gift." Lots of insights and fun, too! Of course, the couple tries to change history, with sometimes unpredictable consequences."
Time Out of Mind
Time Out of Mind
"A ghost from the 1880s takes his descendent back to his time.  An entertaining novel, with Teddy Roosevelt, John L. Sullivan, and Jay Gould taking part in the action."
11/22/63: A Novel
11/22/63: A Novel
"A wonderful, suspenseful, and romantic time-travel novel about an English teacher who goes back to the 1950s and 60s to try to prevent the Kennedy assassination. A page turner!"
A Time to Remember
A Time to Remember
"An entertaining political time-travel novel about an attempt to prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963. Lots of plot twists and turns, and alternative-history developments!"
Time on My Hands
Time on My Hands
"An entertaining, humorous, and suspenseful work! A time traveler goes back to 1938 to prevent Ronald Reagan from becoming the U.S. president later and 'save' future generations from Reaganomics, Iran-Contra, etc."
Household Gods
Household Gods
"The spirit of a modern-day lawyer is sent into the body of an ancestor, who runs a tavern in the second-century Roman city of Carnuntum. She arrives there to find slavery, animals tearing people apart in the arena, pestilence, war, starvation, and terrible sanitary conditions. She also finds love, companionship, self-awareness, and inner strength. A good read."
If I Never Get Back
If I Never Get Back
"A wonderful novel that combines history, time travel, romance, and baseball!  Sam goes back to 1869 to become a member of the Cincinnati Red Stockings!"
Lest Darkness Fall (Del Rey SF Classics)
Lest Darkness Fall (Del Rey SF Classics)
"An amusing, time-travel, alternative-history novel, written in 1939. A modern archeologist is transported to sixth-century Rome, and tries to prevent the encroaching Dark Ages by using his knowledge of history and modern technology."
The Mirror
The Mirror
"A young woman is transported into her grandmother's body and to 1900. She then marries her grandfather! Lots of interesting historical details and humorous developments."
Somewhere In Time
Somewhere In Time
"A dying man goes back to 1896 from 1971 to be with an actress whose biography and photograph have enchanted him. An imaginative, romantic, and moving experience."
Island in the Sea of Time
Island in the Sea of Time
"Generally interesting story of Nantucket thrown back 3000 years. Good characters and alternative-history developments when modern technology impacts the Bronze Age!"
The Accidental Time Machine
The Accidental Time Machine
"An enjoyable, weird, and humorous romp into the future. A bored MIT research assistant accidentally builds a time machine."
Against the Tide of Years
Against the Tide of Years
"A good sequel to Island in the Sea of Time. The warring Nantucket factions get involved with King Agamemnon, the Babylonians, and the Hittites."
Twice Upon A Time
Twice Upon A Time
"A good time-travel novel, with a few worn-out subplots. A U.S. Army colonel and Vietnam veteran goes back to 1970 and is confronted by hippies, the new drug culture, and the Kent State Massacre."
Pyramids
Pyramids
"A terrific novel about a man who takes his great-uncle's elevator back to ancient Egypt."
After the Fact
After the Fact
"Another very good novel by Saberhagen about a man who goes back in time to try to prevent the assassination of President Lincoln."
A Century of Progress
A Century of Progress
"A good, out-of-print novel by Saberhagen. An older man goes back to 1933 to help anti-fascists from the future change history."
Pastwatch: The Redemption of Christopher Columbus
Pastwatch: The Redemption of Christopher Columbus
"A good, thought-provoking read. Time travelers attempt to change the course of history resulting from Columbus's voyage to The New World."
Gettysburg Revisited: A Novel of Time Travel
Gettysburg Revisited: A Novel of Time Travel
"A secret time-travel project goes awry, with the focus on the Battle of Gettysburg. Interesting, but slow reading in spots with little character development, but enjoyable, overall."
Slaughterhouse-Five: A Novel (Modern Library 100 Best Novels)
Slaughterhouse-Five: A Novel (Modern Library 100 Best Novels)
"A great novel, in which a WWII veteran, 'unstuck in time,' goes back to the firebombing of Dresden, as well as being kidnapped by aliens from another planet."
In the Garden of Iden (The Company)
In the Garden of Iden (The Company)
"A pretty good first novel in Baker's The Company series features an immortal agent for a 24th-Century firm, which sends cyborgs back in time to save art works, plants, and other valuables for future humanity and for profit."
Sky Coyote (The Company)
Sky Coyote (The Company)
"More readable than In the Garden of Iden, this second book in The Company series takes place mainly in pre-Spanish California, with Facilitator Joseph the key figure (and narrator). The mission is to transport the Chumash people to the future to save them from extinction and to preserve their culture, and flora and fauna for future profit."
Mendoza in Hollywood (The Company)
Mendoza in Hollywood (The Company)
"The third book in Baker's The Company series takes place in California in the 1860s, before the movie moguls paved it over. A good read, overall, but it drags somewhat in the middle."
The Man Who Folded Himself
The Man Who Folded Himself
"A novella, which took me longer to read than I anticipated, with its sometimes tedious explorations of a man's sexuality and psychological problems. However, there are some very good parts, too."
The Time Machine
The Time Machine
"An eerie, nineteenth-century novel about the world in 800,000 years.  Thought-provoking and interesting generally."