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Old 01-04-06, 12:36 AM
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Need recommendations for fictional time travel stories

As the title says, any good ones out there? I saw "the time traveller's wife" in the store but it looks too romantic?
Old 01-04-06, 01:47 AM
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As opposed to nonfictional time travel stories?

"1632" was kinda fun.
Old 01-04-06, 01:23 PM
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Richard Matheson - Somewhere in Time

Though that might be too romantic for your taste.

How about Kurt Vonnegut - Slaughterhouse-Five. While not really about time travel, it's protagonist has become "unstuck" in time.

Martin Amis - Time's Arrow - about a man who is living his live in reverse, growing younger each day.

Pete Hamill - Forver - about a man who lives forever as long as he never leaves the island of Manhattan. Ranges from earliest colonial Manhattan up to shortly after 9/11

H.G. Wells - The Time Machine - this one's obvious

Michael Crichton - Timeline

As for non-fictional time travel "stories":

Paul Nahin - Time Machines: Time Travel in Physics, Metaphysics and Science Fiction

This should help:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/richpub/lis...Fencoding=UTF8

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Time Wars series by Simon Hawke, out of print but if you can find them pretty entertaining. (http://www.scn.org/~bk416/bshelf.html#TWbSH)
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Of the top of my head....

.... Howard Waldrop's "Them Bones" is a time-travel/alternate history that I've not read but have seen recommended.

[In a pre-Groundhog Day kind of way] I liked the late Ken Grimwood's "Recall".
Old 01-04-06, 05:12 PM
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The Light of Other Days by Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter is good. It's quasi-time-travel.
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Thanks guys, will check some of these out
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Originally Posted by mgbfan
The Light of Other Days by Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter is good. It's quasi-time-travel.
Huh. I read a short story with the same name by Bob Shaw. It featured "slow glass"--probably my favorite scifi "invention" ever.

Some not mentioned yet--

Connie Willis--The Doomsday Book and To Say Nothing of the Dog
Diana Gabaldon's Outlander books (though probably too romantic)

It's been a long time since I read them, but I enjoyed "All You Zombies" by Robert Heinlein, and "Paycheck" and "A Little Something for Us Tempunauts" by PKD.

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The Man Who Folded Himself by David Gerrold. Absolutely the best time travel book I've read.
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My favorite book involving time travel (one of my favorite books ever actually) is Doomsday Book by Connie Willis. She has other books in the same series, but this one is far and away the best. I suppose it might be too touchy-feely for you, but I think it's great.

Edit: OK, I missed the post two posts above mine somehow, but I still think it's great. In addition to "Say Nothing of the Dog" which I didn't like as much, and this one, Fire Watch is also in this series.

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I'll third the recommendation of "Doomsday Book". Really powerful and memorable stuff. My only problem with it was
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the unfortunate inclusion of some screwball comedy moments. It seems Willis feels the need the shoehorn this stuff into books, even when its opposite to the tone of the rest of the best. But the plague stuff is some of the most harrowing stuff I've ever read.


I'd also like to recommend Tim Powers "The Anubis Gates". I also liked Gordon R. Dickson's "Time Storm", though I don't think its in print currently. I'm sure there's lots others, but that's all that comes to mind at the moment.
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Replay, by Ken Grimwood. A man dies and wakes up in his 18-year-old body in 1963 with his memories of the next 25 years intact. Over and over again.
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Originally Posted by Jason
Replay, by Ken Grimwood. A man dies and wakes up in his 18-year-old body in 1963 with his memories of the next 25 years intact. Over and over again.
Replay is a great book.

Let's see (top of my head)

Guardians of Time - Poul Anderson

The End of Eternity - Isaac Asimov

Up the Line - Robert Silverburg

I deliberately picked these because they are probably hard to find these days, but definitely classic time travel stories.

I love time travel stories!
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I also did like "The Time Traveller's Wife", but as you say, it's as much a romance as a time travel story.
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Originally Posted by benedict
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[In a pre-Groundhog Day kind of way] I liked the late Ken Grimwood's "Recall".

Me too.... though, it's Replay.... but close enough.
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Originally Posted by Jason
Replay, by Ken Grimwood. A man dies and wakes up in his 18-year-old body in 1963 with his memories of the next 25 years intact. Over and over again.
"Replay"! That's what I meant to say.
Originally Posted by Jason
Replay, by Ken Grimwood. A man dies and wakes up in his 18-year-old body in 1963 with his memories of the next 25 years intact. Over and over again.
"Replay"! That's what I meant to say.
Originally Posted by Jason
Replay, by Ken Grimwood. A man dies and wakes up in his 18-year-old body in 1963 with his memories of the next 25 years intact. Over and over again.
"Replay"! That's what I meant to say.
Originally Posted by Jason
Replay, by Ken Grimwood. A man dies and wakes up in his 18-year-old body in 1963 with his memories of the next 25 years intact. Over and over again.
"Replay"! That's what I meant to say.

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http://www.overbooked.org/booklists/genres/timetravel.html

I've not read it, but I have seen good things written about "1632" by Eric Flint (mentioned in the first reply to this thread). I believe that there were several follow-ups; the first being "1633"!

Thematically similar - but you'll have to so your own research - is "Island in the Sea of Time" by S. M. Stirling. Looking through the Amazon reviews, its sequel was well-regarded but the third in the series was not.
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I'll throw in a recommendation for Dan Simmons' "Hyperion" cycle: Hyperion, The Fall of Hyperion, Endymion, The Rise of Endymion.

It's not completely about time travel as such, time travel plays an important part in much of the plot. (It's also an excellent science fiction series, and some of the best space opera ever written.)
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Hyperion is fantastic (as is the Fall of Hyperion ... but they're basically one book), but I highly doubt it was what the OP had in mind.

As for the last two ... they're good, but they're not nearly of the caliber of the first two.
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Originally Posted by Seeker
Up the Line - Robert Silverburg
First one I thought of.
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"The Man Who Walked Home" .....James Tiptree, Jr. (Alice Sheldon)

mind-boggling!
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This is a great thread. I've always wanted to find some books with a time travel theme - now I've got a list to check out. Thanks!
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Given the main character's name is the same as mine, I HAVE to mention

"The Door Into Summer" by Heinlein
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Short stories:

The Men Who Murdered Mohammed - Alfred Bester
Flight of the Unicorn (collection) - Larry Niven
Callahan's Crosstime Saloon (collection) - Spider Robinson
Time Travellers Strictly Cash (collection) - Spider Robinson

Another vote for The Anubis Gates. When Mrs Danger read my copy, she couldn't go to bed until she was finished.

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Add Ray Bradbury's "A Sound of Thunder" to the short story list.

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