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Time is Relative

timeisrelativecoverThis list is comprised of novels or short story collections that feature time travel as a pivotal element. A large percentage of these novels are considered Science Fiction or Fantasy tales. However, the list also includes a number of general fiction titles and “time-travel romances.” If you are interested in a longer list of just “time travel romances”, please consult the booklist Somewhere in Time (1998 Lincoln City Libraries), or the following Web site: Romantic Times (no longer active). Although often combined with Time Travel stories, we have not attempted to include Alternate History or Alternate Universe stories on this list. If you are interested in books of this type, you can visit the Uchronia Web site for some useful suggestions.

Ackroyd, Peter

The Plato Papers: A Prophecy

Adams, Douglas

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Series
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Life, the Universe and Everything
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
So Long, and Thanks For All the Fish
Mostly Harmless
And Another Thing (continued by Eoin Colfer)
— 813 AdaYg Don’t Panic: The Official Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Companion by Neil Gaiman

Adams, Robert

The Castaways in Time series
Of Beginnings and Endings
— Of Chiefs and Champions
— Of Myths and Monsters
— Of Quests and Kings
The Seven Magical Jewels of Ireland

Ahlgren, Paco


Aldiss, Brian

Frankenstein Unbound

Alexander, Karl

Time After Time

Alexie, Sherman


Allen, Roger MacBride

The Depths of Time

Amis, Kingsley

Time’s Arrow: or, the Nature of the Offense

Anderson, Poul

The Avatar
Past Times
There Will be Time
Time and the Stars
The Time Patrol series
Annals of the Time Patrol
— Corridors of Time
The Shield of Time
Tau Zero
— Year of the Ransom

Angadi, Patricia

The Highly-Flavoured Ladies

Anthony, Piers

Through the Ice [with Robert Kornwise] — Hope of Earth
Man From Mundania

Appel, Allen

Time After Time
Till the End of Time
Twice Upon a Time

Asimov, Isaac

The End of Eternity
Pebble in the Sky
The Ugly Little Boy

Asprin, Robert

The Time Scout series
The House That Jack Built

Attanasio, A.A.

In Other Worlds

Baker, Kage

The Mendoza series
Graveyard Game
In the Garden of Iden
Mendoza in Hollywood
Sky Coyote
The Life of the World to Come
The Machine’s Child
The Sons of Heaven

Ballard, J.G.

Chronopolis and Other Stories
The Crystal World

Barker, Clive

The Great and Secret Show

Baxter, Stephen

The Manifold series
Manifold: Origin
Manifold: Space
Manifold: Time
The Timeships

Beagle, Peter S.

The Folk of the Air

Bear, Greg

City at the End of Time

Bellamy, Edward

Looking Backward, 2000-1887

Benford, Gregory


Berger, Thomas

Changing the Past

Biggle, Lloyd

The Whirligig of Time

Birmingham, John

The Axis of Time series
Weapons of Choice
Designated Targets
Final Impact

Bishop, Michael

Ancient of Days
No Enemy But Time

Bisson, Terry

Bears Discover Fire and Other Stories

Blackburn, Julia

The Leper’s Companions

Blish, James

Midsummer Century

Bova, Ben

Orion and the Conqueror

Bradbury, Ray

Ahmed and the Oblivion Machines: A Fable
Dinosaur Tales
From the Dust Returned
The Halloween Tree
“A Sound of Thunder” (short story in collections: Bradbury Stories and The Stories of Ray Bradbury

Brock, Darryl

If I Never Get Back

Brown, Rita Mae

Riding Shotgun

Brunner, John

The Tides of Time

Burdekin, Katherine

Proud Man

Burroughs, William S.

The Place of Dead Roads

Busby, E.M.

Star Rebel

Butler, Octavia


Card, Orson Scott

Pastwatch: The Redemption of Christopher Columbus

Carl, Lillian Stewart

Shadows in Scarlet

Carr, John Dickson

Fire, Burn!

Cherryh, C.J.

The Books of Morgaine series
The Fires of Azeroth
— The Gate of Ivrel
The Well of Shiuan

Christopher, Nicolas


Clarke, Arthur C.

The Time Odyssey series

Creighton, Linn

Beyond This Darkness

Crichton, Michael


Crispin, A.C. [Ann]

Time For Yesterday [Star Trek] Yesterday’s Son [Star Trek]

Crowley, John


D’Amato, Brian

Time and Time Again
In the Courts of the Sun

Danvers, Dennis

Time and Time Again
The Watch

David, James F.

Before the Cradle Falls
Footprints of Thunder

decamp, L. Sprague

Lest Darkness Fall

Dedman, Stephen

Foreign Bodies

Delacorte, Peter

Time on My Hands

Deveraux, Jude

A Knight in Shining Armor
[and many more time-travel romances]

Dezhnev, Nikolai

In Concert Performance

Dick, Philip K.

Time Out of Joint

Dickins, Charles

A Christmas Carol

Dickson, Gordon

The Dragon and the George series
The Dragon and the Djinn
The Dragon and the Fair Maid of Kent
— The Dragon and the George
The Dragon and the Gnarly King
— The Dragon at Lyonesse
The Dragon at War
The Dragon Knight
The Dragon on the Border
The Dragon, the Earl and the Troll

Dillard, J.M.

Star Trek: First Contact [Star Trek]

Disch, Thomas

The Priest

DiSilvestro, Roger L.

Living With the Reptiles

Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan

The Lost World

Dukthas, Ann

The Nicolas Segalla series
In the Time of the Poisoned Queen
The Prince Lost to Time
A Time for the Death of a King
The Time of Murder at Mayerling

DuMaurier, Daphne

The House on the Strand

Dymmoch, Michael Allen

The Cymry Ring

Edwards, Selden

The Little Book

Effinger, George

The Nick of Time

Ephron, Nora

Frannie in Pieces

Erskine, Barbara

Lady of Hay
On the Edge of Darkness

Esquivel, Laura

The Law of Love

Eubank, Joyce


Finney, Jack

From Time to Time
Marion’s Wall
Time and Again

Flint, Eric

1635: The Dreeson Incident
The Grantville Gazette
The Grantville Gazette II: Sequels to 1632
The Grantville Gazette III: Sequels to 1632
The Grantville Gazette IV: Sequels to 1632

Frank, J. Suzanne

Reflections in the Nile
Shadows on the Aegean
Sunrise on the Mediterranean

Frankowski, Leo

The Cross-Time Engineer

Fry, Stephen

Making History

Gaardner, Jostein

The Christmas Mystery

Gabaldon, Diana

The Outlander series
Dragonfly in Amber
Drums of Autumn
The Fiery Cross
A Breath of Snow and Ashes
An Echo in the Bone
Written in My Own Heart’s Blood
— 813 Gab The Outlandish Companion [A guidebook to the series]

Garcia y Robertson, Rodrigo

Spiral Dance

Gardner, Craig Shaw

Dragon Sleeping
Dragon Waking

Garrett, Randall

The Lord Darcy series
Lord Darcy Investigates
Murder and Magic
Too Many Magicians

Gerrold, David

The Man Who Folded Himself

Giardina, Denise

Fallam’s Secret

Goldstein, Lisa

The Dream Years

Goonan, Kathleen Ann

The Bones of Time

Graziano, L.M.

Cretaceous Dawn

Greenberg, Joanne

With the Snow Queen

Grimwood, Ken


Haldeman, Joe

The Accidental Time Machine
Forever Free
The Forever War
The Hemingway Hoax

Hale, Michael

A Fold in the Tent of the Sky

Hambly, Barbara

Ishmael [Star Trek]

Hannah, Kristen
[many, many time-travel romances]

Harness, Charles L.

The Paradox Men

Harris, M. John


Heinlein, Robert A.

The Door Into Summer
Farnham’s Freehold
Job: A Comedy of Justice
Time Enough For Love
“By His Bookstraps” (short story in collection: Menace From Earth
“–All You Zombies–” (short story in collection: Fantasies of Robert A. Heinlein

Helprin, Mark

Winter’s Tale

Hesse, Hermann

The Journey to the East

Hinchcliffe, Phillip

The Masque of Mandragora [Doctor Who*]

Hogan, James

The Proteus Operation
Thrice Upon a Time

Holdstock, Robert

Ancient Echoes
Where Time Winds Blow

Hoyle, Fred

October the First is Too Late

Hubbard, L. Ron

A Very Strange Trip [Nebraska author]

Jablokov, Alexander

The Breath of Suspension

James, Henry

The Sense of the Past

Jarrard, Kyle

Over There

Jensen, Liz

My Dirty Little Book of Stolen Time

Jones, J.V.

Barbed Coil

Jones, McClure

Cast Down the Stars

Jong, Erica

Serenissima: A Novel of Venice

Kabakov, Alexander

No Return

Kandel, Michael

Panda Rey

Kay, Guy Gavriel

The Summer Tree

Kessel, John

Corrupting Dr. Nice

King, Stephen

“The Langoliers” — story in Four Past Midnight

Kipling, Rudyard

Puck of Pook’s Hill

Koontz, Dean

Seize the Night

Kundera, Milan


Laumer, Keith

Dinosaur Beach

Lee, J. Ardian

Son of the Sword

LeGuin, Ursula K.

The Lathe of Heaven

Leiber, Fritz

The Changewars series
The Big Time

L’Engle, Madeleine

The Wrinkle in Time series
A Swiftly Tilting Planet
A Wind in the Door
A Wrinkle in Time

Lewis, C.S.

That Hideous Strength

London, Jack

Before Adam

MacAvoy, R.A.

The Book of Kells

MacIntyre, F. Gwynplaine

The Woman Between the Worlds

Mason, Lisa

Summer of Love
The Golden Nineties

Matheson, Richard

Bid Time Return [basis for movie Somewhere in Time]

Maverick, Liz


Maxim, John

Time Out of Mind

May, Julian

The Saga of the Pliocene Exile series
The Adversary
— The Golden Torc
The Many-Colored Land
The Nonborn King

McIntyre, Vonda N.

The Entropy Effect [Star Trek] Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home [Star Trek]

McMullen, Sean

The Centurion’s Empire

Meredith, Richard

No Brother, No Friend
Vestiges of Time

Merritt, Abraham

The Ship of Ishtar

Miller, Linda Lael

[and many other time-travel romances]

Millhiser, Marlys

The Mirror
The Threshold

Moffett, Julie

The Ragged World: a Novel of the Hefn on Earth
Time, Like an Ever-Rolling Stream

Moorcock, Michael

The Dancers at the End of Time series
An Alien Heat
The End of All Songs
The Hollow Lands
— A Messiah at the End of Time
The Eternal Champion
The Land Leviathan

Morris, Janet & Morris, Chris


Morrow, James

This is the Way the World Ends

Morse, David

The Iron Bridge

Moscoe, Mike

The Lost Millennium series
— First Dawn

Mosse, Kate


Nathan, Robert

A Portrait of Jennie

Niffenegger, Audrey

The Time Traveler’s Wife

Niven, Larry

Rainbow Mars
A World Out of Time

Noon, Jeff

Automated Alice

Norman, Diana

Fitzempress’ Law

Norton, Andre

Operation Time Search
The Shadow of Albion
The Time Traders series
Echoes in Time (with Sherwood Smith)
— Galactic Derelict
Key Out of Time
— The Time Traders
The Time Traders II

O’Faolain, Sean

And Again?

Paulsen, Gary

The Transall Saga

Piercy, Marge

Woman on the Edge of Time

Pohl, Frederik

The Age of the Pussyfoot

Powers, Tim

The Anubis Gates

Pratchett, Terry

Night Watch
The Thief of Time

Rand, Ayn


Rawn, Melonie

Knights of the Morning Star [Quantum Leap — there were a total of 18 novels tied in to the TV series Quantum Leap, of which the library has just this one — see the list of all of them on our TV Tie-Ins booklist page]

Ray, Angie

A Knight to Cherish

Rice, Anne

Servant of the Bones

Riley, Eugenia

Embers of Time

Robb, J.D.

Dead of Night
Eternity in Death

Roberts, Nora

Time and Again
[and many other time-travel romances]

Robinson, Spider

By Any Other Name
The Callahan Chronicles (and other “Callahan’s” novels)
The Lifehouse trilogy
Time Pressure
— LifeHouse

Rowling, J.K.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Runyan, C.F.

The Flight

Saberhagen, Fred

A Question of Time

Sawyer, Robert J.


Seton, Anya

Green Darkness

Shimerman, Armin

The Merchant Prince

Shiner, Lewis

Deserted Cities of the Heart

Silverberg, Robert

The Conglomeroid Cocktail Party
Hawksbill Station
Letters From Atlantis
Thebes of the Hundred Gates
Trips in Time [editor]

Simak, Clifford

The Goblin Reservation
Highway of Eternity
Special Deliverance
Time and Again

Simmons, Dan


Simpson, George Gaylord

The Dechronization of Sam Magruder

Sinclair, Upton

Our Lady: A Parable for Moderns

Sleator, William

Strange Attractors

Steele, Allen M.


Stewart, Michael


Stirling, S.M.

The Island in the Stream of Time series
Against the Tide of Years
Island in the Sea of Time
On the Oceans of Eternity
T2: Infiltrator
T2: Rising Storm

Strugatsky, Arkady & Boris

The Time Wanderers

Suzuki, Koji


Taine, John

The Time Stream

Tarr, Judith & Turtledove, Harry

Household Gods

Tepper, Shari S.


Tucker, Wilson

Ice and Iron
The Lincoln Hunters
The Time Masters

Turtledove, Harry

Counting Up, Counting Down
Curious Notions
The Disunited States of America
The Gladiator
Gunpowder Empire
Guns of the South
In High Places
The Valley-Westside War

Tuten, Frederic

Van Gogh’s Bad Café: A Love Story

Twain, Mark

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

Van Vogt, A.E.

Cosmic Encounter

Varley, John


Vick, Helen Hughes

Walker of Time

Vidal, Gore

Live From Golgotha
The Smithsonian Institution: A Novel

Vinge, Joan D.

Snow Queen

Vinge, Vernor

Marooned in Realtime

Vonnegut, Kurt

Between Time and Timbuktu
Slaughterhouse Five

Walker, Barbara


Watson, Ian

Chekov’s Journey

Watt, Laura

Carry Me Back

Weber, David

The Excaliber Alternative
1633 [with Eric Flint — see others under Flint]

Wells, H.G.

The Time Machine
When the Sleeper Awakes

Westall, Robert

Devil on the Road
The Wind Eye

Weston, Susan

Children of the Light

White, T.H.

The Once and Future King

Williams, Billy Dee

Just in Time [with Rob Macgregor]

Williams, David

Second Sight

Willis, Connie

The Doomsday Book
Lincoln’s Dreams
To Say Nothing of the Dog

Wilson, Robert Charles

The Chronoliths

Winterson, Jeannette

Sexing the Cherry

Womack, Jack

Going, Going, Gone!

Wright, Ronald

A Scientific Romance

Wu, William F.


Yulsman, Jerry

Elleander Morning

813.08 Ad

Time Machines: The Greatest Time Travel Stories Ever Written

And a few items about Time Travel from the non-fiction collection…

133.8 Cat — Conversing With the Future: Visions of the Year 2020
500 Lig — Time Travel and Papa Joe’s Pipe
520 qMoo — Travelers in Space and Time
530.11 Alk — Black Holes, Wormholes and Time Machines
530.11 Dav — How to Build a Time Machine
530.11 Got — Time Travel in Einstein’s Universe: The Physical Possibilities of Travel Through Time
530.11 Mac — Time Travel
530.11 Par — Cosmic Time Travel: A Scientific Odyssey
530.11 Pic — Time: A Traveler’s Guide
535 Cle — Light Years and Time Travel: An Exploration of Mankind’s Enduring Fascination With Light
808.388 Nah — Time Travel [a “Guide to Writing” science fiction stories]

* the library owns over twenty novels in the Doctor Who series — search our catalog holdings under Subject: Doctor Who (Fictional Character)

Updated and expanded from the March 2002 print booklist by sdc | Last updated May 2020 sdc