What’s your pick for top time travel tales of all time?


This week we want your votes and submissions for the top time travel tales (book/series) of all time.

The concept of time travel by mechanical means was popularized in H. G. Wells' 1895 story, The Time Machine.[ In general, time travel stories focus on the consequences of traveling into the past or the future. The central premise for these stories oftentimes involves changing history, either intentionally or by accident, and the ways by which altering the past changes the future and creates an altered present or future for the time traveler when they return home. Some stories focus solely on the paradoxes and alternate timelines that come with time travel, rather than time traveling itself. They often provide some sort of social commentary, as time travel provides a “necessary distancing effect” that allows science fiction to address contemporary issues in metaphorical ways.

Weigh in on the poll below (feel free to add your own suggestions) and then duke it out in the comments!

What is the best time travel book/series of all time?
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  1. ChickJ
    ChickJ says:

    I wish I could vote for both of these incredible series. Saga of Pliocene Exile by Julian May / The Company series by Kage Baker. Both are excellent and more people should read them.

    On the other hand, I can’t see why The Lensmen and The Gap cycle are on the list. I don’t remember any real time travel in them. (Still it has been decades since I read either of them.)

    • Gary
      Gary says:

      I agree about Saga of Pliocene Exile, but I ended up voting for 1632 series, which is also amazing. These are the best two series on the list. Unfortunately, I doubt many who are voting in this poll have even heard of the Saga of Pliocene Exile series since it was written in the 1980’s. The follow-up series, The Galactic Milieu, was also excellent.

    • Tony C
      Tony C says:

      I agree, I don’t recall any time travel in either the Lensmen series or the Gap series (although it has been a long time since I read the latter).

  2. Julian White
    Julian White says:

    Why are To Sail Beyond the Sunset by/ny Robert Heinl(k)ein and (The) Door into Summer by Robert Heinlein/Heinlein listed twice?


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