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Stories of time travel, and the science behind it, selected by Forbes Library staff. Summaries from ContentCafe. January 2011.


  • Slaughterhouse-five by Kurt Vonnegut
    One of the world's great anti-war books. Centering on the infamous fire-bombing of Dresden, Billy Pilgrim's odyssey through time reflects the mythic journey of our own fractured lives as we search for meaning in what we are afraid to know.
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
    Chronicles the journeys, notions, and acquaintances of reluctant galactic traveler Arthur Dent.
  • The Little Book by Selden Edwards
    The exiled scion of a prominent Boston banking family, Wheeler Burden is living in 1988 San Francisco until he is mysteriously transported to Vienna, and a city that he finds strangely familiar.
  • 1632 by Eric Flint
    A mysterious accident in time causes twenty-first-century American democracy to collide head-on with the Thirty Years War in seventeenth-century Germany as Mike Stearn and a group of armed miners take on a gang of strangely attired invaders who are threatening peaceful Grantville, West Virginia.
  • Thursday Next in First Among Sequels by Jasper Fforde
    Fourteen years after the 1988 SuperHoop, Thursday finds herself entangled in cases involving the murders of Sherlock Holmes and Miss Marple before receiving a death threat of her own. Book 6 in the fantastic Thursday Next series.
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
    Passionately in love, Clare and Henry vow to hold onto each other and their marriage as they struggle with the effects of Chrono-Displacement Disorder, a condition that casts Henry involuntarily into the world of time travel.
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle
    An unearthly midnight visitor takes Meg, Calvin, and Charles across the barriers of space and time to another world.
  • Night Watch by Terry Pratchett
    Sent back in time, Sam Vimes encounters a younger version of himself and gets mistaken for his former commander, a situation that prompts him to change the outcome of a rebellion.
  • The Time Machine ; The Invisible Man ; The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
    A compilation of three late-19th-century signature works by the pioneering science-fiction author offers insight into their continuing influence on culture.


  • The New Time Travelers : a Journey to the Frontiers of Physics by David Toomey
    Draws on decades of work by theoretical physicists, astrophysicists, and philosophers to explore the feasibility of time travel, citing the achievements in relativity science and quantum mechanics. LHAK.T618n 2007
  • Physics of The Impossible by Michio Kaku
    Looks at the scientific principles behind the technology of the future, examining the theoretical basis, as well as limitations, of the laws of physics to discuss how seemingly impossible devices could become commonplace in the future. LH.K123p 2008
  • A Briefer History of Time by Stephen Hawking
    A shorter, more accessible edition of a now-classic survey of the origin and nature of the universe features thirty-eight new full-color illustrations, the elimination of some of the more technical material, and an expanded, easier to understand treatment of the volume's most important theoretical concepts. LRY.H313br 2005

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