Time travel in novels and short stories

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Time travel in novels and short stories

Time travel is a recurrent theme in science fiction literature. There are thousands of books that incorporate time travel. Below are examples of texts that are repeatedly recognized as works of science fiction (as the genre has been defined in this article) that integrate time travel.

Date Title Author Description

1733 Memoirs of the Twentieth Century Samuel Madden A guardian angel travels to 1728 with letters from 1997 and ’98
1838 Missing One’s Coach: An Anachronism Anonymous Dublin Literary Magazine Traveler picked up by a stagecoach but is suddenly transported back over a thousand years.
1843 A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens Ghost accompanies Scrooge into the future to show the consequences of his heartlessness.
1861 Paris Before Men Pierre Boiterd Magic of a “lame demon” allows main character to interact with prehistoric life.
1881 The Clock That Went Backward Edward Page Mitchell A clock that has the power to take people back in time.
1887 El Anacronopete Enrique Gaspar y Rimbau First to introduce a time machine, originally written as a zarzuela in 1881, released as a novel in 1887.
1888 The Chronic Argonauts H.G. Wells Inventor takes another with him in a time machine.
1889 A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court Mark Twain 19th century citizen goes to King Arthur’s time (528 AD).
1891 Tourmalin’s Time Cheques Thomas A. Gutherie Time travel and the paradoxes that can result from it.
1895 The Time Machine H.G. Wells Inventor creates a time machine to travel into the future.
1919 Enoch Soames Max Beerbohm Enoch is transported 100 years into the future (1997) to see if he became a great writer or not – a Faustian-like pact with the Devil is involved.
1928/1929 Armageddon 2419 A.D. Philip Francis Nowlan Anthony Rogers is transported to the year 2419 by a strange cave gas. Later became the comic strip Buck Rogers.
1936 Burnt Norton T. S. Eliot Begins: Time present and time past// Are both perhaps present in time future…
1939 A Traveller in Time Alison Uttley Child goes back into Derbyshire of the Babbington Plot and Mary Queen Of Scots.
1941 By His Bootstraps Robert A. Heinlein Circular paradox-character is brought to the future where he later operates a time machine to bring himself to the future
1945 That Hideous Strength C. S. Lewis Merlin travels through time to dispel a N.I.C.E. dystopia in post war England.
1946 Vintage Season C.L. Moore Time travellers from the future experience vintage seasons in the past.
1952 A Sound of Thunder Ray Bradbury Changes in the past affect the future; part of the genealogy of the term Butterfly effect
1953 Bring the Jubilee Ward Moore A time traveller from an alternate reality appears at the Battle of Gettysburg and alters his own future into ours.
1955 The End of Eternity Isaac Asimov Use time machines to transfer goods between centuries
1955 The Discovery of Morniel Mathaway William Tenn Historian returns to mid-twentieth century to study artist whose works he finds himself having to create, so the past is a product of the future’s interest in the past.
1956 Extempore Damon Knight Man learns how to travel through time
1956 Pawley’s Peepholes John Wyndham Time travellers from the future disrupt life in a small town life by treating it as a quaint place for sightseeing.
1957 Wythnos yng Nghymru Fydd (A Week in the Wales of the Future) Islwyn Ffowc Elis A novel in the Welsh Language where the narrator travels to Wales on two occasions in the year 2033 and encounters contrasting future scenarios each time.
1957 The Door Into Summer Robert A. Heinlein Dan Davis’ decides to take ‘the cold sleep’ (suspended animation) to avoid his troubles. He changes his mind, but his erstwhile friend and fiance trick him into it, after stealing his business. Thirty years in the future, he learns of a time machine; he uses it to return to the past, exacts revenge, and returns once again to the future via cold sleep.
1957 The Last Word Damon Knight Tale of Armageddon and the devil
1957 Soldier From Tomorrow Harlan Ellison Robotized soldier comes back from the future to warn against the path toward global conflict.
1959 —All You Zombies— Robert A. Heinlein Circular paradox-the hero is both his own mother and his own father, in addition he manipulates his younger self using a time machine to make his own birth happen.
1959 The Day We Explored the Future Donald Keith Boy Scouts find an abandoned time machine and visit the year 4000 AD. (First of a 23-story Time Machine series appearing 1959-1989 in Boys’ Life .)
1960 The Weirdstone of Brisingamen Alan Garner Colin and Susan go back in time in the caves of Alderley Edge in Cheshire – crystal bracelet, magic great wolf included.
1961 Danny Dunn, Time Traveler Raymond Abrashkin and Jay Williams A couple of teenagers use their professor’s time machine to study the past history of the US.
1963 The Other End of the Line Walter Tevis George Bletzo mistakenly call his own phone number and talks to his own person in a few months into the future. Predestination in play.
1965 The Ship that Sailed the Time Stream G. C. Edmondson Ensign Joe Rate, “captain of a wooden ship in a predominantly atomic navy,” is transported, with his ship and crew, first back to the time of the Vikings , then to the time of the Romans .
1966 The Green Bronze Mirror Lynne Ellison Teenage girl finds ancient mirror buried in sand, looks into it, is transported back in time to the Roman empire- where she is mistaken for a runaway slave.
1968 Hawksbill Station Robert Silverberg A time machine is used by an oppressive government for deporting political prisoners a billion years in the past, to the Pre-Cambrian era.
1969 Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut A man is randomly traveling through time in his life jumping from one event to another in no particular order.
1969 Up the Line Robert Silverberg Time travel as guided tours to past historical events.
1969 The House on the Strand Daphne du Maurier Drug-induced trip back to 14th century Cornish Village
1970 Chronocules D.G. Compton A millionaire establishes a research village to experiment with time travel
1970 Time and Again Jack Finney Uses hypnosis to travel through time
1970 The Year of the Quiet Sun Wilson Tucker The government uses a forward-traveling time machine to survey the future and adjust its policies accordingly.
1972 Time’s Last Gift Philip Jose Farmer Four scientists/anthropologists travel from 2070 A.D. to 12,000 B.C.
1973 Time Enough for Love Robert A. Heinlein Lazarus Long travels in time to 1916 and falls in love with his own mother.
1973 The Man Who Folded Himself David Gerrold Main character receives a belt that allows him to travel through time
1975 Bid Time Return Richard Matheson A young man sees an old photograph of a woman, and through hypnosis travels back in time from 1980 to 1912 to meet her. Basis of the 1980 film “Somewhere in Time”
1978 The Very Slow Time Machine Ian D. Watson “you must travel through time by an equal amount of accumulate hindward potential”
1979 Time After Time Karl Alexander H.G. Wells builds a time machine, which is stolen by Jack the Ripper so he can escape the authorities and continue his killing spree
1979 Morlock Night K.W. Jeter What happened when H.G. Wells’ time machine returned from the future.
1980 Timescape Gregory Benford Use of tachyons to warn scientists of the past about an upcoming disaster
1980 Thrice Upon a Time James P. Hogan Messages are sent back through time which deletes the timeline in which it exists
1980 A Rebel in Time Harry Harrison Time machine misuse. U.S. Government aids the Confederacy with submachine guns
1980 Kindred Octavia Butler Dana, an African American woman, is inexplicably transported from 1976 Los Angeles to early nineteenth century Maryland. She meets her ancestors: Rufus, a white slave holder, and Alice, an African-American woman who was born free but forced into slavery later in life.
1980 The Restaurant at the End of the Universe Douglas Adams Milliway’s is “located” in the very last future time of the Universe and requires time travels to reach it and then return back to your own time. Due to time travel effects you can now deposit a penny in a bank account to get lots of money to pay for your bill, and you can book a table after you return home from the restaurant.
1980 The Man Who Loved Morlocks David J. Lake H.G. Wells’ time traveller confronts the Morlocks again, this time equipped with a camera and revolver.
1982 Life, the Universe and Everything Douglas Adams Time travel paradoxes are described in a funny way such as moving back and forward through the history and so affecting it, as in the case of an ancient poet Lallafa .
1983 Millennium John Varley In the skies over Oakland, California, a DC-10 and a 747 are about to collide. And in the far distant future, a time-travel team is preparing to snatch the passengers, leaving prefabricated smoking bodies behind for the rescue teams to find. And an air disaster investigator gets a phone call that changes his life … and the world as we know it. Basis of the 1989 film.
1986 A Time to Remember Stanley Shapiro In an effort to prevent the Vietnam War , a man travels back in time to prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy .
1988 Replay Ken Grimwood A man in 1988 suffers a heart attack and finds himself back in his life in 1963.
1988 Lightning Dean Koontz A time traveler from Nazi Germany interferes with the life of a young woman in the future.
1989 Hyperion Dan Simmons A great warrior, the Shrike, is sent from the future for an unknown reason. Main characters will travel through time in a very complex timeline.
1992 The Guns of the South Harry Turtledove During American Civil War , South African white supremacists give the Confederacy AK-47s
1992 From Time to Time Jack Finney Use of hypnosis to travel through time
1992 Doomsday Book Connie Willis Travel through time from 2048 to 14th century. Time travel limited by the Laws of Physics.
1992 Outlander Diana Gabaldon Travel through time from 1940s to 1740s. Woman time travels through standing stones in Scotland.
1992 Dragonfly in Amber Diana Gabaldon Time-travel romance, the second of a trilogy (after Outlander, 1991). 1960s to 1700s.
1993 Voyager Diana Gabaldon Time-travel romance, the third of the Outlander series. Time travel from 1900s to 1700s.
1995 The Time Ships Stephen Baxter Authorised sequel to H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine .
1996 Branch Point Mona Clee Time travelers from 2062, trying to prevent nuclear war in the 1960s, create four alternate timelines, before ending up 1830s California.
1996 Drums of Autumn Diana Gabaldon Time-travel romance, the fourth of the Outlander series. Time travel from 1900s to 1700s.
1996 Timequake Kurt Vonnegut People in 2001 are transported back to 1991 to relive their lives
1996 Obelisk Judith Kaye Jones People from the 25th century travel to the past using alien technology.
1996 The Dechronization of Sam Magruder George Gaylord Simpson A scientist working in the year 2162 is thrown back in time 80 million years to the Jurassic period.
1997 Making History Stephen Fry Two men in the present attempt to prevent the birth of Adolf Hitler .
1997 To Say Nothing of the Dog Connie Willis Time traveler from 2048 travels back to the 19th century
1998 The Transall Saga Gary Paulsen A boy gets transported to a weird world by a blue light, only to discover that it is the dark future of planet Earth
1999 King of Shadows Susan Cooper A modern day boy switches places with a Shakespearean actor who needs to be cured by modern medicine so as to return to his own age and help Shakespeare to greater success on the stage.
1999 Timeline Michael Crichton Historians travel to and become stuck in the Middle Ages.
1999 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban J. K. Rowling Hogwarts student Hermione Granger acquires a Time-Turner , a magical necklace that allows her to travel back in time on a daily basis in order to take an unusually large courseload. The device is later used to manipulate the events of a single night to aid a wrongly accused convict’s escape.
2000 Time On My Hands Peter Delacorte Man goes back in time to prevent Ronald Reagan from becoming President
2001 The Fiery Cross Diana Gabaldon Time-travel romance, the fifth of the Outlander series. Time travel from 1900s to 1700s.
2001 The Chronoliths Robert Charles Wilson Monuments from the future appear in the early 21st century, precipitating a global political collapse.
2001 Thief of Time Terry Pratchett Unfreezing and freezing of time using a small mechanism
2001 Four Past Midnight: “The Langoliers” Stephen King An airplane accidentally flies through a rip in space/time and appears in the “used time” of yesterday
2001 The Anubis Gates Tim Powers Gates allow people to travel through time but are only open at certain times and places
2001 Paratime H. Beam Piper Shorts stories of lateral time movement and alternate universes
2002 A Pitch in Time Robert A. Lytle Main character travels back in time to the Civil War era and learns how the game of base ball is was meant to be played.
2002 Night Watch Terry Pratchett Character interacts with a younger version of himself
2002 Counting Up, Counting Down Harry Turtledove Time travel with the twin perspectives of a man who travels back in time for relationship stability
2002 Thief! Malorie Blackman A huge storm traps a girl who is accused of being a thief and takes her into the future
2002 New World Order Ben Jeapes During the English Civil War aliens from a parallel universe use time travel to bring technological advances
2002 Kaleidoscope Century John Barnes Takes place on Mars. A man has a virus that puts him to sleep every 15 years and he wakes 10 younger.
2002 Lost Time: The Legend of Garrison Fitch Samuel Ben White Two pilots fly an experimental aircraft into the past
2002 1633 Eric Flint West-Virginian town is taken back to the Thirty Years War in Germany and gives them insight to the future
2002 Time Lottery Nancy Moser Three people win a chance to travel back into their own lives and change something
2003 The Shoals of Time P. Orin Zack Characters are caught in a timestream from the 19th to the 23rd century
2003 The Time Traveler’s Wife (film) Audrey Niffenegger Man with a rare genetic disorder unpredictably travels in time, living his life out of sequence
2004 Second Time Around Nancy Moser Sequel to Time Lottery : three more winners win the time lottery and travel back in their lives to try out a new choice
2004 Axis of Time John Birmingham A naval task-force from 2019 is accidentally sent back to the battle of Midway .
2004 The Spark of God (orig. title: L’Éclat de Dieu ) Romain Sardou Describes the First Crusade and the beginning of the Knights Templar in the future
2004 Pen Pal Lou Antonelli Loops in a man’s life told through a narrative that goes from future to present
2004 Ishmael (Star Trek, No. 23) Barbara Hambly Spock is aboard a Klingon ship when it vanishes and travels back in time
2004 Portal Brian Reaves Joseph Turner invents the first time machine to change his horrible past
2004 Saving Time: The Legend of Garrison Fitch, 2 Samuel B. White Garrison Fitch has to travel back through time to fix the time holes he created, but without a time machine
2004 Falling in the Garden Walter G. Klimczak Two teens (separated by 50 years time, though living in the same town) communicate via a mistake due to a prototype fallout shelter
2005 A Breath of Snow and Ashes Diana Gabaldon Time-travel romance, the sixth of the Outlander series. Time travel from 1900s to 1700s.
2005 Island in the Sea of Time S.M. Stirling Nantucket is transported 3000 years back in time because of a space disturbance
2005 Mammoth John Varley Multibillionaire clones a mammoth and sends it back in time.
2005 Molly Moon’s Hypnotic Time Travel Adventure Georgia Byng Molly Moon, an amazing child hypnotist, is taken back in time to India, where she learns to time travel with the red and green crystals and goes on a time travel adventure through 19th century India in order to rescue younger versions of herself from the evil Maharaja of Waqt.
2006 Sojourn Jana G. Oliver A Time Rover from 2057 returns to 1888 London in search of a missing time tourist only to be caught in the Jack the Ripper murders and the history-changing plots of a mysterious group of shape-shifters called Transitives.
2006 The Plot to Save Socrates Paul Levinson Time travelers from 2042 to prevent Socrates from consuming hemlock
2006 Artemis Fowl: The Lost Colony Eoin Colfer Fifth book in the Artemis Fowl series. Artemis must pair up with his old comrade Captain Holly Short, to track down the missing demon, before the spell that holds a demon island Hybras in limbo dissolves completely and the lost demon colony returns violently to Earth. Artemis also ends up saving Holly by manipulating time.
2007 The Accidental Time Machine Joe Haldeman A research assistant stumbles across a forward-traveling time machine.
2007 The Civilization Loop: The End is the Beginning Jason R. Thrift Time travel leads to the end of the world in 2012, forcing a team of researchers to warn the future by dwelling in the past and creating the first ancient civilization of Atlantis.
2007 Wired Liz Maverick An introverted computer programmer is told by two men from the future that she will create time travel technology, and each man accuses the other of manipulating her yet-to-be-written program for personal – rather than worldwide – gain. Who is telling the truth, and why do they keep changing the events of her life?
2007 The Lifehouse Trilogy Spider Robinson 3 books (Mindkiller-1982, Time Pressure-1988, LifeHouse-1997) chronicling the story of visitors from earth’s future visiting the past to essentially harvest souls.
2007 Virtual Evil Jana G. Oliver A Time Rover from 2057 is sent to 1888 London to find Harter Defoe, the first time traveler who slowly going insane.
2008 Timely Persuasion Jacob LaCivita A music critic travels back in time to prevent the deaths of both his sister and Kurt Cobain .
2008 Madman’s Dance Jana G. Oliver Abandoned in a Victorian insane asylum, memories erased, a Time Rover from 2057 must find a way to thwart a plot from the future that will remake British history.
Doctor Who various authors Several book series based on the popular TV show.
2008 Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox Eoin Colfer Sixth book in the Artemis Fowl series. After Angeline Fowl contracts spelltropy, Artemis travels back in time eight years to when he was ten years old to find a lemur that can help cure his mother. The plot twist in the end of the book creates a circular timeline that started the series.
2009 An Echo in the Bone Diana Gabaldon Time-travel romance, the seventh of the Outlander series. Time travel from 1900s to 1700s.
2009 The Creators Daniel Melchizedek Dewey After a sequence of strange events a teenage boy is brought 10 years into the future where he discovers a machine that can travel into different dimensions of time and existence. He ventures through countless dimensions of time trying to stop a group of villains who call themselves the Creators in an attempt to find his way back home.
2010 Blackout and All Clear Connie Willis Time travelers from 2048 go to the London Blitz during WWII to observe and end up being part of it. Novel published in two parts.
2010 Beyond the Loop: The Journey of Willis October, The Man, The Myth, The Legend Jason R. Thrift With the disaster of 2012 now having been averted, the story continues as the rogue time traveler Willis October embarks on his journey throughout history to unravel everything humanity has ever hoped to achieve.

[ edit ] Time travel in science fiction films

Time travel is a common theme and plot device in science fiction films. Below are examples of science fiction films that incorporate time travel.

Year Title Director Description

1960 The Time Machine George Pal Loose adaption of H. G. Wells ‘s classic in which a time traveler enters a future where the world is broken up into to classes, the peaceful Eloi and the malevolent masters of the world, the Morlocks .
1962 La Jetée Chris Marker The hero is haunted by a memory from his childhood, which turns out to be himself as an adult. ( La Jetée – a movie short – was the basis of the full-length feature Twelve Monkeys ).
1964 The Time Travelers Ib Melchior A time travel experiment that was supposed to produce a window into different times is actually a portal.
1965 Dr. Who and the Daleks Gordon Flemyng Based on the BBC TV series. In this, the Doctor is an inventor not an alien.
1966 Daleks’ Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D. Gordon Flemyng Based on the BBC TV series. In this the Doctor is an inventor not an alien. His companions also differ from the TV series.
1968 Planet of the Apes Franklin J. Schaffner George Taylor (played by Charlton Heston) travels to a future earth inhabited by intelligent talking apes.
1970 Beneath the Planet of the Apes Ted Post Another astronaut, Brent, crashes through the time barrier searching for the missing Taylor. The daring rescue mission leads to a subterranean city where mutant humans, who practice mind control, worship a weapon capable of destroying the entire planet.
1971 Escape from the Planet of the Apes Don Taylor Three apes escape Earth’s destruction by salvaging and repairing the astronaut Taylor’s spaceship and piloting it through a time warp back to 1973.
1972 Slaughterhouse-Five George Roy Hill A man travels to various times and places from his life in addition to another planet.
1973 Idaho Transfer Peter Fonda Due to an impending disaster that threatens to destroy mankind, a time machine is built by a group of young scientists to transport themselves into the future to rebuild civilization.
1973 Ivan Vasilievich: Back to the Future Leonid Gaidai Engineer Shurik has invented a time machine in his apartment. By accident, he sends two people back into the time of Ivan IV while the real Ivan IV is sent by the same machine into Shurik’s apartment.
1978 Superman Richard Donner Superman circles the Earth at tremendous speeds allowing him to travel back in time to just before an earthquake created by Lex Luthor.
1979 Time After Time Nicholas Meyer Using a time machine, Jack the Ripper and H. G. Wells travel from 1893 London to 1979 San Francisco .
1980 The Final Countdown Don Taylor A storm at sea transports a nuclear warship back in time from the 1980s to the 1940s.
1980 Somewhere in Time Jeannot Szwarc A young man sees an old photograph of a woman, and through hypnosis travels back in time from 1980 to 1912 to meet her. Based on Matheson’s 1975 novel “Bid Time Return”
1981 Time Bandits Terry Gilliam A young boy unwittingly joins a band of dwarves as they travel through time hunting treasure.
1982 Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann William Dear The hero travels by means of “time cannons”.
1983 Twilight Zone: The Movie John Landis , Steven Spielberg , Joe Dante and George Miller Big-screen adaptations of three classic episodes from the popular 1950s and 1960s Rod Serling television series .
1984 The Terminator James Cameron A cyborg (played by Arnold Schwarzenegger ) is sent back in time from 2029 to 1984 to destroy humanity by killing the future mother of its future savior.
1984 The Philadelphia Experiment Stewart Raffill In 1943, an anti-radar experiment accidentally sends two sailors forward in time to 1984. Nancy Allen and Michael Pare star in this film.
1984 Non ci resta che piangere Roberto Benigni and Massimo Troisi The school janitor Mario ( Massimo Troisi ) and the teacher Saverio ( Roberto Benigni ) have an automobile breakdown, decide to spend the night in an inn, and the next morning they awake in the Florence of the sixteenth century .
1985 Back to the Future Robert Zemeckis Time travel is achieved by means of a flux capacitor. Marty McFly intervenes in his parents’ first meeting, preventing them from falling in love, and placing his own existence in danger.
1985 The Blue Yonder Mark Rosman The main character borrows his neighbor’s time machine to go back in time to prevent his grandfather’s death.
1985 Trancers Charles Band Jack Deth is a kind of cop/bounty hunter in a future dystopic Los Angeles .
1985 My Science Project Jonathan R. Betuel Michael and Ellie break into a military junkyard to find a science project. They find an orb that dangerously bends time and have to stop it to save the world.
1986 Peggy Sue Got Married Francis Ford Coppola Peggy Sue faints at a Highschool reunion. When she wakes up she finds herself in her own past, just before she finished school.
1986 Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home Leonard Nimoy To save Earth, Captain Kirk and his crew travel back in time to retrieve the beings who can communicate with an alien probe ( humpback whales ).
1986 Outlaws Nicholas Corea Five cowboys are sent forward through time 100 years and crime fight.
1986 Flight of the Navigator Randal Kleiser In 1978, a boy winds up 8 years into the future, and discovers an alien spaceship brought him there.
1986 Kin-dza-dza Georgi Daneliya A Russian dystopian comedy. Uncle Vova asks a person from the planet Alpha to move him and Fiddler back in time to save two aliens who got imprisoned because of the main hero’s actions.
1987 Masters of the Universe David Odell The villain uses a camcorder-like gadget that shows the past, and an inventor opens up wormholes to other timestreams allowing the heroine (a young Courteney Cox ) to save her parents from dying.
1987 Timesweep Dan Diefenderfer An Group of Civilians entered an abandoned movie studio and are transported through time. During The Ending Credits, An sequel called Timesweep 2: The Quesdrov Factor is announced but is never made due to the failure of this direct-to-video movie.
1989 Back to the Future Part II Robert Zemeckis Sequel to Back to the Future , Part II follows Marty McFly and Doc Brown as they go to the year 2015 to prevent Marty’s kids from ruining the Mcfly family’s reputation. Along the way, an old Biff Tannen steals the DeLorean so he can give a sports almanac to himself in the past, and win millions of dollars gambling. This creates a hellish alternate 1985 that it’s up to Marty and the Doc to correct.
1989 Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure Stephen Herek Two teenagers (Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves ) will not graduate from high school unless they pull on A on their history project. A time traveler (George Carlin) visits them to help because their success on this report is vital as it ensures they will stay together to create a Utopian future . As Bill and Ted travel through time, they encounter historical figures including Socrates , Joan of Arc , and Billy the Kid .
1989 Millennium Micheal Anderson Investigating a fatal jetliner crash, an NTSB official ( Kris Kristofferson ), encounters an unusual chain-smoking time traveler named Louise Baltimore ( Cheryl Ladd ), posing as a stewardess on fatefully doomed planes. Their interactions are intertwined with a lost future-tech object that he recovered from the plane wreck, which she recovers- then she disappears in a flash of light before his eyes. Travelling back from the far future, the time travelers ‘steal’ people already destined to die, such as in plane crashes, in order to restock humankind in their own desolate future. Based on the 1983 John Varley novel.
1989 Warlock Steve Miner A warlock in the 17th century who has been sentenced to death for witch craft is transported to the 20th century and is followed by a witch hunter who must stop the warlock finding the Grand Grimoire
1990 Frankenstein Unbound Roger Corman A scientist creates a weapon that causes your enemy to disappear but has a side effect of causing shifts in time. The scientist is transported back in time to 1817 and he meets Doctor Frankenstein and his monster as well as Mary Shelley who in this film wrote her novel based on true events
1990 Back to the Future Part III Robert Zemeckis Sequel to Back to the Future Part II . In the final installment of the trilogy, Marty McFly goes back to 1885 to stop an outlaw from killing Doc Brown in a duel, and bring him back home to 1985.
1991 Terminator 2: Judgment Day James Cameron Sequel to The Terminator .
1992 Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey Peter Hewitt Sequel to Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure . Two evil robot versions of Bill and Ted are sent back in time to kill them.
1992 Army of Darkness Sam Raimi Central character Ash ( Bruce Campbell ) , a supermarket employee, is sent back in time by a specific book to the 14th century.
1992 Freejack Geoff Murphy The rich in a future where time travel has been invented snatch people from history a moment before their death in order to use the bodies as hosts for their own minds after death.
1992 Timescape (or: Grand Tour: Disaster in Time) David Twohy Ben Wilson and daughter Hillary are visited by a strange group of travelers looking for lodging. The travelers are from the future, intending to witness an impending catastrophe.
1993 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III Stuart Gillard The turtles go back in time to feudal Japan to retrieve a kidnapped April.
1994 Star Trek Generations David Carson USS Enterprise Captains Kirk and Picard meet through the effects of an energy ribbon.
1994 Timecop Peter Hyams Includes a prohibition against changing the past. The Time Enforcement Commission (TEC) is created to prevent alterations to the past. This causes a dilemma for the hero, Max Walker, who has to prevent time-travelers from altering time, but is tempted to do so to prevent his wife’s death.
1995 Twelve Monkeys Terry Gilliam James Cole tries to change the past but fails. It therefore runs on the principle of a fixed timeline (the Novikov self-consistency principle ).
1996 Doctor Who Geoffrey Sax This film involves the Doctor in his eighth incarnation and penultimate known showdown with the Master.
1996 Star Trek: First Contact Jonathan Frakes The Enterprise follows the Borg back in time to prevent them from altering history and preventing Earth’s first warp flight and first contact with the Vulcans .
1999 Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me Jay Roach Dr. Evil is back and has invented a time machine that allows him to go back to the 60s so he can steal Austin Powers’ mojo.
1999 Back to the ’50s Andrew Margetson S Club travels back to 1959 thanks to a wormhole and prevents the death of a young gentleman, who worked at a diner, from a drag race gone wrong.
2000 Frequency Gregory Hoblit An accidental cross-time radio link connects father and son across 30 years. The son tries to save his father’s life, but then must fix the consequences..
2000 Disney’s The Kid Jon Turteltaub A 40 year old image consultant (Bruce Willis) finds himself being visited by his 10 year old self
2001 Donnie Darko Richard Kelly Dark. Darker. Darko.
2001 Kate & Leopold James Mangold A Duke time travels from 1876 to the present and falls in love with a career woman in New York.
2001 Pokémon 4Ever Kunihiko Yuyama Jim Malone The film focuses on Celebi who travels to the future and returns with a boy named Sam when being chased by a hunter.
2002 Returner Takashi Yamazaki The human race is on the edge of annihilation after decades of war with an alien force. In an outpost in Tibet, mankind’s last hope of survival is a time travel device.
2002 The Time Machine Simon Wells Remake of 1960s version of the film, directed by H.G. Wells’ great-grandson, has little in common with H.G. Wells ‘s original novel.
2002 Time Changer Rich Christiano A Bible professor from 1890 comes forward in time to the present via a time machine and cannot believe the things that he sees.
2002 Austin Powers in Goldmember Jay Roach Upon learning that his father has been kidnapped, Austin Powers must travel to 1975 and defeat the villain Goldmember – who is working with Dr. Evil .
2002 Das Jesus Video Sebastian Niemann In Israel, a student in archaeology is seeking a video camera hidden 2000 years ago by a mysterious time traveler.
2003 Bottom Live 2003: Weapons Grade Y-Fronts Tour Rick Mayall Eddie Hitler builds a time traveling toilet which he calls the TURDIS
2003 Timeline Richard Donner Film adaptation of the book by Michael Crichton .
2003 Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines Jonathan Mostow Sequel to The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgement Day .
2004 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Alfonso Cuarón Hermione Granger receives a Time-Turner from Professor McGonagall , so she can attend more classes than time would normally allow. She and Harry later use the Time-Turner to save Sirius Black and Buckbeak.
2004 Primer Shane Carruth Time travelers spend as much time in the time machine as they want to go back, and can only travel as far back as to when the machine was first turned on.
2004 The Butterfly Effect Eric Bess & J. Mackye Gruber A college psychology student (Ashton Kutcher) learns he can temporarily travel to his past and change it. The time traveling in this film involves a process initiated by reading childhood journals.
2004 13 Going on 30 Gary Winick A 13 year old girl makes a birthday wish and wakes up as a 30 year old woman.
2005 Fetching Cody David Ray Distraught over his drug-addicted girlfriend, Cody (Sarah Lind), who’s overdosed and fallen into a coma, small-time dope peddler Art (Jay Baruchel) uses a time machine to journey into the past in a desperate gamble to change her future. But as his attempts repeatedly fail, he comes to realize that the only way to save Cody may be to sacrifice his love for her. David Ray directs this engaging romantic drama that also stars Jim Byrnes.
2005 The Jacket John Maybury John Maybury’s thriller stars Adrien Brody as Jack Starks, a Persian Gulf War veteran who has lost his memories to amnesia. When Jack is accused of a heinous killing, he realizes he must find a way to prove his innocence. Desperate to unearth clues about his past, he seeks a controversial treatment that allows him to go back in time — which turns out to be a heart-rending decision when he realizes he’s destined for tragedy.
2005 A Sound of Thunder Peter Hyams For an extraordinary price, Time Safaris, Inc. will take clients through a wormhole to a time in pre-history to hunt dinosaur game. But a customer steps off the platform and kills a butterfly, causing massive “time waves” to flood from the past into the present when he returns.
2006 The Lake House Alejandro Agresti Time travel romance where two people living in the same house at a lake at different times are able to exchange letters through its mailbox and fall in love.
2006 Click Frank Coraci Adam Sandler is given a remote that lets him fast forward, pause, and rewind his life.
2006 Déjà Vu Tony Scott Denzel Washington is an ATF agent investigating a terrorist act who is invited to assist in a government time travel surveillance project.
2006 Event 16 Derek Pearson Matt, a young inventor on the cusp of a breakthrough creation in his garage workshop, is about to lose his girlfriend due to his obsession… [ 1 ]
2007 Always Will Michael Sammaciccia A high-school teen uses a time capsule to travel to the past and alter his social status
2007 Bender’s Big Score Dwayne Carey-Hill Alien scammers discover the code for time travel tattooed on Philip J. Fry ‘s buttocks, and use it to send Bender back in time to steal priceless artifacts.
2007 Disney’s Meet the Robinsons Steve Anderson Young Lewis is taken to the year 2037 by his future son Wilbur to stop a “Bowler Hat Guy” who has stolen Lewis’ memory scanning machine.
2007 Willows Way Kevin DiBacco Jacob tests their bond when he seizes the being’s magical staff with the intent of traveling back in time and saving his |son’s life. This very act changes the alien’s assessment of mankind’s motivations and forces Jacob to choose between |bringing back his son and saving humanity’s future.
2008 Timecrimes Nacho Vigalondo A man who accidentally travels back to the past and meets himself there.
2008 Minutemen Lev L. Spiro On the first day of his Freshman year of high school, Virgil Fox accidentally befriends a boy named Charlie Tuttle . Three years later, Charlie mentions to Virgil that he has developed the technical specifications of a time machine. With the help of Zeke Thompson, a fellow outcast, they are actually able to build this time machine, which they then use to travel backwards in time in a failed attempt to win the lottery. From this point on, they decide to use the time machine to travel back in time and save their fellow classmates from embarrassing moments. Things don’t go according to plan however, when, as a result of their many time traveling exploits, a large black hole is created, which threatens to engulf the entire world if left unchecked. The three boys must therefore venture into the black hole to stabilize it and prevent the world’s destruction.
2008 Stargate: Continuum Martin Wood Ba’al changes the timeline so that SG-1 or the Stargate program never existed. Three people were unaffected by the change but are unable to do anything until Ba’al and the system lords arrive.
2009 Return of the Past Caitlin Hanlon Maddie and Melvin McAllister, two typical twelve-year-olds of the Nineties are accidentally taken to a parallel universe in a time machine built out of a toilet by Melvin that could start a time paradox that could destroy the universe as if time never existed. Meanwhile, they realise that in the alternate universe, they have evil forms of themselves and the matter of existence could explode if they see each other. And they have about three-and-a-half hours to do it!
2009 Star Trek J.J. Abrams Captain Nero of the Romulan mining ship Narada attempts to exact revenge on Spock, whom he blames for the destruction of his home world and its inhabitants, including his wife and unborn child. Both his ship and Spock’s ship, however, are caught in the black hole’s event horizon and travel into the past.
2009 The Time Traveler’s Wife Robert Schwentke A romantic drama about a Chicago librarian (Eric Bana) with a gene that causes him to involuntarily time travel, and the complications it creates for his marriage. Based on the Audrey Niffenegger novel.
2009 Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel Gareth Carrivick Two geeks and a cynic attempt to navigate a time-travel conundrum in the middle of a British pub. Faris plays a girl from the future who sets the adventure in motion.
2009 This Time Joan Szechtman The story starts moments before Richard III loses to Henry Tudor on Bosworth Field near Leicester, England on August 22, 1485. In “This Time”. A team of Ricardians (people trying to restore the name and reputation of Richard III) substitute an armor clad corpse for the king and bring him into Portland, Oregon. Richard awakens August 21, 2004 to an alien world where even the English he speaks is different.
2009 Disney’s A Christmas Carol Robert Zemeckis Miserly moneylender Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the ghosts of christmas past, present and future, in order to change his ways.
2010 Hot Tub Time Machine Steve Pink Four friends spend a crazy, drunken night in a hot tub at a ski resort only to travel back in time to 1986. They are each presented with an opportunity to alter their futures. The film stars John Cusack , Rob Corddry , Craig Robinson , and Clark Duke .

[ edit ] Time travel in science fiction television series

Time travel is a recurrent theme in science fiction television programs. In some television series, time travel creates the premise and direction for the plot and/or setting of the show. Two model examples of television shows that utilize time travel in this way are Doctor Who and Quantum Leap . There are other television programs that incorporate time travel in only one, or some of their episodes. The table below encompasses television shows that fall into the first of these two categories.

Start date End Date Title Author Description

1951 1956 Captain Z-Ro Roy Steffens Scientist Captain Z-Ro, working in his remote laboratory, safeguarded mankind and history from impending harm. He had a time machine, the ZX-99, both to view history and to send someone back in time.
1963 Doctor Who A Time Lord known as “the Doctor” travels through time and space in a TARDIS (Time And Relative Dimension In Space).
1966 1967 The Time Tunnel Irwin Allen The year is 1968, and Doug Phillips and Tony Newman are working on a top secret project beneath the Arizona desert called “tic-toc”. The project has been 10 years in the making, and a visiting senator wants to see if this project really works, or he will cut the funding for it. To prove that it can work, Tony Newman turns on the time tunnel and goes back to the year 1912, and is on board the Titanic, which would sink hours later. Doug Phillips goes into the tunnel to help Tony, and both are stuck hapless in time. They are catapulted each week to a new adventure in history.
1970 1971 Catweazle Richard Carpenter 11th Century wizard accidentally ensorcels his way into the 20th. Humorous mistakes are made.
1970 1971 Timeslip John Cooper Two time traveling children visit both the past and future.
1979 1982 Sapphire & Steel Peter J. Hammond (dir.s Shaun O’Riordan & David Foster) Two time traveling inter-dimensional agents protect and guard the order of time in this British drama.
1982 1983 Voyagers! James D. Parriott A member of a league of time travelers and a boy travel through time repairing errors in world history.
1990 1991 Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventures Animated spin off of the movies Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey
1991 1992 Back to the Future: The Animated Series Bob Gale Follows on from Back to the Future III.
1989 1993 Quantum Leap Donald P. Bellisario Theorizing that one could time-travel within his own lifetime, Dr. Sam Beckett led an elite group of scientists into the desert to develop a top secret project known as Quantum Leap. Pressured to prove his theories or lose funding, Dr. Beckett prematurely stepped into the project accelerator… and vanished. He awoke to find himself in the past, suffering from partial amnesia and facing a mirror image that was not his own. Fortunately, contact with his own time was maintained through brainwave transmissions with Al, the project observer, who appeared in the form of a hologram that only Dr. Beckett can see and hear. Trapped in the past, Dr. Beckett finds himself leaping from life to life, putting things right that once went wrong and hoping each time that his next leap would be the leap home.
1993 1994 Time Trax Harve BennettJeffrey M. Hayes

Grant Rosenberg

A police officer from the 22nd century makes his way back to our time to track down fugitives from the future.
1993 1999 Goodnight Sweetheart Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran An accidental time traveller , Gary Sparrow , who leads a double life after discovering a time portal allowing him to travel between 1990s London and wartime London of 1939 1945 .
1997 1997 Crime Traveller Anthony Horowitz Jeff Slade uses a time machine created by colleague Holly Turner’s father to solve crimes. The machine operates seemingly-randomly, sending the user(s) back in time a time that can be a matter of minutes, or several days.
1998 2001 Seven Days Christopher & Zachary Crowe NSA Agent Frank B. Parker can travel back 7 days in a time machine powered by alien technology.
2000 2001 Mirai Sentai Timeranger Four policemen travel from the year 3000 to the year 2000 to arrest fugitives.
2002 2004 Odyssey 5 David Carson Astronauts are sent back in time after witnessing the end of the Earth from space.
2001 2004 Samurai Jack Genndy Tartakovsky An ancient demon throws the hero Samurai Jack into the future, in order to allow himself enough time to conquer the world.
2001 2003 Time Squad Dave Wesson Time cops from the year 1,000,000,000 A.D. travel back in time to keep famous historical figures from diverting the course of history.
2002 2003 Do Over Rick Wiener and Kenny Schwarz Joel Larsen, a 34 year old man, gets a second chance to get his life right, thanks to a freakish accident that catapults him back to 1981, as a 14 year old. He is electrocuted, then wakes up in his teenage body, but with all his adult memories intact. Blessed with adult wisdom, though hampered by adolescent urges, Joel sets out to right the wrongs that will befall his family.
2003 2005 Tru Calling Jon Harmon Feldman A young woman receives request from corpses to stop their untimely deaths and wakes up then the day before, in order to attempt to save them.
2004 2006 Phil of the Future Tim Maile & Douglas Tuber A family attempts to repair their spaceship after being stranded in the past, or modern day, while maintaining the appearance of being normal people.
2004 2010 Lost Damon Lindelof & Carlton Cuse Desmond Hume , former Royal Scots Regimen, is caused by electromagnetic radiation to become “unstuck in time.” His consciousness switches between 2004 (the present) and 1996. Benjamin Linus , former leader of the island natives, travels ten months into the future after moving the island. In Season 5 , the characters on the island skip through time to different periods of the island’s past and future.
2005 2007 Time Warp Trio Peter K. Hirsch A children’s cartoon where using books three children travel through time and space.
2006 2010 Heroes Tim Kring Hiro Nakamura and Peter Petrelli can travel in time and space. This is the foundation for the plot of both series one and series two, in which apocalyptic disasters happen and the characters travel back and forth in an attempt to prevent them.
2006 2007 Life on Mars Matthew Graham
Ashley Pharoah
Tony Jordan
Chris Chibnall
A police officer who must learn to adapt to the way things were done in the 70s after being thrown back in time by an accident. (A U.S. version of the series Life on Mars aired in 2008-2009.)
2006 2007 Transformers: Cybertron The Autobot Vector Prime is a defender of spacetime, he saved your friends human using your power over time, did before of destroy them, by Megatron
2006 2009 Torchwood Humans and aliens alike from different periods in time start to come through to our world by means of a rift in the space/time continuum. (Spin-off from Doctor Who .)
2007 Primeval Portals to different time periods start opening up and creatures from the past and future start to come through.
2007 2007 Journeyman Kevin Falls
Matt McGuinness
Tom Szentgyorgyi
Dan Vasser is the main protagonist of the series, who finds himself jumping through time, unable to stop or control the jumps. Olivia “Livia” Beale is also a traveler from 1948 who jumps into the future. After not being able to jump home, she was stuck in Dan’s present and adapted to life there, where she began a legal career and fell in love with Dan, only to finally jump back home while on the plane. For unknown reasons, she now jumps to the same times that Dan visits, and offers him advice and assistance in his missions.
2007 Phineas and Ferb Dan Povenmire and Jeff Marsh In one episode, Phineas and Ferb “fix” an old model of a time machine at a museum which allows them to travel back to the age of the dinosaurs, and eventually back to the future again. In another episode, they used this same time machine again to travel into the future. This time, a much more complicated series of events followed, where their future sister follows them back through time and accidentally disrupts the normal course of various events, setting off a chain reaction that turns the future into a dystopian society.
2007 2008 Kamen Rider Den-O The protagonists must work with and fight creatures known as Imagin who come from a possible future and have come back in time to kill the key figure to the Junction Point: a human whose sole existence ensures that the Imagin’s future cannot exist. The Imagin grant wishes to weak-willed humans to travel farther back in time along that person’s memories in order to find the Junction Point by destroying anyone and anything in their way to change the future.
2008 2010 Ashes to Ashes Matthew Graham
Ashley Pharoah
Julie Rutterford
Mark Greig
Jack Lothian
Spin off series from ” Life on Mars ” set in 1980s
2008 2009 Kamen Rider Kiva Parallel storylines taking place in 1986 and 2008 are told, with two of the protagonists from the 2008 timeline going back in time to 1986. The latter time traveler goes back in time to attempt to prevent his birth such that his love may live, but instead ensures that his existence remains by saving his father from being killed by the series’ antagonist.
2008 2009 Terminator The Sarah Connor Chronicles A female Terminator from the year 2027 comes back in time to 1999 to protect a young John Connor. They then use the time displacement equipment to move forward in time by 8 years to hide John. Various other Terminators are sent back in time on varying missions.
2009 Being Erica Jana Sinyor Erica Strange, a woman who begins seeing a counselor to deal with regrets in her life, only to discover the counselor (Michael Riley) has the ability to send her back in time to actually change these events.
2009 2010 FlashForward Brannon Braga and David S. Goyer FBI agent Mark Benford and the rest of the world fall victim to an incident that renders the entire population of Earth unconscious for two minutes seventeen seconds on October 6, 2009. During the “Black Out”, as it is called, the consciousness of the entire planet shifts forward six months into the future to the date April 29, 2010, where they witness their potential futures that could occur that day.

Time travel in video games

Title Date Description

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time 1991 As the TMNT reach the Technodrome , Shredder sends the m through a time warp through the past (Age of Dinosaurs, Age of Pirates in 1530 AD, a train in the American Wild West in 1885 AD) and the future (New York City in 2020 AD and a Star Base in 2100 AD) before they can go back to their present in the early 1990’s.
Maniac Mansion: Day of the Tentacle 1993 In order to prevent Purple Tentacle from growing a pair of arms and subsequently enslaving humanity, students Bernard, Laverne and Hoagie attempt to travel one day back in time in Dr. Edison’s Chron-o-Johns, time machines housed in portable toilets. During the trip, the machines malfunction and strand Hoagie and Laverne 200 years into the past and future respectively. Players control each character in his/her own time zone (past, present, future), meeting historical figures and progenitors/descendants of some characters; the goal is to return Hoagie and Laverne to the present and prevent Purple Tentacle’s world domination.
Shadow of Memories (US: Shadow of Destiny ) 2001 The protagonist, Eike Kusch, is murdered at the start of the game by a knife stab on the back. He is saved from death by an unknown entity who gives him a time travel device, called a digipad, that can be used to send Eike back to a pre-determined point in time, allowing him to take actions in order to prevent his death. After being sent back 30 minutes, Eike succeeds in preventing his stabbing, only to find that he is killed in some different manner, starting the time-travel cycle again. During the course of the game, Eike travels to several time periods as far back as medieval times, gradually uncovering the connection behind the attempts on his life, the mysterious being who saves him and his own past. The game features several possible endings, depending on the player’s actions and choices that alter the timeline.

|- | Timeshift (US: Timeshift ) | 2007 | Scientists from the near future have begun work on creating a viable time machine. The project results in the creation of two devices, the Alpha Suit, a less advanced prototype jump suit, and the Beta Suit, a more advanced, so-called military grade model with features the Alpha Suit lacks such as combat-related timeshifting abilities and an integrated artificial intelligence to prevent the creation of temporal paradoxes.

The director of the project, Dr. Aiden Krone, takes the Alpha Suit and travels into the past. Once there he alters the timeline, placing himself as the ruler of the Krone Magistrate that controls a dystopic world.

The protagonist, a fellow scientist whose name is never spoken (never mentioned in the game or manual), then takes the Beta Suit and follows Dr. Krone back to the year 1939 (in an alternate timestream) to a place called Alpha District. During the trip parts of the Beta suit are damaged, forcing the protagonist to assist the Occupant Rebellion against Dr. Krone in hopes of salvaging parts from the Alpha suit. |}