Time Travel Books

Image of cover from Isaac Asimov's The Edge of Eternity.  Image is of time traveler adjusting time machine controls.
Image of book cover for Isaac Asimov's The End of Eternity. Image courtesy of Doubleday.

Top 10 Time Travel Stories (Books, TV & Movies)

Presdestination movie poster.  Image of star Ethan Hawke.
Time Travel movie Predestination is one heck of a ride. Starring Ethan Hawke, image is courtesy of Pinnacle Films.

by Garry Murdock

 

Well, here it is.  My top 10 list of Time Travel Stories! It was tough to put together. It's hard to measure one against the other, not because of the different mediums (books, tv or movies), but because each of them are so very good individually. But weigh in. Tell me if there's one in here you feel strongly about, or one you felt should have been included on my list. 

 

10.  Somewhere in Time.  Movie (1980). Shot on a miniscule budget on Mackinac island in Michigan, I've always felt this Christopher Reeve/Jane Seymour movie was underrated.  A tragic love story, based on the excellent novel "Bid Time Return" by Richard Matheson. 

 

9.  The Final Countdown.  Movie (1980).  An aircraft carrier accidentally gets sent back in time and its stunned crew has the opportunity to prevent Pearl Harbor from ever happening.  Terrific star power with Kirk Douglas, Martin Sheen, Charles Durning.  As a kid, I must have seen this at the Drive-in 50 times.

8.  Predestination. Movie (2014). Starring Ethan Hawke, this movie left me speechless.  I don't want to spoil it so the less said, the better.  Better to go in cold. 

 

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Book Review:  Timeline by Michael Crichton

Image of the hardcover of the novel Timeline, written by Michael Crichton.  Image is of a old fashioned metal helmet worn by soliders in France in the 1300s.
First edition cover of 1999's Timeline, by Michael Crichton. Image courtesy of Simon&Schuster.

Master storyteller's time travel novel perfectly blends adventure with cutting edge technology.

by Garry Murdock

 

In December of 1999, I read Michael Crichton's Timeline.  Crichton, who died in 2008, was one of the few authors whose novels I always purchased in hardcover.  I simply could not wait the extra months for the paperback versions to be released.  In fact, I still have that first edition hardcover of Timeline.

 

As with Crichton's other works, the novel weaved a fascinating tale - this time about time travelers - that was not short on technical details.  I liked it. A lot.

 

The story revolves around a group of history students who journey back in time 600 years to save their professor, whose trapped in the Dordogne region of France.  It was a very violent period in France's history.  

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