13 + 1 Books That Feature Time Travel

I find time travel fascinating. It can be just a gimmick to add suspense or intrigue to a story, but some authors use it as a technique to explore the world we live in or the way we think about things, including ourselves.

Here are 13 novels that use time travel to explore larger themes.

  • Kindred by Octavia E. Butler
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  • 11/22/63 by Stephen King
  • The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
  • Time And Again by Jack Finney
  • Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  • A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain
  • The Book of Rachel by Joel Gross
  • Labyrinth by Kate Mosse
  • Bid Time Return by Richard Matheson
  • In the Courts of the Sun and sequels by Brian D’Amato
  • The Mirror by Marlys Millhiser

And there’s also a hefty (800 pages!) anthology of time-travel stories: The Time Traveler’s Almanac, edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer.