10 Best Time-Travel Books: Best for Science Fiction Lovers

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Time-traveling had been the most interesting topic for adventurous people. It is based on the concept of the moment of light. Many films, books are written on this topic. Recently the Marvel’s Avengers: The Endgame film has used the concept of time-travel to make it more interesting and engaging.

Although it is a contractive topic many of our scientists work on it.

The authors wrote many books under time-traveling that is full of adventurous, enterprising, and interesting stories. So, in this blog post, we are going to discuss the best time-travel books of all time.

Let’s start-

List of Top 10 Time Travel Books of all Time

  1. The Time Traveller’s Wife
  2. Diana Gabaldon Outlander Series 8 Book Set (1- 8)
  3. The Accidental Time Machine
  4. Doomsday Book (Oxford Time Travel, #1)
  5. The Sterkarm Handshake
  6. Time and Again 
  7. The Book of Kells
  8. Time Loves a Hero Allen Steele
  9. The Far Arena
  10. The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

1.The Time Traveller’s Wife

AuthorAudrey Niffenegger
Rating4.4 out of 5


It is one of the best time-travel books written by Audrey Niffenegger. This book is all about romantic stories in science fiction. The author did a good job of creating a realistic character that’s why all characters felt real.

The book consists of the story of two lovers, Henry and Clare who are met together by destiny. They met each other, fell in love, got married, and had a child.

It includes violent episodes, a large number of deaths, and a lot of sex but it is necessary to the story rather than for shock value.

2. Outlander Series 8 Book Set (1- 8)

AuthorDiana Gabaldon
Publication1991 (first book of this series)
Rating4.8 out of 5


It is a great time-travel book about romance, adventure, drama, science fiction, fantasy, and also historical fiction.

This book is filled with love, sex, war, mystery, and mayhem as well as this story is vivid, complicated, and completely all-consuming.

It is the story of a nurse who had time-traveled to the 1740s from WWII. There are many questions that arise here as Can she change history? Can she ever return to the 20th century? Can she meet her husband again?

For knowing these answers you have to read this book.

3.The Accidental Time Machine

AuthorJoe Haldeman
Rating4.0 out of 5

About- This book is completely based on science fiction. This is a fun and fast read and should appeal to those who deeply enjoy time-travel stories.

The Accidental Time Machine tells the story of Matt Fuller, a lab assistant at MIT. Once he accidentally invented the time machine. He was surprised by his invention.

It takes him on a journey that ranges thousands upon thousands of years, where he met with different civilizations in the future. In the end, he wants to return home or his time period.

Will he return home successfully? How much does he face the problem? You will get this answer when you read this book.

4.Doomsday Book (Oxford Time Travel, #1)

AuthorConnie Willis
Rating4.3 out of 5


Doomsday Book is one of the best sci-fi time-travel books. It is a story about two infectious diseases that is influenza epidemic and the Black Death epidemic that take place during the alternate time period.

Kivrin, the protagonist of this story is a young student who is preparing to study the medieval period by traveling into the past as an observer.  Her instructor Professor James Dunworthy takes the whole responsibility for her project.

Under his supervision, she went to the 14th century by the time machine. But accidentally she realized she sent back in 1348 that is 20 years later than her desired destination.

She faced many problems during her journey. If you want to know that whether she returns successfully or not, read this book.

5.The Sterkarm Handshake

AuthorSusan Price
PublicationOctober 16, 1998
Rating3.6 out of 5


If we talk about its genre, basically it is a fiction book of science, fantasy, and also young adult. The word Sterkarm is a Danish translation of the surname Armstrong.

The author delivered a decent sense of sights and textures of 16th-century country life among Sterkarm who was known as cattle rustlers, thieves, and murderers by the people. They often troubled people by robbing their baggage.

An anthropological student named Andrea time-traveled to the 16th century and she met those groups of people. She faced many odd situations but finally, she handled them with her wisdom. One remark of this book is that it is the best time-travel book at that time.

6.Time and Again

AuthorJack Finney
Rating4.3 out of 5


Time and Again basically is a novel under science and fantasy fiction. The main character is a young man called Simon Morley, He’s an artist who used to make sketches. Morley wanted his life as he imagined in his dream. He believed in hardworking, struggling, and wanted to create new opportunities for others.

Once a US army major came to him and asked him to join their project. He was surprised by that project when they told him to travel back to 1882. In the beginning, Simon denied this trip but later on, he accepted it.

In this book, you came to know how Simon traveled in the past and altered some of the things that made a heavy loss in his time period. 

7.The Book of Kells

AuthorR. A. MacAvoy
Rating3.5 out of 5


This comes in the list of top time-travel books. The book of Kells generally is adventure, historical, fantasy fiction. Although it was written in 1985 it had no lack of technical knowledge. The author uses many new technical terms that match this era.  

If we talk about its style, it is written in a very insightful manner, well-structured design. You could simply engage with the author by this book and you could directly understand his point of view about time travel.

8. Time Loves a Hero

AuthorAllen Steele
Rating4.0 out of 5


This lucid book consists of a story of a pilot who traveled back to 1937 from his time period with his team. The purpose of this journey was to witness the Hindenberg Zeppelin disaster.

Hindenburg Zeppelin was a large German commercial passenger-carrying rigid airship that was crashed after it lands and everyone has disembarked, instead of while it was still in the air.

The author explained a decent overview of time-traveling. And also discussed the time-traveling journey with interesting facts.

9.The Far Arena

AuthorRichard Sapir
Rating4.3 out of 5


The Far Arena is a book under science fiction, historical fiction, thriller, and also fantasy fiction.

The story of this book is moving around Lew McCardle who was a geologist. When he was running a test drill, the machine accidentally unwraps the body of a man who was frozen.

Lew immediately called his friend, Semyon who was a Soviet scientist. Semyon tried to revive that man and finally, he succeeded.

The frozen man spent the next fifteen days in a deep sleep and murmuring to himself. His murmuring was recorded but no one was able to understand his language.

If you want to know more about it then you can watch the movie Iceman (1984 film),.

10.The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

AuthorClaire North
PublicationApril 8, 2014
Rating4.4 out of 5


It is one of the best time-travel books under science fiction. The main character of this story is Harry August who is Kalachakra.

He is part of a species of humans who live multiple lives. The novel starts out as Harry is at the eleventh hour of his life. When he lies on his deathbed, he saw a young girl who is also a Kalachakra. She tells Harry That the world is about to end and it is getting closure every day.

This novel describes how Harry was born multiple times. For the very first time, Harry was born when his mother became pregnant after she was raped. Her family didn’t support her rather they expelled her from home. She gave birth to Harry in the women-bathroom at the train station.

The second time he was reborn when he left the decision of committing suicide. And thus he lived multiple lives in his single life.


It makes people more capable of thinking. People start thinking about what will happen in the next step in the story. In the context of this incident, there is a mystery at almost every step. Nobody can tell what is going to happen.

To write a story like this, the writer needs to know more about the phenomenon. The author cannot make it so interesting without knowing its basic knowledge.

These are the top 10 best time-travel books of all time. These books are filled with many interesting stories that attract the readers the most. You should read these books for tasting adventurous feelings.

Thanks for being a part of my journey.

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