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Bklyn BookMatch: Time Travel Adventures

Time travel adventures exploring the possibilities and dangers of past and present, historical and potential. This list was created by a librarian with the Brooklyn Public Library for a reader. Would you like your own personalized list of reading suggestions? Visit Bklyn BookMatch here: bklynlibrary.org/bookmatch

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Doomsday book

Willis, Connie. |

Oxford, 2048: time travel is a tool for historical research in Willis’s Nebula Award-winning blend of historical fiction and sci-fi. When medieval-history undergrad Kivrin Engle travels to 14th-century England, she realizes the dream of her lifetime, but years of preparation haven’t prepared her for the reality: she can’t even understand the language. Moreover, a programmer’s error has stranded her twenty years later than intended, just in time for England’s outbreak of the bubonic plague.

Invictus

Graudin, Ryan, author. |

Time flies when you're plundering history. Farway Gaius McCarthy was born outside of time. The son of a time-traveling Recorder from 2354 AD and a gladiator living in Rome in 95 AD, Far's birth defies the laws of nature. Exploring history himself is all he's ever wanted, and after failing his final time-traveling exam, Far takes a position commanding a ship with a crew of his friends as part of a black market operation to steal valuables from the past. But during a heist on the sinking Titanic, Far meets a mysterious girl who always seems to be one step ahead of him. Armed with knowledge that will bring Far's very existence into question, she will lead Far and his team on a race through time to discover a frightening truth: History is not as steady as it seems. In this heart-stopping adventure, Ryan Graudin has created a fast-paced world that defies time and space.

Blackout

Willis, Connie. |

When a time-travel lab suddenly cancels assignments for no apparent reason and switches around everyone's schedules, time-traveling historians Michael, Merope, and Polly find themselves in World War II, facing air raids, blackouts, unexploded bombs, dive-bombing Stukas, rationing, shrapnel, V-1s, and two of the most incorrigible children in all of history--to say nothing of a growing feeling that not only their assignments but the war and history itself are spiraling out of control. When you read this, make sure you have the sequel, All Clear, ready to read next, because it ends on a huge cliffhanger.

All clear

Willis, Connie. |

Continues where the intense cliffhanger of Blackout left off. When three Oxford historians become unexpectedly trapped in 1940, they struggle not only to find their way home but to survive as Hitler's bombers attempt to pummel London into submission. Meanwhile, in 2060 Oxford, the historians' supervisor and seventeen-year-old Colin Templer are engaged in a frantic and seemingly impossible struggle to find them.

Just one damned thing after another

Taylor, Jodi, author. |

Madeline "Max" Maxwell has stumbled on the dream of a lifetime: a career as a time-traveling historian with St. Mary's Institute of Historical Research. The researchers are under strict orders to observe only--no interaction with the locals is allowed. Or at least, that's the plan. But as Max learns in the start of this zany, suspenseful adventure series, nothing ever goes according to plan.

The best time travel stories of the 20th century

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H.G. Wells's seminal short story "The Time Machine," published in 1895, provided the springboard for modern science fiction's time travel explosion. Responding to their own fascination with the subject, the greatest visionary writers of the twentieth century penned some of their finest stories.This collection includes stories from a wide range of authors, from Arthur C. Clarke to Theodore Sturgeon to Ursula K. LeGuin and many more.