Questions tagged [time-travel]

For use on questions regarding travel forwards or backwards (or both!) in time. This tag should be used in conjunction with the universe it is found in. Can also be used to signify that the question contains time travel when asking in relation to an identification question: [story-identification], [episode-identification], [character-identification] and [object-identification].

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A Novel About Time Travel Into The Future

So this is what I remember, and it's very specific, but even so I can't seem to track down the novel: a man discovers a portable time travel device that he can carry around with him. He gets caught ...
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Spanish-language comic book story about time-traveling Jewish kids becoming the legendary Adam and Eve?

Around 1992 or 1993, I borrowed a comic-book-format magazine from someone. It was a pretty thick publication (well over 100 pages, I'm thinking; maybe over 200?) and was printed in Spanish. I think I ...
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Astronauts on Europa (moon), time-shift future, gravity, intelligent computer, Aries, 1960s?

I'm looking for the title and artists of a comic about some astronauts (around five I think) doing research/archaeology on (I think) Europa (Jupiter's moon). They're working when one or more of them ...
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A small group of children accidentally time-traveling to the future and learning about everyday life in an utopistic future society

I'm trying to find a science fiction novel about a small group of children accidentally time-traveling to the future and learning about everyday life in an utopistic future society. This is long, so ...
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Science fiction book involving AI augmented humans, a vampire, a colonised planet, a massive living blob, blind human pilots, and more

There's a series of books I read, probably 10 years or more ago, that I just can’t seem to pinpoint. The timelines jump about a lot, so it’s hard to figure out the order, but here are some things I ...
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Short story featuring ice and time distortion

Looking for a short story I read years ago where a man sets out into an icy wasteland, possibly the south pole. He gets turned around, and finds footprints and sees people who he assumes may be there ...
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Looking for a time travel story: choosing between Nazis and Communists, ending with becoming a terrorist

I'm trying to identify an SF short story. I'm pretty sure it was in an anthology. I read it in English and almost certainly before 2000, I would guess that it's fairly old. I only remember parts of ...
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Short story about a future archaeologist finding a gramophone record

Years ago I read a story about an archaeologist - either alien or one incredibly far away in earth's future - finding an old record of some description and speculating about it. They thought it to ...
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Science fiction short story about an old man who builds a time machine to tell his deceased father goodbye before he himself dies

From a Reddit discussion several years ago concerning the most creative use of time travel, a user named punkwalrus posted the following: A short story from a SF&F literary magazine long out of ...
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Story in which time travel has similar effect on society as alternate histories have in Niven's "All the Myriad Ways"

I read this story in an anthology I think in the 1970s or 1980s - in it, the government has (and is known to have) the ability to use time travel to "undo" disasters. The protagonist is a ...
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Time travel pursuit book from about 2005

This was a book I read approx 10 years ago, however it could have been a few years older (battered hard cover library book) but I’m no longer a member of that library. I don’t remember the full story, ...
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Protagonist used a time machine and was "punished" with physical deformities

I encountered this science fiction novel in the early 90s (1998 at the latest) but I only got to read the first few chapters of the novel and I have gone crazy looking for it ever since. The story ...
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Book in 90s/early 00s with time travel/world shifting with two tier society

I'm trying to remember a name of a book or the author that I read in the late 90s/early 00s. I read a lot by the same author, and she seemed to specialise in teen scifi/fantasy with romance. A lot of ...
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Short story about an astronaut who writes to his partner on Earth and tries to warn her of her demise

This was a short story published before 2010, in the magazine Analog I think. The premise was that a male astronaut sends messages to his female partner back on Earth. She writes to him too. But ...
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short story about a railroad and a steam engine in medieval times

In the early 70's I read this short story in an anthology. A time patrol team must inquire about a railroad in the medieval English countryside. It turns out that a local blacksmith did invent a ...
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60s (or earlier) short story about a time portal back to the Crusades

It was probably about 40 or 50 years ago when I read an absolutely riveting short story (possibly in a Gollancz sci-fi anthology) about a man who has a strange time portal open up near the ceiling in ...
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Book with time machine device size of a phone and limited number of operations

In 2002, I read a book about a preteen or teen who somehow found a kind of time machine device. It was just kind of the size of a phone, and in the book I believe it was described as something like ...
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Identify story about time-travelling assassin that can kill by touching people

Please help me identify a short story about a time-travelling assassin. His time machine is a car. He gets assignments over the car radio from "The Oracle." His 2 henchmen are named Chubb and ...
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A Story about humanity in a deadlocked nuclear war

Can't remember all of the details, but it was a comic book story about Earth in a future war having reached a stalemate and there was a time machine involved. I vividly recall the ending, which had a ...
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Story about an increasingly shorter "Groundhog Day"

In an entry for the "A Fate Worse than Death" trope from TV Tropes is written: There was a short story in one of the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction anthologies of the 1980s about a ...
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Time-travel novel with a timeship and a character who fights himself

I have a strong memory of a scene in a time-travel book without remembering many other details. The main character is trying to accomplish something (I don't recall what, but call it X). In a wooded ...
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Short story about time traveller who brings virus from future

A short story about a time traveller from the future who brings a virus to cull the human race in our present. He muses on previous unsuccessful attempts and why more direct action is needed. He tries ...
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Short story might be called "The Drifter" about a man who falls asleep on a bus in the 1940s and wakes up in the 1980s

I am a librarian hoping to help a patron. The patron believes this science fiction/fantasy story was written in the 1960s by a housewife with four kids. The story might possibly be titled "The Drifter....
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Story about war fought using time manipulation

I'm trying to identify a story about a conflict fought using time manipulation. One detail I think I remember correctly is about trapping some kind of a leader or general in a sphere altering time ...
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80s/90s children's sci-fi novel where children play a game where they are insects

It's a science fiction and maybe horror book for kids written in either the 80s or 90s. I'm fairly certain it's part of a series with different authours for each book. I’m also fairly certain that the ...
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Time travel story about a bullied girl who travels to dancehall/ballroom and meets her relative

I'm trying to find a story that was either a stand alone novel or a short story in a scary story anthology for young adults. What I remember from the story is that the girl came from a poor family ...
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Book about Benjamin Franklin in the modern day

This relatively short book (novella, maybe) may more properly be considered a political essay. However, it does include bringing Benjamin Franklin forward in time to explain the reasons for why ...
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Story with joke telling time traveller

I can't remember where I read this prose story, but in it there are super heroes. One of the super heroes can travel backward in time, but experiences all of the time that they travel through (so ...
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Looking for a short story my father read years ago-curved part of space and goes back in time

A lookout ship hits curved space and gets transported back in time. It flies back to Earth and tries to call in but no one answers. He lands out in western USA somewhere and finds work. The guy is ...
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Einstein "quantum leaps" into young Japanese girl

I recall a short story I read in the 80's or 90's (might be older than that). The premise is that Albert Einstein (pretty sure it was him, might've been another scientist associated with the ...
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Man falls through time in giant worms that connect past and future

Looking for a fiction story, probably YA, about a man who fell through time down the time worms in the story. It almost killed him, and he slowly kills himself with vicious alcohol of sorts that ...
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Short story about a scientist convinced aliens steal extra time from our days, develops a split personality after trying to check it

I once read a short story about some scientist who was convinced that there were aliens/creatures stealing time from the day (so basically there are actually 25 hours in a day but the aliens steal one ...
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Short story where man removes food from spaceship because of cheating wife

The plot is basically a short story where a maintenance guy figures out his wife is cheating on him and removes the food from a spaceship and it’s not realized until after launch.
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What was this story about an antagonist being trapped in a time loop, repeating his death endlessly?

Ok, so what I remember is a fight on a spaceship that results in the antagonist being trapped, onboard, in a time loop that endlessly repeats the ship exploding. He dies over and over again while the ...
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60s (or earlier) book with elevator-like time travel, a sentient planet in the future and a blockage of time by aliens from gas giants

I read this book in the 70s and was quite an old book then maybe 60s or earlier. I have read The End of Eternity but there were similarities but the male female main characters were more naive. Time ...
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Book about a time traveler called The Man

The book has about 10 years of research before being printed. It's by an American author. The book encapsulates some bible stories intertwined with fiction. It starts with The Man being brought to a ...
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Looking for the title of about time/space and astrophysics

Looking for the title of a book for young kids (8-13). The premise of the books is: a "supreme" race that generates planets and is in charge of organizing the cosmos. The leader has several offsprings ...
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What's this horror novel: Witchcraft, time warp, sex with the devil

At first this was structured a bit like a romance novel. (All character names are speculative at best, probably wrong.) Our heroine, Kate (maybe a redhead), has just met and married a rich young man (...
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What happens if a person dies while using Helena G. Wells' time machine?

In the Warehouse 13 universe, Helena G.Wells' "Time Machine" works by creating a mental link to a person in the past. What would happen if the person whose body the user hijacks (for 22 hours and 19 ...
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Name of a fantasy/science fiction romance book about human female and humanoid lion

I am looking for a book where the female hero is kinda depressed about life. I think she recently had a breakup or so, so she was unhappy with the contemporary male species. She gave a weird Chinese ...
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First use of backwards time travel in fiction?

The First use of time travel in fiction question resulted in forwards time-travel as the accepted answer. So now I'm wondering about backwards time travel. This answer from that question, which I ...
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Comic book with time machine inventor murdered by his own assistant

This story was from a comic book I read somewhere around the mid-'60s. It was a normal-sized thin comic book, not one of the thicker "special issue" types. I believe it had several ...
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Book about a boy who goes back in time from his kitchen and becomes an apprentice under a famous painter

I read a book in 2000-2002. It starts off with a boy sitting in a kitchen while his mom leaves for a date. He watches TV and is somehow transported through time, each time he goes back further, until ...
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Children's picture puzzle book, got a kid trying to avoid traps from dying

I remember reading this book in the 3rd grade or something, and it had a kid going back through time or going through dimensions. He's trying to go back to his Grandfather or uncle's house, and the ...
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Story about a medieval railroad built by a blacksmith involving time travel

I am looking for the title/author of a short story I read in the 70's. It dealt with a railroad built and operated by a blacksmith and his daughter. A time patrol is sent there to investigate whether ...
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Looking for a sci-fi book that involves Mankind's very last Starship

The ship was crewed by an AI and carried the "hero" thru time to battle Orbs of energy that turned out to be what Man had evolved into. I believe the book was written before Star Wars came out and ...
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Looking for a book about psychology grad students time-traveling

Many years ago I read a book about grad students who time travel - sort of - by inhabiting the minds of people in the past. If I remember correctly, there are scenes involving either Queen Victoria or ...
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SF Lost Short Story. Time Travel, Anti-Specialisation

This was a very short story, involving a Scientist who invents a Time Machine. He invites his friend/colleague and family on a trip through time. They both wish to leave their present due to due to ...
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Post apocalyptic world, American pilot travels time with 2 other pilots and wants to find them

I don't remember names, but there is an American pilot flying along with two other jets when the bombs drop. They are somehow transferred into the future, many years after the bombs. He then sets ...
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A book about a submarine crew getting lost, and emerging in an alien world with human-like beings

I recall reading this book, maybe ten years ago and LOVING it, but can't remember the name, the author, or even when I read it. I remember vague details — but the details are foggy — so I may have ...
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