List of time travel science fiction

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Time travel is a common element of fiction, depicted in a variety of media.

Time travel in novels and short stories[edit]

Time travel is a recurrent theme in science fiction literature. Thousands of books incorporate time travel. Below are examples of texts that are repeatedly recognized as works of science fiction (as the genre has been defined in this article) that integrate time travel.

DateTitleAuthorDescription
1733Memoirs of the Twentieth CenturySamuel MaddenA guardian angel travels to 1728 with letters from 1997 and '98.
1838Missing One's Coach: An AnachronismAnonymous Dublin University MagazineTraveler picked up by a stagecoach but is suddenly transported back over a thousand years.
1843A Christmas CarolCharles DickensGhosts accompany Scrooge into the past to show him his life, then to the future to show the consequences of his heartlessness if he does not change his ways.
1861Paris Before MenPierre BoitardMagic of a "lame demon" allows main character to interact with prehistoric life.
1881The Clock That Went BackwardEdward Page MitchellA clock that has the power to take people back in time.
1887El AnacronopeteEnrique Gaspar y RimbauFirst to introduce a time machine, originally written as a zarzuela in 1881, released as a novel in 1887.
1887Looking Backward: 2000-1887Edward BellamyJulian West towards the end of the 19th century, falls into a deep, hypnosis-induced sleep and wakes up 113 years later.
1888A Dream of John BallWilliam MorrisDescribes a time travel encounter between the medieval and modern worlds.
1888"The Chronic Argonauts"H. G. WellsInventor takes another with him in a time machine, before deciding to leave for a time where he will fit in more.
1889Sylvie and BrunoLewis CarrollA watch that not only indicated the time, but actually determined it "instead of its going with the time, time goes with it".
1889A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's CourtMark Twain19th century citizen goes to King Arthur's time (528 AD).
1891Tourmalin's Time ChequesThomas A. GutherieTime travel and the paradoxes that can result from it.
1892Golf in the Year 2000J. McCulloughA man falls asleep in 1892 and wakes up in the year 2000. Noted for its accurate predictions of the year 2000.
1895The Time MachineH. G. WellsInventor creates a time machine and travels to the year 802,701 A.D., where he finds humanity have evolved into two races, Morlocks and Eloi.
1919Enoch SoamesMax BeerbohmEnoch is transported 100 years into the future (1997) to see if he became a great writer or not – a Faustian-like pact with the Devil is involved.
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Armageddon 2419 A.D.Philip Francis NowlanAnthony Rogers is transported to the year 2419 by a strange cave gas. Later became the comic strip Buck Rogers.
1936Burnt NortonT. S. EliotBegins with "Time present and time past// Are both perhaps present in time future..."
1939A Traveller in TimeAlison UttleyChild goes back into Derbyshire of the Babbington Plot and Mary, Queen Of Scots.
1941By His BootstrapsRobert A. HeinleinCircular paradox-character is brought to the future where he later operates a time machine to bring himself to the future.
1942All-Star Comics #10Justice Society of America use a time ray to travel 500 years into the future and get an effective bombing defence to protect America.
1946Vintage Season"Lawrence O'Donnell" (joint pseudonym of C. L. Moore and Henry KuttnerTime travellers from the future experience wonderful seasons and spectacular events in the past.
1947All-Star Comics #35Villain Per Degaton murders a scientist who has invented a time machine and tries to use it to change history, causing modern technology from the Present, meaning he can then conquer America with technology protected from the effects.
1950Pebble in the SkyIsaac AsimovA retired tailor from the mid-20th Century is accidentally pitched forward into the future.
1951The GauntletRonald WelchAfter putting on a gauntlet, a boy finds himself transported back to Wales in 1326.
1952"A Sound of Thunder"Ray BradburyChanges in the past affect the future; part of the genealogy of the term Butterfly effect.
1953Bring the JubileeWard MooreA time traveller from an alternate reality appears at the Battle of Gettysburg and alters his own future into ours.
1954"Experiment"Fredric BrownAn experiment involving the time travel of a small brass cube results in disaster.[1]
1955The End of EternityIsaac AsimovTime guardians carry out strategic actions, called Reality Changes, in order to minimize human suffering as integrated over the whole of (future) human history.
1955"The Discovery of Morniel Mathaway"William TennHistorian returns to mid-20th century to study artist whose works he finds himself having to create, so the past is a product of the future's interest in the past.
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Time Patrol, plus 10 othersPoul AndersonSeries of 11 novels related to the Time Patrol, an organization which protects the past.
1956"Extempore"Damon KnightMan learns how to travel through time.
1956Pawley's PeepholesJohn WyndhamTime travellers from the future disrupt life in a small town by treating it as a quaint place for sightseeing.
1956The Stars My DestinationAlfred BesterIn a future in which self-teleportation is common, Gully Foyle discovers how to teleport himself through time as well.
1957Wythnos yng Nghymru Fydd (A Week in the Wales of the Future)Islwyn Ffowc ElisA novel in the Welsh language, in which the narrator travels to Wales on two occasions in the year 2033 and encounters contrasting future scenarios each time.
1957The Door into SummerRobert A. HeinleinAfter thirty years trapped in suspended animation, a man uses a time machine to go back and exact revenge on his friend and fiancée for stealing his business.
1957"The Last Word"Damon KnightTale of Armageddon and the Devil.
1957"Soldier From Tomorrow"Harlan EllisonA soldier comes back from the future to warn against the path toward global conflict.
1957Double IndemnityRobert SheckleyEverett Barthold travels through time to find an ancestor lookalike who can be used to defraud an insurance company.
1958"The Men Who Murdered Mohammed"Alfred BesterComedy in which a professor travels back in time to kill someone by killing their grandparent, but the results confound him. Explores many time travel scenarios in a short story format.
1959"—All You Zombies—"Robert A. HeinleinCircular paradox – the hero is both his own mother and his own father; in addition he manipulates his younger self using a time machine to make his own birth happen.
1959The Day We Explored the FutureDonald KeithBoy Scouts find an abandoned time machine and visit the year 4000 AD. (First of a 23-story Time Machine series appearing 1959–1989 in Boys' Life.)
1960The Weirdstone of BrisingamenAlan GarnerColin and Susan go back in time in the caves of Alderley Edge in Cheshire – crystal bracelet, magic great wolf included.
1961Danny Dunn, Time TravelerRaymond Abrashkin and Jay WilliamsA couple of teenagers use their professor's time machine to study the history of the US.
1962Fantastic Four vol 1 No. 19Stan Lee and Jack KirbyThe Fantastic Four travel to Ancient Egypt, and meet Pharaoh Rama-Tut, who is really another time traveller, from the 31st century. First appearance of Marvel Comics time-travelling villain Kang.
1963The Other End of the LineWalter TevisGeorge Bletzo mistakenly calls his own phone number and talks to himself a few months into the future. Predestination in play.
1964Time TunnelMurray LeinsterLarge immobile masses of iron in the earth's crust enable two-way travel between two points in the planet's history.
1963–presentDoctor Whovarious authorsMore than 530 original novels and novelisations based on the popular TV show.
1965The Ship that Sailed the Time StreamG. C. EdmondsonEnsign Joe Rate, "captain of a wooden ship in a predominantly atomic navy", is transported, with his ship and crew, first back to the time of the Vikings, then to the time of the Romans.
1966The Green Bronze MirrorLynne EllisonTeenage girl finds ancient mirror buried in sand, looks into it, is transported back in time to the Roman Empire – where she is mistaken for a runaway slave.
1966The Man From WhenDannie PlachtaA man inadvertently destroys the world in order to travel back eighteen minutes in time.
1968Hawksbill StationRobert SilverbergA time machine is used by an oppressive government for deporting political prisoners a billion years in the past, to the Pre-Cambrian era.
1969Slaughterhouse-FiveKurt VonnegutA man is randomly traveling through time in his life jumping from one event to another in no particular order.
1969Up the LineRobert SilverbergTime travel as guided tours to past historical events.
1969The House on the StrandDaphne du MaurierDrug-induced trip back to 14th century Cornish Village.
1969Behold the ManMichael MoorcockA man travels in a time machine to 28 AD, hoping to meet the historical Jesus.
1970ChronoculesD. G. ComptonA millionaire establishes a research village to experiment with time travel.
1970Time and AgainJack FinneyUses hypnosis to travel through time.
1970The Year of the Quiet SunWilson TuckerThe government uses a forward-traveling time machine to survey the future and adjust its policies accordingly.
1972Time's Last GiftPhilip José FarmerFour scientists/anthropologists travel from 2070 A.D. to 12,000 B.C.
1973Time Enough for LoveRobert A. HeinleinLazarus Long travels in time to 1916 and falls in love with his own mother.
1973The Man Who Folded HimselfDavid GerroldMain character receives a belt that allows him to travel through time. Complications ensue.
1973Crusade in JeansThea BeckmanRudolf Hefting is a fourteen year-old who volunteers for an experiment with a time machine. The experiment goes well, but he ends up accidentally stranded in the 13th century. He saves the life of Leonardo Fibonacci, without realizing who he is, and together they join the German Children's Crusade, where he aids the children and manages to save most of the children from horrible fates with the aid of his twentieth-century knowledge and a couple of items from the future (such as a box of matches).
1975Bid Time ReturnRichard MathesonA young man sees an old photograph of a woman, and through hypnosis travels back in time from 1980 to 1912 to meet her. Basis of the 1980 film Somewhere in Time.
1976"An Infinite Summer"Christopher PriestTime travelers from the future journey through the 20th century and use a device to "freeze" small groups of people into "tableaux" which they find interesting. The people in each tableau then become invisible and permeable to others, until the effect wears off, sometimes after many years.
1977Time StormGordon R. DicksonA cosmic anomaly sweeps the Earth, subdividing the surface into irregular zones whose "present" is a randomly determined historical period of the past or future, which changes at irregular intervals. One man attempting to rescue his ex-wife accumulates a group of refugees from throughout history.
1977Rotating Cylinders and the Possibility of Global Causality ViolationLarry NivenA half-finished Tipler cylinder is discovered by a future human explorer. When the leader decides to complete it, his civilization is destroyed by a nova.
1978"The Very Slow Time Machine"Ian WatsonAn enigmatic traveler from the future, in a time vessel which cannot be breached, baffles scientists in his past. (His messages include: "you must travel through time by an equal amount of accumulate hindward potential...")
1979Time After TimeKarl AlexanderH. G. Wells builds a time machine, which is stolen by Jack the Ripper so he can escape the authorities and continue his killing spree in the future.
1979Morlock NightK. W. JeterWhat happened when H. G. Wells' time machine returned from the future.
1979Closing the TimelidOrson Scott CardA man uses time travel to experience the sensation of death.
1980TimescapeGregory BenfordUse of tachyons to warn scientists of the past about an upcoming disaster.
1980Thrice Upon a TimeJames P. HoganMessages are sent back through time which delete the timeline in which it exists.
1980A Rebel in TimeHarry HarrisonTime machine misuse. U.S. Government aids the Confederacy with submachine guns.
1980KindredOctavia ButlerDana, an African American woman, is inexplicably transported from 1976 Los Angeles to early 19th century Maryland. She meets her ancestors: Rufus, a white slave holder, and Alice, an African-American woman who was born free but forced into slavery later in life.
1980The Restaurant at the End of the UniverseDouglas AdamsMilliways is frozen in the last moment of the universe before it succumbs to final entropy, requiring time travel to reach it. Menu prices are astronomical, but patrons are advised to deposit a penny in a bank account now. By the time a patron reaches the final moment of history, compound interest will have transformed the penny into a fortune large enough to pay the bill.
1980The Man Who Loved MorlocksDavid J. LakeH. G. Wells' time traveller confronts the Morlocks again, this time equipped with a camera and revolver.
1981The Many-Colored Land, first book of the Saga of the Pliocene Exile seriesJulian MayTime travellers from the late 21st/early 22nd century go through a one-way time portal to the Earth's Pliocene period, already controlled by humanoid extraterrestrials.
1982Life, the Universe and EverythingDouglas AdamsTime travel paradoxes form the basis of broad comedy, as in the case of the ancient poet Lallafa.
1983MillenniumJohn VarleyIn the far distant future, a time-travel team snatches the passengers of a plane collision, leaving prefabricated bodies behind for the rescue teams to find. Basis of the 1989 film.
1983The Anubis GatesTim PowersIn 1983, a millionaire discovers time-travel gates and organizes a trip to the past to attend a lecture by Samuel Taylor Coleridge in 1810. A professor hired by the millionaire is trapped in 19th-century London.
1984"The Toynbee Convector"Ray BradburyA stagnating civilization of the 1980s is revitalized when a man produces evidence of a future utopia, apparently obtained through time travel. Mankind is inspired by the evidence to actually achieve this utopia.
1984"The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension"W. D. RichterThe Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension!, often shortened to Buckaroo Banzai, is a 1984 American science fiction film. Which concerns the efforts of the multi-talented Dr. Buckaroo Banzai, a physicist, neurosurgeon, test pilot, and rock musician, to save the world by defeating a band of inter-dimensional aliens called Red Lectroids from Planet 10.
1985Professor Rondi's Time MachineSatyajit RayProfessor Shonku is invited by Professor Rondi to his residence in Milan for a demonstration of a time machine that Rondi has reportedly discovered. As Shonku accepts the invite, he is also disturbed learning the news of murder of another scientist Professor Klaiber at his residence in Cologne, Germany, who, Shonku knew, was also working on the time machine. At Rondi's residence Shonku helps out Rondi to fix some error in his machine and also develops a hunch that Rondi could have been the evasive murderer of Klaiber. With help of Enrico, Rondi's assistant, Shonku does a time travel to Cologne using Rondi's machine in his absence, and finds incriminating evidence against Rondi, and finally gets him caught by the local police.
1985"The Proteus Operation"James P. HoganIn a world dominated by a victorious Third Reich, the besieged forces of freedom mount a covert military mission back to 1939 in a desperate attempt to alter the outcome of World War II.
1985Star Trek: IshmaelBarbara HamblySpock is aboard a Klingon ship when it travels back in time to Seattle in 1867. He discovers a Klingon plot to destroy the United Federation of Planets by assassinating an ancestor of his mother, a prominent local businessman who will later be instrumental in repelling an invasion by the alien Karsids.
1986Highway of EternityClifford D. SimakPeople from the future run to the past to avoid the fate of being forced into a non-corporeal form.
1986Running Against TimeStanley ShapiroIn an effort to prevent the Vietnam War, a man travels back in time to prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
1987A Tale of Time CityDiana Wynne JonesA girl, Vivian Smith, is kidnapped while being evacuated from London during World War II, and is caught up in a struggle to preserve history.
1988ReplayKen GrimwoodA man in 1988 suffers a heart attack and finds himself back in his life in 1963.
1988"Ripples in the Dirac Sea"Geoffrey A. LandisA man inventing a time machine using Dirac's theories of negative energy travels to the 1960s and discovers he can participate in the past, but not change it (Nebula Award 1989).
1988LightningDean KoontzA time traveler from Nazi Germany interferes with the life of a young woman in his future.
1989HyperionDan SimmonsA great warrior, the Shrike, is sent from the future for an unknown reason. Main characters will travel through time in a very complex timeline.
1990Four Past Midnight: "The Langoliers"Stephen KingAn airplane accidentally flies through a rip in space/time and appears in the "used time" of yesterday, in which dreadful "Langoliers" eat the past.
1992The Guns of the SouthHarry TurtledoveDuring American Civil War, South African white supremacists give the Confederacy AK-47s.
1992From Time to TimeJack FinneyUse of hypnosis to travel through time.
1992Doomsday BookConnie WillisTravel through time from 2048 to 14th century, constrained by automatic avoidance of paradoxes.
1992OutlanderDiana GabaldonTravel through time from the 1940s to 1740s. Woman time travels through standing stones in Scotland.
1992Dragonfly in AmberDiana GabaldonTime-travel romance, the second of a trilogy (after Outlander, 1991). 1960s to 18th century.
1993VoyagerDiana GabaldonTime-travel romance, the third of the Outlander series. Time travel from the 20th century to 18th century.
1993The Cross Time EngineerLeo FrankowskiA 20th century Polish engineer is transported back to 13th century Poland ten years before the Mongol invasion.
1995The Hundred-Light-Year-DiaryGreg EganAfter the invention of a method for sending messages back in time, history of the future becomes common knowledge, and every person knows their own fate.
1995The Time ShipsStephen BaxterAuthorised sequel to H. G. Wells' The Time Machine.
1996Drums of AutumnDiana GabaldonTime-travel romance, the fourth of the Outlander series. Time travel from the 20th century to 18th century.
1996TimequakeKurt VonnegutPeople in 2001 are transported back to 1991 to relive their lives.
1996The Dechronization of Sam MagruderGeorge Gaylord SimpsonA scientist working in the year 2162 is thrown back in time 80 million years to the Jurassic period.
1996Pastwatch: The Redemption of Christopher ColumbusOrson Scott CardResearchers look back in time to see Christopher Columbus's arrival in the New World in order to save the world from ecological disaster.
1996AnimorphsK. A. ApplegateIn book 11, the Animorphs and Visser 3 are sent back a few hours to the Amazon by a Saurio Rip, with the plot used again in Altermorph 1. The same concept is uses to sent the animorphs back to time to 65 million B.C. in Megamorph 2. In the Andalite Chronicles, Elfangor discovers a technology known as the Time Matrix, seen again in Megamorph 3.
1996"The Devil on the Road"Robert WestallA young motorbiker takes shelter in a barn in Suffolk during a storm and is transported back to the 17th century at the time of the English Civil War.
1997In the Garden of IdenKage BakerThis is the first book of Baker's The Company series, all of which involve time travel.
1997Making HistoryStephen FryTwo men in the present attempt to prevent the birth of Adolf Hitler.
1997To Say Nothing of the DogConnie WillisA comedy in which time travelers from 2048 travel back to the 19th century in order to find an artifact for a dictatorial wealthy woman; adventures occur in The Blitz and other occasions.
1997Corrupting Dr. NiceJohn KesselModeled on 1930s screwball comedies; set in Cretaceous, 40 AD Jerusalem and 2060 AD. Features a scene with a dinosaur in a hotel room.
1998The Transall SagaGary PaulsenA boy gets transported to a weird world by a blue light, only to discover that it is the dark future of planet Earth.
1998Island in the Sea of TimeS. M. StirlingNantucket is transported 3000 years back in time because of a space disturbance.
1999King of ShadowsSusan CooperA modern day boy switches places with a Shakespearean actor who needs to be cured by modern medicine so as to return to his own age and help Shakespeare to greater success on the stage.
1999All of an InstantRichard GarfinklePeople from three atemporal time tribes must unite to save the crystallization and fracturing of all of history.
1999TimelineMichael CrichtonHistorians travel to and become stuck in the Middle Ages.
1999Harry Potter and the Prisoner of AzkabanJ. K. RowlingHogwarts student Hermione Granger acquires a Time-Turner, a magical necklace that allows her to travel back in time on a daily basis in order to take an unusually large courseload. The device is later used to manipulate the events of a single night to aid a wrongly accused convict's escape.
2000The Light of Other DaysArthur C. Clarke, Stephen BaxterWormhole-based "time viewer" can observe people and events from any point throughout time and space.
20001632Eric FlintWest-Virginian town is taken back to the Thirty Years' War in Germany and gives them insight to the future.
2001The Fiery CrossDiana GabaldonTime-travel romance, the fifth of the Outlander series. Time travel from the 20th century to 18th century.
2001The ChronolithsRobert Charles WilsonMonuments from the future appear in the early 21st century, precipitating a global political collapse.
2001Thief of TimeTerry PratchettUnfreezing and freezing of time using a small mechanism.
2001ParatimeH. Beam PiperShorts stories of lateral time movement and alternate universes.
2002MeridianJohn SchettlerForeWord Magazine Silver Medal Winner for Sci-fi Book of The Year, 2002. The first ever experiment in time travel sets off a "Time War" where opposing sides struggle to alter key events on the Meridians of Time. Five book series: Meridian, Nexus Point, Touchstone, Anvil of Fate, Golem 7.
2002Night WatchTerry PratchettCharacter interacts with a younger version of himself.
2002Counting Up, Counting DownHarry TurtledoveTime travel with the twin perspectives of a man who travels back in time for relationship stability.
2002GuardianJoe HaldemanBorn in 1858, Rosa journeys from the Civil War South to the Northeast, marries a villainous husband, and flees with their 14-year-old boy Daniel for the Klondike Gold Rush, all before learning that the talking, shapeshifting raven she sometimes encounters is a Guardian. Raven allows her to journey through space and time, then restores her to her "present" in 1898, now an adjacent universe, with comic and romantic results.
2002Thief!Malorie BlackmanA huge storm traps a girl who is accused of being a thief and takes her into the future.
2002Kaleidoscope CenturyJohn BarnesTakes place on Mars. A man has a virus that puts him to sleep every 15 years and he wakes 10 younger.
2002The Eyre AffairJasper FfordeSleuth Thursday Next gets caught in overlapping vortices of time and alternate reality as a villain tries to eradicate a literary classic.
2003-ongoingHaruhi SuzumiyaNagaru TanigawaTwo characters, Mikuru Asahina and Fujiwara, are time travelers from the future and many parts of the storyline involve time traveling.
2003The Time Traveler's WifeAudrey NiffeneggerMan with a rare genetic disorder unpredictably travels in time, living his life out of sequence.
2004Axis of TimeJohn BirminghamA naval task force from 2021 is accidentally sent back to the Battle of Midway.
2004The Spark of God (orig. title: L'Éclat de Dieu)Romain SardouDescribes the First Crusade and the beginning of the Knights Templar in the future.
2004Pen PalLou AntonelliLoops in a man's life told through a narrative that goes from future to present.
2004–2005Warcraft: War of the Ancients TrilogyRichard A. KnaakA human, a dragon and an orc travel back in time to help save Azeroth from the Burning Legion.
2005A Breath of Snow and AshesDiana GabaldonTime-travel romance, the sixth of the Outlander series. Time travel from the 20th century to 18th century.
2005MammothJohn VarleyMultibillionaire clones a mammoth and sends it back in time.
2006SojournJana G. OliverA Time Rover from 2057 returns to 1888 London in search of a missing time tourist, only to be caught in the Jack the Ripper murders and the history-changing plots of a mysterious group of shape-shifters called Transitives.
2006The Plot to Save SocratesPaul LevinsonTime travelers from 2042 try to prevent Socrates from consuming hemlock.
2006Artemis Fowl: The Lost ColonyEoin ColferFifth book in the Artemis Fowl series. Artemis must pair up with his old comrade Captain Holly Short to track down the missing demon, before the spell that holds a demon island, Hybras, in limbo dissolves completely and the lost demon colony returns violently to Earth. Artemis also ends up saving Holly by manipulating time.
2007Rant: An Oral Biography of Buster CaseyChuck PalahniukCharacters participate in "Party Crashing" which can, under certain conditions, cause time travel.
2007Meet The RobinsonsSteve AndersonPrincipal character meets his future son and then travels to the future to meet his family.
2007The Accidental Time MachineJoe HaldemanA research assistant at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology accidentally creates a forward-traveling time machine. Each leap forward in time, which he takes to get out of trouble, lands him each time in deeper trouble.
2007The Lifehouse TrilogySpider Robinson3 books (Mindkiller (1982), Time Pressure (1988), LifeHouse (1997)) chronicle the story of visitors from Earth's future visiting the past to essentially harvest souls.
2007Virtual EvilJana G. OliverA Time Rover from 2057 is sent to 1888 London to find Harter Defoe, the first time traveler who is slowly going insane.
2008Madman's DanceJana G. OliverAbandoned in a Victorian insane asylum, memories erased, a Time Rover from 2057 must find a way to thwart a plot from the future that will remake British history.
2008The Little BookSelden EdwardsThe last heir of a Boston banking family wakes up in Vienna in the time leading up to the Second World War. He meets with his father, grandfather, Sigmund Freud, Mark Twain, Gustav Mahler and others.
2008Artemis Fowl: The Time ParadoxEoin ColferSixth book in the Artemis Fowl series. After Angeline Fowl contracts spelltropy, Artemis travels back in time eight years to when he was ten years old to find a lemur that can help cure his mother. The plot twist in the end of the book creates a circular timeline that started the series.
2008FoundMargaret Peterson HaddixThirteen year olds Jonah and Chip find out that they are missing children from time and go on a journey along with Jonah's sister Katherine to uncover many secrets.
2009An Echo in the BoneDiana GabaldonTime-travel romance, the seventh of the Outlander series. Time travel from the 20th century to 18th century.
2009Ruby Red original title: Rubinrot (German)Kerstin GierA story about a girl, Gwendolyn Shepherd, who can travel in time with a machine, called chronograph.
2009SentMargaret Peterson HaddixJonah, Katherine, Chip and Alex are sent back to 1483 to learn that Chip is actually King Edward V and Alex is his brother Richard, Duke of York.
2010Expiration DateDuane SwierczynskiHardboiled pulp tale of an ex-journalist who discovers pills in his grandfather's medicine cabinet that transport him back in time to the 1970s.
2010SabotagedMargaret Peterson HaddixJonah and Katherine go on yet another mission to return a missing kid named Andrea(really Virginia Dare) to her time in the Roanoke Colony.
2010Blackout and All ClearConnie WillisTime travelers from 2048 go to the London Blitz during World War II to observe and end up being part of it. Novel published in two parts.
2010How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional UniverseCharles YuIn search of his father, a time machine mechanic adventures through time accompanied by TAMMY and his ontologically valid dog, Ed, all while documenting his travels in a manual for future travellers.
2011Time for PatriotsThomas Wm. HamiltonA military academy and some neighbors are sent back to 1770 by a physics experiment gone awry. They get involved with Washington, Franklin, the Bey of Algiers, Mozart, and others. The novel ends a month after the first lunar landing, in 1926.
2011World of Warcraft: Thrall: Twilight of the AspectsChristie GoldenThrall, an orc shaman, travels through time and alternative reality in order to find his inner strength.
201111/22/63Stephen KingA man travels through a time portal to 1958, intending to stop Lee Harvey Oswald from shooting John F. Kennedy.
2011-2013Fairy TailHiro MashimaTwo time travellers : Lucy Heartfilia and Rogue Cheney both use a device called the Eclipse Gate from the Book of Zeref to travel back in time for different purposes.
2012Amber HouseKelly Moore, Tucker Reed, Larkin ReedA teen girl uses psychometry to alter events in the past, changing the present and future.
2012Dinosaurs and Prime NumbersTom MoranComic fantasy which tells the story of Walton Cumberfield, a bumbling time-traveller embarking on a hilarious quest.
2013Captain Underpants and the Revolting Revenge of the Radioactive Robo-BoxersDav PilkeyGeorge Beard and Harold Hutchins, two fourth graders, use a homemade time machine to travel 65 million years into the past.
2014NeverwasKelly Moore, Tucker Reed, Larkin ReedAn unforeseen change in the past necessitates the use of psychic abilities to reset the present and future.
2014Time ShiftersShanna LauffeyAn ancient people who can move through time or space are being apprehended, when no one should have known they existed.
2014The ChronomonautMark C. MalkasianAn astronaut altered history to save his fiancee. It didn't work and chaos awaits his return to 2071. Civilizations everywhere have been altered and it's now a dark and dangerous universe. Those who know what he's done are out to kill him to prevent another voyager. They think if he tries again he'll only make everything in the universe even worse. Will he survive long enough to attempt another voyage to the past to save to woman he loves?

Time travel in science fiction films[edit]

Time travel is a common theme and plot device in science fiction films. Below are examples of science fiction films that incorporate time travel.

YearTitleDirectorDescription
1921A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's CourtEmmett J. FlynnThe first of several film adaptations of Mark Twain's classic.
1930Just ImagineDavid ButlerStarts in 1880, then cuts to 1930, then cuts to a futuristic New York in 1980. A man was struck by lightning in 1930 and wakes up to a 1980 with personal aircraft, vending machines replacing sexual activity, spacecraft to Mars, people with letters-dash-digits based names, pill meals, and government-biased marriages.
1933Berkeley SquareFrank LloydA contemporary man is transported back to 18th century London where he meets his ancestors and falls in love with a woman of the period.
1944Time FliesWalter FordeA music hall performer travels back to Elizabethan times using a time machine.
1949A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's CourtTay GarnettVery loosely based on Mark Twain's story in which a mechanic (Bing Crosby) is knocked out and wakes up in the land of King Arthur.
1957The UndeadRoger CormanA woman is sent back in time via hypnosis to the Middle Ages, where she may be executed by the people of that time on suspicion of being a witch.
1960The Time MachineGeorge PalLoose adaption of H. G. Wells's classic in which a time traveler enters a future where the world is broken up into two classes, the peaceful Eloi and the malevolent masters of the world, the Morlocks.
1962La jetéeChris MarkerThe hero is haunted by a memory from his childhood, which turns out to be himself as an adult. (La jetée inspired the full-length feature 12 Monkeys.)
1964The Time TravelersIb MelchiorA time travel experiment that was supposed to produce a window into different times is actually a portal.
1965Dr. Who and the DaleksGordon FlemyngBased on the BBC TV series. In this, the Doctor is an inventor not an alien. His TARDIS device takes the Doctor and companions to the future of an alien world.
1966Daleks – Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D.Gordon FlemyngBased on the BBC TV series. In this the Doctor is an inventor not an alien. His TARDIS device takes the Doctor and companions to a future London devastated by war.
1967Journey to the Center of TimeDavid L. HewittScientists develop a time machine and travel to the far future and the distant past. A remake of The Time Travelers.
1968Planet of the ApesFranklin J. SchaffnerGeorge Taylor (played by Charlton Heston) travels to a future Earth inhabited by intelligent talking apes.
1970Beneath the Planet of the ApesTed PostAnother astronaut, Brent, travels to the future Earth ruled by apes. His search for Taylor leads to an underground city of nuclear mutants.
1971Escape from the Planet of the ApesDon TaylorThree apes escape Earth's destruction by salvaging and repairing the astronaut Taylor's spaceship and piloting it through a time warp back to 1973.
1972Slaughterhouse-FiveGeorge Roy HillA man travels to various times and places from his life in addition to another planet.
1973Idaho TransferPeter FondaDue to an impending disaster that threatens to destroy mankind, a time machine is built by a group of young scientists to transport themselves into the future to rebuild civilization.
1973Ivan Vasilievich: Back to the FutureLeonid GaidaiEngineer Shurik has invented a time machine in his apartment. By accident, he sends two people back into the time of Ivan IV while the real Ivan IV is sent by the same machine into Shurik's apartment.
1978SupermanRichard DonnerSuperman circles the Earth at tremendous speeds allowing him to travel back in time to just before an earthquake created by Lex Luthor.
1979Time After TimeNicholas MeyerUsing a time machine, Jack the Ripper and H. G. Wells travel from 1893 London to 1979 San Francisco.
1980The Final CountdownDon TaylorA storm at sea transports a nuclear warship back in time from the 1980s to the 1940s.
1980Somewhere in TimeJeannot SzwarcA young man sees an old photograph of a woman, and through hypnosis travels back in time from 1980 to 1912 to meet her. Based on Matheson's 1975 novel "Bid Time Return"
1981Time BanditsTerry GilliamA young boy unwittingly joins a band of dwarves as they travel through time hunting treasure.
1982Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle SwannWilliam DearThe hero travels by means of "time cannons".
1983Twilight Zone: The MovieJohn Landis, Steven Spielberg, Joe Dante and George MillerBig-screen adaptations of three classic episodes from the popular 1950s and 1960s Rod Serling television series, plus a new segment featuring a bigot who is transported into the lives of past victims of racism.
1984The TerminatorJames CameronA cyborg (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is sent back in time from 2029 to 1984 to destroy humanity by killing the future mother of its future savior.
1984The Philadelphia ExperimentStewart RaffillIn 1943, an anti-radar experiment accidentally sends two sailors forward in time to 1984. Nancy Allen and Michael Paré star in this film.
1984Non ci resta che piangereRoberto Benigni and Massimo TroisiThe school janitor Mario (Massimo Troisi) and the teacher Saverio (Roberto Benigni) have an automobile breakdown, decide to spend the night in an inn, and the next morning they awake in the Florence of the 16th century.
1985Back to the FutureRobert ZemeckisTime travel is achieved by means of a flux capacitor installed in a DeLorean DMC12 sports car. Marty McFly intervenes in his parents' first meeting, preventing them from falling in love, and placing his own existence in danger.
1985TrancersCharles BandJack Deth is a kind of cop/bounty hunter in a future dystopic Los Angeles.
1985My Science ProjectJonathan R. BetuelMichael and Ellie break into a military junkyard to find a science project. They find an orb that dangerously bends time and have to stop it to save the world.
1985The Blue YonderMark RossmanAn 11-year-old goes back in time to prevent his grandfather from making a fatal plane flight across the Atlantic. Aired on The Disney Sunday Movie under the name Time Flyer. [2] [3]
1986Peggy Sue Got MarriedFrancis Ford CoppolaPeggy Sue Bodell faints at her high school reunion. When she wakes up, she finds herself in her own past, just before she finished high school.
1986Biggles: Adventures in TimeJohn HoughUnassuming catering salesman Jim Ferguson falls through a time hole to 1917 where he saves the life of dashing Royal Flying Corps pilot James "Biggles" Bigglesworth after his photo recon mission is shot down. Before he can work out what has happened, Jim is zapped back to the 1980s.
1986Star Trek IV: The Voyage HomeLeonard NimoyTo save Earth, Admiral James T. Kirk and his crew travel back to 1986 and retrieve the beings who can communicate with an alien probe (humpback whales).
1986OutlawsNicholas CoreaFive cowboys of the 1880s are sent forward through time 100 years and fight crime.
1986Flight of the NavigatorRandal KleiserIn 1978, a boy winds up 8 years into the future, and discovers an alien spaceship brought him there.
1986Kin-dza-dzaGeorgiy DaneliyaA Russian dystopian comedy. Uncle Vova asks a person from the planet Alpha to move him and Fiddler back in time to save two aliens who got imprisoned because of the main hero's actions.
1987Masters of the UniverseDavid OdellThe villain uses a camcorder-like gadget that shows the past, and an inventor opens up wormholes to other timestreams allowing the heroine (a young Courteney Cox) to save her parents from dying.
1987TimestalkersMichael SchulzA professor who's lost his family finds evidence of a time traveller in Old West memorabilia.
1988The Navigator: A Medieval OdysseyVincent WardMedieval travelers from 14th century England tunnel through Earth and burst into 20th century New Zealand.
1989Field of DreamsPhil Alden RobinsonMajor league baseball players from the early 20th century time travel to the present year of 1989. When Ray Kinsella is in Minnesota searching for former major-leaguer "Moonlight" Graham, he is mysteriously transported from 1989 to 1972 where he encounters Graham as an elderly doctor.
1989Back to the Future Part IIRobert ZemeckisMarty McFly and Doc Brown travel to 2015 to prevent Marty's kids from ruining the McFly family's reputation. Along the way, an old Biff Tannen steals the DeLorean so he can give a sports almanac to himself in 1955, and win millions of dollars gambling. This creates a hellish alternate timeline that it's up to Marty and the Doc to correct.
1989Bill & Ted's Excellent AdventureStephen HerekTwo teenagers (Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves) will not graduate from high school unless they pull an "A" on their history project. A time traveler (George Carlin) visits them to help because their success on this report is vital as it ensures they will stay together to create a Utopian future. As Bill & Ted travel through time, they encounter historical figures including Socrates, Joan of Arc, and Billy the Kid.
1989MillenniumMichael AndersonTime travelers from the far future steal people already destined to die, such as in plane crashes, in order to restock humankind in their own desolate future. Based on the 1983 John Varley novel.
1989WarlockSteve MinerA warlock in the 17th century who has been sentenced to death for witch craft is transported to the 20th century, followed by a witch hunter who must stop the warlock finding the Grand Grimoire.
1990Frankenstein UnboundRoger CormanA scientist creates a weapon that causes your enemy to disappear but has a side effect of causing shifts in time. The scientist is transported back in time to 1817 and he meets Doctor Frankenstein and his monster as well as Mary Shelley, who in this film wrote her novel based on true events.
1990Back to the Future Part IIIRobert ZemeckisMarty McFly goes back to 1885 to stop an outlaw from killing Doc Brown in a duel, and bring him back home to 1985.
1991Terminator 2: Judgment DayJames CameronIn 2029, Skynet sends a shape-shifting terminator back to 1995 to kill 10 year-old John Conner, while future Conner sends a T-800 (Schwarzenegger) back as well to protect his past self and prevent a nuclear holocaust.
1992Bill & Ted's Bogus JourneyPeter HewittTwo evil robot versions of Bill & Ted are sent back in time to kill them.
1992Army of DarknessSam RaimiAsh (Bruce Campbell), a supermarket employee, is sent back in time by a specific book to the 14th century to fight an undead army.
1992FreejackGeoff MurphyThe rich in a future where time travel has been invented snatch people from history a moment before their death in order to use the bodies as hosts for their own minds after death.
1992Timescape (or: Grand Tour: Disaster in Time)David TwohyBen Wilson and daughter Hillary are visited by a strange group of travelers looking for lodging. The travelers are from the future, intending to witness an impending catastrophe. Based on the novel Vintage Season by Henry Kuttner and C.L. Moore.
1992Split InfinityStan FergusonTo 14y/o A.J., her family is an embarrassment and she blames her grandfather for losing the family farm. One night A.J. falls from the hayloft and wakes up back in 1929 as her grandfather's sister. While there she learns the true value of family.
1993Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IIIStuart GillardThe turtles go back in time to feudal Japan to retrieve a kidnapped April.
1993Les VisiteursJean-Marie PoiréA 12th-century knight and his servant travel in time to the end of the 20th century and find themselves adrift in modern society.
1993The Philadelphia Experiment IIStephen CornwellA disastrous experiment in 1993 sends a stealth aircraft through a time portal, into 1943 Germany. A sailor is pulled into the portal, and finds himself in the terrifying 1993 that resulted from a Nazi victory in World War II.
199312:01Jack SholderBarry Thomas is an average office worker. He becomes attracted to Lisa, a scientist in the same company. After work, Barry witnesses the murder of Lisa and goes to a bar to get drunk. That night, there is a storm and Barry gets a shock from a lamp's faulty power wire at exactly 12:01 a.m. The next few days, he realizes the world is trapped in a time loop, with himself the only one aware of it. Barry must prevent Lisa's murder and stop the time loop or be caught in time forever.
1993Groundhog DayHarold RamisWeatherman Phil Connors (Bill Murray) is trapped re-living February 2 in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.
1994Time ChasersDavid GiancolaAn amateur inventor goes through time with an airplane to stop a villain from changing history for profit.
1994A.P.E.X.Phillip J. RothA time-travel experiment in which a robot probe is sent from the year 2073 to the year 1973 goes terribly wrong thrusting one of the project scientists, a man named Nicholas Sinclair into a plague ravaged alternate time-line whose war weary inhabitants are locked in a constant battle with killer robots which are automatically being sent there from Sinclair's lab. To escape this situation, Sinclair must find a similar time machine in this alternate world and prevent the disaster from ever happening.
1994Star Trek GenerationsDavid CarsonUSS Enterprise Captains James T. Kirk and Jean-Luc Picard meet through the effects of an energy ribbon.
1994TimecopPeter HyamsIncludes a prohibition against changing the past. The Time Enforcement Commission (TEC) is created to prevent alterations to the past. This causes a dilemma for the hero, Max Walker, who has to prevent time-travelers from altering time, but is tempted to do so to prevent his wife's death.
199512 MonkeysTerry GilliamJames Cole tries to change the past, but fails. It therefore runs on the principle of a fixed timeline (the Novikov self-consistency principle).
1996Doctor WhoGeoffrey SaxThis film involves the Doctor in his eighth incarnation and has a showdown with the Master.
1996Star Trek: First ContactJonathan FrakesThe USS Enterprise follows the Borg back in time to stop them from altering history and preventing Earth's first warp flight and first contact with the Vulcans.
1997RetroactiveLouis MorneauAn FBI agent repeatedly travels back in time to prevent a crime. The situation worsens each time around, until she decides to let things play out.
1997Time Under Fire [1]Jeff FaheyA US submarine runs into a time rift. A special unit goes on a mission to see what's on the other side. They find themselves in an alternate dystopian America, now a one-man dictatorship. They decide to help the rebels.
1999Time at the Top[2]Timothy Busfield, Elisha Cuthbert, Gabrielle Boni, Matthew Harbour14-year old Susan Shawson travels back in time in her building's elevator, as altered by a retired physicist living in her building. It transports her from Philadelphia of 1998 back to the same place in other years depending on the order of buttons pushed. In 1881 she meets Victoria Walker, a girl her own age in need of assistance with her own family problems. Gradually discovering the power of her time machine, Susan, Victoria, and her young brother Robert travel back and forth in time and succeed in changing both the past and the future.
1999Lost in SpaceStephen HopkinsIn 2058, a family undertakes a voyage to a nearby star system to begin large-scale emigration from a soon-to-be uninhabitable Earth, but are thrown off course by a saboteur and must try to find their way home.
1999Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged MeJay RoachDr. Evil is back and invents a time machine that allows him to go back to 1969 so he can steal Austin Powers' mojo.
1999Galaxy QuestDean ParisotA jump back in time of 13 seconds is all the time lead actor Jason Nesmith (Tim Allen) needs to save his crew from being killed.
1999The Time ShiftersMario Philip AzzopardiA reporter, learning of time travelers visiting 20th century disasters, tries to change the history they know by averting upcoming disasters.
1999 (UK) 2000 (USA)S Club 7: Back to the 50's [3]Andrew MargetsonA music group finds a time portal while on their way to Los Angeles and find themselves in a desert town in the year 1959 under the control of a gang with a corrupted sheriff as an ally. The group learns about the fate of a local chef at a diner and tries to prevent certain disaster despite threats against them from both the sheriff and the gang.
2000FrequencyGregory HoblitAn accidental cross-time radio link connects father and son across 30 years. The son tries to save his father's life, but then must fix the consequences.
2000DittoKim Jeong-gwonTwo people separated in time are somehow able to talk to each other using an amateur radio. The people in question are two students in the same school, one in 1979, the other in 2000.
2000Disney's The KidJon TurteltaubA 40-year old image consultant (Bruce Willis) finds himself being visited by his 10-year old self.
2000For All TimeSteven SchachterCharles Lattimer (Mark Harmon) is an everyday man facing middle age and a marriage to Kristen (Catherine Hicks) coming to an end. He stumbles across a time slip that occurs on one of his regular train rides, as the train goes through a tunnel. Coming across an antique watch, he learns it allows him to get off the train during the time slip, whereupon he finds himself back in 1896. Before long he finds a newfound love, played by Mary McDonnell, and a new purpose there. He breaks the watch then sees the situation in a new light and complications occur when the portal back to the past starts to close, leading him to a decision that could leave him stranded out of his own time.
2000Il MareLee Hyun-seungThe two protagonists both live in a lake house two years apart in time, but are able to communicate through a mysterious post box. This movie inspired the 2006 American film The Lake House.
2001Black KnightGil JungerAfter falling into a theme park's fetid moat, a custodian (Martin Lawrence) crawls out into fourteenth century England.
2001Donnie DarkoRichard KellyA teenager unknowing re-lives October 1988 and is forced by a man in a demonic bunny suit to commit crimes in order to re-set the timeline.
2001Just VisitingJean-Marie PoiréA medieval knight and his serf travel to 21st century Chicago, meeting the knight's descendant. But they must travel back to their time to ensure her birth.
2001Kate & LeopoldJames MangoldA Duke time travels from 1876 to the present and falls in love with a career woman in New York.
2001Pokémon 4EverKunihiko Yuyama Jim MaloneThe film focuses on Celebi who travels to the future and returns with a boy named Sam when being chased by a hunter.
2002ReturnerTakashi YamazakiThe human race is on the edge of annihilation after decades of war with an alien force. In an outpost in Tibet, mankind's last hope of survival is a time travel device.
2002The Time MachineSimon WellsRemake of 1960s version of the film, directed by H. G. Wells' great-grandson, has little in common with H. G. Wells's original novel.
2002Time ChangerRich ChristianoA Bible professor from 1890 comes forward in time to the present via a time machine and cannot believe the things that he sees.
2002TimequestRobert DykeA time traveler changes history by warning Jackie Kennedy about the future.
2002Austin Powers in GoldmemberJay RoachUpon learning that his father has been kidnapped, Austin Powers must travel to 1975 and defeat the villain Goldmember – who is working with Dr. Evil.
2002Das Jesus VideoSebastian NiemannIn Israel, a student in archaeology is seeking a video camera hidden 2000 years ago by a mysterious time traveler.
2003Bottom Live 2003: Weapons Grade Y-Fronts TourRick MayallEddie Hitler builds a time traveling toilet which he calls the TURDIS.
2003TimelineRichard DonnerFilm adaptation of the book by Michael Crichton.
2003Terminator 3: Rise of the MachinesJonathan MostowIn 2032, Skynet sends another terminator back in time, this time to 2004, in a final attempt to kill John Conner before the inevitable nuclear holocaust on mankind.
2004Harry Potter and the Prisoner of AzkabanAlfonso CuarónHermione Granger receives a Time-Turner from Professor McGonagall, so she can attend more classes than time would normally allow. She and Harry later use the Time-Turner to save Sirius Black and Buckbeak.
2004PrimerShane CarruthTime travelers can only use the time machine to travel to when the machine was first turned on. But you can bring a second running time machine back with you and after leaving the first machine, climb in the second. Aaron obsessively returns to a party one night to prevent a murder and become a hero.
2004The Butterfly EffectEric Bress & J. Mackye GruberA college psychology student (Ashton Kutcher) learns he can temporarily travel to his past and change it. The time traveling in this film involves a process initiated by reading childhood journals.
200413 Going on 30Gary WinickIn 1987, a 13-year old girl makes a birthday wish and wakes up as a 30-year old woman.
2005Fetching CodyDavid RayDistraught over his drug-addicted girlfriend, Cody (Sarah Lind), who's overdosed and fallen into a coma, small-time dope peddler Art (Jay Baruchel) uses a time machine to journey into the past in a desperate gamble to change her future.
2005The JacketJohn MayburyA amnesiac Persian Gulf War veteran (Adrien Brody) is subjected to an experimental treatment which moves him forward 15 years.
2005A Sound of ThunderPeter HyamsFor an extraordinary price, Time Safaris, Inc. will take clients through a wormhole to a time in pre-history to hunt dinosaur game. Based loosely on the 1952 short story by Ray Bradbury, with the Butterfly Effect portrayed as much more pronounced.
2005Summer Time Machine BluesKatsuyuki MotohiroFive college boys in a sci-fi club break their air-conditioner's remote control. In the sweltering clubhouse, a time machine appears and they go back in time to retrieve a functioning controller, but this causes complications.
2006The Lake HouseAlejandro AgrestiTime travel romance where two people living in the same house at a lake at different times are able to exchange letters through its mailbox and fall in love.
2006ClickFrank CoraciAdam Sandler is given a remote that lets him fast forward, pause, and rewind his life.
2006The Girl Who Leapt Through TimeMamoru HosodaA teenage girl discovers that she can leap through time.
2006Déjà VuTony ScottDenzel Washington is an ATF agent investigating a terrorist act who is invited to assist in a government time travel surveillance project.
2006IdiocracyMike JudgeLuke Wilson as Corporal Joe Bauers (later "Not Sure") a U.S. Army librarian, along with a prostitute named Rita are selected for a suspended animation experiment which is supposed to last one year but which is forgotten for five hundred years.
2007Bender's Big ScoreDwayne Carey-HillAlien scammers discover the code for time travel tattooed on Philip J. Fry's buttocks, and use it to send Bender back in time to steal priceless artifacts.
2007Disney's Meet the RobinsonsStephen J. AndersonYoung Lewis is taken to the year 2037 by his future son Wilbur to stop a "Bowler Hat Guy" who has stolen Lewis' memory scanning machine.
2007PremonitionMennan YapoHouse wife (Sandra Bullock) learns that her husband died in a car crash the previous day, but wakes up next morning to find him well and alive, and awakens the next day to a time when it has been a few weeks since he had died.
2008TimecrimesNacho VigalondoA man accidentally travels back to the past and meets himself there.
2008MinutemenLev L. SpiroThree high-school outcasts use a time machine that one invented to save their classmates from embarrassing moments. Their time-travel creates a black hole, which could destroy the world.
2008Stargate: ContinuumMartin WoodBa'al (Cliff Simon) changes the timeline so that SG-1 or the Stargate program never existed. Three people were unaffected by the change but are unable to do anything until Ba'al and the system lords arrive.
2009Star TrekJ. J. AbramsSpock's attempt to prevent a supernova fails, resulting in the destruction of the Romulan homeworld. The captain of a Romulan mining ship blames Spock, and both the Romulans and Spock fall through a black hole to the past, creating an alternate reality.
2009Mr. NobodyJaco Van DormaelA romantic drama about Nemo Nobody (Jared Leto), a 118-year-old man and the last mortal on Earth, who can predict the future and tells of alternate life paths, often changing course with the flick of a decision.
2009The Time Traveler's WifeRobert SchwentkeA romantic drama about a Chicago librarian (Eric Bana) with a gene that causes him to involuntarily time travel, and the complications it creates for his marriage. Based on the Audrey Niffenegger novel.
2009Frequently Asked Questions About Time TravelGareth CarrivickTwo geeks and a cynic attempt to navigate a time-travel conundrum in the middle of a British pub. Faris plays a girl from the Future who sets the adventure in motion.
2009Disney's A Christmas CarolRobert ZemeckisOn Christmas Eve, miserly moneylender Ebenezer Scrooge (Jim Carrey) is visited by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future, in order to change his ways.
2009Land of the LostBrad Silberling
2009TriangleChristopher SmithA woman who went to a yacht trip with her friends, jumps to another ship after a mysterious weather condition, and gets caught up in a terrifying loop of events.
2010Action ReplayyVipul Amrutlal ShahA young man named Bunty uses a time machine created by his girlfriend's grandfather to meet his own parents before they were married, and help them develop a more loving relationship.
2010The Disappearance of Haruhi SuzumiyaTatsuya IshiharaKyon is the only one who knows two of his classmates are missing and everything is different. To restore his life, he gathers several keys to power an alien device and travel back three years.
2010Hot Tub Time MachineSteve PinkFour friends spend a crazy, drunken night in a hot tub at a ski resort only to travel back in time to 1986. They are each presented with an opportunity to alter their futures. The film stars John Cusack, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, and Clark Duke.
2010Prince of Persia: The Sands of TimeMike NewellDisney's adaption of the video game of the same name. A dagger is used to turn back the clock; it has a grip made of crystal through which a special "Sand of Time" has to flow in order to create the time transition effect. The Prince (Jake Gyllenhaal) has to prevent someone from changing history.
2010Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D: Bonds Beyond TimeKenichi TakeshitaSeries protagonist Yusei Fudo encounters Turbo Duelist Paradox, who is from the future, and who believes the only way to prevent his future from happening is to stop Duel Monsters from existing.
2011Ticking ClockErnie BarbarashJames is a guy from the year 2032 who comes back in time with a custom-made watch that is a time machine. He travels back in time to fix his life but fails.
2011Source CodeDuncan JonesCaptain Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) died in a helicopter crash and has been inserted in a computer program called Source Code which transfers him to the body of a deceased person for the last eight minutes of his life. He cannot change the past, since Source Code is not a time machine, but he can alter events and change the future to avoid a terrorist attack.
2011Midnight in ParisWoody AllenWhile visiting Paris with his fiancee, an American writer (Owen Wilson) discovers a way to travel back to the 1920s, allowing him to mingle with and draw inspiration from historical greats such as Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Gertrude Stein.
2011The Man From The FutureCláudio TorresA brilliant physicist spends 20 years developing a time machine, then he cames back in time and try to do everything different.
2012Safety Not GuaranteedColin TrevorrowComedy film inspired by a 1997 Backwoods Home Magazine classified ad by a person asking for someone to accompany him in time travel.
2012Men in Black 3Barry SonnenfeldAgent J travels back in time to MIB's early years in the 1960s in order to stop an alien from assassinating his friend Agent K and changing history.
2012LooperRian JohnsonCriminal organizations abuse time travel to kill humans and avoid tracking of their bodies.
2012Quantum of Vengeance [4]Ben WydevenIn 1998, as a young girl, Emily Freeman witnesses her father being brutally murdered. 14 years later, her professor reveals that he has successfully built a time machine, which inspires her to go back in time and seek vengeance.
2012Dimensions [5]Sloane U’RenTime travel, love and betrayal in 1920s England. A brilliant scientist becomes obsessed with revisiting his past - no matter what the cost. Jealousy, desires and greed surround him, clouding his judgement and sending him spiralling - towards madness.
2013The A.R.K. ReportHarry MoskoffA short film. A young girl travels into the future in order to find the ancient Ark of the Covenant and prevent it from falling into the hands of an evil army.
2013About TimeRichard CurtisTim's father tells his son that the men in his family have always had the ability to travel through time. Tim can't change history, but he can change what happens and has happened in his own life.

Time travel in science fiction television series[edit]

Time travel is a recurrent theme in science fiction television programs. In some television series, time travel creates the premise and direction for the plot and/or setting of the show. Two model examples of television shows that utilize time travel in this way are Doctor Who and Quantum Leap. There are other television programs that incorporate time travel in only one, or some of their episodes. The table below encompasses television shows that fall into the first of these two categories. Shows that fall into the second category may be found in List of television series that include time travel.

Start dateEnd DateTitleAuthorDescription
19511956Captain Z-RoRoy SteffensScientist Captain Z-Ro, working in his remote laboratory, safeguarded mankind and history from impending harm. He had a time machine, the ZX-99, both to view history and to send someone back in time.
1963 (Classic), 2005 revival1989 (Classic); - (Revival)Doctor WhoA Time Lord known as "the Doctor" travels through time and space in a TARDIS (Time And Relative Dimension In Space).
19661967It's About TimeSherwood SchwartzTwo astronauts who break the speed of light, accidentally travel back in time to prehistoric Earth. When they realise that they are unable to return, they make friends with the cave-people they encounter. Eventually, they are able to return, but inadvertently bring some of the cave-people with them who then have to learn how to get along in the 1960s.
19661967The Time TunnelIrwin AllenThe year is 1968, and Doug Phillips and Tony Newman are working on a top secret project beneath the Arizona desert called "tic-toc". The project has been 10 years in the making, and a visiting senator wants to see if this project really works, or he will cut the funding for it. To prove that it can work, Tony Newman turns on the time tunnel and goes back to the year 1912, and is on board the Titanic, which would sink hours later. Doug Phillips goes into the tunnel to help Tony, and both are stuck hapless in time. They are catapulted each week to a new adventure in history.
19701971CatweazleRichard Carpenter11th century wizard accidentally ensorcels his way into the 20th. Humorous mistakes are made.
19701971TimeslipJohn CooperTwo time traveling children visit both the past and future.
19791982Sapphire & SteelPeter J. Hammond

(dir.s Shaun O'Riordan & David Foster)

Two time traveling inter-dimensional agents protect and guard the order of time in this British drama.
19821983Voyagers!James D. ParriottA member of a league of time travelers and a boy travel through time repairing errors in world history.
19881988Moondial (TV serial)Helen CresswellAfter a family tragedy, a young girl is transported into the past.
1988Red DwarfRob Grant & Doug NaylorHaving been in suspended animation for 3 million years, Dave Lister leaves stasis as the last human being alive. The Red Dwarf (the ship he is on) is in deep space and travelling at nearly the speed of light. Time travel occurs in this incident, as well as on many other occasions in the series - usually into the past.
19891993Quantum LeapDonald P. BellisarioDr. Sam Beckett (Scott Bakula) helped to develop Quantum Leap, a project that would allow a person to time travel back to any point since that person was born. Beckett ended up being the test subject, and while he could remember only certain details, he traded places with a person in the past. Others in the past saw the other person instead of Beckett. In the present, an observer named Al (Dean Stockwell), whom Beckett could see as a hologram, gave Beckett advice. This usually involved having Beckett correct some problem in the other person's life.
19901991Bill & Ted's Excellent AdventuresAnimated spin off of the movies Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure and Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey
19911992Back to the Future: The Animated SeriesBob GaleContinues on from Back to the Future Part III.
19921993Bill & Ted's Excellent AdventuresLive action spin off of the movies Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure and Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey
19931999Goodnight SweetheartLaurence Marks and Maurice GranAn accidental time traveller, Gary Sparrow, leads a double life after discovering a time portal allowing him to travel between 1990s London and wartime London of 1939–1945.
19931994Time TraxCreators: Harve Bennett, Jeffrey M. Hayes, Grant Rosenberg·A police officer from the 22nd century (Dale Midkiff) makes his way back to our time to track down fugitives from the future.
19941995Mega Man (TV series)In the episode "Future Shock", Mega Man is accidentally booted to the future by Dr. Light’s new time machine, where he discovers that because he wasn’t in the past to stop Dr. Wily, the evil scientist has taken over the planet. Mega Man must find his way back to his own time so that he can reverse this horrible future.
19972007Stargate: SG-1Peter DeLuiseOn their journeys through the Stargate, an elite special forces squad called SG-1 experiences time travel both to the past and future.
19971997Crime TravellerAnthony HorowitzJeff Slade (Michael French) uses a time machine created by colleague Holly Turner's father to solve crimes. The machine operates seemingly-randomly, sending the user(s) back in time a time that can be a matter of minutes, or several days.
19982001Seven DaysChristopher & Zachary CroweNSA Agent Frank B. Parker can travel back 7 days in a time machine powered by alien technology.
20002001Mirai Sentai TimerangerFour policemen travel from the year 3000 to the year 2000 to arrest fugitives.
20012005Star Trek: EnterpriseCreators: Rick Berman, Brannon BragaVarious species from the 30th century are having a "Temporal Cold war" that is interfering with life in the 22nd century, which affects the lives of the USS Enterprise (NX-01) and its crew.
20012004Samurai JackGenndy TartakovskyAn ancient demon throws the hero Samurai Jack into the future, in order to allow himself enough time to conquer the world.
20012003Time SquadDave WassonTime cops from the year 1,000,000,000 A.D. travel back in time to keep famous historical figures from diverting the course of history. A Cartoon Network series.
20022004Odyssey 5Manny Coto, David CarsonAstronauts (including Peter Weller and Sebastian Roché) are sent back in time after witnessing the end of the Earth from space.
20022003Do OverRick Wiener and Kenny SchwarzJoel Larsen (Penn Badgley), a 34-year old man, gets a second chance to get his life right, thanks to a freakish accident that catapults him back to 1981, as a 14-year old. He is electrocuted, then wakes up in his teenage body, but with all his adult memories intact. Blessed with adult wisdom, though hampered by adolescent urges, Joel sets out to right the wrongs that will befall his family.
20022002That Was ThenDan Cohn, Jeff Kline, Jeremy MillerA 30-year-old who regrets a lot of his mistakes from the past finds himself back in high school, getting a chance to do some things over.
20032005Tru CallingJon Harmon FeldmanA young woman (Eliza Dushku) who works in the city morgue receives requests from corpses to stop their untimely deaths and then wakes up the day before, in order to attempt to save them.
200420045ive Days to MidnightRobert Zappia, David Aaron Cohen, Anthony Peckham and Cindy MyersWhen college professor J.T. Neumeyer (Timothy Hutton) discovers a police file that outlines the details of his murder - which is to take place five days in the future - he wastes no time trying to save his own life.
20042010LostDamon Lindelof & Carlton CuseDesmond Hume, former Royal Scots Regimen, is caused by electromagnetic radiation to become "unstuck in time." His consciousness switches between 2004 (the present) and 1996. Benjamin Linus, former leader of the island natives, travels ten months into the future after moving the island. In Season 5, the characters on the island skip through time to different periods of the island's past and future.
20042009Stargate: AtlantisMartin WoodBoth John Sheppard and Dr. Elizabeth Weir experience time travel when dealing with various ancient devices, among them the Stargate.
20042006Phil of the FutureTim Maile and Douglas TuberA family attempts to repair their spaceship after being stranded in the past, or modern day, while maintaining the appearance of being normal people. Ricky Ullman starred.
20052007Time Warp TrioExecutive producer: Jim RapsasA children's cartoon where, using books, three children travel through time and space. Based on the books by Jon Scieszka.
2006TorchwoodRussell T Davies
Chris Chibnall
Jane Espenson
John Fay
Humans and aliens alike from different periods in time start to come through to our world by means of a rift in the space/time continuum. (Spin-off from Doctor Who.)
20062010HeroesTim KringHiro Nakamura (Masi Oka) and Peter Petrelli (Milo Ventimiglia) can travel in time and space. This is the foundation for the plot of both series one and series two, in which apocalyptic disasters happen and the characters travel back and forth in an attempt to prevent them.
20062007Life on MarsMatthew Graham
Ashley Pharoah
Tony Jordan
Chris Chibnall
A police officer, Sam Tyler (played by John Simm), must learn to adapt to the way things were done in the 70s after being thrown back in time by an accident. ( U.S. version of the series, Life on Mars, starring Jason O'Mara, aired in 2008–2009.)
20062007Transformers: CybertronThe Autobot Vector Prime is a defender of spacetime, he saved your friends human using your power over time, did before of destroy them, by Megatron.
20062007Day BreakPaul ZbyszewskiA cop must relive the day when his girlfriend gets murdered so that he can prevent it from happening. A suspenseful variation on the Groundhog Day concept.
2007Phineas and FerbDan Povenmire and Jeff MarshIn one episode, Phineas and Ferb "fix" an old model of a time machine at a museum which allows them to travel back to the age of the dinosaurs, and eventually back to the future again. In another episode, they used this same time machine again to travel into the future. This time, a much more complicated series of events followed, where their future sister follows them back through time and accidentally disrupts the normal course of various events, setting off a chain reaction that turns the future into a dystopian society.
20072011PrimevalPortals to different time periods start opening up and creatures from the past and future start to come through. There are indications that the portals are man-made, but their exact origin is shrouded in mystery.
20072008Kamen Rider Den-OThe protagonists must work with and fight creatures known as Imagin who come from a possible future and have come back in time to kill the key figure to the Junction Point: a human whose sole existence ensures that the Imagin's future cannot exist. The Imagin grant wishes to weak-willed humans to travel farther back in time along that person's memories in order to find the Junction Point by destroying anyone and anything in their way to change the future.
20072007JourneymanKevin Falls
Matt McGuinness
Tom Szentgyorgyi
Dan Vasser is the main protagonist of the series, who finds himself jumping through time, unable to stop or control the jumps. Olivia "Livia" Beale is also a traveler from 1948 who jumps into the future. After not being able to jump home, she was stuck in Dan's present and adapted to life there, where she began a legal career and fell in love with Dan, only to finally jump back home while on the plane. For unknown reasons, she now jumps to the same times that Dan visits, and offers him advice and assistance in his missions.
20082010Ashes to AshesMatthew Graham
Ashley Pharoah
Julie Rutterford
Mark Greig
Jack Lothian
Spin off series from "Life on Mars" set in the 1980s
20082009Kamen Rider KivaParallel storylines taking place in 1986 and 2008 are told, with two of the protagonists from the 2008 timeline going back in time to 1986. The latter time traveler goes back in time to attempt to prevent his birth such that his love may live, but instead ensures that his existence remains by saving his father from being killed by the series' antagonist.
20082012FringeIn season 4 and 5 of Fringe, time travel is used by the Observers in means to take over human civilization in 2015. Olivia and her team are sent from the year 2015 to the year 2036 to fight off the Observers.
20082009Terminator The Sarah Connor ChroniclesA female Terminator from the year 2027 comes back in time to 1999 to protect a young John Connor. They then use the time displacement equipment to move forward in time by 8 years to hide John. Various other Terminators are sent back in time on varying missions.
2009Dinosaur TrainCraig BartlettA T-rex named Buddy travels with his adopted Pteranodon family on the Dinosaur Train. The Dinosaur Train has the ability to visit the entire Mesozoic Era, the "Age of Dinosaurs", passing through magical Time Tunnels to meet the dinosaurs in the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous time periods.
20092009Paradox (TV series)Lizzie MickeryDetective Inspector Rebecca Flint (Tamzin Outhwaite), Detective Sergeant Ben Holt (Mark Bonnar) and Detective Constable Callum Gada (Chiké Okonkwo) investigate images being broadcast to an eminent astrophysicist Dr Christian King's (Emun Elliott) laboratory, which appear to show catastrophic events in the future.
20092011Being EricaJana SinyorErica Strange begins seeing a counselor to deal with regrets in her life, only to discover the counselor (Michael Riley) has the ability to send her back in time to actually change these events.
20092010FlashForwardBrannon Braga and David S. GoyerFBI agent Mark Benford and the rest of the world fall victim to an incident that renders the entire population of Earth unconscious for two minutes seventeen seconds on 6 October 2009. During the "Black Out", as it is called, the consciousness of everyone on the entire planet shifts forward six months into the future to the date 29 April 2010, where they witness their potential futures that could occur that day.
2010Mary Shelley's FrankenholeDino StamotopolousDr. Victor Frankenstein has since completely mastered immortality and now has also created an infinite number of Einstein-Rosen Bridge "wormholes" portals or "Frankenholes" between his small Eastern European village (which is teeming with monsters and supernatural forces) and every time period from the past and the future. This allows historical figures and celebrities seeking the doctor's services to find him. Although many classic horror monsters are present, the series' focus is mainly on Dr. Frankenstein and his family.
20112011Hoops & Yoyo Ruin ChristmasIn a TV special, Hoops and Yoyo accidentally travel through a wormhole and meet Santa Claus when he was still Kris Kringle.
20112011Puella Magi Madoka MagicaGen UrobuchiA mysterious girl named Homura Akemi is revealed to have made a contract with a being known as Kyubei to go back in time and save the titular character.
20112011Terra NovaWhen Earth is threatened with extinction in 2149, specially selected humans travel back 85 million years in hopes of preventing disaster later. However, they arrive on a parallel version of Earth (This avoids questions around creating a paradox when time-travelling).
20122012Primeval: New WorldA Canadian spin-off series to Primeval.
2012Continuum (TV series)Canadian science fiction series centres on the conflict between a police officer representing future corporations, and a group of anti-corporate rebels, each from the year 2077, who time-travel to Vancouver, BC in and around year 2012.

Time travel in video games[edit]

TitleDateDescription
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time1991As the TMNT reach the Technodrome, Shredder sends them through a time warp through the past (Age of Dinosaurs, a pirate ship in 1530 AD, a train in the American West in 1885 AD) and the future (New York City in 2020 AD and a Star Base in 2100 AD) before they can go back to their present in 1991.
Maniac Mansion: Day of the Tentacle1993In order to prevent Purple Tentacle from growing a pair of arms and subsequently enslaving humanity, students Bernard, Laverne and Hoagie attempt to travel one day back in time in Dr. Edison's Chron-o-Johns, time machines housed in portable toilets. During the trip, the machines malfunction and strand Hoagie and Laverne 200 years into the past and future respectively. Players control each character in his/her own time zone (past, present, future), meeting historical figures and progenitors/descendants of some characters; the goal is to return Hoagie and Laverne to the present and prevent Purple Tentacle's world domination.
Chrono Trigger1995A group of heroes from different eras travel back and forth through time in an attempt to prevent the end of the world in the year 1999.
Crash Bandicoot: Warped1998Crash Bandicoot is sent to various points in time to retrieve relics.
Vigilante 8: 2nd Offense1999A car combat game and Sequil to Vigilante 8 Time Travel plays a big role in this games storyline. as well as one character "Agent Chase" using a weapon that momentarily freezes time for anything his weapon hits. the future vehicles and time travel systems used in the game appear to be very much inspired by Back to the Future.
TimeSplitters series2000–2005At the series' core is the struggle of human beings against the TimeSplitters, a race of aliens that attempt to exterminate humanity by altering its past. The first game in the series took the perspective of several characters fighting off the TimeSplitters in their own eras. The second game added two central protagonists, Sgt. Cortez and Corporal Hart, soldiers from 2401 who traveled to different eras to fight the TimeSplitters. Future Perfect placed a heavier emphasis on a linear story, cinematic cutscenes and character-based humor, and follows Cortez as he teams up with characters against the TimeSplitters and a new, human antagonist, mad scientist Jacob Crow. The ending of Future Perfect implies a definite conclusion to the plot, although a fourth game has been in development hell since 2007.
Shadow of Memories (US: Shadow of Destiny)2001The protagonist, Eike Kusch, is murdered at the start of the game by a knife stab on the back. He is saved from death by an unknown entity who gives him a time travel device, called a digipad, that can be used to send Eike back to a pre-determined point in time, allowing him to take actions in order to prevent his death. After being sent back 30 minutes, Eike succeeds in preventing his stabbing, only to find that he is killed in some different manner, starting the time-travel cycle again. During the course of the game, Eike travels to several time periods as far back as medieval times, gradually uncovering the connection behind the attempts on his life, the mysterious being who saves him and his own past. The game features several possible endings, depending on the player's actions and choices that alter the timeline.
Timeshift2007Scientists from the near future have begun work on creating a viable time machine. The project results in the creation of two devices, the Alpha Suit, a less advanced prototype jump suit, and the Beta Suit, a more advanced, so-called military grade model with features the Alpha Suit lacks such as combat-related timeshifting abilities and an integrated artificial intelligence to prevent the creation of temporal paradoxes.

The director of the project, Dr. Aiden Krone, takes the Alpha Suit and travels into the past. Once there he alters the timeline, placing himself as the ruler of the Krone Magistrate that controls a dystopic world.

The protagonist, a fellow scientist whose name is never spoken (never mentioned in the game or manual), then takes the Beta Suit and follows Dr. Krone back to the year 1939 (in an alternate timestream) to a place called Alpha District. During the trip parts of the Beta suit are damaged, forcing the protagonist to assist the Occupant Rebellion against Dr. Krone in hopes of salvaging parts from the Alpha suit.

World of Warcraft2007–presentMany quests are available to players which bring their character's mind and/or body back in time.
Braid2008Braid is a platformer art game where the player manipulates time in a variety of creative ways to solve puzzles. Braid's story also deals with the subject of time travel in a way similar to the relationship portrayed in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Professor Layton and the Unwound FutureJP: 2008, US: 2010The Third in the Professor Layton series, set between London Present and 10 years later. Layton receives a letter from Luke ten years in the future. and it is connected by a failed time Machine Demonstration and the missing Prime Minister of the UK
Back to the Future: The Game2010The game takes place six months after the events of the film Back to the Future Part III and sees Marty McFly, the protagonist of the series, trying to adjust to a life without his best friend, scientist Doctor Emmett "Doc" Brown, whose belongings are being sold off by the bank following his disappearance to an unknown time period. Out of nowhere, an intact duplicate of the destroyed DeLorean time machine appears in front of Marty, and hints and notes inside instruct him to come to Doc's rescue, who is stranded in the year 1931, during the time of Prohibition. The game's series follows the events of Marty and Doc trying to repair hellish timelines created by their past attempts.
Achron2010RTS time travel game – if you lose a skirmish you can travel back to before it happened and avoid or fix it. But so can your opponents. http://www.achrongame.com/site/
Final Fantasy XIII-22012 (2011 in Japan)The two characters, Noell Kress and Serah Farron, must travel across time through special gates, unlocked with ornate statues. Their goal is to fix the timeline, which has been disturbed by their antagonist Caius Ballad to instigate the end of time itself.
Steins;Gate2011The main character, Rintaro Okabe, invents a microwave with his friends that can send text messages into the past. This causes him to travel between "world lines", where he find out that in the "alpha world line" that by the year 2036, the world is a dystopia ruled by SERN (based on "CERN") and he has to travel back into the "beta timeline" in order to stop the world from becoming a dystopia after being warned by a time traveler using the name "John Titor", but once he reaches the "beta timeline, he has to travel to the "Steins;Gate" timeline in order to prevent World War III.
BioShock Infinite2013Bioshock Infinite's Plot is based around both time travel and the many-worlds interpretation of Quantum physics.

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