August 09, 2013, 12:52 PM —
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The summer may be winding down, but plenty of ITworld readers no doubt still have their vacations ahead of them.
For those of you fascinated by the topic of time travel who are looking for something interesting to read poolside or at the beach, I recommend not a specific book, but a page on Wikipedia that includes an incredibly long list of time travel science fiction -- novels, short stories, films, television shows and video games.
The novel and short story list goes all the way back to 1733, when Samuel Madden's Memoirs of the Twentieth Century was published. It's a story about a guardian angel who travels back to the year 1728 with letters from 1997 and 1998.
The good news: You can find the book online, right here!
The bad news: Hollywood will not be optioning a treatment any time soon. There's not a whole lot of action, and the guardian angel is a bit of a windbag. Even if the filmmakers added some sex scenes between the guardian angel and someone from 1728, this would go straight to DVD.
There's also the classic H.G. Wells novel, The Time Machine. (By the way, seven years before The Time Machine was published, Wells wrote a short story about time travel called The Chronic Argonauts, which can be found here.)
A 1946 novella titled In Another Country/Vintage Season tells the story of "time travellers from the future (who) experience wonderful seasons and spectacular events in the past." A little vague, but the book is in the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. You can buy it here.
Isaac Asimov's 1955 The End of Eternity is about time travel and social engineering and is considered among the legendary author's finest works.
Another time travel classic is Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five, published in 1969.
There are dozens of other time travel books on the list, including many lesser-known ones that might be worth checking out during a summer vacation.