There's a possibility that I may, in fairly short order, need to generate a list of my top ten choices for a "The Best Time Travel Stories" (at this point, including both novels and short fiction, although I might limit myself to novels if I get too overwhelmed).
I don't want to forget anything crucial!
Ideally, I'd like them to be both excellent and important. Several immediately come to mind, of course, such as...
The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
The Door Into Summer by Robert Heinlein (I'd choose this over "All You Zombies," but only by a hair.)
The Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
The Company Series by Kage Baker (No, I'm not above cheating and counting a series as a single work. Shameless, I am.)
Some of my other favorites (such as Daphne du Maurier's The House on the Strand) I'll have to think over, and others of the usual suspects (such as Mark Twain's "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court") are so very obvious, I'll have to think them over, too. And what about Madeleine L'Engle's Time Quintet? After all, I've reread A Swiftly Tilting Planet more than any of these works, with the exception only of The Time Machine...
What say you, my brilliant friends? What would be on your list?
What do you consider to be the best time travel stories?
Thanks in advance for your suggestions!
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