Many genres have reoccuring themes and subjects that are (mostly) unique to them. One of them for science-fiction is of course Time Travel. Time travel will always take on our imagination. The abbility to go back in time and vist our history, to change our past mistakes and change the course of our world (hello, what if we could prevent the current climage changes and the damages we have done). But it also often discusses the repurcussions of changing those kind of things.
So for today Sci-Fi Month throws the prompt of time travel books at us and I am posting about it during Top Ten Tuesday (as always hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl).
The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
Man can move easily enough in the three dimensions of space – why not the fourth: Time? An intriguing after-dinner conversation takes an unexpected turn when the host produces a small machine, which promptly disappears into thin air. It has been sent into the future, he says. Or maybe the past. As his sceptical guests try to fathom what they have seen, the host unveils a full-size machine, nearing completion. At a similar gathering one week later the host appears late, ghastly pale and badly dishevelled. He has seen the future, witnessed the evolutionary path Man has taken. It is a world populated by the Eloi – exquisite, frail, gentle creatures living in harmonious communes. They suggest to him a theory: that Nature has been tamed, violence eradicated – even intelligence is redundant in this secure, comfortable future-world. It is a theory that soon needs revising. “Later,” he tells his guests, “I was to apprecite how far it fell short of the reality.”
The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. by Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland
When you interfere with the past, there’s no telling what you might find in your future…
In 1851, London’s Crystal Palace hosts The Great Exhibition, showcasing the rise of technology and commerce, and alongside it, the decline of magic. Once powerful, now mere myth.
Years later, Melisande Stokes, linguistics and languages expert, and Tristan Lyons, shadowy government agent, will rediscover magic and all its power, bringing about the creation of the Department of Diachronic Operations – D.O.D.O.
D.O.D.O.’s mission is clear: to develop a device that will send their agents back in time to keep the magic alive… and alter the course of history.
The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
Nix has spent her entire life aboard her father’s ship, sailing across the centuries, across the world, across myth and imagination.
As long as her father has a map for it, he can sail to any time, any place, real or imagined: nineteenth-century China, the land from One Thousand and One Nights, a mythic version of Africa. Along the way they have found crewmates and friends, and even a disarming thief who could come to mean much more to Nix.
But the end to it all looms closer every day.
Her father is obsessed with obtaining the one map, 1868 Honolulu, that could take him back to his lost love, Nix’s mother. Even though getting it—and going there—could erase Nix’s very existence.
For the first time, Nix is entering unknown waters.
She could find herself, find her family, find her own fantastical ability, her own epic love.
Or she could disappear.
Invictus by Ryan Graudin
Time flies when you’re plundering history.
Farway Gaius McCarthy was born outside of time. The son of a time-traveling Recorder from 2354 AD and a gladiator living in Rome in 95 AD, Far’s birth defies the laws of nature. Exploring history himself is all he’s ever wanted, and after failing his final time-traveling exam, Far takes a position commanding a ship with a crew of his friends as part of a black market operation to steal valuables from the past.
But during a heist on the sinking Titanic, Far meets a mysterious girl who always seems to be one step ahead of him. Armed with knowledge that will bring Far’s very existence into question, she will lead Far and his team on a race through time to discover a frightening truth: History is not as steady as it seems.
The Little Shop of Found Things by Paula Brackston
Xanthe and her mother Flora leave London behind for a fresh start, taking over an antique shop in the historic town of Marlborough. Xanthe has always had an affinity with some of the antiques she finds. When she touches them, she can sense something of the past they come from and the stories they hold. So when she has an intense connection to a beautiful silver chatelaine she has to know more.
It’s while she’s examining the chatelaine that she’s transported back to the seventeenth century. And shortly after, she’s confronted by a ghost who reveals that this is where the antique has its origins. The ghost tasks Xanthe with putting right the injustice in its story to save an innocent girl’s life, or else it’ll cost her Flora’s.
While Xanthe fights to save her amid the turbulent days of 1605, she meets architect Samuel Appleby. He may be the person who can help her succeed. He may also be the reason she can’t bring herself to leave.