List of Time travel science fiction

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

Time travel in novels and short stories

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.

Date Title Author Description
1733 Memoirs of the Twentieth Century Samuel Madden A guardian angel travels to 1728 with letters from 1997 and '98.
1838 Missing One's Coach: An Anachronism Anonymous Dublin University Magazine Traveler picked up by a stagecoach but is suddenly transported back over a thousand years.
1843 A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens Ghosts 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.
1861 Paris Before Men Pierre Boitard Magic of a "lame demon" allows main character to interact with prehistoric life.
1881 The Clock That Went Backward Edward Page Mitchell A clock that has the power to take people back in time.
1887 El Anacronopete Enrique Gaspar y Rimbau First to introduce a time machine, originally written as a zarzuela in 1881, released as a novel in 1887.
1887 Looking Backward: 2000-1887 Edward Bellamy Julian West towards the end of the 19th century, falls into a deep, hypnosis-induced sleep and wakes up 113 years later.
1888 A Dream of John Ball William Morris Describes a time travel encounter between the medieval and modern worlds.
1888 "The Chronic Argonauts" H. G. Wells Inventor takes another with him in a time machine, before deciding to leave for a time where he will fit in more.
1889 Sylvie and Bruno Lewis Carroll A watch that not only indicated the time, but actually determined it "instead of its going with the time, time goes with it".
1889 A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court Mark Twain 19th century citizen goes to King Arthur's time (528 AD).
1891 Tourmalin's Time Cheques Thomas A. Gutherie Time travel and the paradoxes that can result from it.
1892 Golf in the Year 2000 J. McCullough A man falls asleep in 1892 and wakes up in the year 2000. Noted for its accurate predictions of the year 2000.
1895 The Time Machine H. G. Wells Inventor 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.
1919 Enoch Soames Max Beerbohm Enoch 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.
Armageddon 2419 A.D. Philip Francis Nowlan Anthony Rogers is transported to the year 2419 by a strange cave gas. Later became the comic strip Buck Rogers.
1936 Burnt Norton T. S. Eliot Begins with "Time present and time past// Are both perhaps present in time future..."
1939 A Traveller in Time Alison Uttley Child goes back into Derbyshire of the Babbington Plot and Mary, Queen Of Scots.
1941 By His Bootstraps Robert A. Heinlein Circular paradox-character is brought to the future where he later operates a time machine to bring himself to the future.
1942 All-Star Comics #10 Justice Society of America use a time ray to travel 500 years into the future and get an effective bombing defence to protect America.
1946 Vintage Season "Lawrence O'Donnell" (joint pseudonym of C. L. Moore and Henry Kuttner Time travellers from the future experience wonderful seasons and spectacular events in the past.
1947 All-Star Comics #35 Villain 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.
1950 Pebble in the Sky Isaac Asimov A retired tailor from the mid-20th Century is accidentally pitched forward into the future.
1951 The Gauntlet Ronald Welch After putting on a gauntlet, a boy finds himself transported back to Wales in 1326.
1952 "A Sound of Thunder" Ray Bradbury Changes in the past affect the future; part of the genealogy of the term Butterfly effect.
1953 Bring the Jubilee Ward Moore A time traveller from an alternate reality appears at the Battle of Gettysburg and alters his own future into ours.
1954 "Experiment" Fredric Brown An experiment involving the time travel of a small brass cube results in disaster.[1]
1955 The End of Eternity Isaac Asimov Time 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 Tenn Historian 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.
Time Patrol, plus 10 others Poul Anderson Series of 11 novels related to the Time Patrol, an organization which protects the past.
1956 "Extempore" Damon Knight Man learns how to travel through time.
1956 Pawley's Peepholes John Wyndham Time travellers from the future disrupt life in a small town by treating it as a quaint place for sightseeing.
1956 The Stars My Destination Alfred Bester In a future in which self-teleportation is common, Gully Foyle discovers how to teleport himself through time as well.
1957 Wythnos yng Nghymru Fydd (A Week in the Wales of the Future) Islwyn Ffowc Elis A 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.
1957 The Door into Summer Robert A. Heinlein After 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 Knight Tale of Armageddon and the Devil.
1957 "Soldier From Tomorrow" Harlan Ellison A soldier comes back from the future to warn against the path toward global conflict.
1957 "The Seventh Voyage" Stanislaw Lem Space Traveler Ijon Tichy travels through a time vortex in an attempt to help himself fix a defect in his spaceship. This sets off a chain of time loops in which many versions of himself interact with each other (From The Star Diaries).
1957 Double Indemnity Robert Sheckley Everett 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 Bester Comedy 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. Heinlein Circular 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.
1959 The Day We Explored the Future Donald Keith Boy 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.)
1960 The Weirdstone of Brisingamen Alan Garner Colin and Susan go back in time in the caves of Alderley Edge in Cheshire – crystal bracelet, magic great wolf included.
1961 Danny Dunn, Time Traveler Raymond Abrashkin and Jay Williams A couple of teenagers use their professor's time machine to study the history of the US.
1962 Fantastic Four vol 1 No. 19 Stan Lee and Jack Kirby The 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.
1963 The Other End of the Line Walter Tevis George Bletzo mistakenly calls his own phone number and talks to himself a few months into the future. Predestination in play.
1964 Time Tunnel Murray Leinster Large immobile masses of iron in the earth's crust enable two-way travel between two points in the planet's history.
1963–present Doctor Who various authors More than 530 original novels and novelisations based on the popular television show.
1965 The Ship that Sailed the Time Stream G. C. Edmondson Ensign 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.
1966 The Green Bronze Mirror Lynne Ellison Teenage 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.
1966 The Man From When Dannie Plachta A man inadvertently destroys the world in order to travel back eighteen minutes in time.
1967 The Girl Who Leapt Through Time Yasutaka Tsutsui A high-school girl who accidentally acquires the ability to time travel.
1968 Hawksbill Station Robert Silverberg A time machine is used by an oppressive government for deporting political prisoners a billion years in the past, to the Pre-Cambrian era.
1969 Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut A man is randomly traveling through time in his life jumping from one event to another in no particular order.
1969 Up the Line Robert Silverberg Time travel as guided tours to past historical events.
1969 The House on the Strand Daphne du Maurier Drug-induced trip back to 14th century Cornish Village.
1969 Behold the Man Michael Moorcock A man travels in a time machine to 28 AD, hoping to meet the historical Jesus.
1970 Chronocules D. G. Compton A millionaire establishes a research village to experiment with time travel.
1970 Time and Again Jack Finney Uses hypnosis to travel through time.
1970 The Year of the Quiet Sun Wilson Tucker The government uses a forward-traveling time machine to survey the future and adjust its policies accordingly.
1972 Time's Last Gift Philip José Farmer Four scientists/anthropologists travel from 2070 A.D. to 12,000 B.C.
1973 Time Enough for Love Robert A. Heinlein Lazarus Long travels in time to 1916 and falls in love with his own mother.
1973 The Man Who Folded Himself David Gerrold Main character receives a belt that allows him to travel through time. Complications ensue.
1973 Crusade in Jeans Thea Beckman Rudolf 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).
1975 Bid Time Return Richard Matheson A 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 Priest Time 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.
1977 Time Storm Gordon R. Dickson A 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.
1977 Rotating Cylinders and the Possibility of Global Causality Violation Larry Niven A 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 Watson An 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...")
1979 Time After Time Karl Alexander H. 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.
1979 Morlock Night K. W. Jeter What happened when H. G. Wells' time machine returned from the future.
1979 Closing the Timelid Orson Scott Card A man uses time travel to experience the sensation of death.
1980 Timescape Gregory Benford Use of tachyons to warn scientists of the past about an upcoming disaster.
1980 Thrice Upon a Time James P. Hogan Messages are sent back through time which delete the timeline in which it exists.
1980 A Rebel in Time Harry Harrison Time machine misuse. U.S. Government aids the Confederacy with submachine guns.
1980 Kindred Octavia Butler Dana, 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.
1980 The Restaurant at the End of the Universe Douglas Adams Milliways 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.
1980 Somewhere in Time Richard Matheson Reeve plays Richard Collier, a playwright who becomes smitten by a photograph of a young woman at the Grand Hotel. Through self-hypnosis, he travels back in time to the year 1912 to find love with actress Elise McKenna (portrayed by Seymour). But her manager William Fawcett Robinson (portrayed by Plummer) fears that romance will derail her career and resolves to stop him.
1980 The Man Who Loved Morlocks David J. Lake H. G. Wells' time traveller confronts the Morlocks again, this time equipped with a camera and revolver.
1981 The Many-Colored Land, first book of the Saga of the Pliocene Exile series Julian May Time 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.
1982 Life, the Universe and Everything Douglas Adams Time travel paradoxes form the basis of broad comedy, as in the case of the ancient poet Lallafa.
1983 Millennium John Varley In 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.
1983 The Anubis Gates Tim Powers In 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 Bradbury A 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. Richter The 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.
1985 Professor Rondi's Time Machine Satyajit Ray Professor 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. Hogan In 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.
1985 Star Trek: Ishmael Barbara Hambly Spock 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.
1986 Highway of Eternity Clifford D. Simak People from the future run to the past to avoid the fate of being forced into a non-corporeal form.
1986 Running Against Time Stanley Shapiro In an effort to prevent the Vietnam War, a man travels back in time to prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
1987 A Tale of Time City Diana Wynne Jones A girl, Vivian Smith, is kidnapped while being evacuated from London during World War II, and is caught up in a struggle to preserve history.
1988 Replay Ken Grimwood A man in 1988 suffers a heart attack and finds himself back in his life in 1963.
1988 "Ripples in the Dirac Sea" Geoffrey A. Landis A 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).
1988 Lightning Dean Koontz A time traveler from Nazi Germany interferes with the life of a young woman in his future.
1988 Devil's Arithmetic Jane Yolen During a Passover Seder, a woman is transported back to Poland in 1942 and is sent to a death camp.
1989 Hyperion Dan Simmons A great warrior, the Shrike, is sent from the future for an unknown reason. Main characters will travel through time in a very complex timeline.
1990 Four Past Midnight: "The Langoliers" Stephen King An airplane accidentally flies through a rip in space/time and appears in the "used time" of yesterday, in which dreadful "Langoliers" eat the past.
1991 Outlander Diana Gabaldon Travel through time from the 1940s to 1740s. Woman time travels through standing stones in Scotland. First of the Outlander series.
1992 The Guns of the South Harry Turtledove During American Civil War, South African white supremacists give the Confederacy AK-47s.
1992 From Time to Time Jack Finney Use of hypnosis to travel through time.
1992 Doomsday Book Connie Willis Travel through time from 2048 to 14th century, constrained by automatic avoidance of paradoxes.
1992 Dragonfly in Amber Diana Gabaldon Time-travel romance, the second of the Outlander series. 1960s to 18th century.
1993 The Cross Time Engineer Leo Frankowski A 20th century Polish engineer is transported back to 13th century Poland ten years before the Mongol invasion.
1993 Voyager Diana Gabaldon Time-travel romance, the third of the Outlander series. Time travel from the 20th century to 18th century.
1995 The Hundred-Light-Year-Diary Greg Egan After 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.
1995 The Time Ships Stephen Baxter Authorised sequel to H. G. Wells' The Time Machine.
1996 Drums of Autumn Diana Gabaldon Time-travel romance, the fourth of the Outlander series. Time travel from the 20th century to 18th century.
1996 Timequake Kurt Vonnegut People in 2001 are transported back to 1991 to relive their lives.
1996 The Dechronization of Sam Magruder George Gaylord Simpson A scientist working in the year 2162 is thrown back in time 80 million years to the Jurassic period.
1996 Pastwatch: The Redemption of Christopher Columbus Orson Scott Card Researchers look back in time to see Christopher Columbus's arrival in the New World in order to save the world from ecological disaster.
1996 Animorphs K. A. Applegate In 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 Westall A 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.
1997 In the Garden of Iden Kage Baker This is the first book of Baker's The Company series, all of which involve time travel.
1997 Making History Stephen Fry Two men in the present attempt to prevent the birth of Adolf Hitler.
1997 To Say Nothing of the Dog Connie Willis A 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.
1997 Corrupting Dr. Nice John Kessel Modeled on 1930s screwball comedies; set in Cretaceous, 40 AD Jerusalem and 2060 AD. Features a scene with a dinosaur in a hotel room.
1998 The Transall Saga Gary Paulsen A boy gets transported to a weird world by a blue light, only to discover that it is the dark future of planet Earth.
1998 Island in the Sea of Time S. M. Stirling Nantucket is transported 3000 years back in time because of a space disturbance.
1999 King of Shadows Susan Cooper A 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.
1999 All of an Instant Richard Garfinkle People from three atemporal time tribes must unite to save the crystallization and fracturing of all of history.
1999 Timeline Michael Crichton Historians travel to and become stuck in the Middle Ages.
1999 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban J. K. Rowling Hogwarts 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.
2000 The Light of Other Days Arthur C. Clarke, Stephen Baxter Wormhole-based "time viewer" can observe people and events from any point throughout time and space.
2000 1632 Eric Flint West-Virginian town is taken back to the Thirty Years' War in Germany and gives them insight to the future.
2001 The Fiery Cross Diana Gabaldon Time-travel romance, the fifth of the Outlander series. Time travel from the 20th century to 18th century.
2001 The Chronoliths Robert Charles Wilson Monuments from the future appear in the early 21st century, precipitating a global political collapse.
2001 Thief of Time Terry Pratchett Unfreezing and freezing of time using a small mechanism.
2001 Paratime H. Beam Piper Shorts stories of lateral time movement and alternate universes.
2002 Meridian John Schettler ForeWord 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.
2002 Night Watch Terry Pratchett Character interacts with a younger version of himself.
2002 Counting Up, Counting Down Harry Turtledove Time travel with the twin perspectives of a man who travels back in time for relationship stability.
2002 Guardian Joe Haldeman Born 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.
2002 Thief! Malorie Blackman A huge storm traps a girl who is accused of being a thief and takes her into the future.
2002 Kaleidoscope Century John Barnes Takes place on Mars. A man has a virus that puts him to sleep every 15 years and he wakes 10 younger.
2002 The Eyre Affair Jasper Fforde Sleuth Thursday Next gets caught in overlapping vortices of time and alternate reality as a villain tries to eradicate a literary classic.
2003-ongoing Haruhi Suzumiya Nagaru Tanigawa Two characters, Mikuru Asahina and Fujiwara, are time travelers from the future and many parts of the storyline involve time traveling.
2003 The Time Traveler's Wife Audrey Niffenegger Man with a rare genetic disorder unpredictably travels in time, living his life out of sequence.
2004 Axis of Time John Birmingham A naval task force from 2021 is accidentally sent back to the Battle of Midway.
2004 The Spark of God (orig. title: L'Éclat de Dieu) Romain Sardou Describes the First Crusade and the beginning of the Knights Templar in the future.
2004 Pen Pal Lou Antonelli Loops in a man's life told through a narrative that goes from future to present.
2004 All You Need Is Kill Hiroshi Sakurazaka When the aliens invade, Keiji Kiriya is just one of many recruits shoved into a suit of battle armor and sent out to kill. He dies on the battlefield, only to be reborn each morning to fight and die again and again.
2004–2005 Warcraft: War of the Ancients Trilogy Richard A. Knaak A human, a dragon and an orc travel back in time to help save Azeroth from the Burning Legion.
2005 A Breath of Snow and Ashes Diana Gabaldon Time-travel romance, the sixth of the Outlander series. Time travel from the 20th century to 18th century.
2005 Mammoth John Varley Multibillionaire clones a mammoth and sends it back in time.
2006 Sojourn Jana G. Oliver A 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.
2006 The Plot to Save Socrates Paul Levinson Time travelers from 2042 try to prevent Socrates from consuming hemlock.
2006 Artemis Fowl: The Lost Colony Eoin Colfer Fifth 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.
2007 Rant: An Oral Biography of Buster Casey Chuck Palahniuk Characters participate in "Party Crashing" which can, under certain conditions, cause time travel.
2007 Meet The Robinsons Steve Anderson Principal character meets his future son and then travels to the future to meet his family.
2007 The Accidental Time Machine Joe Haldeman A 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.
2007 The Lifehouse Trilogy Spider Robinson 3 books (Mindkiller (1982), Time Pressure (1988), LifeHouse (1997)) chronicle the story of visitors from Earth's future visiting the past to essentially harvest souls.
2007 Virtual Evil Jana G. Oliver A Time Rover from 2057 is sent to 1888 London to find Harter Defoe, the first time traveler who is slowly going insane.
2008 Madman's Dance Jana G. Oliver Abandoned 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.
2008 The Little Book Selden Edwards The 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.
2008 Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox Eoin Colfer Sixth 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.
2008 Found Margaret Peterson Haddix Thirteen 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.
2009 An Echo in the Bone Diana Gabaldon Time-travel romance, the seventh of the Outlander series. Time travel from the 20th century to 18th century.
2009 Ruby Red original title: Rubinrot (German) Kerstin Gier A story about a girl, Gwendolyn Shepherd, who can travel in time with a machine, called chronograph.
2009 Sent Margaret Peterson Haddix Jonah, 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.
2010 Expiration Date Duane Swierczynski Hardboiled pulp tale of an ex-journalist who discovers pills in his grandfather's medicine cabinet that transport him back in time to the 1970s.
2010 Sabotaged Margaret Peterson Haddix Jonah and Katherine go on yet another mission to return a missing kid named Andrea(really Virginia Dare) to her time in the Roanoke Colony.
2010 Blackout and All Clear Connie Willis Time 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.
2010 How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe Charles Yu In 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.
2011 Time for Patriots Thomas Wm. Hamilton A 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.
2011 World of Warcraft: Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects Christie Golden Thrall, an orc shaman, travels through time and alternative reality in order to find his inner strength.
2011 11/22/63 Stephen King A man travels through a time portal to 1958, intending to stop Lee Harvey Oswald from shooting John F. Kennedy.
2011-2013 Fairy Tail Hiro Mashima Two 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.
2012 Amber House Kelly Moore, Tucker Reed, Larkin Reed A teen girl uses psychometry to alter events in the past, changing the present and future.
2012 Dinosaurs and Prime Numbers Tom Moran Comic fantasy which tells the story of Walton Cumberfield, a bumbling time-traveller embarking on a hilarious quest.
2013 Captain Underpants and the Revolting Revenge of the Radioactive Robo-Boxers Dav Pilkey George Beard and Harold Hutchins, two fourth graders, use a homemade time machine to travel 65 million years into the past.
2014 Neverwas Kelly Moore, Tucker Reed, Larkin Reed An unforeseen change in the past necessitates the use of psychic abilities to reset the present and future.
2014 Time Shifters Shanna Lauffey An ancient people who can move through time or space are being apprehended, when no one should have known they existed.
2014 The Chronomonaut Mark C. Malkasian An 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?
2014 Written in My Own Heart's Blood Diana Gabaldon Time-travel romance, the eight of the Outlander series. Time travel from the 20th century to 18th century.

Time travel in science fiction films

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

Year Title Director Description
1921 A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court Emmett J. Flynn The first of several film adaptations of Mark Twain's classic.
1923 Rex : hvad Diogenes søkte og fandt Trygve Dalseg A Norwegian movie, actually a commercial for Rex margarine, where Diogenes of Sinope travels in time, meeting Nero and Napoleon, amongst others, in search for the true Rex.[1]
1930 Just Imagine David Butler Starts 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.
1933 Berkeley Square Frank Lloyd A contemporary man is transported back to 18th century London where he meets his ancestors and falls in love with a woman of the period.
1944 Time Flies Walter Forde A music hall performer travels back to Elizabethan times using a time machine.
1949 A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court Tay Garnett Very 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.
1951 I'll Never Forget You Roy Ward Baker An American atomic scientist who is transported to the 18th century, where he falls in love.
1957 The Undead Roger Corman A 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.
1960 The Time Machine George Pal Loose 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.
1962 La jetée Chris Marker The 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.)
1964 The Time Travelers Ib Melchior A time travel experiment that was supposed to produce a window into different times is actually a portal.
1965 Dr. Who and the Daleks Gordon Flemyng Based 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.
1966 Daleks – Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D. Gordon Flemyng Based 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.
1967 Journey to the Center of Time David L. Hewitt Scientists develop a time machine and travel to the far future and the distant past. A remake of The Time Travelers.
1968 Planet of the Apes Franklin J. Schaffner George Taylor (played by Charlton Heston) travels to a future Earth inhabited by intelligent talking apes.
1970 Beneath the Planet of the Apes Ted Post Another astronaut, Brent, travels to the future Earth ruled by apes. His search for Taylor leads to an underground city of nuclear mutants.
1971 Escape from the Planet of the Apes Don Taylor Three apes escape Earth's destruction by salvaging and repairing the astronaut Taylor's spaceship and piloting it through a time warp back to 1973.
1972 Slaughterhouse-Five George Roy Hill A man travels to various times and places from his life in addition to another planet.
1973 Idaho Transfer Peter Fonda Due 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.
1973 Ivan Vasilievich: Back to the Future Leonid Gaidai Engineer 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.
1978 Superman Richard Donner Superman circles the Earth at tremendous speeds allowing him to travel back in time to just before an earthquake created by Lex Luthor.
1979 Time After Time Nicholas Meyer Using a time machine, Jack the Ripper and H. G. Wells travel from 1893 London to 1979 San Francisco.
1980 The Final Countdown Don Taylor A storm at sea transports a nuclear warship back in time from the 1980s to the 1940s.
1980 Somewhere in Time Jeannot Szwarc A 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"
1981 Time Bandits Terry Gilliam A young boy unwittingly joins a band of dwarves as they travel through time hunting treasure.
1982 Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann William Dear A motorcyclist competing in a desert race unknowingly gets caught in the middle of a time travel experiment and is transported by means of "time cannons" to the Old West of 1875-77.
1983 Twilight Zone: The Movie John Landis, Steven Spielberg, Joe Dante and George Miller Big-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.
1984 The Terminator James Cameron A cyborg (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is sent back in time from 2029 to 1984 to destroy humanity by killing the future mother of its future savior.
1984 The Philadelphia Experiment Stewart Raffill In 1943, an anti-radar experiment accidentally sends two sailors forward in time to 1984. Nancy Allen and Michael Paré star in this film.
1984 Non ci resta che piangere Roberto Benigni and Massimo Troisi The 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.
1985 Back to the Future Robert Zemeckis Time 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.
1985 Trancers Charles Band Jack Deth is a kind of cop/bounty hunter in a future dystopic Los Angeles.
1985 "Cavegirl (film)" David Oliver On a class excursion to a cave with stone age paintings the clumsy Rex gets lost. A mysterious crystal opens a gateway in time and sets him back to the stone ages, where he meets a group of prehistoric fellows and the gorgeous Eba.
1985 My Science Project Jonathan R. Betuel Michael 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.
1985 The Blue Yonder Mark Rossman An 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]
1986 Peggy Sue Got Married Francis Ford Coppola Peggy 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.
1986 Biggles: Adventures in Time John Hough Unassuming 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.
1986 Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home Leonard Nimoy To 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).
1986 Outlaws Nicholas Corea Five cowboys of the 1880s are sent forward through time 100 years and fight crime.
1986 Flight of the Navigator Randal Kleiser In 1978, a boy winds up 8 years into the future, and discovers an alien spaceship brought him there.
1986 Kin-dza-dza Georgiy Daneliya A 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.
1987 Masters of the Universe David Odell The 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.
1987 Timestalkers Michael Schulz A professor who's lost his family finds evidence of a time traveller in Old West memorabilia.
1988 The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey Vincent Ward Medieval travelers from 14th century England tunnel through Earth and burst into 20th century New Zealand.
1989 Field of Dreams Phil Alden Robinson Major 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.
1989 Back to the Future Part II Robert Zemeckis Marty 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.
1989 Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure Stephen Herek Two 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.
1989 Millennium Michael Anderson Time 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.
1989 Warlock Steve Miner A 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.
1990 Frankenstein Unbound Roger Corman A 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.
1990 Back to the Future Part III Robert Zemeckis Marty McFly goes back to 1885 to stop an outlaw from killing Doc Brown in a duel, and bring him back home to 1985.
1991 Terminator 2: Judgment Day James Cameron In 2029, Skynet sends a shape-shifting terminator back to 1995 to kill 10 year-old John Connor, while future Conner sends a T-800 (Schwarzenegger) back as well to protect his past self and prevent a nuclear holocaust.
1992 Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey Peter Hewitt Two evil robot versions of Bill & Ted are sent back in time to kill them.
1992 Army of Darkness Sam Raimi Ash (Bruce Campbell), a supermarket employee, is sent back in time by a specific book to the 14th century to fight an undead army.
1992 Freejack Geoff Murphy The 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.
1992 Timescape (or: Grand Tour: Disaster in Time) David Twohy Ben 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.
1992 Split Infinity Stan Ferguson To 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.
1993 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III Stuart Gillard The turtles go back in time to feudal Japan to retrieve a kidnapped April.
1993 Les Visiteurs Jean-Marie Poiré A 12th-century knight and his servant travel in time to the end of the 20th century and find themselves adrift in modern society.
1993 The Philadelphia Experiment II Stephen Cornwell A 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.
1993 12:01 Jack Sholder Barry 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.
1993 Groundhog Day Harold Ramis Weatherman Phil Connors (Bill Murray) is trapped re-living February 2 in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.
1994 Time Chasers David Giancola An amateur inventor goes through time with an airplane to stop a villain from changing history for profit.
1994 A.P.E.X. Phillip J. Roth A 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.
1994 Star Trek Generations David Carson USS Enterprise Captains James T. Kirk and Jean-Luc Picard meet through the effects of an energy ribbon.
1994 Timecop Peter Hyams Includes 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.
1995 12 Monkeys Terry Gilliam James Cole tries to change the past, but fails. It therefore runs on the principle of a fixed timeline (the Novikov self-consistency principle).
1996 Doctor Who Geoffrey Sax This film involves the Doctor in his eighth incarnation and has a showdown with the Master.
1996 Star Trek: First Contact Jonathan Frakes The 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.
1997 Retroactive Louis Morneau An 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.
1997 Time Under Fire[2] Jeff Fahey A 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.
1999 Time at the Top[3] Timothy Busfield, Elisha Cuthbert, Gabrielle Boni, Matthew Harbour 14-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.
1998 Lost in Space Stephen Hopkins In 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.
1999 Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me Jay Roach Dr. Evil is back and invents a time machine that allows him to go back to 1969 so he can steal Austin Powers' mojo.
1999 Galaxy Quest Dean Parisot A 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.
1999 The Time Shifters Mario Philip Azzopardi A reporter, learning of time travelers visiting 20th century disasters, tries to change the history they know by averting upcoming disasters.
1999 Teen Knight Also known as Medieval Park Kris Lemche Peter wins the soda contest to a trip to the Medieval Park. As Peter and his friends go on a castle tour, Lord Drakin casts a spell and sends the Peter and his friends back in time to 1383.
1999 (UK) 2000 (USA) S Club 7: Back to the 50's Andrew Margetson A 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 bad things despite threats against them from both the sheriff and the gang.
2000 Frequency Gregory Hoblit An 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.
2000 Ditto Kim Jeong-gwon Two 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.
2000 Disney's The Kid Jon Turteltaub A 40-year old image consultant (Bruce Willis) finds himself being visited by his 10-year old self.
2000 For All Time Steven Schachter Charles 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, Laura Brown (Mary McDonnell), and realises he belongs there. In a fit, 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.
2000 Il Mare Lee Hyun-seung The 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.
2001 Black Knight Gil Junger After falling into a theme park's fetid moat, a custodian (Martin Lawrence) crawls out into fourteenth century England.
2001 Donnie Darko Richard Kelly A 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.
2001 Just Visiting Jean-Marie Poiré A 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.
2001 Kate & Leopold James Mangold A Duke time travels from 1876 to the present and falls in love with a career woman in New York.
2001 Pokémon 4Ever Kunihiko Yuyama Jim Malone The film focuses on Celebi who travels to the future and returns with a boy named Sam when being chased by a hunter.
2001 Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge Kimberly J. Brown In this Disney Channel movie, Marnie Piper travels through time in Halloweentown to find a clue to break the evil spell placed on Halloweentown. Later on both Marnie and Luke travel through a time tunnel on a broomstick.
2002 Returner Takashi Yamazaki The 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.
2002 The Time Machine Simon Wells Remake of 1960s version of the film, directed by H. G. Wells' great-grandson, has little in common with H. G. Wells's original novel.
2002 Time Changer Rich Christiano A Bible professor from 1890 comes forward in time to the present via a time machine and cannot believe the things that he sees.
2002 Timequest Robert Dyke A time traveler changes history by warning Jackie Kennedy about the future.
2002 Austin Powers in Goldmember Jay Roach Upon learning that his father has been kidnapped, Austin Powers must travel to 1975 and defeat the villain Goldmember – who is working with Dr. Evil.
2002 Cube 2: Hypercube Andrzej Sekuła A group of stranger mysteriously awaken in a giant cubic structure in which each room warps space-time in a different way.
2002 Das Jesus Video Sebastian Niemann In Israel, a student in archaeology is seeking a video camera hidden 2000 years ago by a mysterious time traveler.
2003 Bottom Live 2003: Weapons Grade Y-Fronts Tour Rick Mayall Eddie Hitler builds a time traveling toilet which he calls the TURDIS.
2003 Timeline Richard Donner Film adaptation of the book by Michael Crichton.
2003 Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines Jonathan Mostow In 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.
2004 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Alfonso Cuarón Hermione 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.
2004 Primer Shane Carruth Time 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.
2004 The Butterfly Effect Eric Bress & J. Mackye Gruber A 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.
2004 13 Going on 30 Gary Winick In 1987, a 13-year old girl makes a birthday wish and wakes up as a 30-year old woman.
2005 Fetching Cody David Ray Distraught 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.
2005 The Jacket John Maybury A amnesiac Persian Gulf War veteran (Adrien Brody) is subjected to an experimental treatment which moves him forward 15 years.
2005 A Sound of Thunder Peter Hyams For 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.
2005 Summer Time Machine Blues Katsuyuki Motohiro Five 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.
2006 The Lake House Alejandro Agresti Time 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.
2006 Click Frank Coraci Adam Sandler is given a remote that lets him fast forward, pause, and rewind his life.
2006 The Girl Who Leapt Through Time Mamoru Hosoda A teenage girl discovers that she can leap through time.
2006 Déjà Vu Tony Scott Denzel Washington is an ATF agent investigating a terrorist act who is invited to assist in a government time travel surveillance project.
2006 Idiocracy Mike Judge Luke 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.
2007 11 Minutes Ago Bob Gebert Traveling in 11-minute increments, a time-tumbler from 48-years in the future spends two years of his life weaving through a two-hour wedding reception.
2007 Bender's Big Score Dwayne Carey-Hill Alien 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.
2007 Disney's Meet the Robinsons Stephen J. Anderson Young 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.
2007 Premonition Mennan Yapo House 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.
2007 Secret Jay Chou A high school music student discovers that she can travel forward in time with the help of a mysterious piano piece called "Secret".
2008 Timecrimes Nacho Vigalondo A man accidentally travels back to the past and meets himself there.
2008 Minutemen Lev L. Spiro Three 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.
2008 Stargate: Continuum Martin Wood Ba'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.
2009 Star Trek J. J. Abrams Spock'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.
2009 Mr. Nobody Jaco Van Dormael A 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.
2009 The Time Traveler's Wife Robert Schwentke A 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.
2009 Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel Gareth Carrivick Two geeks and a cynic attempt to navigate a time-travel conundrum in the middle of a British pub. Anna Faris plays a girl from the Future who sets the adventure in motion.
2009 Disney's A Christmas Carol Robert Zemeckis On 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.
2009 Land of the Lost Brad Silberling A disgraced paleontologist named Dr. Rick Marshall, his research assistant, and a macho tour guide find themselves in a strange, alternate world inhabited by dinosaurs, monkey people, and reptilian Sleestaks after they are sucked into a space-time vortex.
2009 Triangle Christopher Smith A 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.
2010 Action Replayy Vipul Amrutlal Shah A 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.
2010 The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya Tatsuya Ishihara Kyon 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.
2010 Hot Tub Time Machine Steve Pink Four 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.
2010 Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Mike Newell Disney'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.
2010 Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D: Bonds Beyond Time Kenichi Takeshita Series protagonists Yusei Fudo, Jaden Yuki and Yugi Muto encounter 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.
2011 Ticking Clock Ernie Barbarash James 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.
2011 Source Code Duncan Jones Captain 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.
2011 Midnight in Paris Woody Allen While 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.
2011 The Man From The Future Cláudio Torres A brilliant physicist spends 20 years developing a time machine, then he cames back in time and try to do everything different.
2012 Safety Not Guaranteed Colin Trevorrow Comedy film inspired by a 1997 Backwoods Home Magazine classified ad by a person asking for someone to accompany him in time travel.
2012 Men in Black 3 Barry Sonnenfeld Agent 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.
2012 Looper Rian Johnson Criminal organizations abuse time travel to kill humans and avoid tracking of their bodies.
2012 Quantum of Vengeance[4] Ben Wydeven In 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.
2012 Dimensions[5] Sloane U’Ren Time 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.
2012 Thermae Romae Hideki Takeuchi Roman architect Lucius repeatedly travels to present-day Japan, where he is inspired by modern baths and toilets.
2013 Shree Rajesh Bachchani Due to an experiment, a man unknowingly travels into the future, only to find out that he is going to be framed in series of killings. He has to come back and save his future.
2013 The A.R.K. Report Shmuel Hoffman A 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.
2013 Coherence James Ward Byrkit On the night of an astronomical anomaly, eight friends at a dinner party experience a troubling chain of reality bending events.
2013 About Time Richard Curtis Tim'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.
2013 Rewind[6] Jack Bender A team of scientists and military personnel travel back in time to the 1920s to change the past and prevent a major terrorist attack on present day New York.
2013 Pete's Christmas Zachary Gordon In this Hallmark movie, Pete just had the worst Christmas Day ever, he didn't get any presents from his parents, his 2 brothers blame him for the problems they're having, he gets bullied by 2 neighbor boys and Pete's grandpa leaves the house. After Pete goes to bed, he wakes up and finds out he's stuck in a time loop repeating December 25 Christmas Day over and over and he decides to try to make Christmas Day better.
2014 Mr. Peabody & Sherman Rob Minkoff The time-travelling adventures of an advanced canine and his adopted son, as they endeavor to fix a time rift they created.
2014 X-Men: Days of Future Past Bryan Singer The X-Men send the character Wolverine's consciousness to 1973 to stop a war between Sentinels and mankind from starting in the first place.
2014 Edge of Tomorrow Doug Liman An officer (Tom Cruise) finds himself caught in a time loop in a war with an alien race. Based on a 2004 novel All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka.
2014 Predestination Michael and Peter Spierig A person goes back in time in order to catch an infamous terrorist known as the "Fizzle Bomber". Based on the short story All You Zombies by Robert A. Heinlein.
2014 Interstellar Christopher Nolan Set in the near future, a crew of astronauts travels through a wormhole to find a suitable new planet for humanity, experiencing time dilation on multiple occasions.

Time travel in science fiction television series

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 date End Date Title Author Description
1951 1956 Captain Z-Ro Roy Steffens Scientist 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.
1959 1964 The Twilight Zone Rod Serling There are episodes presented by Rod Serling that involve time traveling. "No Time Like the Past", "Back there" are examples of time traveling included in The Twilight Zone TV series.
1963 (Classic), 2005 revival 1989 (Classic); - (Revival) Doctor Who A Time Lord known as "the Doctor" travels through time and space in a TARDIS (Time And Relative Dimension In Space).
1966 1967 It's About Time Sherwood Schwartz Two 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.
1966 1967 The Time Tunnel Irwin Allen The 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.
1970 1971 Catweazle Richard Carpenter 11th century wizard accidentally ensorcels his way into the 20th. Humorous mistakes are made.
1970 1971 Timeslip John Cooper Two time traveling children visit both the past and future.
1974 1976 Land of the Lost Sid & Marty Krofft Land of the Lost details the adventures of the Marshall family (father Rick, and his children Will and Holly) who are trapped in an alternate universe inhabited by dinosaurs, a primate-type people called Pakuni, and aggressive humanoid/lizard creatures called Sleestak.
1979 1982 Sapphire & Steel Peter 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.
1982 1983 Voyagers! James D. Parriott A member of a league of time travelers and a boy travel through time repairing errors in world history.
1987 1996 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987 TV series) Kevin Eastman, Peter Laird There are episodes in TMNT where The 4 Mutant Turtles go time traveling including "Once upon a Time Machine", "Donatello's Badd Time", "A Turtle in Time" are examples of time traveling.
1987 1990 Ducktales Alan Young, Russi Taylor In this Disney Channel cartoon series, Scrooge McDuck and his Nephews time travel in episodes like "Time is Money", "Duck to the Future", "Master of the Djinni", "Sir Gyro de Gearloose" are examples of time traveling.
1988 1988 Moondial (TV serial) Helen Cresswell After a family tragedy, a young girl is transported into the past.
1988 Red Dwarf Rob Grant & Doug Naylor Having 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.
1989 1993 Quantum Leap Donald P. Bellisario Dr. 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.
1990 1991 Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures Animated spin off of the movies Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure and Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey
1991 1992 Back to the Future: The Animated Series Bob Gale Continues on from Back to the Future Part III.
1992 1993 Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures Live action spin off of the movies Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure and Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey
1993 1999 Goodnight Sweetheart Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran An 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.
1993 1995 Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Haim Saban, Jason David Frank, Amy Jo Johnson, David Yost In this live action TV show, Time traveling is featured in episodes "Rangers Back in Time, Part I, II", "Return of the Green Ranger, Part I, II, III", "Wild West Rangers, Part I, II", "Rangers in Reverse" are examples of time traveling.
1993 1994 Time Trax Creators: 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.
1994 1995 Mega 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.
1997 1997 Crime Traveller Anthony Horowitz Jeff 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.
1998 2001 Seven Days Christopher & Zachary Crowe NSA Agent Frank B. Parker can travel back 7 days in a time machine powered by alien technology.
1999 2001 Twice in a Lifetime Steve Sohmer An individual who had reached the end of their life in one timeline, are given 3 days, by a "heavenly judge", to travel into their past and convince their younger self to make a different choice at a pivotal point to effect a different outcome
2000 2001 Mirai Sentai Timeranger Four policemen travel from the year 3000 to the year 2000 to arrest fugitives.
2001 2005 Star Trek: Enterprise Creators: Rick Berman, Brannon Braga Various 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.
2001 2004 Samurai Jack Genndy Tartakovsky An ancient demon throws the hero Samurai Jack into the future, in order to allow himself enough time to conquer the world.
2001 2003 Time Squad Dave Wasson Time 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.
2002 2004 Odyssey 5 Manny Coto, David Carson Astronauts (including Peter Weller and Sebastian Roché) are sent back in time after witnessing the end of the Earth from space.
2002 2003 Do Over Rick Wiener and Kenny Schwarz Joel 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.
2002 2002 That Was Then Dan Cohn, Jeff Kline, Jeremy Miller A 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.
2003 2009 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003 TV series) Kevin Eastman, Peter Laird Time Traveling involving the 4 mutant Turtles are featured in episodes "Time Travails", "Same As It Never Was", "Future Shellshock" part of the Fast Forward series, "The Incredible Shrinking Serling" are examples of time traveling.
2003 2005 Tru Calling Jon Harmon Feldman A 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.
2004 2004 5ive Days to Midnight Robert Zappia, David Aaron Cohen, Anthony Peckham and Cindy Myers When 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.
2004 2010 Lost Damon Lindelof & Carlton Cuse Desmond 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.
2004 2006 Phil of the Future Tim Maile and Douglas Tuber A 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.
2005 2007 Time Warp Trio Executive producer: Jim Rapsas A children's cartoon where, using books, three children travel through time and space. Based on the books by Jon Scieszka.
2006 Torchwood Russell 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.)
2006 2010 Heroes Tim Kring Hiro 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.
2006 2007 Life on Mars Matthew 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.)
2006 2007 Transformers: Cybertron The 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.
2006 2007 Day Break Paul Zbyszewski A 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.
2007 Phineas and Ferb Dan Povenmire and Jeff Marsh In 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.
2007 2011 Primeval Portals 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.
2007 2008 Kamen Rider Den-O The 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.
2007 2007 Journeyman Kevin 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.
2008 2010 Ashes to Ashes Matthew Graham
Ashley Pharoah
Julie Rutterford
Mark Greig
Jack Lothian
Spin off series from "Life on Mars" set in the 1980s
2008 2009 Kamen Rider Kiva Parallel 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.
2008 2012 Fringe In 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.
2008 2009 Terminator The Sarah Connor Chronicles A 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.
2009 Dinosaur Train Craig Bartlett A 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.
2009 2009 Paradox (TV series) Lizzie Mickery Detective 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.
2009 2011 Being Erica Jana Sinyor Erica 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.
2009 2010 FlashForward Brannon Braga and David S. Goyer FBI 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.
2010 Mary Shelley's Frankenhole Dino Stamotopolous Dr. 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.
2011 2011 Hoops & Yoyo Ruin Christmas In a TV special, Hoops and Yoyo accidentally travel through a wormhole and meet Santa Claus when he was still Kris Kringle.
2011 2011 Puella Magi Madoka Magica Gen Urobuchi A 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.
2011 2011 Terra Nova When 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).
2012 2012 Primeval: New World A Canadian spin-off series to Primeval.
2012 Continuum (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.
2014 Outlander Based on Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series Travel through time from the 1940s to 1740s. Woman time travels through standing stones in Scotland.

Time travel in video games

Title Date Description
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time 1991 As 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 Tentacle 1993 In 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 Trigger 1995 A 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: Warped 1998 Crash Bandicoot is sent to various points in time to retrieve relics.
Vigilante 8: 2nd Offense 1999 A 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 series 2000–2005 At 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) 2001 The 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.
Timeshift 2007 Scientists 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 Warcraft 2007–present Many quests are available to players which bring their character's mind and/or body back in time.
Braid 2008 Braid 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 Future JP: 2008, US: 2010 The 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 Game 2010 The 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.
Achron 2010 RTS 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.
Final Fantasy XIII-2 2012 (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;Gate 2011 The 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 Infinite 2013 Bioshock Infinite's Plot is based around both time travel and the many-worlds interpretation of Quantum physics.


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