You've picked some good ones. I haven't read The End of Eternity for probably 25 years, but it's still fairly fresh in my memory. I'd put that very high on my list of time travel books/movies, if not number one. I think I'll hunt down a copy and read it again.
A Sound of Thunder is very good as well. I just re-read that one a few months ago while revisiting a couple of Bradbury short story collections.
The movie that comes to mind is rather predictable and campy, but I liked it. The Final Countdown. The U.S.S Nimitz gets sucked into a time vortex, arriving off Hawaii on the Eve of the Pearl Harbor attack.
There was a short-ish story I once read where we start with a young guy (call him #1) who sees a circular portal into another world.
Then another guy appears (call him #2) saying he's a later version (that is older) of #1 and saying not to go through the portal.
Then another guy appears (call him #3) saying he's a later version of #2 and telling #1 NOT to go through the portal.
There's a bit of a scuffle and #1 gets pushed through the portal.
Anyway, the bottom line is that we follow #1 as he eventually becomes #2 and then #3 and eventually #4 (who I didn't mention because it's a bit of a surprise).
Does anyone know the name of that story and the author?
A friend of mine just sent me a message saying: "I quite like Timeline by Michael Crighton, if only for his explanation of how the Young's Slits experiment works at low light levels because someone in a nearby parallel universe is also doing the experiment."
I'd forgotten about Timeline, but it is a good book.
Primer is based on a great premise, but the movie could have been so much better. Perhaps given a bigger budget? The concepts will take you a few minutes to grasp, and it will definitely make you think. Given that, it is available on Netflix if you have that, unfortunately it is only on DVD and not instant queue.
Speaking of Michael Crichton, one of his best and often unmentioned works is Sphere, of which they made a film starring Dustin Hoffman. As with all book adaptations, the book is better, but the movie is still entertaining.
I'd never heard of that, but I just Googled it and found an Entry on the Wikipedia (http://bit.ly/i5hinF).
I also looked it up on Amazon -- I just purchased the Kindle edition for $9.99, so that's what I'll be reading this weekend (isn't technology wonderful?)
I'm currently in the middle of reading "Lest Darkness Fall" L. by Sprague de Camp -- it's very interesting -- it involves a guy from "our time" being transported back to Ancient Rome.
The opposite might be "Pebble in the Sky" by Isaac Asimov which involves a guy from "our time" being transported to Earth in the far distant future.
No Time Machine book list is complete without mention of Connie Willis, winner of ten Hugo Awards and six Nebula Awards. "Fire Watch", "Doomsday Book" and the recent "Blackout/All Clear" explore the theme of altering the past to change the present. Of course the idea is ridiculous prima face, but it makes a good framework for a discussion of predestination and the nature of Man.
It is important for us techs to pay attention to the consequences of the application of technology (H. G. Wells did this best).
Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure had one of the best time travel paradox scenes ever.
Heinlein's Time Enough For Love had a few well handled time travel components.
Ian Wallace's Croyd was a time travel master and a really fast read.
Believe it or not I've never seen Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure. As you say, Heinlein's Time Enough For Love had a bit of time travel, although that wasn't the focus of the book. And I'd never even heard of Ian Wallace's Croyd -- I'll have to look that up...
The Philadelphia Experiment (1984) is a film by Stewart Raffill, which follows a couple of Navy seals who get sucked into a time vortex and into the future due to a large experiment gone wrong (i just like how a whole village gets teleported hehe)
I watched it because it had relevance to the T.V. series LOST, and it isn't bad for the time it was made.
I just discovered a nee Heinlein book I'd never heard about called "The Door Into Summer" (http://amzn.to/v1P53a). I think it's just been re-discovered and published -- it seems to be available only in electronic format -- I also found it in the iTunes Store and downloaded it to my iPad
How can you leave out the whole "1632" series by Eric Flint et al?
There's also "The Girl, the Gold Watch, and Everything" by John D MacDonald which has a sort of time travel in it (only forward though).
I must admit that I'd forgotten about the "1632" series ... I did start reading the first one (which is sitting on the shelf behind me in my office) but I ground to a halt because I wasn't enjoying the writing (or something ... I no longer recall)
Re "The Girl, the Gold Watch, and Everything" - -I just looked it up on Amazon -- this looks to be a good one even though it's only available second hand -- I've added it to my ever-growing Wish List on Amazon...
...I can't wait for some money to come in (there are good months and bad months) so I can actually lay my sticky fingers on all of the juicy books I have lined up in my wish list...
I have a rule about SciFi: When they start time-travelling or alternate realities (which usually follows) the series is dead. [Star Trek] Enterprise introduced time travel in the very first episode! QED. They had all of space to explore and that wasn't enough for the first hour?!
But I digress.
The best time-travel film is "Groundhog Day". A very close second is "12:01". Both for the humor. You can't take yourself too seriously when doing time travel.
"Millenium" the book was better than the movie and "The Phildelphia Experiment" the book, NOT the movie, was also excellent.
I must admit that I loved Groundhog Day -- I have the 12:01 DVD sitting at home waiting for me to find the time to watch it.
I also loved Millenium the movie (I never read the book -- but I'm a huge fan of John Varley so I just added it to my Wish List on Amazon). Similarly I only saw the movie version of The Philadelphia Experiment...
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