Growing up, I have read a lot of different books and watched a lot of different movies across many different genres. In fact, I still do. The one thing I have always had trouble wrapping my brain around is time travel. It’s one of those things that for me has to be written really well so that I can ignore all the burning questions in my head (are they really time travelling or creating an alternate reality? If they never have to send someone back in time because the future was changed then how would the future be changed?). Despite that I’ve come up with a couple of time travel books that I think deal with this conundrum really well — or at least give you a damn good read!
I personally prefer the inevitability method of time travel: where things happen because they have already happened and any attempt to change it just fulfills what was always destined, but there are other versions as well. Versions where small changes mean giant differences or where you’re sent into the future and thus don’t have to deal with the time travel paradox. Or versions where they are just spectators (which would be my ideal way to time travel personally!). These books aren’t all hard science fiction — they’re funny, romantic and packed full of adventure as well.
Time and Time Again by Ben Elton
I literally just finished reading this book and as a bit of a history nerd I have to admit that I loved the mentions of well known figures throughout. It starts in 2025 when the Earth has been ravaged by climate change and Hugh Stanton is tasked with going back in time to stop the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and prevent the Great World War from ever happening. It deals with the question of “what if” — what if we could change one thing in the past to alter the future entirely?