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John Titor A Time Traveler's Tale Paperback – December 1, 2003

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John’s mother in our time:

"John began posting online with my husband’s computer and email address. After about a week, he started using alternate names and Internet routes for his activity. We expressed concern about our security but he assured us we were safe. He said that not only would no one believe him but also the technology to locate him would not be used or could be defeated for a short period. He also had an unusual amount of trust with the people he spoke with online."

John, Page 6:

"You do not rewrite history. I can only affect what happens here just as easily as you can. Why do people in this time period worry so much about time travelers destroying their world line when they have no problem doing it themselves every day?"

John, Page 8:

"Imagine you live in the year 1900 and a "time traveler" attempts to explain how a jet engine works. Even though the invention of the airplane is only a decade in the future, he would have to find some frame of reference to explain the basics of flight. Then, he would have to outline the mechanics of how the engine works. As amazing as it would sound, the jet would be invented about thirty years later. "

John, Page 20:

"As far as war goes, I have faith you are quite capable of starting one all by yourself. I am hard pressed to accept any criticism on my outlook on that subject. Growing up might have been a vastly different experience for me than it was for most of you. Personal responsibility, determination, honor, friendship and self-reliance are not just words we try to live up to or fantasize about. "

John, Page: 21

"Perhaps I should let you all in on a little secret. No one likes you in the future. This time period is looked at as being full of lazy, self-centered, civically ignorant sheep. Perhaps you should be less concerned about me and more concerned about that."

John, Page 25:

"I like the incredible freedom you have on this world line but I see it as a trap and I fear the cost is the loss of your sense of connection with family and community. Yes, you can self actualize your ambitions but at what cost to the people around you, or yet to be born? The incredible availability of art, literature and limitless resources is hardly taken advantage of as I imagine the number of people sitting in front of their TVs. "


Product Details

  • Paperback: 174 pages
  • Publisher: Instantpublisher.com; Original 2001 edition (December 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591964369
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591964360
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,377,034 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I enjoyed this book. If anything, the book was a thought provoking look into what is on the physics drawing board. I found it interesting that John Titor repeatedly stated that we was a historian and not a physicist but when asked very technical physics questions such as Singularities, Hawkins radiation, etc, he was very well versed and could debate the issue in depth?? I am starting to think he is a Physics PhD having a little fun. He should consider another career as a fiction writer. Was the book worth $13? Yes it was, I was entertained. YMMV
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I had hoped to get a nice, paperback copy of what John had said during this whole interesting ordeal; however, what I recieved instead had been heavily edited and, in places, entire sections containing multiple paragraphs had been removed. I can understand the removal of some of the corporate names and such but I've noticed certain key words changed, entire paragraphs removed, and more "artist license" taken than I feel they had a right to take.

I've had to go through the entire website penciling in large sections of text because you never know where he could have innocuously hidden something important. There is also a couple of places where the editor makes it clear that he doesn't really understand what he/she is editing and screws up the meaning in an attempt to "fix" it. Single words that change the entire meaning of the statement. Had I known that it would require this much work to go back and repair I would have simply printed the website out and kept that.

I don't really know whether or not I believe this rather fantasic story; however, I am quite disappointed in the process that brought it into paperback form. You'd be better off just printing out the website.
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By A Customer on June 5, 2004
It's an interesting read and handy to have in printed form. Obviously, you could read this entire story over at johntitor.com, so from the point of view of buying the book maybe you should read the online content first before deciding if you want it in printed form.
In terms of the content itself, I find it intriguing. Am I a "true believer"? I'm undecided. But the course that he said the U.S. would take is generally unfolding in a strikingly similar fashion to what he predicted. And this was BEFORE 9/11. Here are some rather interesting points to bring up in its favor.
- At the time John Titor was online, there was no book and no commercial efforts. That was back in 2000. Just because the printed version comes out in 2004 does not show this to be a money scam. To all the skeptics who repeatedly bring this up, please... Its hardly going to make anyone a millionaire, and certainly a bit late in being capitalized on even if it were true.
- Most of his predictions about the emerging police state, and the possible upcoming civil war were made long before 9/11. As preposterous as it might have sounded back in 2000, well look at where we are today with the Patriot Act, and all of its implications. Frankly, with our current Republican agenda both internally to our country and internationally, I'd be amazed if his predictions didn't come true. Time will tell soon enough since John said that by 2008 there would be no doubt to our country being in a civil war.
- People keep saying that since he could not exactly describe every little detail about his time machine or time travel in general, then he must be a fake. Please... get serious people.
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I purchased the book about 2 weeks ago. I was impressed with the story and the details. I was really shook up about the happenings connected with the predictions. We have a chance to change the future, one person at a time. Why all the negative comments about the book. Is it fear on the part of the negative reviewers. Are they so afraid that thjey would rather criticize than work to make the future better? I would encourage those of you who are thinking about reading this book to make your own decision, and not be negatively influenced by those in our society who are afraid of tomorrow. I have heard that a radio version of John's story is around, I look forward to finding it.
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Okay, I'll admit that John Titor was most likely a hoax. But, it's a fascinating hoax. When you really dive into John Titor's story, its a fascinating tale that is remarkably consistent. I don't doubt that it is certainly the works of a very bored, but very creative person. That alone is enough to capture my interest.

The book is just a compilation of all of John's posts on the Internet. If you're familiar with the story, then the book is a good way to read all his posts in one place. If you're not familiar with the John Titor story, then the book will probably be inaccessible to you. The writing and layout are not very good. But, I accept that this is because it is very hard to translate Internet posts into a linear novel format.

One of the key things in Titor's story that is most interesting is the concept of "worldlines." You have to understand that key concept to really understand the whole story. He doesn't talk much about it, but when he does it adds a fascinating dimension (no pun intended) to his story. And the science behind his story is mostly valid. Sure, there are a LOT of missing pieces. But, nevertheless it's an enjoyable story.

One of the reasons I really enjoy this story is because of how it demonstrates how powerful a myth can become. Overtime, myths can have a profound impact on society. And while Titor isn't the most profound or even most powerful, its nevertheless interesting to think that some of the values, ideas, concepts or faiths we hold, may be nothing more than a collection of John Titor stories
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